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Announcement of Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2014-2016

The Jackman Humanities Institute is very pleased to announce our roster of incoming and returning postdoctoral fellows funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, for 2014.  They were chosen for excellence in research, promise of future scholarship, and relevance to the JHI Annual Theme for 2014-2015, Humour, Play and Games.  We are delighted to welcome such a strong cohort to the Institute.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2014-2016 – Incoming Fellows
Matthew Cohn, Classics, University of Michigan
            Dissertation: The Admonishing Muse: Ancient Interpretations of Personal Abuse in Old Comedy
            Matthew’s research explores the development of the idea of comedy in antiquity. He examines ancient critics' competing interpretations of the vicious, obscene, and publicly engaged abuse in the Old Comedy of ancient Greece and their theories about the place that such humor should have in comedy as a genre. He connects these to larger polemics about the ramifications of free speech, the effects of democracy, and the relationship between art and society. Matthew was a Rackham Predoctoral Fellow in 2012, and his work has been published in the journal Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik. Matthew will be teaching for the UTSG Department of Classics in 2014-2015.

Maggie Hennefeld, Modern Culture and Media, Brown University
            Dissertation:  Specters of Slapstick and Silent Film Comediennes
            Maggie’s research focuses on theories of comedy, gender and sexuality, social politics, and film history. She has published in journals including Screen, Projections, and Media Fields, with essays forthcoming in Camera Obscura, Discourse, American Humor Studies, and a Blackwell Companion to D.W. Griffith. Her dissertation explores the historical co-emergence of early cinema and the idea of laughter, focusing on films that depict female metamorphosis. Maggie will be teaching for the UTSG Cinema Studies Institute in 2014-2015.
Peter Jones, History, New York University
            Dissertation: The Sublime and the Ridiculous: Laughter and Kingship at the Court of Henry II
            Peter’s research explores the theological, philosophical, and imaginative experience of laughter in twelfth-century Europe, with a particular focus on the court of the English king Henry II. He has previously studied at the University of Bristol, and in 2011-2012 was a fellow at the Institute of Historical Research in London.  Peter will be teaching for the UTSG Department of History in 2014-2015.
Katie L. Price, English, University of Pennsylvania
            Dissertation: “The Tangential Point”: Pataphysical Practice in Postwar Poetry
            Katie specializes in 20th- and 21st-century experimental literature and art. Her current research project examines the complex relationship between contemporary poetry and pataphysics: the “science of imaginary solutions” invented by fin de siècle writer and artist Alfred Jarry. Specifically, she argues that contemporary poets employ key components of Jarry's pataphysical method to playfully critique extra-literary discourses. Katie will be teaching for the UTSG Department of English in 2014-2015.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2013-2015 – Returning Fellow

Oisín Keohane, Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
            Dissertation:  Philosophical Nationalities: On the Philosophical Character of the National and the National Character of Philosophy
            Oisín is a specialist in the philosophy of language and arts, phenomenology, critical theory, and political philosophy. He has been a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Universities of Johannesburg (2012) and Edinburgh (2013). His work focuses on philosophical nationalism, theories of translation, linguistic justice and English as a world language, and cuts across several disciplines, including philosophy, sociolinguistics, translation studies, film studies and politics. Oisín will be teaching for the UTSC Department of Philosophy in 2014-2015.

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