Four new Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities will join the Jackman Humanities Institute for two-year appointments beginning 1 July 2011. They were selected for academic excellence and for their fit with the 2011-2012 theme, Location/Dislocation, from a field of 485 applicants. They will join two remaining postdoctoral fellows who are in their second year of fellowship. Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2011-2013
Erica Allen-Kim: Erica completed her Ph.D in Art and Architecture at Harvard University in May 2011. Her dissertation is titled Downtown Saigon USA: Immigration and the Suburban Landscape. Her work focuses on the diasporic landscapes produced and inhabited by refugees and immigrants from Vietnam, cutting across several disciplines, including vernacular architecture, art, cultural geography, ethnic studies and urban planning. She will be teaching in the UTSG Department of Geography and Planning in 2011-2012 and in the UTSC Department of Arts, Culture and Media in 2013.
Gabrielle Benette Jackson: Gabrielle completed her Ph.D. in Philosophy at Harvard University in May 2011. Her dissertation, titled Gilbert Ryle and Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Adverbialist Theory of Mind, explores dislocation in a critical study of how our understanding of the mental lives of normal subjects is shaped by our understanding of the mental lives of pathological patients—patients whose pathologies are experienced as forms of detachment or alienation from their bodies, projects, and situations. She will be teaching in the UTSG Department of Philosophy in 2011-2012 and in the UTSC Department of Philosophy in 2012-2013.
Joshua Neves: Joshua will complete his Ph.D. in Film & Media Studies at the University of California-Santa Barbara in May 2011. His dissertation is titled Projecting Beijing: Screen Cultures in the Olympic Era. He works on contemporary Chinese media, screen cultures, cultural theory, and urban studies. He will be teaching on the UTSG campus in the Department of East Asian Studies and in the Cinema Studies Institute in 2011-2012.
Ila Sheren: Ila completed her Ph.D. in the History, Theory, and Criticism Program in the Department of Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May 2011. Her dissertation, titled Portable Borders/Mythical Sites: Performance Art and Politics on the U.S. Frontera, 1968-Present, explores the relationship between performance art, politics, and economics on the U.S.-Mexico border, bringing together her interests in Latin American Studies and Art History. She will be teaching in the UTSG Department of Art in 2011-2012 and in the UTM Department of Visual Studies in 2012-2013. Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities, 2010-2012
Nicole Blackwood: Nicole completed a Ph.D. in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art (London, UK) in May 2010. Her dissertation was titled Without the Brush: The Curious Paintings of Ugo da Carpi and Cornelis Ketel. Her work focuses on the use of tools and techniques in Renaissance painting, and more broadly on issues pertaining to the artist’s body, spectatorship, and early printing. She will be teaching courses in Art History in the UTSC Department of Humanities in 2011-2012.
Bradley Rogers: Bradley completed a Ph.D. in Rhetoric at the University of California-Berkeley in May 2010. His dissertation was titled The Discourse of Integration: From Musical Theater to Performance Studies, and his project at the JHI is The Cinematization of Theatrical Experience, 1895–1955. He works on the intersections of theatre and cinema history, phenomenology, and the theory of performance. He will be teaching in the UTM Department of English and Drama in 2011-2012.