Humanities Center Dissertation Fellowships are one-year awards carrying a stipend with benefits comparable to fellowships offered by the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, Fellows are awarded funds to support their research while in residence.
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Amy Burnette PhD candidate, English.
Dissertation title: Praxis Memoriae: Memory as Aesthetic Technique in English Renaissance Literature, 1580-1630
Project abstract: Burnett's project is titled Praxis Memoriae: Memory as Aesthetic Technique in English Renaissance Literature, 1580-1630, which explores how ideas circulating about memory in Renaissance England, principally within the context of the humanist revival of the classical Art of Memory, supplied authors with a theory and practice of literary invention.
Jessica Pauszek PhD candidate, Composition and Cultural Rhetoric.
Dissertation title: Literacy and Labor: Archives, Networks, and History in Working-Class Communities
Project abstract: Pauszek examines how community literacy projects support working-class writers, often leading to broader organized efforts for social and political change. Her research focuses on The Federation of Worker Writers and Community Publishers, a London-based network from 1976-2007 that self-published thousands of texts documenting working-class life.
Li Kang PhD candidate.
Li Kang is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at Syracuse University. Prior to her PhD study, she received her MPhil from the University of St Andrews (UK), and her BA from Wuhan University (China).
Kang’s current research is in structuralism. Roughly, structuralism says that inter-relations between things are important; often they are more important than the things themselves and their intrinsic nature. Structuralist ideas are popular in philosophy of physics, philosophy of mathematics, social and political philosophy, Buddhism, etc. In her dissertation, “Spreading Structures,” Kang explores new applications of structuralism in philosophy. Part of her work connects philosophy to science, and to Buddhism.
Melissa Welshans PhD candidate.
Melissa Welshans is a PhD Candidate in English who specializes in early modern English literature. Her research interests center on gender and temporality in the seventeenth century, with an emphasis on the ways in which marriage shaped the temporal experiences of men and women in early modern literature and culture. She is currently working on her dissertation project, "The Many Types of Marriage: Gender, Marriage and Biblical Typology in Early Modern England," which argues that the life cycle event of marriage, especially for early modern women, could be understood to follow the same pattern of fulfillment and supersession usually ascribed to biblical typology. Considering marriage in this light raises provocative questions regarding marriage's impact on an individual's social standing and spiritual salvation, particularly for those who exist on the periphery of the married state.