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Associate Professor of Philosophy Affiliate Professor of Gender & Sexuality Studies Governors State University
Angie Blumberg January - June 2018
"Forgeries and Folies at the Fin de Siècle"
Angie Blumberg received her Ph.D. in 2017 from the Department of English at Saint Louis University. She joined the DePaul Humanities Center as Visiting Fellow from January – June 2018 to work on her project, “Forgeries and Follies at the Fin de Siècle.” A specialist in the literature and cultural history of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain, Angie’s project examines how British writers and artists appropriated archaeological materials and discourse to forge new social, sexual, and aesthetic possibilities at the turn of the twentieth-century. Her work at the DHC will specifically explore the construction and circulation of forged archaeological relics and “follies”— new buildings constructed to appear genuinely historical. Taking seriously the personal meanings and possibilities embedded in material culture, Angie contributed to the DHC’s year of “Fake” by considering how that material culture was also falsified and fabricated—not only for economic gain, but in a process of forging narratives of the self and the world.
Patty Gerstenblith, College of Law" The Evolution of Methods for Detecting Fakes in the Cultural Record"
Zachary Ostrowski , Art, Media, and Design "Really Somethin' Else"
Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett January - June 2017
Dr. LaShonda Katrice Barnett (Ph.D., American Studies, College of William and Mary) is a novelist and playwright who joins the DePaul Humanities Center as a Visiting Fellow from January-June 2017. Her debut novel Jam on the Vine (Grove Atlantic 2015), was an Editor's Choice pick at the Chicago Tribune, was awarded the Stonewall Honor Award by the American Library Association, won Elle Magazine’s Belle Lettres 2015 Reader’s Prize, and earned her the Emerging Writers Award at the 2015 Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. A scholar of music of the African diaspora, Barnett has conducted over 100 interviews with women musicians, resulting in the volumes, I Got Thunder: Black Women Songwriters On Their Craft (2007) and Off The Record: Conversations with African American and Brazilian Women Musicians (2015). While affiliated with the DHC, Barnett will be working on a biography of native-Chicagoan jazz vocalist, Abbey Lincoln (1930-2010).
Stefan Vander Elst is Associate Professor of English at the University of San Diego, and Director of USD’s Program in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. Professor Vander Elst’s time as a Visiting Fellow at the DHC is focused on the completion of his book, The Knight, The Cross, and the Song: Chivalric Literature and Crusade Propaganda, Twelfth–Fourteenth Centuries. This book will be the first work to discuss systematically the influence of secular literary forms on Crusade propaganda and ideology in the Middle Ages. Though most contemporary scholarship regards the Crusade as primarily a religious concern, Professor Vander Elst argues that from the very beginning of the Crusades both clerical and lay propaganda used chivalric literature to appeal to issues beyond religious devotion as parallel motivations for the Crusades, including imagined territorial rights, national exceptionalism, duty to family, and—due to the influence and increasing popularity of chivalric romance among knights—notions of love and “secular adventure in the service of women.”
As an actor in the Théâtre du Soleil, Georges Bigot performed under the direction of Ariane Mnouchkine from 1981 to 1992, notably in Richard II and Henry IV by William Shakespeare. In 1986, he received the National Critics Syndicate’s award for best actor for his role of King Norodom Sihanouk. A frequent collaborator with Helene Cixous and Tim Robbins, Bigot is known not only as an acclaimed actor, but as a dancer, director, and producer. Bigot has directed several theater stages around the world (USA, Brazil, Chile, Singapore, Mali, Cambodia, France, etc.) and has taught at the University of Bordeaux III from 1993 to 2001 where he federated the actors who later formed Le Petit Theatre de Pain. During his tenure as a Visiting International Fellow at the DHC, Bigot will be conducting a mask-making workshop and holding open rehearsals, collaborating with DePaul, The Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, and Theatre Y in an upcoming stage production.
Barrie Jean Borich , English"Oh. Exhalations of a City," a long-form literary essay
Rebecca Johns-Trissler , English"Prophetstown," a novel
Elizabeth Millan Brusslan , Philosophy "Jens Jensen's Chicago Legacy: A Poetry of Nature"
Kevin Thompson , Philosophy "Intolerable: Michel Foucault and the Prisons Information Group"
Taja-Nia Y. Henderson is an associate professor of law at Rutgers School of Law, Newark, New Jersey. Her teaching and research interests are in legal history, property (including slavery around the world), punishment and prisoner reentry. Professor Henderson's work has appeared in N.Y.U. Law Review, Lewis & Clark Law Review, Columbia Journal of Race & Law, Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and the Law & History Review. During her time with the Humanities Center, she will continue work on a book manuscript from her dissertation, "Crucibles of Discontent: Penal Practice in the Shadow of Slavery, Virginia, 1796-1865."
James Fairhall , English James Joyce, Ecology, and Relationships between Human Beings and Nature
Heidi J. Nast , International Studies Pet-i-filia, Volumes 1 and 2
Franklin Perkins , Philosophy The Many Lives of the Daodejing
Christopher Tirres , Religious Studies Portraits of Liberation Across the Latino/a Americas
Nicole Anderson , Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, is the co-founding editor of the Derrida Today Journal, published by Edinburgh University Press. She is an international fellow of the London Graduate School and a member of the Biocultures Project at University of Illinois at Chicago. Anderson has recently published "Derrida: Ethics Under Erasure" (Continuum 2012).
Black Hawk Hancock, Sociology On the Lower Frequencies: Ralph Ellison and the Question of American Identity
Michele Morano, English Thirteen Ways of Thinking About Love: A Literary Essay
James H. Murphy, English The Dublin Quartet: A Cultural, Intellectual and Literary History
Elizabeth Rottenberg, Philosophy From Death Drive to Death Penalty: Jacques Derrida and the Future of Psychoanalysis
Roshanna Sylvester, HistoryStargazing: Schoolgirls, Science, and Technology in Cold War America and the Soviet Union
David Lay Williams, Political Science Spinoza's Political Theory: Republics of Fear, Love, and Reason