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Announcement, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in the Humanities, 2016-2018

The Jackman Humanities Institute is pleased to announce that we will be  joined by the following Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellows in the humanities in 2016-2017.  The Institute will be conducting activities relevant to the annual theme of "Time, Rhythm, and Pace" in the coming year.  These are two-year appointments.

Information regarding our next competition for postdoctoral fellowships, to be held 2017-2019, will be posted in August.  Please see Fellowships & Funding for details.

2016-2017: Time, Rhythm, and Pace
The modern experience of time is often characterized by its “increasing speed,” its linearity, and its emphasis on “now.” But time does not have to be regarded as the flight of an arrow, a race track, or a forking path. If we consider the body, the planet, or the longue durée of history, it becomes clear that rhythm, cycle, pace  and temporality pervade the human condition, now as they have always done.  Occurring at multiple scales (neuronal firing, diurnal habits, menses, calendars, life cycles, the rise and fall of civilizations), rhythm is concrete, existential, and profound. How do rhythm and cycle, rather than velocity, characterize human life? What are the politics of chronology? How can a deeper understanding of time, rhythm, and pace -- from literary theorists, historians, phenomenologists, political scientists, and diverse other sectors of the academy -- provide us with guidance in an increasingly frantic and fast-paced world?

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2016-2018 – Incoming Fellows
Annual Theme:  Time, Rhythm and Pace


Atreyee Majumder, Anthropology, Yale University
Dissertation: Being Human in Howrah: On Historical Sensation and Public Life in an Industrial Hinterland
    Atreyee’s research is an ethnographic account of the effects of industrial capital in the interpretive terms of space and time at the local level; she brings an anthropological analysis of time to the localized history of crises of capital in India. Her primary agenda is to show the relation between time, space, and capital. She will be teaching with the FAS Department of Anthropology in 2016-2017.

Michael Nicholson, English, University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation: After Time: Romanticism and Anachronism
    Michael’s work explores English poetry in the context of the development of new technologies of measuring and recording time in the 18th and 19th centuries. His research highlights poetic strategies of anachronism that contested the increasing dominance of ‘imperial time’ – the strictly standardized temporality that enforced a forward-moving narrative of empire. This poetry asserted a new chronopolitics that enacted untimely rhythms to reform entrenched cultural and economic institutions. Two selections from this project have appeared as essays in ELH and Genre. He will be teaching with the FAS Department of English in 2016-2017.

Erag Ramizi, Comparative Literature, New York University
Dissertation: Troublesome Anachronisms: The Peasant Question and European Realism, 1887-1917
    Erag’s doctoral thesis is one of the first comparative studies to examine the treatment of the peasant question in Europe from a literary perspective. In the context of a rapidly expanding market economy, urbanization, and nation-state formation, peasants are often said to be an embodiment of non-contemporaneity, and are perceived as either delaying the forward march of modernity or being gradually annihilated by its ruthless speed. Erag’s research contests such claims and examines ways though which peasant subjectivity is constructed and experienced in literary texts. He explores the potentialities offered by anachronism for assessing the significance of multiple temporalities and for conceiving of alternative modernities. Erag will be teaching with the FAS Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures in 2016-2017.

Erin Soros, Creative & Critical Writing, University of East Anglia
Dissertation:  (Critical) “But From My Lie This Did Come True”: The Fall of Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter’ and (Creative) excerpts from Hook Tender, a novel set in a 1940’s logging community on Canada’s West Coast
    Erin is both a creative writer and a literary scholar. Her research addresses the question of how traumatic material, which ruptures temporal orientation and exceeds aesthetic forms of containment, can be depicted or described. Her writing explores ethical and social crises, bringing together autobiographical narrative, psychoanalysis, and continental philosophy. Her stories have been produced for the stage in Montréal and Edinburgh, published in international literary journals and anthologies, and adapted for CBC and BBC radio. She will be teaching with the FAS Department of English in 2016-2017.

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2015-2017 – Returning Fellows
Annual Theme: Things that Matter


Christopher Dingwall, History, University of Chicago
Dissertation:  Selling Slavery: Memory, Culture, and the Renewal of America, 1876-1920
    Christopher is a historian of American culture with particular interest in race and commerce from the era of slave emancipation to the present day. In his current project he looks at theatre, books, postcards, and mechanical toys to examine how and why race was sold in an emerging mass cultural economy at the turn of the twentieth century. He will be teaching with the UTM Department of Historical Studies in 2016-2017.

Rasheed Tazudeen, English, University of California-Berkeley
Dissertation: Animal Metaphor & Unmaking the Human: Darwin, Modernism, and Contemporary Environmental Ethics
    Rasheed’s work undertakes a rethinking of the human/nonhuman divide at the intersection of New Materialism, Animal Studies, and 20th-c. British, Irish, and European literature. Parts of his doctoral research have been published in the James Joyce Quarterly and Victorian Literature and Culture. He will be teaching with UTSC Department of English in 2016-2017.


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