Franke Fellows

Franke Graduate Fellows

With generous funding from Richard and Barbara Franke and The Graduate School (TGS), and in partnership with TGS, the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities is pleased to launch the Franke Graduate Fellowships for 2016-2017. These fellowships bring together four outstanding doctoral students in the humanities to cultivate their research and teaching in the interdisciplinary setting of the Kaplan Institute. Franke Graduate Fellows devote two quarters, full time, to shaping their projects during fall and winter. They also receive pedagogical mentoring in developing an undergraduate course that they teach in their home departments in the spring.

Academic Year 2016-2017

Casey CaldwellCasey Caldwell — Department of English

Project: The Utterance of Money: Monetary Properties in Early Modern Drama

The early modern playhouse was a potent laboratory for imagining alternative cultural and political realities. Shakespeare's London saw the rise of both the professional theatre and radical upheavals in not only proto-capitalist markets, but in the very nature and availability of money as currency. My project considers how, through stage dialog and currency props, the playhouse acted as a unique site for experimenting with material ontologies of money and alternative positive configurations of money-human relations.


Ian HartmanIan Hartman — Program in Screen Cultures, Department of Radio/Television/Film

Project: Exotic Extensions: Technology, Anti-Modernism, and American Cyber-Utopianism

My project tracks the interlocking trajectories of exoticism and techno-utopianism in America from the 1940s to the present. Considering the histories of cybernetics, anthropology, popular social movements, and the artistic avant-garde, I show that optimism about information technologies took shape around shifting discourses on race, ethnicity, and cultural difference. These discourses contested dominant notions of knowledge and identity, even as they reinforced myths of inexorable technological progress and a timeless non-West.


Chad B. InfanteChad B. Infante — Department of English

Project: Murderous Sentiments: U.S. Colonial Metaphysics and Literature in Red and Black

My dissertation uses the literary trope of murder in the Black and Native American literary canon to offer a complementary reading of Black and Native American literature and life. Murder’s emphasis on the body and affect allow us to see the related and different ways that Black Americans and Native Americans are thought together in an American colonial and literary imagination.


Fall 2016

Emily Curtis WaltersEmily Curtis Walters — Department of History

Project: “Daddy, What Did You Do in the Great War?”: Warfare, Knowledge, and Generations in Britain, 1918–1945

This project takes seriously the situation depicted in the infamous 1915 British military recruitment poster, in which a little girl points to a history book and asks her father, "Daddy, what did YOU do in the Great War?” I ask how the generation of 1914 bequeathed its stories to the successor generation, and how the child who would eventually see her own global cataclysm made sense of what she learned on her father's knee. Tracing the peculiar afterlives of the Great War stories that circulated publicly and privately in interbellum Britain, I investigate how global war passed from lived experience to stories and back to lived experience again.