The University Record, April 8, 2002

Five join Humanities Institute as 2002–03 Visiting Fellows

By Elizabeth Woodford
Institute for the Humanities

The Institute for the Humanities will host a varied group of visiting fellows in the coming academic year. During their residencies, these visitors will join 13 U-M faculty and graduate student fellows in a weekly seminar, and will either give a public lecture or present their work in forums with institute associates.

Director Tom Trautmann notes that visitors enliven discussions within the Institute and says, “It is a pleasure to bring such distinguished scholars and artists to Ann Arbor, and we hope that many on campus will take advantage of their presence, visit them here, and attend their public programs.”

Visiting Fellows

John Baines (The Oriental Institute and Queen’s College, Oxford University), whose primary research areas lie in ancient Egyptian art, religion and literature, has a strong interest in social theory and anthropological approaches to the study of ancient civilizations. He has contributed to and edited collaborative volumes on ancient Near Eastern civilizations and directed epigraphic fieldwork for the Egypt Exploration Society in the Temple of Sety I at Abydos in Upper Egypt. His principal current research is on biography and self-presentation, and on the enactment of an aesthetic high culture by the ancient Egyptian elite. In the fall, Baines will teach an undergraduate course on “Ancient Egyptian Art and Architecture.” In the winter, he will co-teach (with Institute Faculty Fellow Piotr Michalowski) a graduate seminar, “Cultural Legitimations of Premodern Elites.” They will look at how elites exploit cultural means to establish and reinforce their internal positions and to communicate with other societies outside. In residence as the Norman Freehling Visiting Professor Sept. 1, 2002–April 30, 2003.

Goenawan Mohamad is one of Indonesia’s most important public intellectuals and an astute observer and interpreter of life, culture and politics. As an essayist and journalist, he is a highly influential cultural critic whose works are not only politically important, but also have contributed to the development of a new prose style for the Indonesian language. His lyric and narrative poems count among the finest works of modern Indonesian literature and have won him numerous awards. During his residency, Mohamad will offer a minicourse, “Rereading ‘Letters From a Javanese Princess.’” Students will read (in translation) the letters of Kartini, the daughter of a Javanese regent at the beginning of the 20th century, to prepare them to discuss questions of Islam, women and the nation. In residence Sept. 15–Oct. 19, 2002.

Jean Hébrard is professor at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales and Inspecteur Générale de l’Education Nationale at the Ministry of Education in Paris. With Anne-Marie Chartier, he is co-author of “Discours sur la lecture” (1989), the definitive study of reading and ideas about reading in France. He has published numerous articles on popular practices of reading, on the acquisition of reading and writing as skills in the early modern era, and on scribes and “scribal culture.” He has a particular interest in autodidacts. During his residency, Hébrard will explore the material basis of the culture of writing and investigate the ways in which various tools and paraphernalia shaped the way that writing was learned and used in the early modern period. In residence Oct. 20–Nov. 2, 2002.

Linda and Michael Hutcheon are the husband-and-wife team who combined their expertise in music, literature and medicine to write the well-received “Opera: Desire, Disease, Death” (1996), a book that probes the cultural construction of sexuality, gender and disease in opera. University Professor of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto, Linda Hutcheon has written many books on literary subjects, establishing herself as a major North American literary theorist. In 1999, she was elected president of the Modern Languages Association. She also has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and honorary doctorates from McGill University and the University of Antwerp. Michael Hutcheon is professor of medicine at the University of Toronto and director of the Respiratory Division of Toronto General Hospital. Together, the Hutcheons have published numerous articles in both general and operatic journals. Their latest book, “Bodily Charm: Living Opera” (2000), is on the real and represented bodies in opera. Jointly in residence March 24–April 6, 2003.