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Paper Prize Recipients

2019-20

Nicholas Bujalski (History)

Title: "Narrating Political Imprisonment in Tsarist Russia: Bakunin, Goethe, Hegel"

Abstract: How did nineteenth-century Russian revolutionaries learn to narrate the experience of imprisonment? Iurii Lotman wrote that the greatest tragedy of the Decembrists in 1825 was their “[lack of] literary models;” their inability to represent political incarceration. However, by the beginning of the twentieth century Maxim Gorky would disdainfully remark: “Every Russian who has spent a month in a political prison… considers it their sacred duty to gift Russia with a book of memoirs.” In the intervening century, something had radically shifted: the tsarist prison cell had been transformed from a site of mute discipline into a space of radical autobiographics. This paper – part of a larger intellectual, cultural, and spatial history of the Peter and Paul Fortress – takes up the question of how this shift occurred. Locating the origins of the modern Russian prison memoir in Mikhail Bakunin’s Fortress Confessions, Nicholas contends that this genre must be understood through the ways in which it grew out of the aesthetico-political terrain of Russian Hegelianism and the European Bildungsroman. Tracing this development not only reveals how the tsarist prison became a dynamic site of revolutionary agency and radical self-narration – it also provides new insight into the nature of the nineteenth-century Russian intelligentsia.

Previous years

 

2018-2019

Aslihan Gunhan (History of Architecture and Urban Development) was awarded the Sid Tarrow Paper Prize for her paper entitled, "“Malign" Houses, "Benign" Museums: Biography of Azaryan Mansion / Sadberk Hanim Museum." Gunhan’s paper contributes to a better understanding of Turkey’s history of transition from an imperial state to a nation state by examining the hundred-year-old history of an Armenian yali—the Azaryan Mansion—in Istanbul. Aslihan shows how this building, in its own right, embodies and reveals evidence of an anomalous modernization, incorporating questions of cosmopolitanism, emergence of minority identity and labor, transformation of the Istanbul Bosporus shores, search for vernacular architecture and national identity in architecture, and the emergence of private museums in Turkey. 

Nina Obermeier (Government) was awarded the Sid Tarrow Paper Prize for her paper entitled “Globalization by the Rules: Attitudes Towards Economic Integration in the Wake of the Eurozone Crisis.” While the global financial crisis has undermined public support for economic integration, polls indicate that support for monetary union within the EU remains high in countries hit by the Eurozone crisis. Obermeier argues that this discrepancy can be explained by differentiating between integration in the form of liberalization—in which the regulation of market forces is reduced—and harmonization—in which it is maintained. She shows how, following the crisis, citizens are more sensitive to the risk associated with free market forces, reducing support for liberalization.

2017-2018

Lucas Drouhot (Sociology) was awarded the Sid Tarrow Paper Fellowship for Dissertation Research for her proposal entitled “Cracks in the Melting Pot? Religiosity and Assimilation Among the Diverse Muslim Population in France”. With the aid of this grant, Lucas will be able to spend time in France, in hopes that his research will contribute to the understanding of the role and experience of Muslim communities in France. 

Nikolaus Krachler (International and Copmarative Labor) was awarded the Sid Tarrow Paper Fellowship for Dissertation Research for her proposal entitled “Examining the Institutional Determinants of Activist Trade Union Strategy: Evidence From Nurse Unions in the USA and Germany”. With the aid of this grant, Nikolaus will be able to spend time in Germany, in hopes that his research will contribute to the understanding of similarities of nurse unions in the US and Germany. 

2016-2017

Steffen Blings (Government) was awarded the Sidney Tarrow Paper Prize for his paper entitled “Niche Parties and Social Movements: How Programmatic Alignment Contributes to Party Survival and Political Representation.” In his paper he identified three mechanisms that together, even in the absence of organizational connections, create the process of “programmatic alignment” between niche parties and the movements that gave rise to them. Steffen will receive $1200 in research support with CIES to continue his research. 

2015-2016

Defne Over was awarded the Sidney Tarrow Paper Prize for her paper entitled, “When Do Small Events Trigger Mass Protests? The Case of 2013 Gezi Protests”. This work, focusing on the 2013 Gezi Protests in Turkey, examines protest “waves” in order to understand protest dynamics. Defne will receive $1200 in research support with CIES to continue her research.

2014-2015

Kevin Duong was awarded the Sid Tarrow Paper Prize for his entry entitled, “Georges Sorel, Sublime Violence, and the Political Thought of Fascism in Fin de Siècle France”. He examined Sorel’s diagnoses of democracy, the function of “sublime” political violence and the political innocence of “intuition”. Kevin was given $1200 in research support in order to continue his research.

Robert Braun was awarded the Sid Tarrow Paper Prize for his work entitled, “Religious Minorities and High Risk Mobilization: The Collective Rescue of Jews in the Netherlands during the Holocaust”. Examining why some communities protect persecuted groups during genocide while others do not, he hypothesized that religious minority groups were important providers of support because of their deviance from the broader environment increases member commitment and reduces risks of denunciation. Robert was given $1200 in research support in order to continue his research.