Fellowships at the National Humanities Center
Recipient: Mullikin, Kent (Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 USA) in affiliation with National Humanities Center (Durham, NC 27709-2256 USA)
Goal: The equivalent of four fellowships per year for three years.
Description: The National Humanities Center requests support for fellowships for advanced study in the humanities.
Grant: 194583 / RA-50073-09, Category: Interdisciplinary, Program: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, Year Awarded: 2009
NEH Fellowships at the American Antiquarian Society
Recipient: Erickson, Paul J (Worcester, MA 01609-1634 USA) in affiliation with American Antiquarian Society
Goal: The equivalent of three fellowships a year for three years.
Description: This application seeks continued funding for the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) under the NEH's initiative supporting Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions. Previous grants since 1975 have helped support a rich and growing body of scholarship in fields including American history, literature, religious history, art history, musicology, and the history of the book. The funding requested reflects the increased level of NEH fellowship stipends, and would include funds to award three full-year fellowships at the maximum stipend annually for three years. For more than three decades, the AAS-NEH fellowship program has made AAS's unparalleled resources for the study of American history, literature, and culture through 1876 accessible to scholars from throughout the nation, has fostered a culture of collegiality and scholarly interaction among fellows and staff, and has enabled AAS to more effectively promote humanistic scholarship in and about the United States.
Grant: 194585 / RA-50075-09, Category: American History, Program: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, Year Awarded: 2009
Adams Papers Documentary Editing Project
Recipient: Taylor, C. James (Boston, MA 02215 USA) in affiliation with Massachusetts Historical Society
Goal: Preparation of volumes 15, 16, and 17 of the Papers of John Adams; preparation of volumes 10 and 11 of the Adams Family Correspondence; and conversion of volumes 14 and 15 of the Papers and volumes 8, 9, and 10 of the Correspondence to digital format.
Description: The Adams Papers Documentary Editing Project is a comprehensive edition of the diaries, letters, and official records, public writings, and literary miscellanies contained in the Adams Family Papers manuscript collection at the Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, supplemented by Adams documents in other collections and archives. The project focuses on three generations of Adamses: John Adams, Abigail Adams, John Quincy Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and their families.
Grant: 196576 / RQ-50407-09, Category: American History, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights
Recipient: Kaminski, John (Madison, WI 53706 USA) in affiliation with University of Wisconsin, Madison
Goal: This project will complete previous work on the Rhode Island volumes 1 and 2, and prepare for publication of two North Carolina volumes.
Description: Thousands of libraries, historical societies, government offices, private collections and all newspapers, books, pamphlets, and broadsides of the period 1787 to 1791 have been searched for documents relating to the adoption of the Constitution of 1787 and the drafting and adoption of the Bill of Rights. These documents are arranged and edited for publication in book form. All documents in the volumes and all supplemental documents not included in the volumes will be placed online with the University of Virginia Press' Rotunda. Twenty-one volumes of an anticipated twenty-eight volumes have been published. During this grant cycle the two Rhode Island volumes will be published. Progress will be made on the first of two volumes of North Carolina documents.
Grant: 196526 / RQ-50357-09, Category: American History, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
The Papers of Thomas A. Edison
Recipient: Israel, Paul B (Piscataway, NJ 08854-8049 USA) in affiliation with Rutgers University, New Brunswick (New Brunswick, NJ 08903 USA)
Goal: Preparation for the print publication of Volumes 7 and 8 of the papers of inventor Thomas A. Edison, covering the period of July 1883 through December 1887. (36 months)
Description: The Papers of Thomas A. Edison is a fifteen-volume book edition that will contain 6,500 transcribed and annotated letters, notebook entries, experimental drawings, legal agreements, equipment specifications, marketing plans, autobiographical writings, and other documents from Edison's lengthy career. This proposal seeks funding to complete "Losses and Loyalties" (Volume 7, July 1883 - December 1884) and to work on "New Beginnings" (Volume 8, January 1885 - December 1887). These volumes cover the pioneering era of the electrical industry founded on Edison's technical and business contributions and provide a detailed picture of the day-to-day struggles and innovations that delivered electric light and power into the world marketplace. During this period Edison also survives the crises of his first wife's death, remarries, returns to work on telecommunications technology, and opens his last and largest research and development laboratory.
Grant: 196533 / RQ-50364-09, Category: History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellowships in the Humanities
Recipient: Chatfield-Taylor, Adele (New York, NY 10022 USA) in affiliation with American Academy in Rome
Goal: The equivalent of two fellowships per year for three years.
Description: The American Academy in Rome requests an NEH grant of $320,400 in support of Rome Prize Fellowships in the humanities for post-doctoral scholars (two fellowships each year for a total of six fellowships) during the years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, and towards publicity and selections costs for the fellowship competition. Rome Prize Fellowships are at the core of the Academy's mission to advance and foster excellence in the arts and humanities. NEH funds will help provide term support towards the selected Fellows' stipends, room and board for two Fellows for each of three years. These Fellows will have the opportunity to live at the Academy in an environment of interdisciplinary exchange, they will have access to the Academy's own Library and research collections, and with the Academy's help, access to other libraries, collections and archives, as well as the Academy's creative and intellectual programs.
Grant: 194593 / RA-50081-09, Category: Humanities, Program: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, Year Awarded: 2009
NEH Fellowships at the Newberry Library
Recipient: Grossman, James R (Chicago, IL 60610 USA) in affiliation with Newberry Library
Goal: The equivalent of three fellowships per year for two years.
Description: The Newberry Library requests funding for three years of publicity and three years of fellowship support to continue a highly successful program of residential humanities fellowships at the Newberry Library. Over three decades this program has generated a rich harvest of humanities scholarship while also serving as a catalyst for the creation of a dynamic intellectual community within this research institution. This proposal details the achievements and impact of the program and outlines the Library's procedures for publicizing the program, selecting the fellows,and fostering their scholarly activities.
Grant: 194589 / RA-50079-09, Category: Humanities, Program: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, Year Awarded: 2009
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture - Scholars in Residence Program
Recipient: Dodson, Howard (New York, NY 10037 USA) in affiliation with New York Public Library (New York, NY 10018 USA)
Goal: The equivalent of four fellowships each year for three years.
Description: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of The New York Public Library (NYPL) requests a grant of $316,400 over four years from the National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions to support its Scholars-in-Residence Program. Such a grant, in addition to cost share provided by the Library, will allow the Schomburg Center to make six- and twelve-month residency fellowships available to at least twelve scholars over three years.
Grant: 194590 / RA-50080-09, Category: Afro-American Studies, Program: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, Year Awarded: 2009
Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project
Recipient: Carson, Clayborne (Stanford, CA 94305-4146 USA) in affiliation with Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305 USA)
Goal: Completion of volumes 7 and 8; and ongoing preparation for publication of volumes 9 and 10 of the proposed 14-volume edition.
Description: Publication of the next two volumes of the Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., and continuation of work on two subsequent volumes.
Grant: 196562 / RQ-50393-09, Category: American History, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers
Recipient: Black, Allida (Washington, DC 20052 USA) in affiliation with George Washington University
Goal: Preparation of volumes 2 and 3; editorial work on volume 4 and the accompanying web-based educational materials and mini-editions. (36 months)
Description: The Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, a documentary edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's post-White House writings and public appearances on politics, policy, democracy, and human rights sponsored by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the George Washington University, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and other private donors, seeks a three-year grant from the Scholarly Editions Division to support the publications of its second, third, and fourth volumes (of a five-volume series) in letterpress and electronic format. These funds will allow the Papers to retain the staff necessary to fulfill its commitment to the NEH, its We the People initiative, and other funders to produce quality editions, accessible to a wide audience, in both new and traditional media, in a timely efficient manner. The documents included in these volumes come from 823 collections in 263 archives in nine nations and include audio, video, graphic material and written text.
Grant: 196541 / RQ-50372-09, Category: American History, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
The Papers of James Madison
Recipient: Stagg, John C. A (Charlottesville, VA 22904-4117 USA) in affiliation with University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA)
Goal: Preparation of volumes 1 and 2 in the Retirement Series; preparation of volumes 9 and 10 in the Secretary of State Series; and preparation of volume 7 in the Presidential Series. (24 months)
Description: The purpose of the project is to assemble and edit for publication the complete papers and recorded actions of James Madison. This project proposes work on The Secretary of State Series and The Presidential Series. In order to understand the significance of Madison's still largely undocumented contribution to the development of the nation and its government in the early nineteenth century, it is essential that the modern edition of Madison's papers, especially those that relate to his career as Thomas Jefferson's secretary of state, 1801-9, and to his own presidential administrations, 1809-17, be completed.
Grant: 196559 / RQ-50390-09, Category: American Studies, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
The Unfinished: Indian Stone Carvers at Work
Recipient: Dehejia, Vidya J (New York, NY 10027 USA) in affiliation with Columbia University
Goal: A study of unfinished rock-cut and constructed stone monuments in India. (24 months)
Description: Just about every rock-cut site in India and every constructed stone monument yields something incomplete, and in this collaborative project, Dehejia and Rockwell suggest that the very concept of the "unfinished" in pre-modern India requires rethinking. Our preliminary study has begun to generate evidence to resolve a variety of art historical issues; one such, pertaining to rock-cut shrines, is that once the sanctum was complete and ready for worship, the finish of surrounding areas became irrelevant. We plan a volume of essays that will begin the process of integrating an appreciation of the issues related to stone-working techniques, the tools used, the processes of carvers, and the extent to which the final carvings are influenced by the nature of the stone used--into the history of South Asian art. "The Unfinished: Indian Stone Carvers at Work" is a significant start in an untouched field.
Grant: 196415 / RZ-50997-09, Category: Art History and Criticism, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009
Pluralism and Adaptation in the Islamic Practice of Senegal and Ghana: Collaborative Research and Scholarship on West Africa
Recipient: Robinson, David W (East Lansing, MI 48824 USA) in affiliation with Michigan State University
Goal: Creation of a website incorporating translations and annotations of documents written by and about West African Muslims; and syntheses about the history of particular West African Islamic communities.
Description: Scholars in African Studies at Michigan State University and Indiana University will research West African Islamic practice and produce new interpretations to be made available to researchers, teachers, students and the general public. They will explore this practice through four case studies set in Senegambia and Mauritania, on the one hand, and Ghana, on the other. The case studies will provide new scholarship and syntheses on particular Muslim communities as well as transcriptions, translations and annotations of documents and interviews by members of these communities as they cope with division, non-Muslim rule, and changing global environments. This research will bring a critical African dimension to scholarly debates about Muslim faith and practice.
Grant: 196471 / RZ-51053-09, Category: African History, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009
The Papers of Andrew Jackson
Recipient: Feller, Daniel (Knoxville, TN 37996-4065 USA) in affiliation with University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37996-0001 USA)
Goal: The completion of work on Volumes 8 and 9 and the beginning of work on Volume 10.
Description: The Papers of Andrew Jackson is a scholarly editing project to collect and make available the extant literary record of the seventh president. The project has conducted an exhaustive worldwide search for documents and produced a comprehensive microfilm with accompanying hardbound guide. It is now publishing a 17-volume printed edition, the heart of which will be the eight annual presidential volumes. This grant will support completion of the second and third presidential volumes, Volumes 8 and 9, covering 1830 and 1831, and the start of work on Volume 10, covering 1832. Including many previously unpublished and even unknown documents, fully annotated and indexed, these volumes will provide an authoritative record of Jackson's presidency and advance scholarship on a broad range of related subjects. The Jackson project began collecting documents in 1971 and publishing volumes in 1980. It aims to produce a volume roughly every two and a half years.
Grant: 196529 / RQ-50360-09, Category: American History, Program: Scholarly Editions, Year Awarded: 2009
Assiniboine Indian Traditional Narratives
Recipient: DeMallie, Raymond J (Bloomington, IN 47408-3742 USA) in affiliation with Indiana University, Bloomington (Bloomington, IN 47405 USA)
Goal: Preparation of two volumes of Native American oral history narratives and an accompanying dictionary. (24 months)
Description: This project will transcribe, translate, and edit a body of texts in Nakota, the language of the Assiniboine people of the Great Plains. These narratives were tape-recorded in the 1980s from the last generation of elders who were fluent in the language and who told traditional stories. The collection represents every major community of Assiniboine speakers in the U. S. and Canada and includes virtually all genres of oral tradition. The project will make Assiniboine oral literature available for the first time: two volumes of Nakota texts with English translations and an accompanying dictionary will be produced. There is great urgency to this project because only a few speakers of Nakota, all elderly, are still able to collaborate in this work. The project is based on the collaboration among DeMallie, a cultural anthropologist, and Cumberland, and Parks, anthropological linguists, with the Assiniboine people.
Grant: 196433 / RZ-51015-09, Category: Anthropology, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009
Excavations at Zincirli
Recipient: Schloen, David (Chicago, IL 60637 USA) in affiliation with University of Chicago
Goal: Archaeological excavations and interpretation at the Iron Age city of Sam'al, located in modern-day Zincirli, Turkey.
Description: This archaeological project explores the 40-hectare (100-acre) site of Zincirli in southeastern Turkey, near the northeastern corner of the Mediterranean Sea, on the eastern side of the Amanus Mountains. Zincirli was the site of ancient Sam'al, an important walled city of the later Iron Age (ca. 900-600 B.C.) and capital of an independent kingdom. Previous excavations have produce many impressive finds and a good picture of the Iron Age royal citadel in the center of the site. Funds are sought to expand excavations at the site, especially in the large lower town, which was not previously investigated. There are very few Iron Age sites in the Levantine region at which large horizontal exposures of coherent architectural phases has been achieve, and Zincirli is ideally suited for this, promising to provide a qualitative leap in our understanding of Iron Age urbanism as a result of the quantitative expansion of excavation to cover entire urban neighborhoods.
Grant: 196445 / RZ-51027-09, Category: Archaeology, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009
Advanced Fellowships for Research in the Humanities in Turkey
Recipient: Sams, G. Kenneth (Philadelphia, PA 19104-6324 USA) in affiliation with American Research Institute in Turkey
Goal: The equivalent of one and a half fellowships per year for three years.
Description: The American Research Institute in Turkey requests support for its fellowship program for advanced research in the humanities affiliated with the ARIT centers in Turkey. Funds for long-term fellowships (tenures from four to twelve months) totalling 18 months per grant year, are requested from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the academic years 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013. Also requested are funds for a portion of the costs of publicity and selection of the ARIT NEH fellows, beginning in July 2009.
Grant: 194588 / RA-50078-09, Category: Humanities, Program: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions, Year Awarded: 2009
Archaeological Sites, Indigenous Frontiers, and Unconquered Maya Culture at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico
Recipient: Palka, Joel W (Chicago, IL 60607 USA) in affiliation with University of Illinois at Chicago
Goal: An archaeological and historical study of the origins and cultural transformation of the Lacandon Maya in Chiapas, Mexico.
Description: While research has focused on colonized Maya, little is known about unconquered Maya in the rainforests of Chiapas, Mexico, including their origins. This project involves the Lacandon Maya and experts in archaeology, history, and anthropology. The Lacandon are believed to be descendant from the ancient Maya or Yucatec Maya migrants who only recently experienced change. The clarification of their origins and cultural transformations are important topics for research on ethnogenesis or the creation of indigenous cultures. The investigators hypothesize that Lacandon ethnic formation occurred when different Maya groups entered the remote rainforests escaping European colonization. We will acquire archaeological, archival, and Lacandon cultural information regarding their origins. The findings will be compared to studies of ethnogenesis to understand the similarities and differences in cultural origins in colonized versus unconquered regions.
Grant: 196404 / RZ-50986-09, Category: Archaeology, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009
American Indian Art, Ritual, and Social Interaction in the Central Arkansas River Valley
Recipient: Sabo, George (Fayetteville, AR 72704 USA) in affiliation with Arkansas Archeological Survey
Goal: Archaeological investigation of settlement sites in the central Arkansas River valley to shed light on materials looted during the last two centuries from Native American burial sites. (36 months)
Description: The Carden Bottoms locality in Arkansas is well known for exquisitely decorated artifacts (ca. A.D. 1400-1700) preserved in museums across the country. Artifact designs reflect styles originating at the world-famous Cahokia site and represented at the Spiro Mounds site along the Arkansas River. Yet we know little about the people who produced these extraordinary materials. This project will employ remote sensing technologies to locate preserved cultural features at known archeological sites. Caddo, Osage, and Quapaw Indians will join Arkansas Archeological Survey archeologists in the excavation of those features to generate new information concerning the occupational history of the region and to provide better contextual information for studying the existing museum collections. Analysis of the resulting data will examine the role of art and ritual in the expression of community identity and regional social interaction.
Grant: 196446 / RZ-51028-09, Category: Archaeology, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009
Translation of Edmund Husserl's "Erste Philosophie" (First Philosophy)
Recipient: Luft, Sebastian (Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881 USA) in affiliation with Marquette University (Milwaukee, WI 53233 USA)
Goal: The translation and preparation for publication of Edmund Husserl's 1923-24 lecture course entitled First Philosophy, with supplementary texts drawn from Husserl's research manuscripts.
Description: This application seeks funding for the translation of a new volume for the English edition of the writings of the German philosopher Edmund Husserl. The text to be translated for the first time is Husserl's seminal lecture course Erste Philosophie (First Philosophy), one of the most important works of Husserl's oeuvre. Due to the nature and variety of the topics discussed in this text, a translation can be expected to have a wide impact both in philosophy and in other humanities fields. This translation represents one of the greatest desiderata of scholarly work in phenomenology and twentieth-century European Philosophy at large.
Grant: 196442 / RZ-51024-09, Category: Philosophy, Program: Collaborative Research, Year Awarded: 2009