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Introducing the 2017 DHI Faculty Summer Research, Collaboration, and Public Engagement Fellows

The UC Davis Humanities Institute, with the generous support of the HArCS dean’s office, is pleased to announce the 2017 DHI Faculty Awards for Summer Research, Collaboration, and Public Engagement. Representing scholarship across a broad range of disciplines within Humanities, Arts and Cultural Studies, this year’s fellows will take innovative and collaborative approaches to exploring research questions and engaging in public scholarship.
These awards address key areas of expressed need and support, including research and creative projects over the summer months (DHI Faculty Summer Fellowships); collaborations with colleagues outside the UC (DHI Network-Collaboration Fellowships); and community-engaged work (DHI Public Engagement Fellowships).
DHI Faculty Summer Fellows
Contributing to work by nine faculty members in eight departments, this fellowship supports expenses and travel for summer research and/or creative projects.
Talinn Grigor, Professor of Art History
“Digital Catalogue of Soviet Vernacular-Regional Modernism”
Chunjie Zhang, Assistant Professor of German
“From Morality to Ecology: China and Europe in the Age of Enlightenment”
Michael Foster, Professor of Japanese
“Demon-Deity Rituals in Japan”
Michiko Suzuki, Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature   
“Reading Material: Kimono in Twentieth-Century Japanese Literature and Film”
Jenny Kaminer, Associate Professor of Russian    
“Precocious Dreams: Fantasies of Adolescence in Post-Soviet Culture”
Jessica Perea, Assistant Professor of Native American Studies
“Listening for Gender and Race in Alaska Native Music Studies”
Young Suh, Associate Professor of Art
“The Family of Trees”
Glenda Drew, Professor of Design
Keith Watenpaugh, Professor of Human Rights Studies
“Article 26 Backpack – The UC Davis Tool for Refugee and Vulnerable Student Mobility, Education and Inclusion”
DHI Network-Collaboration Fellows
Aimed to support faculty who wish to collaborate with colleagues outside the UC, the Network-Collaboration award supports travel for a UC Davis faculty member to visit a collaborator and/or to bring external collaborators to UC Davis. This program represents a high-impact investment that fosters research or creative networks, raises the profile of our faculty, and seeds future grant proposals.
Archana Venkatesan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Religious Studies
“Multiplying Heaven on Earth: A Study of Temple Networks in South India”
Matthew Vernon, Assistant Professor of English
“New Negroes Chinese and Mexican Laborers in the American Imaginary”
Lynette Hunter, Distinguished Professor History of Rhetoric and Performance, Professor of Theatre and Dance
“Practice as Research (PAR): Intercultural Potentials for Social Justice”
Michael Lazzara, Associate Professor of Spanish
“Imagining a Future Mass Atrocity and Genocide Studies Center through Collaboration”
Mairaj Syed, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
“Analysis of Hadith Transmission as a Social Network from the Seventh till the Tenth Centuries”
DHI Public Engagement Fellowships
Timed to coincide with the arrival of the arts, humanities and design consortium Imagining America to UC Davis in July 2017, this fellowship supports faculty who wish to pursue a community-engaged research or creative project.
Sunaina Maira, Professor of Asian American Studies
“Sanctuary, Solidarity, and Resistance”
Elisabeth Middleton, Associate Professor of Native American Studies
“Mapping Alliances: Collaborations in Indigenous Cartography”
–Jennifer Tinonga-Valle, DHI Graduate Student Researcher and doctoral candidate in the Department of English

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