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Franke Fellows 2019-2020

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 announce the Franke Graduate Fellowships for 2019-2020. 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. 

bowers-malia-168x210.jpgMalia Bowers
Department of Political Science; Gender and Sexuality Studies Certificate; Critical Theory Cluster

Project: The Spaces Between: Rethinking Paradox in Contemporary Feminist Politics

"My project rethinks the paradoxes of feminist “progress” by theorizing in-between spaces and what they make possible. Examining texts and contemporary feminist activities, my project imagines a body politics that centers interdependence and rejects purity or perfection. I argue that feminist practices in in-between spaces like Borderlands, intersections, and aporias can be read together to theorize different, more just ways of knowing and imagining the world."

chang-arturo-168x210.jpgArturo Chang
Department of Political Science; Latin American and Caribbean Studies Cluster

Project: Imagining America: International Commiseration and National Revolution in the Modern Post-Colony

"My project studies the influence of international discourse on national insurgency movements in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru during the Age of Revolution (c.1774-1850). I employ a hemispheric lens that reveals a collective Pan-American project bound to republican citizenship and post-colonial modernity across newly independent states. I argue that Pan-American thinking fostered transnational unity and created a popular vernacular of American insurgency, which in turn best illustrates the conceptual innovations of American Political Thought."

0859-collins-jayme-2-168x210.jpgJayme Collins
Department of English; Mellon Cluster Fellow in Poetry and Poetics

Project: Composing in the Field: Situated Poetries and Environments, 1945-2018

"My project investigates the relationship between contemporary poetry and environmental practice in the U.S., the U.K., and Canada. Taking up a variety of situated, sculptural poems, I argue that the place, means, and medium of poetry’s inscription generates its poetics. Deploying a research methodology that incorporates site-specific and archival research, my reading practice shows that such “situated poetics” orient us to an environmental practice of “responsible making” by emphasizing the interdependence between language, action, and environmental form."

dubos-brad-168x210.jpgBradley Dubos
Department of English; Graduate Certificate in Critical Theory; Native American and Indigenous Studies Cluster

Project: Writing Religious Space: American Poetry and Phenomenology, 1773-1900

"My project investigates poetry’s integral role in fashioning America’s religious landscapes. Mapping a network of sacred environments, sites of supernatural encounter, and everyday places of reverence within the American literary imagination, it asks how Native American, African American, and white women poets represented lived experiences of religion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I argue that these writers’ placemaking practices offer a radical reimagining of the natural and social worlds constituting American space."


Franke Undergraduate Fellows develop their independent research projects within the Kaplan Institute; receive mentorship in fall and winter through the Senior Humanities Seminar, taught by Cynthia Nazarian (French and Italian, Comparative Literary Studies); and present their work at the Future Directions Forum in spring 2019.

8987-agudelo-melia-2-168x210.jpgMelia Agudelo
Departments of Radio/Television/Film and History

Project: Women Banished to Brazil Under the Portuguese Inquisition in the 16th-18th Centuries

"In the early period of the Inquisition’s establishment in Portugal, a particular sentence was popular: banishment. This sentence sent many people overseas to Portuguese colonies, with the majority of those exiled abroad going to Brazil. My project focuses on women in this situation, as they made up the most of of those exiled to Brazil, how they entered into this position, and how this practice of banishing women may point to broader colonial goals of the Portuguese Empire."

9003-considine-meghan-clare-168x210.jpgMeghan Clare Considine
Departments of Art History and Performance Studies

Project: Knowledge and Wonder: Place, Policy, and Publics 

"In 1995 the artist Kerry James Marshall painted a mural called Knowledge and Wonder for Chicago’s West Garfield Park public library. In autumn of 2018, the city’s mayor, Rahm Emanuel, faced enough criticism for his plan to auction the mural to pay for upgrades to the branch that he reversed his decision. My project traces the conditions that led to the initial commission, the proposed sale, and the subsequent backlash to examine how municipal policy informs cultural production, and interrogates the processes by which community-based art practices become commodified."

liou-nicholas-168x210.jpgNicholas Liou
Departments of Art History and Asian Languages and Cultures; Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow

Project: The Dystopian Photomontage of Kimura Tsunehisa

"My project focuses on Kimura Camera, a 1979 publication of photomontages by Japanese artist and graphic designer Kimura Tsunehisa. These images consist of dystopian urban landscapes and often contain references to popular Western monuments or people, reflecting Kimura's attitudes toward post-war American cultural imperialism. I situate Kimura's work in the context of Japanese photography of the 1960s and 70s as well as the medium of photomontage in order to ultimately better understand the cultural significance of US involvement in Japan, whose echoes are felt in contemporary society today."

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