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Announcement: Postdoctoral Fellows, 2015-2016

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2015-2017 – Incoming Fellows
Annual Theme:  Things that Matter

Christopher Dingwall, History, University of Chicago
    Dissertation:  Selling Slavery: Memory, Culture, and the Renewal of America, 1876-1920
    Christopher’s dissertation asks how and why, in the half century following abolition, slavery was sold as a cultural commodity: in performance, narrative, image, and object. He argues that the motifs of an abolished institution paradoxically became the emblems of a new machine age. He has curated an exhibition titled “Race and the Design of American Life:  African-Americans in 20th-c. Commercial Art”.  He will be teaching with the St. George Department of History in 2015-2016.

Eugenia Kisin, Anthropology; Culture and Media, New York University
    Dissertation: Unsettled Aesthetics: Contemporary First Nations Art and Acts of Sovereignty
    Eugenia’s area of expertise is contemporary First Nations art in Canada; her research is grounded in material culture, and engages with debates in contemporary art, curatorial practice, and object-based methods of analysis. She has made a film titled Citizenship Archive and was co-curator of an exhibition titled Objects of Exchange: Material and Social Transformation on the Late Nineteenth-Century Northwest Coast. She is the assistant editor of C Magazine. She will be teaching with the St. George Department of Anthropology in 2015-2016.
Yan Liu, History of Science, Harvard University
    Dissertation: Toxic Cures: Poisons and Medicines in Medieval China
    Yan is a cultural historian of pre-modern China. He holds a doctorate in biology and will complete a second doctorate in the History of Science in May 2015. His research explores the use of toxic substances in traditional Chinese medicine, considering pharmaceutical and religious practices across varied geographies and social contexts. He will be teaching with the St. George Department of East Asian Studies in 2015-2016
Rasheed Tazudeen, English, University of California-Berkeley
    Dissertation: Animal Metaphor and the Unmaking of the Human: Darwin, Modernism, and Contemporary Environmental Ethics
    Rasheed’s work undertakes a rethinking of the human/nonhuman divide at the intersection of New Materialism, Animal Studies, and 20th-c. British, Irish, and European literature. Parts of his doctoral research have been published in the James Joyce Quarterly and Victorian Literature and Culture. He will be teaching with the St. George Department of English in 2015-2016.
SSHRC/CHCI Collaboration Postdoctoral Fellowship hosted at the Jackman Humanities Institute, 2015-2016
Gabriel Levine, Social & Political Thought, York University
    Dissertation: Radical Vernaculars: Experiments with Tradition between Politics and Performance
    Gabriel’s research project, The Museum of Everyday Life, explores projects that collect, display and transform objects of everyday use. Whether presented as tools, celebrations, or memorials, these exhibitions of objects become a form of performance; Gabriel’s work brings dramaturgical and critical practices into dialogue with collective art-making processes.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2014-2016 – Returning Fellows
Annual Theme: Humour, Play, and Games

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 comedy in antiquity. He examines ancient critics' competing interpretations of the vicious, obscene, and publicly engaged abuse in the Old Comedy of ancient Greece in connection to larger polemics about the ramifications of free speech, the effects of democracy, and the relationship between art and society. Matthew will be teaching for the Department of Historical and Cultural Studies at the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2015-2016.
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 Department of Historical Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga in 2015-2016.

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