Fellows in Residence

Once each month, the resident fellows of the Hall Center (including four humanities research fellows, one creative research fellow, two Sias graduate fellows, and the Hall distinguished chair) meet as a seminar. On each occasion, one of the fellows will offer remarks on some aspect of his/her work in progress. These seminars are open to all interested faculty and graduate students.

Violinist & Founder, Turtle Island Quartet, Smons Public Humanities Fellow

Balakrishnan, founder and resident composer of the Turtle Island Quartet, graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in music composition and violin. He quickly established his reputation as a talented young improvising violinist and earned a Masters Degree in music composition at Antioch University West.

Associate Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures, Mid-Career Research Fellow

Chernetsky will be working on "Displacement, Desire, Identity: Migration and Diasporization in Slavic Literatures"

Visiting Scholar, Simons Public Humanities Fellow 2013-2014

Henry Fortunato is the founder of Sunflower Republic LLC, a consulting and creative services firm focused on public humanities undertakings. As a Visiting Fellow at the Hall Center, he directs the annual Applied Humanities Boot Camp and coordinates other aspects of the Applied Humanities Initiative that provides KU humanities graduate students with guidance, direction, internships, and networking opportunities for pursuing humanities-oriented careers outside of the professoriate. The former director of public affairs at the Kansas City Public Library, he was the Simons Public Humanities Fellow at the Hall Center in 2013-14.

Associate Professor, Spanish & Portuguese, Humanities Research Fellow

Garibotto will present on her research project "Historicity at a Crossroads: Rethinking Testimonial Cinema," which addresses the links among culture, history, and politics in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. Garibotto is interested in answering three interrelated questions: How do cultural products, especially literature and film, represent history after political crises? How does historical representation change over time? What ideologies do these transformations reveal? The project analyzes the historical and ideological trajectory of Argentine post-dictatorship testimonial filmes--i.e first-person filmic accounts of the military regime that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983 enunciated by survivors and victims' relatives. The work will illuminate testimonial cinema's transformation over time, to unveil the ideological core of contemporary political projects, and to elucidate the genre's role within these projects and within the transnational film industry.

Doctoral Candidate, History, Richard & Jeannette Sias Graduate Fellow

Klaeren will present "Encountering the Enlightenment: Science, Religion, and Catholic Epistemologies Across the Iberian Atlantic, 1680-1815." Klaeren's work examines how Spanish intellectuals like priest-philosopher Benito Jerónimo Feijóo confronted the crises of knowledge that is commonly called by historians "the Enlightenment," adopting and adapting contemporary intellectual currents of thought, contesting over a meaning of epistemology which would define true knowledge in eighteenth-century Spain, and determining the ways in which this knowledge could be ascertained and justified.

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Digitial Humanities

Andrew Lison is the Hall Center for the Humanities' inaugural Postdoctoral Researcher in the Digital Humanities. He will be in residence at the Hall Center for two years, where he will work on a substantial research project, assist the faculty co-directors of the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities with workshops and teaching, and act to increase the profile of digital humanities scholarship at the university.

Assistant Professor, History, Humanities Research Fellow

Scott's project examines the history of defection and uses it to investigate how national and ideological borders of the socialist world were defined, disputed, and sometimes transgressed. It focuses on Soviet defectors (perebezchiki) and the development of the Soviet border regime in particular but also considers how capitalist states facilitated the practices, even though they were not always sure what to do with defectors themselves, often viewing them as ideologically unreliable and psychologically unstable, or as potential Soviet spies. Tracing the winding journeys of defectors from the Soviet Union to the West through border zones, transit hubs, extraterritorial spaces, and disputed areas beyond the limits of state jurisdiction, such as international waters and airspaces, the project challenges the notion of the Cold War world as a place of stable boundaries and offers a granular perspective on how states operate in liminal spaces and how people navigate them.


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