Through the generous support of the Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies Dean’s office, the Humanities Institute awarded $5,000 each to graduate students in Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs in the division of Humanities, Arts, and Cultural Studies to support travel, research, workshops and other project-related work in the summer of 2015. Projects include a study of politics in culture, an examination of global sustainability, and subterranean English narratives.
Amanda Modell • Cultural Studies
Whale Song’s Aboriginal Ecologies
Amanda Modell is a doctoral candidate in the Cultural Studies Graduate Group and has completed a Designated Emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research. Amanda’s dissertation research examines what is considered ‘cultural’ and ‘natural’ in relation to music in different times and places, and how race, gender, ability and species inform those considerations. Chapter topics include Pandora Internet Radio’s Music Genome Project, eugenic tests of musicality and tone deafness during the interwar period, and whale song. Her work has been published in Media Fields, and she has received support from the Mellon Social Justice Initiative at UC Davis and the American Philosophical Society. This support from the Davis Humanities Institute will allow Amanda to travel to Australia to study how whale song articulates ontologies among Aboriginal peoples, acoustic ecologists, and environmental activists.
Anne O’Connor • Cultural Studies
Regulating Sex: Zika and transgenic insects in Brazil
Anne O’Connor is a first year PhD student in the Cultural Studies program at UC Davis. She holds a BA in Sociocultural Anthropology, Political Science and Arabic language from Binghamton University, and a MSc from the London School of Economics in Law, Anthropology and Society. She is interested in the intersections of Anthropology, Law and Science and Technology Studies. Her current project is looking at regulations of transgenic mosquitoes in public health campaigns.
Ashley Sarpong • English
The Land Speaks: Land Practice and the Early Modern Literary Imagination
Ashley Sarpong is a fourth year PhD candidate in English studying Early Modern literature and ecocriticism. Her dissertation project examines the literary representation of “land” in literary texts and genres of the period in relation to emerging land practices, land rights, and dispossession. A baltimore native, Ashley enjoys dancing, cooking, and concert-going in her spare time.
Jeanelle Hope • Cultural Studies
Afro-Asian Solidarity through Philosophy and Knowledge Production
Jeanelle Hope is a doctoral student in Cultural Studies. Her current research centers on the intersection of Black and Asian American social and political movements and the ways in which Afro-Asian solidarity manifests. Her broader research interests include transnational feminism, Black queer theory, Blacks in the U.S. west, and African American women’s history.
Annette Hulbert • English
Writing in the Storm: Britain’s Literary Weather, 1667-1790
Annette Hulbert is a Ph.D. candidate in English. Her dissertation, “Writing in the Storm: Britain’s Literary Weather, 1667-1790,” examines how eighteenth century literary forms and aesthetic categories are shaped by the discourse of storms as portentous signs of historical change. The conventional story is that the Enlightenment was responsible for systematizing, secularizing, and de-personifying the weather. By contrast, Hulbert argues that storms continue to harbor a larger interpretive burden throughout the eighteenth century, which is why storms figure prominently in genres as various as theatrical revisions of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, georgic poetry, and the realist novel. The HArCS Dean’s Fellowship will allow her to deepen the archive of the project and access meteorological treatises at the British Library that provide greater background detail about how weather writing influences literary methods of the period.
Kayce Davis • Critical Theory
The Anxieties of Postmemory: Intergenerational Transmission of the Spanish Civil War in the Contemporary Spanish Novel
Kayce S. Davis is a Ph.D. candidate with a designated emphasis in Critical Theory. His dissertation analyzes the Spanish Civil War through its intergenerational remembering, recollection, and restructuring in contemporary Spanish literature. Through an interdisciplinary approach involving History, Holocaust Studies, Memory Studies, Human Rights, and Literature, he argues that Spain is a failed jus post bellum nation still dominated by silence, forgetting, and injustice. He further emphasizes the need for creating alternative forms of non-official discourse within Spain to address the latent traumatic events of the Spanish Civil War and to produce a transitional justice for its victims, exiles, and forgotten.
Alexandrine Mailhé • French and Italian
Les ‘Beurettes’ de la République: Between Engagement and Rejection of the French Concepts of Modernity and Feminism
Alexandrine Mailhé was born and raised in the South of France where she received her BA and MA in British/ American Literature and Civilization at the University of Toulouse Le Mirail. Afterwards, she attended Texas Tech University where she graduated with a MA in Francophone Literature. After completing her coursework in French and pursuing a minor in Feminist Studies and research at UC Davis, Alexandrine is currently writing her dissertation on women’s literary engagements with paradoxes at the heart of representational categories of French Universalism in the 18th, 19th and 20th/21st centuries.
Samantha Snively • English Literature
Absorbing Knowledge: Cultures of Incorporation in Early Modern England
Samantha Snively is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of California Davis. Her dissertation project, which features manuscript recipe collections, traces incorporation as tool for knowledge-formation across a number of knowledge spheres in early modern England. This summer, she will be traveling to London to study manuscript recipes at the British and Wellcome Libraries, and welcomes suggestions for weird and wonderful recipes to look at.
Vanessa Esquivido • Native American Studies
Nor Rel Muk Wintu Tribal History and Federal Recognition
I am an enrolled member of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation, I am also Hupa, and Chicana. I am currently a graduate student (ABD) in Native American Studies at University of California, Davis. I received my BA in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies with an emphasis on Native American Studies at California State University Sacramento. Focusing my research on the first tribal history of the Nor Rel Muk Wintu and their struggles in seeking federal recognition. Other research conducted includes California Indian history, California Basketry, and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
Victoria White • Comparative Literature
Il Petrarchista: English Translation
Tori White, PhD candidate in Comparative Literature, specializes in the literary Renaissance, engaging questions of genre and Petrarchan imitation and focusing especially on literature on the borderline between “anti-” and “Petrarchan”: parody, satire, and burlesque. Her dissertation project engages with texts written in Italian, Spanish, and English in the genres of lyric, drama, and prose, aiming at a critical intervention in the scholarship of Petrarchan discourse. This poetic discourse—which most often takes the form of love poetry and which is justifiably infamous for treating the female as a silent and idealized object—is central to the literature and culture of the Renaissance. As White has argued, this love poetry and its representations of the female body continue to affect even artifacts of popular culture such as Game of Thrones. White’s project for the summer of 2016 is to complete a draft of a translation of Niccolò Franco’s satirical dialogue Il Petrarchista, a text which she analyzes in her dissertation, and for which she aims to create an anglophone readership.