Humanities Center Announces Summer 2022 SRPs

11 April 2022

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the recipients of summer break Student Research Partner (SRP) awards for 2022.* Congratulations to all!

Sonja Anderson (Religion) and Maxine Rosenfeld’23 (Religion) will translate Daniel Barbu’s 2016 Naissance de l’idolâtrie and discuss the text as a reference for the book project Idol Talk: False Worship in the Early Christian World.

Jenna Conklin (Linguistics) and Sophia Chuen’23 (Linguistics) will continue work on the linguistics of foreign accents in both speaking and perception.

Cecilia Cornejo (Cinema and Media Studies) and Valentina Guerrero Chala’24 (SOAN) will develop an online interactive version of the Lanesboro Community Quilt, currently on display at Lanesboro Arts.

Christina Farhart (Political Science) and Andy Yang’24 (Political Science/ International Relations) will explore the growing, broad, interdisciplinary literature on electoral legitimacy and put that literature into conversation with work on conspiracy theory belief behind voter fraud, generally, and in particular the beliefs about the 2020 Presidential election that led to the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Huan Gao (Political Science) and Dingyun Cui’24 (Political Science/ International Relations)) will conduct research on primary documents, compiling information, and producing maps and visualizations for a book project, Spatial Control and State Power in Disaster-stricken Cities, on urban administration and disaster management in contemporary China.

Laura Goering (Russian) and Marjorie Mitalksi’24 (History) will compile a database of English cookbooks from 1650-1800 looking at how a medieval text on the proper carving of swans and other birds continued to appear in cookbooks long after swans had become a rarity on actual tables.  They will also do preliminary bibliographical work and explore online sources of historical French texts.

Sarah Kennedy (Archaeology), Ezra Kucur’25 (Undeclared), and Claire Boyle’25 (Undeclared), will conduct archaeological and anthropological fieldwork in Peru. This research has two expected outcomes: 1) to assess the ongoing environmental impact of silver refining by establishing a rigorous universal survey methodology for the evaluation of heavy metals in soils, waterways, and vegetation using a community-based approach and 2) to develop a community-led response to these environmental contaminates, which fits into the larger project goal of decolonizing participatory action research in archaeological and anthropological research.

William North (History) and Becca Helmstetter’23 (English/MARS) will transcribe and translate a short treatise “De Laude Scriptorum” by the French intellectual and churchman Jean Gerson (1363-1429).

Susannah Ottaway (History) and Chris Costello’23 (History) will pursue preliminary research for an article on two Dublin institutions for the blind that were founded in the 1810s.

Jordan Rogers (Classics), Sidra Michael’23 (Art History/Africana Studies), and Sam Zimmerman’24 (Undeclared) will travel to Pompeii to do archaeological field research to better understand the urban development of the neighborhood in the South-East corner of the ancient city of Pompeii, its relationship with Pompeii’s suburban development along the nearby Sarno river, and the diachronic changes—architectural, economic, and cultural—experienced by this neighborhood’s inhabitants in the centuries preceding the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 CE.

George Shuffelton (English) and Sophia Heidebrecht’23 (English)will do bibliographic research on representations of the minstrel in the Anglo-American tradition from the Middle Ages up to the 20th century.

Serena Zabin (History), Lorraine Bernhard ’23 (History), and Margaret De Fer ’24 (History) will travel to Scotland and England to search legal and national archives, many not yet digitized, for traces of the story of Captain James Urquhart, a British army officer, and his wife Hannah, the daughter of a wealthy Boston family whom he divorced for infidelity.

*Awards made possible by a generous gift from Alison von Klemperer ’82 and support from Ethical Inquiry at Carleton (EthIC)

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