In 2010, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, with the support of the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment for the Humanities, began a program to award summer fellowships to faculty members in the humanities disciplines. The objective of these fellowships is to allow recipients to make significant progress on existing creative/research projects during the summer months.
Dr. Armon received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project
entitled "Staging Curiosity: Skepticism and Science on the Spanish Stage, 1650-1750.” .
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Prof. Vandana Baweja, School of Architecture
Dr. Baweja received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her project entitled "Tropical Architecture in Australia,” which is part of a broader book project on “Tropical Architecture in Florida.” She traveled to Australia to conduct research on Australian architecture, globalization, and climate.
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Prof. Robert Kawashima, Department of Religion and the Center for Jewish Studies
Dr. Kawashima received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for his book project entitled "The Pentateuch: An Interpretation." He traveled to Berkeley, California, for archival research at the Graduate Theological Union to study Pentateuch and the Documentary Hypothesis.
Prof. Jorge Valdés Kroff, Department of Spanish & Portuguese
Dr. Valdés Kroff received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for his project entitled "Anticipating the Switch: How Bilinguals Integrate Code-Switching in Comprehension." He used his funding to travel to the University of Granada in Spain and test Spanish monolingual and Spanish-English bilingual speakers to learn how bilingual speakers comprehend and integrate code-switching.
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Prof. Hélène Blondeau, Department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures
Dr. Blondeau received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for a project entitled, “The Role of French in the Sociolinguistic Making of Montreal and Brussels: Identity and Variation in Two Francophone Metropolises.” Dr. Blondeau will travel to Montreal and Brussels to study the effects of globalization on Francophone linguistic variation in two diverse French speaking cities.
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Prof. Michelle Campos, Department of History
Dr. Campos received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship for her book project, “Unmixing the Holy City,” which examines the transformation of Jerusalem from a non-segregated to a segregated city in the early twentieth century. Dr. Campos will travel to Jerusalem to conduct interviews and oral histories, as well as work on the digital and public aspect of her project: a website examining the social and spatial forces separating Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem.
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Prof. Evan Hart, Center for African-American Studies
Dr. Hart received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to conduct archival research for her book project, “Building an Inclusive Movement: The National Black Women’s Health Project and the Battle for Health, 1981-1994.” Her project examines the internal conflicts of race within feminist debates over women’s health through an analysis of the NBWHP.
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Prof. Jennifer Rea, Department of Classics
Dr. Rea received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to finish writing a book entitled, “Perpetua’s Journey: Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire.” Her project examines the life and death of Perpetua, a Christian female martyr in the third century, and excavates what her story tells us about the active role of women in the Christianization of the Roman Empire.
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Prof. Jodi Schorb, Department of English
Dr. Schorb received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to begin a book project, “Sexual Self-Making: Life Writing and the Erotic Imaginary in Antebellum America.” Her project will examine the sexual vocabularies of Americans and how these vocabularies shaped sexual culture and self-understanding in pre-Civil War America.
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Prof. Donna Cohen,
College of Design, Construction, and Planning
Dr. Cohen received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to organize a public exhibition entitled “Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd.” Dr. Cohen will co-curate the exhibit, which will contribute to the conversation about Donald Judd’s legacy as an architect.
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Richard Kernaghan, Department of Anthropology
Dr. Kernaghan received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to work on a second book manuscript, “Topographies of Law: Transportation Ethnography in the Post-War Landscape of Peru.” Dr. Kernaghan will travel to Peru and complete ethnographic fieldwork along the Huallaga River in order to explore the impacts of political violence on spatial organization.
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Ann Whitney Sanford, Department of Religion
Dr. Sanford received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to finish research on her book project, “Be the Change: Food, Community, and Sustainability in America.” Dr. Sanford will travel to the Pacific Northwest to conduct ethnographic research on the sustainability movement and intentional communities in the region.
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Stephanie A. Smith, Department of English
Dr. Smith received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to begin writing a novel. Dr. Smith will explore the legacy of American impressionism through the story of Cody Hoving who inherits property from his grandfather on Martha’s Vineyard.
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Ying Xiao, Department of Literatures, Languages, and
Dr. Xiao received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to complete a book project, “China in the Mix: Cinema, Popular Music, and Multilingualsim.” Dr. Xiao will travel to China to explore aspects of filmmaking, media production, and the soundscape of Chinese popular culture.
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Velvet Yates, Department of Classics
Dr. Yates received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to finish writing an article entitled "Men's Cosmetics in Plato and Xenophon." This project examines the role of men's cosmetics in the aristocratic ideology of ancient Athens.
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Burak, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Dr. Burak received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to start his new project currently entitled "Struggling for a Russian National Idea/Identity in the 21st Century." Dr. Burak will begin creating an English translation anthology of currently untranslated Russian texts by prominent Russian philosophers and cultural/political figures who are shaping contemporary internal and external policies in Russia.
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Butler, School of Music
Dr. Butler received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to complete her second book manuscript, "Opera in the Age of Reform: Traetta, Parma, and the Rhetoric of Innovation." Dr. Butler will continue her research on the intersections of power, politics, and economics amidst eighteenth-century opera to show the flexible and complex nature of operatic reform.
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Hebblethwaite, Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Dr. Hebblethwaite received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to complete fieldwork for his project "Rap and Islam in France: Arabic Religious Language Contact with Vernacular French." Dr. Hebblethwaite will travel to Paris to test 40 participants' reactions to rap lyrics in order to investigate how Islamic borrowings found within French rap lyrics shed light on the linguistic effects of globalization.
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Marshall, School of Theatre and Dance
Dr. Marshall received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to pursue the creation of a script from the materials in UF's Samuel Proctor Oral History Project. Dr. Marshall's will focus on the African American Collection to identify stories that will provide first-person monologues and third-person narratives for a ninety-minute dramatization for future production at UF. His script is entitled Gator Tales and will premier February 13-22 in the Black Box Theatre in the UF McGuire Pavilion.
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Stanfield-Mazzi, School of Art and Art History
Dr. Stanfield-Mazzi received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to begin her second book project on "Liturgical Cloth and the Columbian Exchange." Dr. Stanfield-Mazzi will compile her previous archival and bibliographic research to write about how "church clothing" (textile ornaments that furnished altars, stairs, floors, and walls) made by indigenous American cloth makers deeply affected the visual and ideological nature of the Catholic church.
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Prof. Ana de
Prada Pérez, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Dr. de Prada Peréz received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to travel to Spain to collect data for her ongoing project on bilingualism. Dr. de Prada Peréz will study the linguistic situation of Catalan-Spanish bilingualism in Minorca and will focus on the common practice of code switching (frequently alternating between two languages) in order to collect data on an understudied cultural occurrence.
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Dr. Westmoreland received a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship to begin his project on "Giving Philosophy a Hand: Left and Right in Swordplay, Brains, and Lived Experience." Dr. Westmoreland will focus on hand specialization as the key to left-right differentiation and how left- and right-handers experience the world differently based on the manual training and varied methods of learning skills like handwriting.
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Over the summer of 2013, Dr. Eleni Bozia with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship collected archival research at Palazzo Altemps - Soprintendeza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma. There she completed the 3D scanning and digitization of Ancient Greek and Roman statues in order to populate the 3D Virtual Museum of World Heritage, which is part of the UF Digital Epigraphy and Archaeology Project.
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Over the summer of 2013, Roebrt Kawashima a with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship completed the manuscript of his current book, The Archaeology of Ancient Israelite Knowledge. His manuscript examines the intellectual-historical significance of Israelite religion within the context of the ancient Mediterranean world.
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Over the summer of 2013, Dr. Jennifer Rea with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship completed her book project Empire Without End: Science Fiction, Fantasy and the Augustan Poets. Rea's work focuses on the continued reappearance of classic works like Virgil's Aeneid in the popular genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy. She finds that classic narratives persist as universal stories that, when embedded in Sci-Fi or Fantasy, create a safe space for discussion and exploration of controversial questions, particularly in a post-9/11 American culture.
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Over the summer of 2013, Dr. Robert Wagman with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship continued work on his book project entitled Beliefs of Modern Greece (BMG), an annotated English translation of Leo Allatius’ De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibus from 1645. Dr. Wagman's translation is the first comprehensive, annotated English translation of BMG, a valuable primary source for Greek popular religion during the Medieval and Early modern periods and the first extensive work about the vampire in European literature.
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Armon, Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Over the summer of 2012, Dr. Shifra Armon with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship conducted research on the cultural work that literature performs in reconfiguring gender norms. Her studies focused on the rapid change in the early modern Circum-Atlantic world that led to reassessing the Neostoic virtue of constancy. To learn more, join us as Dr. Armon presents her work as part of the 2012-2013 Summer Fellowship Brown-Bag Series.
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O'Dwyer, Political Science, Center for European Studies
Over the summer of 2012, Dr. Conor O'Dwyer with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship conducted research on his project, "The Rights Frontier: Internationalization, Europeanization, and Gay Rights in Postcommunist Europe." He is spending the 2012-2013 academic year as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard University Center for European Studies.
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Rylkova, Russian Language & Literature
Over the summer of 2012, Dr. Galina Rylkova with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship conducted research on the poet Anna Akhmatova's ability to be creative in the challenging conditions of Stalin's Russia. Dr. Rylkova takes Akhamatova's writings as a start point for discussing what a writer needs to be creative, how she relates to people whom she finds inspiring, and how these relationships affect her personal life and disposition.
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Prof. Ingrid Kleespies,
Russian Language & Literature
Over the summer of 2011, Dr. Ingrid Kleespies revised and completed her book, A Nation Astray: Nomadism and National Identity in Russian Literature, with the support of the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship. This book explores the idea of wandering, travel, and mobility in Russian literature and thought.
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Lai, Art & Art History
As a 2011 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow, Assistant Professor Guolong Lai conducted research beginning a new project on how the art, architecture, and significant places of early China have been preserved and curated in modern China. In Singapore, Beijing, and Taipei, Prof. Lai visited cultural heritage sites and acquired materials to continue his studies.
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Poceski, Chinese Language & Literature
During the summer of 2011, with the support of the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, Dr. Mario Poceski, Associate Professor in the Department of Religion, conducted extensive research in Japan for his forthcoming book. Tentatively titled The Records of Mazu Daoyi and the Making of Classical Chan Literature, this monograph explores the development of Chan (Zen) Buddhist literature in China.
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Thurner, Latin American History
With the support of the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, Dr. Mark Thurner conducted museum research in Paris, France; Milan, Turin, and Rome, Italy; and Athens, Greece. His visits contributed toward ongoing research tracing the genealogy of museums and artifacts relating to political and disciplinary discourses.
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Prof. Mary Watt,
Italian Language & Literature
With the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, Professor Mary Watt, a specialist in Italian literature and chair of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, was able to pursue her interest in exposing a less familiar side of the enigmatic explorer Christopher Columbus. In the summer of 2011, she traveled to Seville to conduct archival research on Columbus and spend her summer working on a book about the famous navigator, which will explore the messianic and apocalyptic ideas that influenced Columbus and his voyage.
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Youssef Haddad, Arabic Linguistics
Over the summer of 2010, Dr. Youssef Haddad revised and completed a book on comparative syntax with the support of the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship. Dr. Haddad is interested in the syntax structure of various languages, and has been working on the sentence structure of South Asian languages, such as Assamese, a language of north eastern India.
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Hasak-Lowy, Hebrew Language & Literature
As a 2010 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellow, Professor Todd Hasak-Lowy visited Israel as part of ongoing research on Israeli films dealing with the 1982-2000 conflict in Lebanon. His research focused specifically on the films Beaufort (2007), Waltz with Bashir (2008), and Lebanon (2009).
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Kujundzic, Jewish Studies and Germanic and Slavic Languages
With the support of the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, Professor Dragan Kujundzic spent the summer of 2010 preparing and filming a documentary on J. Hillis Miller. Miller, as a leading American literary critic and scholar, was a founder of “deconstruction” philosophy and theory in the U.S. As the son of the first post-WWII President of the University of Florida, Miller also has close ties with this university. Kujundzic teamed up with Georg Koszulinsky, a UF graduate student in film and media studies, to create a documentary detailing the life, work, and outlook of J. Hillis Miller.
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Prof. Ana Margheritis, Political Science
Ana Margheritis spent the summer of 2010 in Spain and France researching the changing identity of Argentinean and Ecuadorian immigrants to Southern Europe with the support of a Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship. Her research interests focus on the political dimension of transnational migration. She is endeavoring to understand how the conditions and causes of emigration affect people’s ideas of nation, home, and belonging, as well as the impact of state institutions and policies on such questions.
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With the support of the Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, Dr. Amy Abugo Ongiri spent the summer months of 2010 at the Hoover Institute at Stanford University and the Freedom Archives in San Francisco. She used these archives to find significant primary source material on radical movements in the sixties and seventies that have not been included in existing scholarship.
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Wang, Chinese Language & Literature
With the support of a 2010 Rothman Faculty Summer Fellowship, Dr. Richard Wang spent May through August in China. There he pursued his research into princely patronage of Daoism during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). His trip to China allowed him to find a number of rare books written in the fourteenth through seventeenth centuries by Chinese princes of theMing dynasty, as well as pre-modern gazetteers and the manuscript of a princely genealogy.
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