Research updates, observations, and opportunities from the Humanities Research Institute.
- Fellowship Invites Community Conversation on Political Stakes of StorytellingResearch Focused on Movement of Ideas Across Cultures Eva Kuras (Comparative and World Literature), the 2022–23 Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellow, writes about her fellowship project, what drew her to this work, and what “public humanities” means to her. What motivated you to apply for the Mellon Pre-Doctoral Public Humanities Fellowship? I have always been interested in bridging the divide […]
- Research Re-envisions Social, Ecological Relations Through Indigenous Literary and Visual TextsDeena Rymhs (American Indian Studies) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Faculty Fellow. Rymhs’ project “Putting Back Together: Re-Worldings in annie ross’s Pots and Other Living Beings” focuses on a recently published book of poet and weaver annie ross (Maya). Composed of diptych photographs stitched together in a poetic travelogue through nuclear-infused (Indigenous) lands, Pots and Other Living Beings re-envisions social and ecological […]
- Research on Black Women, Corporeal Aesthetics in 21st Century Paves Way for Black FuturesAmanda Smith (French and Italian) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Graduate Student Fellow. Smith’s research project, “21st Century Black Beauty Resistance: Collectivism, Individuality, and In/Visibility in Black French Women’s Body and Hair Representations,” examines representations of Black women’s bodies and hair in Francophone autobiographical, sociocultural, and literary texts written by 21st century Black women to uncover how they illuminate white […]
- History Research Dismantles Sonic Hierarchies in Opera From East to WestLingyan Liu (History) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Graduate Student Fellow. Liu’s research project, “That Hideous Sound: The Speaking, Singing, and Shouting of Chinese and Chinese Americans in Race Making, 1850s-1930s,” explores how the sounds of Chinese opera, street hawkers, labors, festival firecrackers were historically constructed as unnatural and noisy, leading to the sonic configuration of the “yellow” race both […]
- Research Centering Mexican Migrant Experience Identifies Incongruent Policies, PracticesDamian Vergara Bracamontes (Gender and Women’s Studies) is a 2022–2023 HRI Campus Faculty Fellow. Vergara Bracamontes’ forthcoming book, The Administration of Illegality and Mexican Migrant Life, traces the formation and consolidation of illegality in a new phase of social exclusion and control in San Diego, California in the 1970s. Learn more about HRI’s Campus Fellowship Program, which supports a cohort of faculty […]