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Faculty Fellows 2016-17

Jens-uwe Guettel

  • Associate Professor in History and Religious Studies

Socialists, suffragettes, and proponents of moral reform and gay rights transformed Germany before 1914. The rise of this radical-democratic discontent from the German Empire’s founding to the outbreak of World War I provides the basis for The Dialectics of Radical Reform in Germany, 1871-1914, my second book project. It highlights how the most important political decisions in Germany between 1871 and 1914 were reactions to the perceived threats of socialists or other proponents of radical reform. For instance, my book thus explains how Germany's policy of military brinkmanship during July 1914 was directly linked to the authorities' fears of a socialist-organized general strike for democratic reform.

Leisha Jones

  • Assistant Professor - Department of English

In “Invisibility, Visibility and the Virtual”, Leisha Jones examines the composition, function, and membership of invisibly disabled participatory online communities, including an examination of the actualized collective sick body produced and performed in the virtual realm, and the effects it may have on the embodied individual lives of its participants. Other nodes she plans to address include the role gender may play in the assessment of sick bodies by family/friends, employers, and the medical establishment vs. online assessment by peers; the visibility of bodies with hidden maladies in the real and virtual realms; the significance of medical narrative in the diagnosis and/or treatment of illness in both traditional medical and virtual crowd-sourced communities; and the development of assessment criteria for the efficacy of digital healing.


Leisha Jone's article "'Being Alone With Yourself is Increasingly Unpopular': The Electronic Poetry of Jenny Holzer," will be coming out Fall 2018.

Michele Kennerly

  • Assistant Professor - Department of Communication Arts & Sciences

Title: Editorial Bodies: Perfection and Rejection in Ancient Rome

One might ascribe remarks about textual care in written verse and prose from the first centuries BCE and CE to authorial anxiety about a censorious political ethos under empire. In such conditions, polish has been read as a marker of the loss of public function and as an index of a hypersophistication devoid of utility. I contend, instead, that explicit attention to editing is more fruitfully considered a reaction to the pressures of participating in a textual culture whose participants perceived plentitude, strove toward formal perfection, and obsessed about preservation. My focus on ancient Roman textual culture promises to give greater historical texture and different theoretical inflection to assertions about our own age of information. In particular, Richard Lanham’s theory of the attention economy characteristic of high-information environments recasts rhetoric as an art of attention—but of getting it, not necessarily of holding it. For the ancient writers upon whom I focus, editing is a technique of immediacy and of longevity. By pumicing, filing, and shaving their texts, they hope to sustain attention “plus uno saeclo [beyond one generation],” as Catullus puts it.

Eduardo Navas, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor - School of Visual Arts, College of Arts and Architecture.

For my CHI Fellowship I will work on a data visualization application that presents multiple types of datasets. The goal is to access data more intuitively with a visual sensibility that lends itself to the qualitative process of research in the humanities, yet deploys the quantitative logic of digital language. To make this possible, I plan to develop a user-friendly interface that will include multiple visualization formats. My interest in this project has precedents in my research on data analysis for image, sound and text in direct relation to remix culture and remix studies.

Bradford Vivian

  • Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

My fellowship is devoted to completing my current book project, Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Modern Public Culture, which examines how idioms of witnessing have infused the discourse of citizens, politicians, and civic institutions in recent decades. The popular appeal of such idioms allows liberal-democratic subjects to think and speak as witnesses obligated to preserve memories of past injustice or tragedy. Witnessing in modern western society represents a widely utilized source of information in the intersecting forms of historical wisdom, legal evidence, and moral persuasion. Commonplace Witnessing examines how prevalent idioms of witnessing influence the production of social meaning and value regarding the ostensible lessons of infamous historical injustices and tragedies.