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Announcement, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities, 2017-2018

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to announce that the following researchers will be joining us in the 2017-2018 year as Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities, on the annual theme of Indelible Violence: Shame, Apology, and the Work of Reconciliation.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2017-2019 – Incoming Fellows
Annual Theme:  Indelible Violence: Shame, Reconciliation, and the Work of Apology

Mark Anthony Geraghty, Anthropology, University of Chicago
Dissertation: Genocide Ideology, Nation-Building, Counter-Revolution: Specters of the Rwandan Nation-State
    Mark’s research focuses on violence, transitional justice, and post-conflict nation-building, and is based on over four years of ethnographic fieldwork in Rwanda. His current book project examines the Rwandan state's recent campaign against ‘genocide ideology’, to assess its differential effects upon various sections of the Rwandan population. His research will appear in a number of forthcoming journal articles. During 2017-2018, Mark will be teaching classes on the topics of injurious speech and violent aftermaths in the FAS Department of Anthropology in 2017-2018.

Amir Khadem, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta
Dissertation: Endemic Pains and Pandemic Traumas: The Literary Construction of Public Memory in Iran, Palestine, and the U.S.
    Amir analyses contemporary literature of the Middle East to show how diverse the roles of violent pasts can be in the public drama of remembrance and remediation. His postdoctoral project is titled The Forgiven and the Forgotten: Narrating Wars in Iran and Lebanon and it will examine the problem of literary commemoration of violence and its impact on national practices of communal reconciliation. He has published articles in The Comparatist, Intertexts, and Neohelicon. Amir will be teaching in the FAS Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations in 2017-2018.

Danielle Taschereau Mamers, Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Dissertation: Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing
Danielle’s research sits at the intersection of media studies, political theory, and critical indigenous studies. Her fellowship project is titled Decolonizing the Plains: Indigenous Resurgence Through Buffalo Repatriation, and it will examine the repatriation of bison herds to Indigenous territories in North America as a response to the indelible violence of settler colonization. Danielle’s work will be based in discourse analysis of contemporary and historical accounts of bison transport, an analysis of the 2014 Buffalo Treaty and the 2016 transfer as a decolonizing practice, including community visits and in-person interviews, and finally, a proposed photography project that will build a visual archive of the return of bison. Her research appears in Reflections: Auschwitz Jewish Centre Annual Alumni Journal and Visual Studies. She will be teaching in the FAS Department of Political Science in 2017-2018.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2016-2018 – Returning Fellows
Annual Theme: Time, Rhythm, and Pace

Atreyee Majumder, Anthropology, Yale University
Dissertation: Being Human in Howrah: On Historical Sensation and Public Life in an Industrial Hinterland
    Atreyee’s research is an ethnographic account of the effects of industrial capital in the interpretive terms of space and time at the local level; she brings an anthropological analysis of time to the localized history of crises of capital in India. Her primary agenda is to show the relation between time, space, and capital. Her new research is on sovereignty, Christianity, and everyday invocation of constitutional federalism in the Indian northeast.  She will be teaching with the UTSC Department of Anthropology in 2017-2018.

Erag Ramizi, Comparative Literature, New York University
Dissertation: Troublesome Anachronisms: The Peasant Question and European Realism, 1887-1917
    Erag’s doctoral thesis is one of the first comparative studies to examine the treatment of the peasant question in Europe from a literary perspective. In the context of a rapidly expanding market economy, urbanization, and nation-state formation, peasants are often said to be an embodiment of non-contemporaneity, and are perceived as either delaying the forward march of modernity or being gradually annihilated by its ruthless speed. Erag’s research contests such claims and examines ways though which peasant subjectivity is constructed and experienced in literary texts. He explores the potentialities offered by anachronism for assessing the significance of multiple temporalities and for conceiving of alternative modernities. Erag will be teaching with the FAS Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and the UTSC Department of English and Film in 2017-2018.

Erin Soros, Creative & Critical Writing, University of East Anglia
Dissertation:  (Critical) “But From My Lie This Did Come True”: The Fall of Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter’ and (Creative) excerpts from Hook Tender, a novel set in a 1940’s logging community on Canada’s West Coast
    Erin is both a creative writer and a literary scholar. Her research addresses the question of how traumatic material, which ruptures temporal orientation and exceeds aesthetic forms of containment, can be depicted or described. Her writing explores ethical and social crises, bringing together autobiographical narrative, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. Her stories have been produced for the stage in Montréal and Edinburgh, published in international literary journals and anthologies, and adapted for CBC and BBC radio. She will be teaching with the UTM Department of English and Drama in 2017-2018.

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