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Awards encourage creative scholarship

The LSA-OVPR Michigan Humanities Awards (MHA) are presented annually to tenured, full-time faculty members engaged in major scholarly and creative projects in relevant fields.

The MHA is a highly competitive program that awards a faculty member a term free of teaching to develop a research project. Units receive funds to appoint teacher-scholars to replace the recipient in the classroom for that term. The cost is shared by LSA and the Office of the vice President for Research (OVPR). The program was restarted in 2004-05 after a hiatus of several years.

"One of the most precious resources for research in the humanities is simply time and, at a time when the number of fellowships supporting this research is decreasing nationwide, I'm delighted that LSA and OVPR have been able to step up together to maintain this important program and support our outstanding faculty," says LSA Dean Terrence McDonald.

The LSA-OVPR Michigan Humanities award recipients and their projects are:

Elizabeth Anderson, John Rawls Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and professor of women's studies: "The Imperative of Integration: Beyond Multiculturalism and Group-Blindness."Anderson plans to write a book defending the ideal of integration by linking it to a reconceptualization of democracy inspired by the work of John Dewey.

San Duanmu, professor of linguistics: "Rhythms in Modern Chinese Fold Verse: Documenting Voices of Ordinary People in Changing Times."

Duanmu will document both the content and form of the vast oral literature of China to make it available to a broad audience.

Beth Genne, associate professor of dance, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, and associate professor of art history, Residential College: "George Balanchine, African-American Jazz, and the Transformation of American Dance."

Genne intends to expand her research on Balanchine's collaborations with African-American dancers and choreographers in order to determine the degree to which Balanchine's new style of modern American ballet derived from the fusion of African-American dance and Franco-Russian classical dance.

Dena Goodman, professor of history and women's studies: "Putting Pen to Paper: Becoming a Woman in the Age of Letters."

Goodman plans to complete a book that will illuminate the lives of women and the importance of writing at an historical moment—France in the second half of the 18th century—when modern notions of identity were beginning to emerge.

Anne Herrmann, professor of English and women's studies: "Stranded Among Strangers: Writing(s) from the Fifth Switzerland."

Herrmann will use her time to develop an innovative hybrid project of creative nonfiction that explores the unique status of the nation of Switzerland and its particular fictions of citizenship.

Augustin Holl, professor of anthropology and of Afroamerican and African Studies, and curator of African archaeology: "Images on the Rock: The Paintings from Snake-Rock, Branber, Namibia."

Holl will launch a new interpretation of Southern African rock art, one that examines the spatial syntax, symbolic meanings and material composition of these artifacts.

June Howard, professor of English, American culture, and women's studies: "Local Stories, National Literature, Global Circuits."

Howard intends to complete a book that combines literary history with a rich interdisciplinary account of notions of place in American literature.

Cristina Moreiras-Menor, associate professor of Romance languages and literatures: "Galicia's Boundaries: Literary Tradition and the Politics of Regionalism."

Moreiras-Menor will complete a book that challenges governing concepts of national and regional literary canons by focusing on the cultural identity of Galicia, Spain.

William Paulson, Edward Lorraine Walter Collegiate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures: "Reading in Real Time." Paulson plans to complete a book on the temporal dynamics of criticism and modern literary culture.

Helmut Puff, associate professor of German and history: "City in Ruins: Modeling German History." Puff proposes to work on an interdisciplinary book that explores the paradoxes implicit in the project of building and recreating ruins in contemporary Germany.

Kendall Walton, Charles L. Stevenson Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and professor of art and design: "In Alien Shoes: Understanding People, Characters and Music." Walton intends to explore the complex relationship between the empathetic understanding of other people and of aesthetic works.

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