Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellows - 2014-2015

Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellows - 2014-2015

Center for the Humanities Faculty Research Fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. 

Funded by the Center’s general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships are available to faculty from any UNH department or program whose research falls within the humanities.

 

 

Funso Afolayan
Associate Professor of History

The Yoruba in the Nineteenth Century: Warfare, State, and Society in Pre-colonial Africa

The Yoruba is one of the three most dominant groups in modern Nigeria. Afolayan's project will culminate in what may be the first "comprehensive study of the Yorubaland in the nineteenth century" that covers warfare and its consequences, as well as the region's socio-political transformation. He plans to use the fellowship period to complete the final six chapters of the study. A previous work on this subject, Yoruba Sacred Kingship, A Power Like That of the Gods, which Afolayan co-authored with John Pemberton, was published in 1996.

 

Jennifer Borda
Associate Professor of Communication

Deliberating Working Motherhood: Reconstructing Ideologies of Gender, Work, and Family in the Mediated Public Sphere

Of what attracted her to the topic for her research, Borda says, "As a working mother myself, I have been drawn to the rapidly emerging discourses about work and motherhood that have emerged in the past few years (e.g., the 'lean in' vs. 'women can't have it all' debates)." Borda also will focus on the new media playing host to much of this new discourse – "online editorials, reader comments, and popular parenting blogs/web forums." Borda expects to report the results of her research in a book, Deliberating Working Motherhood: Reconstructing Ideologies of Gender, Work, and Family in the Mediated Public Square.

 

Lucy Salyer
Associate Professor of History

Erin’s Hope and the Forgotten Right of Expatriation

Salyer's project will focus on "Irish American Fenians, members of an Irish nationalist organization, who traveled to Ireland in 1867 on the heavily-armed brigantine, Erin's Hope, to liberate their motherland from British rule." While the expedition was a "dismal failure, militarily," it did succeed in "sparking a revolution in the law of citizenship." Her project will culminate in a book, Erin's Hope, which is under contract with Harvard University Press.

 

Scott Weintraub
Assistant Professor of Spanish/Department of Languages, Literatures & Cultures

New Media Poetics in Spain and Latin America: Transdiscursive Scientific Explorations

Weintraub will be looking at "the ways that digital poetry and poetics in the Hispanic world incorporate scientific ideas and also reveal the sciences' dependence on humanistic methodologies like rhetoric, narrative, visual modeling and figuration." The book to be written out of his research, New Media Poetics in Spain and Latin America: Transdiscursive Scientific Explorations, is under contract with Cambria Press.

 

Past Faculty Fellows
    2013-2014
    2012 and earlier

 

The Center for the Humanities was established in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of New Hampshire in 1986 to support humanities research by faculty from across the university, representing such fields as anthropology, communication, fine arts, folklore, foreign languages, geography, history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, sociology, and women’s studies.

The Center hosts and sponsors interdisciplinary conferences; supports faculty programs, projects, and lectures; and offers faculty fellowships, an endowed chair, stipends, and workshops.

To learn more about Center for the Humanities funding opportunities, click here.

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