IPRH: Latest News

IPRH: Latest News

  • 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. 

  • 11/15/2016

    Scholarly research in the humanities sits at the intersection of the past and the future. We work in the present, to be sure; its immediacy is inescapable. But we also work against the present – in order to remember that it was not always so and to imagine what could or should be different. We live at the sharp edges of debate and we compel attention to things that are difficult to look at, let alone see. In word and song and image we stand up in hard times and good to ask inconvenient questions. We must upend easy assumptions in the process, especially our own.

    This week at IPRH we rededicate ourselves to the principle that the university is a place where the most urgent contemporary questions are met with intellectual rigor, moral courage and civic responsibility. As it did a week ago, our responsibility extends to every member of the Illinois community, regardless of status or race or politics or religion or appearance or orientation or gender identity. Whatever is to be done, these obligations are clear and unambiguous.

    In exceptional as in ordinary times, IPRH affirms its commitment to creative, critical inquiry and to following its pathways wherever they lead. In so doing we refuse despair or silence, even when we are sorely tested and the future is uncertain. Join us in solidarity with students, teachers and scholars near and far as we continue to do the complex, indispensable work of the humanities in this changing world.

    Plans are in the works for an IPRH Now event after Thanksgiving break. We will share more details as they become available.

    Be well and be safe.

    Antoinette Burton
    Director, Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities

  • 11/7/2016

    “My neighborhood was the world to me.”
    Donnell Furlow, Rockwell Gardens


    IPRH is giving away 50 free copies of Audrey Petty’s High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing, which documents the experiences of residents of Cabrini Green, the Robert Taylor Homes and other iconic housing projects in late 20th-century Chicago.

    This book giveaway is in connection with an “IPRH Reads” book discussion on February 1. If you would like a free copy of the book, they are available for pick up at IPRH (Suite 400, Levis 919 W. Illinois, Urbana) Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m. If you wish to call ahead, the number is 244-3344. Due to the limited number of books, we ask that only those intending to take part in the February 1 discussion pick up a book.

    The book is based in oral histories that testify to the combination of neighborhood violence and community vitality that marked these building and the people who lived in them. We hear the pain and the laughter, the joy, the sorrow and the struggle of those who inhabited these towering monuments to an ideal of fair housing in postwar America that was never realized. 

    On February 1 at  7:30 p.m., we will be joined in our discussion by the book’s editor, Audrey Petty, a writer and educator whose fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction has appeared in many prestigious journals and anthologies. She is currently the Simon Blattner Visiting Assistant Professor of Fiction at Northwestern University.

    This event is a “Public Square@Illinois” event as well as part of IPRH’s 2016–17 theme, “Publics,” which explores the changing nature of public spaces, ideas about the public, the future of public access, the importance of public histories and the variety of competing ideals that surround the very notion of the public as a commonplace or collective ideal. 

  • 4/19/2016

    The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities invites you to be our guest for our annual award reception on May 3 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.






    Eduardo Ledesma (Spanish and Portuguese), "The Poetics and Politics of Computer Code in Latin America: Codework, Code Art, and Live Coding," published in Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 49.1 (March 2015).   

    Andrew Gaedtke (English), "Neuromodernism: Diagnosis and Disability in Will Self's Umbrella," published in Modern Fiction Studies 61.2 (Summer 2015): 271-294.

    Honorable Mention:

    Michael Silvers (Music: Musicology), "Birdsong and a Song About a Bird: Popular Music and the Mediation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in Northeastern Brazil," published in Ethnomusicology 59.3 (Fall 2015): 380-397.




    Elizabeth Tavares (English), "A Race to the Roof: Cosmetics and Contemporary Histories in the Elizabethan Playhouse, 1592–1596," forthcoming in Shakespeare Bulletin 34.2 (Summer 2016) and written for English 599: Thesis Research, directed by Professor Curtis Perry.

    Honorable Mention:

    Ethan Madarieta (Comparative and World Literature), "Unbordering the Body: Raúl Zurita’s Utopian Performance Under Dictatorship," written for Spanish 590/ Comparative and World Literature 581: Borders, taught by Professor Eric Calderwood. Nominated by Professor Brett Kaplan.




    Patricia J. Fleming (English major), "The Gods in Men and the Sinners in Women," nominated by Mara Wade, prepared for German 199: Emblematica Oniline, taught by Professor Mara Wade. Nominated by Professor Wade.


    Find out more information about these prizes.