Thursdays are special at the JHI. Our Fellows meet to share lunch and talk about their research in an open, supportive forum that always generates an interesting discussion. The first lunch for our 2019-2020 year got the ball rolling with introductions and short synopses of research projects related to our annual theme– Strange Weather– which explores questions and themes around climate change.
Stephanie Bernhard (PhD English, University of Virginia, 2017) is the JHI New Media and Public Humanities Early Career Fellow for 2019-2020. She is an Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University, where she specializes in the environmental humanities.
Andrew Brown (Ph.D. English, Yale University, 2019) is JHI's Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow. Andrew’s fellowship research project uses text mining and mapping tools in order to track how the inhabitants of the early modern Atlantic world developed a new conception of water as a crucial form of infrastructure. His presentation explored mapping water and waste in early modern London (c. 1500-1700). Andrew provided most of the content for this post.
Chiara Graf, a Chancellor Henry N.R. Jackman Graduate Fellow in the Humanities, gave a recent Fellows' Lunch talk about affect and rationality in Roman philosopher, scientist, and tragedian Lucius Annaeus Seneca's (c.1 BCE-65 CE) Natural Questions. We had a few special guests including Ted Parker and Kat Furtado, PhD students in Classics and Charlie Foran from CBC Ideas.
Alan Ackerman led the last of the introductory Fellows’ Lunch presentations from a summary of two suggested readings (below) through to a close reading of Emily Dickinson’s poem #556.
Bhavani Raman (Associate Professor, UTSC Historical & Cultural Studies) led a recent Fellows’ Lunch discussion centering on two readings and a slideshow of maps.
We gathered for this lunch for a discussion led by faculty research Fellow Mark Cheetham (Art History), and then toured Qaggiq: Gathering Place, an exhibition at the University of Toronto Art Museum.
Mark asked the Fellows to watch John Walker’s film Passage (2008), a semi-documentary look at the mid- 19th century efforts of Scottish explorer John Rae to find out what happened to John Franklin’s doomed expedition to find a northwest passage.
Our first proper Fellows’ Lunch of the year got our Strange Weather theme off to a lively start with a discussion led by Ben Akrigg (FAS Classics) and based on readings from the following books: