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Manon Michels Einaudi Grant

2019-20

Laura  Leddy (Anthropology)

Title: "Current concerns: Mapping the hydrogeography of Palermo, AD 900 - 2019"

Abstract: The water storage and distribution system of Palermo, Sicily, is an intricate surface-level and subterranean network nearly 1,300 years old. As control of the island and the needs of the city have changed over the centuries, it has been expanded, edited, and adapted at the will of both its governments and its inhabitants. By considering Palermo’s water infrastructure as both a major material framework structuring the city and an important social actor in shaping its communal life, past and present, my research focuses on the question of repair as a key process of urban change and collaborative social action. Drawing on questions and methods from archaeology, engineering, and anthropology, I will investigate this infrastructure at three points in its history — the medieval period, the late 19th century, and the present — to illuminate different technologies and social practices of repair. These repairs speak to both the historic heritage of the city, and to the way in which that heritage may be operationalised going forward in the face of climate change and increasing water scarcity.

Previous years

 

2018-2019

Lara Fresco (History of Art, Archaeology, and Visual Studies) was awarded the Manon Michels Einaudi Grant for her proposal entitled “Sediments of Violence: State Violence, History, and Memory in Contemporary Art from Turkey (1990-2015).” With the aid of this grant, Fresco will be able to conduct on-site archival research in Istanbul, Turkey and Berlin, Germany over the summer of 2018, in the hopes of contributing to a better understanding of how contemporary art practices engage with the violent past and present of their geographical, national, and economic contexts. More specifically, she seeks to uncover how the past three decades of contemporary art from Turkey reflected upon the tumultuous history of the transition from Ottoman Empire to Republic of Turkey and its following waves of constitutive violence.

2017-2018

Chris Hesselbein (Science and Technology Studies) was awarded the Manon Michels Einaudi Fellowship for Dissertation Research for his proposal entitled “On High Heels: Gender Performance and Embodied Skill in the Production and Consumption of Footwear”. With the aid of this grant, Chris will be able to spend a summer in Milan, Italy, in hopes that his research will contribute to how mundane technologies such as high-heeled shoes contribute to the enactment of naturalized gender identities, and how individual practices are informed by broader socio-cultural structures of gender and identity. 

2016-2017

Jackqueline Frost (French Studies) was awarded the Manon Michels Einaudi Grant for her proposed research entitled “Decolonized Futures: The Poetics of Time, History and Experience in Aimé Césaire and René Depestre.” She intends to dissect and compare the emergent concepts of history and temporality produced by francophone Caribbean poets during the epoch of formal decolonization. With the aid of this grant, Jackqueline will be able to spend 6 weeks at 3 sites in France.  

2015-2016

Anna Mascorella was awarded the Manon Michels Einaudi Grant for her proposed research entitled, “Negotiating the Past: The Baroque Legacy in the National Fascist Party’s Redesign of Rome”. She intends to investigate the urban reconfiguration of Rome under Benito Mussolini by examining its negotiation of the legacy of Baroque Rome. Anna will have the opportunity to research and visit some of Rome’s largest archives and extant housing projects. With the help of this grant, Anna will be able to spend five weeks in Rome in hopes that her work will provide new insights that frame the contemporary struggles of the nation and its relationship to its past.

2014-2015

Betty Hensellek (Art and Archaeology) was awarded a Manon Michel Einaudi Grant to conduct research on her project, which focuses on the study of the ancient Eurasian body adornments held in museum collection in the Ukraine. She plans to spend six weeks in Kyiv at the Institute of Archaeology of Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, and in July 2014 she will join the Chief Research Fellow of the Early Iron Age Department, Dr. Oleksandr Symonenko, as part of an excavation team. 

 

2013-2014

Andrew Zhou (Music Arts) was awarded a Michele Manon Einaudi Grant in support of his project, 'Berlin Polyphonies: Chronicling Current Performance Practices in the Music of Unsuk Chin and Walter Zimmerman.

2012-2013

Andreea Mascan (German Studies) was awarded a Manon Michels Einaudi Grant to conduct research in Paris and Caen, focusing on the seminal figure, Maurice Halbwachs.

 

2011-2012

Amanda Saunders Lalonde (Music) was awarded a Manon Michels Einaudi Graduate Research Grant to conduct research in Germany on her project, "E.T.A. Hoffman's Visual Art and the Musical Uncanny in German Romanticism."

 

2010-2011

Jennifer Row (Comparative Literature) was awarded a Manon Michels Einaudi Graduate Research Grant to conduct research in Paris, France on her project, "The Library's Literary "Hell": Pornography, Censorship and Sexual Subjectivities".

 

2009-2010

Elizabeth Davis (Fiber Science and Apparel Design) was awarded a Manon Michels Einaudi Graduate Research Grant to conduct research in Paris, France on her project, “Visualizing la mode: Metamorphosis of Fashion in 17th Century French Prints.”

 

2008-2009

Nicole Casi (History of Art & Visual Studies) was awarded a research grant which will enable travel to France. This funding provides support toward her pre-dissertation work on “The Feral but Fertile Paysanne: Marianne as Allegory for Liberty and Degeneracy in Agrarian Tropes of French Democracy.”

 

2007-2008

Amanda Gilvin (History of Art) was awarded a Manon Michels Einaudi Graduate Research Grant to go to Belgium and France in summer 2007. Her research will focus on “Wearing the ‘Other’: African Jewelry in the Musée du Quai Branly and Contemporary French Fair Trade.”

 

2006-2007

Paul Buchholz (German Studies) was awarded a research grant which will enable travel to Germany and Switzerland to examine archival and bibliographic materials. This funding supports his pre-dissertation work on “J.M.R. Lenz and Literary Hypochondria.”

Anthony Puglisi (Romance Studies) will travel to Spain to research "History as Self-Representation: Mármol Carvajal's Mármol Carvajal’s Historia de la rebelión y castigo de los moriscos.”

 

2005-2006

Ryan Plumley (College Scholar/Sociology) was awarded a Manon Michels Einaudi Graduate Research Grant to conduct research in Germany. His project focuses on “Legible Subjects: Texuality and Subjectivity in Germany 1790-1820.”