Postdoctoral Fellows at the Jackman Humanities Institute in 2018-2019
As the JHI winds up ten years of postdoctoral fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for the Humanities, we are grateful for the immense contributions that our many cohorts of postdocs have brought to the intellectual and pedagogical life of the University of Toronto. This year's cohort of postdoctoral fellows includes the last three Mellon fellowship-holders, now completing the second year of their term with the JHI, and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow who is hosted at the JHI through a collaboration with the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). For more information about hosting CHCI-SSHRC postdoctoral fellowships, see: https://chcinetwork.org/chci-sshrc-hosts
SSHRC/CHCI Collaboration Postdoctoral Fellowship Katherine Bruce-Lockhart, History, University of Cambridge Dissertation Power and Politics in the Ugandan Prison, 1894-1979 Katherine is a social historian whose research explores the politics of reconciliation and shame in Uganda, and more broadly, the issues that come out of the struggle to apportion blame for atrocities in the wake of authoritarian regimes. Her research project examines the history of soldiers who served in the Uganda Army during the Idi Amin years as an example of the ethical struggle to apportion blame for atrocities carried out under authoritarian regimes. Her work has been published in the Journal of World History and the Journal of East African Studies. Katherine is an alumni fellow, and has also held an undergraduate fellowship at the Jackman Humanities Institute in 2011-2012. She will be returning to the Institute for the second year of her postdoctoral fellowship in 2018-2019.
Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2017-2019 Mark Anthony Geraghty, Anthropology, University of Chicago Dissertation Genocide Ideology, Nation-Building, Counter-Revolution: Specters of the Rwandan Nation-State Mark’s research focuses on violence, transitional justice, and post-conflict nation building in Rwanda, and is based on four years of ethnographic fieldwork in Rwanda. His project examines the repercussions of the Rwandan government’s campaign against ‘genocide ideology’, concluding that this nation-building project re-inscribes ethnic divisions. His research will appear in American Ethnologist and Cultural Anthropology. Mark will be teaching in the UTSC Department of Anthropology in 2018-2019.
Amir Khadem, Comparative Literature, University of Alberta Dissertation Endemic Pains and Pandemic Traumas: The Literary Construction of Public Memory in Iran, Palestine, and the U.S. Amir analyses contemporary literature of the Middle East to show how diverse the roles of violent pasts can be in the public drama of remembrance and remediation. His postdoctoral project is titled The Forgiven and the Forgotten: Narrating Wars in Iran and Lebanon and it examines the problem of literary commemoration and its impact on national practices of communal reconciliation. He has published articles in The Comparatist, Intertexts, and Neohelicon. Amir will be teaching in the UTSC Department of English in 2018-2019.
Danielle Taschereau Mamers, Media Studies, University of Western Ontario Dissertation Settler Colonial Ways of Seeing Danielle’s research sits at the intersection of media studies, political theory, and critical indigenous studies. Her fellowship project is Decolonizing the Plains: Indigenous Resurgence Through Buffalo Repatriation, and it examines the repatriation of bison herds to Indigenous territories in North America as a response to settler colonization. Danielle’s work is based in discourse analysis of contemporary and historical accounts of bison transport, the 2014 Buffalo Treaty and 2016 transfer, including community visits and in-person interviews, and a photography project that will build a visual archive of the return of bison. She will be teaching in the UTM Department of Political Science and the Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology in 2018-2019.