IPRH: Latest News

IPRH: Latest News

  • 4/21/2017

    It is with great pleasure that IPRH announces that Professor Bob Morrissey (History) will be the Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities. Professor Morrissey's fellowship term will begin in the Fall of 2017 and extend through 2020.

    A native of Oak Park, IL, Bob Morrissey is Associate Professor of History, Helen Corley Petit Scholar (2016–17), and Conrad Humanities Scholar (2016–2021) at U of I. A specialist on early American history, his scholarship has focused on the relationship of people and non-human nature in the early modern period, and particularly in the Great Lakes and Mississippi Valley regions of North America. In his current projects, he explores how the special ecological transition zone of the mid-continent—the former tallgrass prairie peninsula which covered much of Illinois, Iowa, Southern Minnesota and Wisconsin—shaped a dynamic and often overlooked human history between the fall of Cahokia and the arrival of the steel plows that utterly transformed the tallgrass in the mid-19th century. A major premise of this project is that the middle of North America was one of the most important ecological and cultural borderlands of early America. In a larger sense, Morrissey’s intellectual projects have explored the important role of the North American heartland in environmental history and thought. Bob has published work widely in journals such as Journal of American History, William and Mary Quarterly, Environment and History, and Early American Studies. His book,Empire by Collaboration: Indians, Colonists, and Governments in Colonial Illinois Country, is available from University of Pennsylvania Press.

    As the Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Morrissey will serve as the primary supervisor for the Environmental Humanities Research Group. He will serve as a mentor for the post-doctoral fellows, pre-doctoral fellows, and undergraduate interns, and as the leader for the research group’s initiatives, which will include a curriculum development for an undergraduate certificate program in Environmental Humanities.

    To learn more about the IPRH-Mellon Fellowships, please visit the IPRH website.

    Please join IPRH in offering our congratulations to Professor Morrissey!

  • 4/13/2017

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) is pleased to announce the 2017–18 IPRH-Andrew W. Mellon pre-doctoral fellows and undergraduate interns in Bio-Humanities. They will join faculty fellow Professor Samantha Frost, as well as post-doctoral fellows Daniel Liu and Rosine Kelz, as part of the Bio-Humanities Research Group. You can learn more about the “Bio-Humanities” research initiative at the fellowships section of the IPRH website.

    Please join IPRH in congratulating the below fellows and interns on their selection from a very competitive field of applicants.


    IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Bio-Humanities, 2017–18

    Robert Rouphail (History), “Disastrous Kinships: Nature, Gender, and Resilience in Moder Mauritius, 1892–1980”

    Michael Uhall (Political Science), “Companion Ecologies”


    IPRH-Mellon Undergraduate Interns in Bio-Humanities, 2017-18

    Victoria Halewicz (Psychology, minor in Communication)

    Hyun Park (Psychology and English)

    Henry Yeary (English)

  • 4/11/2017

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities invites you to be our guest for our annual award reception on May 1 honoring the faculty, graduate student, and undergraduate student recipients of this year's IPRH Prizes for Research in the Humanities. We are pleased to announce this year's prize winners below. Please join us in congratulating them.



    José B. Capino (English), “Figures of Empire: Documentaries in the Philippines” in The Colonial Documentary Film in South and South-East Asia. Ed., Ian Aitken and Camille Deprez (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, Dec. 2016): 79-104.

    Craig Koslofsky (History), “Parisian Cafés in European Perspective: Contexts of Consumption, 1660‐1730,” in French History 31,1 (2017): 39-62.

    Honorable Mention:

    Alistair Black (I School) “The Long Journey to Libraries of Light,” an extract from Libraries of Light: British Public Library Design in the Long 1960s. (London: Routledge, 2017).




    Christine Hedlin (English), “Ethiopiansim and the Turn-of-the-Century African American Novel,” submitted for ENG 599: Thesis Preparation, supervised by Professor Justine Murison

    Honorable Mention:

    Lisa Ortiz (EPOL), “#yonomequito: Deconstructing classed and neoliberal values haunting a Puerto Rican campaign,” written for ANTH 466: Class Culture, and Society, taught by Professor Faye Harrison.




    Madeline Decker (English), “What’s Love Got to Do with It: Intersections of the Personal and Political in The Bostonians and Obergefell v. Hodges,” Nominated by Professor Justine Murison, and written for ENG 300: “Inventing Privacy in 19th-Century America,” taught by Professor Murison (English).

    Honorable Mention:

    Kuizhi (Lewis) Wang (Philosophy),“Role of Teleology in Kant’s Philosophy of History,” nominated by Professor Alexandra Newton and written for PHIL 501: “Seminar in the History of Philosophy,” taught by Professor Newton (Philosophy).

  • 3/6/2017

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has awarded its annual Faculty and Graduate Student Fellowships to seven faculty members and seven graduate students from the campus for the 2017–18 academic year, which will center on the theme of “Paradigm Shifts.” IPRH also announces its inaugural class of New Horizons Summer Research Fellows for 2017. New Horizons Fellowships support faculty summer research and provide for the hire of an undergraduate research assistant to support the project. Please join IPRH in congratulating this newest cohort of fellows.


    IPRH Fellowships, 2017–18: “Paradigm Shifts”

    IPRH Faculty Fellows, 2017–18

    Clara Bosak-Schroeder, Classics: “Other Natures: Ecocultural Change in Ancient Greek Historiography”

    Amanda Ciafone, Media and Cinema Studies: “Growing Old in a Mediated Age”

    Jenny L. Davis, Anthropology: “Speaking with Two Spirits: Indigenous Language, Gender, and Sexuality in the Two Spirit Movement”

    George Gasyna, Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative and World Literature: “A Time for the Province: Palimpsest and Contact in Twentieth-Century Polish Borderland Literature”

    Lindsay Russell, English: “Women and Dictionary Making: Gender, Genre, and English Language Lexicography”

    Eleonora Stoppino, French and Italian: “Ugly Beast, Talking Monkey: Contagion and Education in Medieval and Early Modern Culture”

    David Wright, English: “That Nigger Wild, a Novel”


    IPRH Graduate Student Fellows, 2017–18

    Marilia Correa, History: “Unusual Suspects: Persecuted Soldiers Under Military Rule in Brazil, 1964–1985”

    Brandon Jones, English: “Green Hopes: Ecology and Utopia in Postwar American Fiction”

    Joshua Levy, History, “Eating Empire, Going Local: Food, Health, and Sovereignty on Pohnpei: 1898-1986”

    Carolina Ortega, History: “De Guanajuato to Green Bay: A Generational Story of Labor, Place, and Community”

    Zachary Riebeling, History: “After Meaning, After Trauma: The Crisis of History in Postwar German Thought, 1945–1987”

    Michael Shetina, English: “Are They Family? : Queer Parents and Queer Pasts in Contemporary American Culture”

    Augustus Wood, III, History: “Island of Fire in the Neoliberal City: The Black Working Class in Struggle in Atlanta, 1970–2000”



    Jessica Greenberg, Anthropology: “Ghosts in the Machine: Rights, Sovereignty and (post)Institutional Crisis in Europe”

    Junaid Rana, Asian American Studies: “The Life of Dada Amir Haider Khan”

    Emmanuel Rota, French and Italian: “Laziness: A Modern Myth”


    Please join IPRH in congratulating this newest cohort of fellows.

  • 12/1/2016

    IPRH, Levis Faculty Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, March 10-11, 2017

    Keynote Speaker: Shawn Michelle Smith, Professor of Visual and Critical Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

    Performance and artist talk by Jeff Kolar, sound artist, radio producer, and curator, Chicago, IL

    Proposals due: January 6, 2017
    Participants will be notified: January 27, 2017


    This symposium will interrogate representations of the everyday—the banal and the vernacular— in order to create new zones of engagement with the visual field, project alternative archives, and critique dominant modes of representation that structure power through normativity. While humanists regularly attempt to disrupt the canons of their respective fields, we are often limited by already constructed archives and disciplinary boundaries set by preconceived notions of originality, authenticity, validity, iconicity, and the spectacular.  In a moment when academic conversations are happening on twitter, this symposium looks to further destabilize academic modes of knowledge production by questioning in what ways we, as scholars, actively engage with our work, the subjects of our work, and its product—on a daily basis. By looking through a lens of the banal, we are also situating ourselves in our local context, and questioning what it means to be writing, creating, reading, and looking from a context regularly perceived of as a cultural void.  While we are not limited to investigating a specifically Midwestern vernacular, by focusing on the banal and the ways in which our everyday lives intersect with our scholarship, we are committed to situating ourselves in our local place, interrogating the nature of our plain site as well as sight. 

    We invite graduate students in art history and related disciplines to submit a current CV and a 250-300 word abstract for a 20-minute presentation at the symposium, which will be accompanied by a corresponding exhibition and artist round-table. Scholars of any media and time period are encouraged to apply. Proposals are due by Friday January 6, 2017 and participants will be notified by Friday January 27, 2017. 

    Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • Vernacular photographies – snapshots, family portraits
    • Representations of everyday experiences
    • Popular culture
    • Outsider, lowbrow, kitsch art
    • Street art
    • The Midwestern vernacular
    • Considerations of place and/or affect
    • Glocal perspectives in visual culture
    • Interrogations and disruptions of the archive
    • The intersections of the personal and the scholarly
    • Histories and interrogations of the academy

    Please send all questions and submissions to the Society for Art History and Archaeology (SAHA) at sahauiuc58@gmail.com.


    This event is organized by graduate students of Art History in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with major funding provided by the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH) and additional funding provided by the departments of Art History and Art Education.