The University of Connecticut Humanities Institute (UCHI) is proud to announce its incoming class of humanities fellows. This year, we are excited to host two visiting fellows, four dissertation scholars, and nine UConn faculty fellows—including the Henry Luce Foundation Future of Truth fellow and the Mellon UCHI Faculty of Color Working Group Fellow. We have fellows representing a broad swath of disciplines, including History; English; Philosophy; Political Science; Sociology; Communication; Anthropology; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; Africana Studies; Asian & Asian American Studies; Human Development & Family Sciences; and Art & Art History. Their projects span from the Renaissance to the present and cover a wide range of topics from racism in the academy to environmental justice. For more information on our fellowship program see our Become a Fellow page. More details about our 2021–22 fellows and their projects are forthcoming. Welcome fellows!
Visiting Residential fellows:
Sherie M. Randolph (History and Sociology – Georgia Institute of Technology)
“‘Bad’ Black Mothers: A History of Transgression”
Meina Cai (Political Science and Asian and Asian American Studies)
“The Art of Negotiations: Legal Discrimination, Contention Pyramid, and Land Rights Development in China”
Haile Eshe Cole (Anthropology and Africana Studies)
“Belly: Topographies of Black Reproduction”
Shardé M. Davis (Communication; Africana Studies; and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) UCHI Faculty of Color Working Group Fellow
“Being #BlackintheIvory: Contending with Racism in the American University”
Prakash Kashwan (Political Science)
“Rooted Radicalism: Transformative Change for Food, Energy, Water, and Environmental Justice in an Age of Climate Change.”
Laura Mauldin (Human Development & Family Sciences; Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies; and Sociology)
“For All We Care”
Micki McElya (History)
“No More Miss America! How Protesting the 1968 Pageant Changed a Nation”
Kathryn Blair Moore (Art & Art History)
“The Other Space of the Arabesque: Italian Renaissance Art at the Limits of Representation”
Fiona Vernal (History and Africana Studies)
“Hartford Bound: Mobility, Race, and Identity in the Post-World War II Era (1940-2020)”
Sarah S. Willen (Anthropology) Future of Truth Fellow
“‘Chronicling the Meantime’: Creating a Book about the Pandemic Journaling Project”
Erik Freeman (History) Draper Dissertation Fellow
“The Mormon International: Communitarian Politics and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints,
Carol Gray (Political Science)
“Law as Politics by Other Means: An Egyptian Case Study as a Template for Human Rights Reform”
Drew Johnson (Philosophy)
“A Hybrid Theory of Ethical Thought and Discourse”
Anna Ziering (English)
“Dirty Forms: Masochism and the Revision of Power in Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature and Culture”
With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the University of Connecticut, UCHI, together with the Faculty of Color Working Group of the New England Humanities Consortium, is pleased to accept applications for the UCHI/FOCWG Faculty Fellowship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The fellowship is intended for full-time UConn faculty members from historically disadvantaged minority groups and/or those whose projects specifically confront institutional blocks for BIPOC faculty.
Criteria for successful applicants include, but are not limited to: quality of research proposal; strength of reference letters; and articulation within the proposal of how this project can contribute to a larger support network for faculty of color in the region and/or to understanding and addressing impediments to success for BIPOC faculty in higher education.
Applications for the UCHI/FOCWG Fellowship are due on February 1st and should be submitted through UCHI’s regular fellowship application portal on Interfolio. All submission requirements are identical to regular UCHI Humanities fellowships; and applicants will be assessed by the same interdisciplinary review panel of outside academics. When applying, we ask that you indicate on the application form that you would like to be considered for the UCHI/FOCWG Fellowship. Indicating that you would like to be considered for the UCHI/FOCWG Fellowship does not preclude you from being offered a UCHI Fellowship—indeed, any application for the UCHI/FOCWG fellowship is considered as an application for a standard UCHI fellowship.
UCHI/FOCWG Fellows are full members of the UCHI fellowship class and have all the same benefits and responsibilities. See here for fellowship application materials and further information on the fellowship program.
UCHI is very excited to announce that applications are now open for our 2021–2022 residential fellowships. Our fellowships include a stipend, office space, and all the benefits of a Research I university. Just as important, we provide community and time for scholars to write, argue, engage, and create.
Qualified applicants in all three fellowship categories are invited to apply via Interfolio by February 1, 2021 at 11:59 pm. Each fellowship’s application page provides a position description, qualifications, and application requirements. Applicants to each position receive a free Interfolio Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.
In this Get To Know a Fellow video, 2020–2021 Dissertation Research Scholar Ashley Gangi discusses her project “May I Present Myself? Masks, Masquerades, and the Drama of Identity in Nineteenth Century American Literature.” To hear more about her project, register to attend her Fellow’s Talk on November 18, 2020 at 4:00pm.
In our first Get To Know a Fellow video, 2020–2021 Dissertation Research Scholar Kerry Carnahan discusses her project—a new translation and commentary of the Song of Songs. To hear more about her project, register to attend her Fellow’s Talk on October 28, 2020 at 4:00pm.
We are pleased to announce that the last talk in the speaker series of the Expression, Communication, and Origins of Meaning Research Group for this academic year will be given by Emeritus Prof. Peter Gärdenfors from Lund University (co-hosted with the Dartmouth PhilLab).
The title of his talk is “Theory of Mind and the Evolution of Cognition”.
Please join us for an exciting UConn History Department event, “Hispanic/Latinx Antifascism and the Spanish Republican Cause in the United States, 1936-1977.”
The panel will meet on Friday, April 23rd from 12:00-1:15 PM EST. This talk will be on Zoom and will include panelists Dr. Ariel Mae Lambe (Assistant Professor of History at the University of Connecticut), Dr. Cristina Pérez Jiménez (Assistant Professor of English at Manhattan College), and Dr. Montse Feu (Associate Professor of Spanish at Sam Houston State University).
Dr. Chris Vials, Professor of English and Director of American Studies at the University of Connecticut, will serve as moderator and commentator. All are welcome.
For more information about the talk, contact the event's organizer, Dr. Ariel Mae Lambe (email@example.com).
Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Virtual International Consortium for Truth Research (VICTR) will have a talk by Eduardo Barrio (University of Buenos Aires), on “Anti-exceptionalism, Truth, and the BA-Plan” on April 26, 10:00am EDT / 14:00 UTC.
Abstract: Anti-exceptionalism about logic states that logical theories have no special epistemological status. Such theories are continuous with scientific theories. Contemporary anti-exceptionalists include data about semantic paradoxes as a part of the logical evidence. Exploring the Buenos Aires Plan, the recent development of the metainferential hierarchy of ST-logics shows that there are multiple options to deal with such paradoxes. There is a whole ST-based hierarchy, of which LP and ST themselves are only the first steps. The logics in this hierarchy are also options to analyze the inferential patterns allowed in a language that contains its own truth predicate. This talk explores these responses analyzing some reasons to go beyond the first steps. I will show that LP, ST, and the logics of the ST-hierarchy offer different diagnoses for the same evidence: the inferences and metainferences the agents endorse in the presence of the truth-predicate. But even if the data are not enough to adopt one of these logics, there are other elements to evaluate the revision of classical logic. How close should we be to classical logic? Which logic should be used during the revision? Should a logic be closed under its own rules? How could a logic obey the validities it contains? And mainly, which is the best explanation for the logical principles to deal with semantic paradoxes? I will argue that, if the answers to these questions are provided from an anti-exceptionalist perspective, ST-metainferential logics in general are the best available options.
Expression, Language, and Music (ELM) is to be a biennial conference that brings together researchers from linguistics, music theory, anthropology, neurobiology, cognitive science, philosophy, and more, with the aim of integrating recent findings and insights from diverse perspectives concerning, e.g. the significance of emotional expression for both music and language, the importance of systematic structure in both music and language, and the interrelations between expressive, musical, and communicative capacities and their relevance for understanding the emergence of language (in ontogeny and phylogeny). Future conferences may focus more narrowly on a subset of these topics.
We are tentatively scheduling the inaugural in-person meeting of ELM for August 20-22, 2022.