All Townsend Fellows

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Associate Professor Fellow
2015-2016

Déborah Blocker’s current book project forms part of her broader work on the understandings of art that currently prevail in the West by historicizing the processes through which they rose to prominence in early modern Europe.

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Sugata Ray, History of Art
Assistant Professor Fellow
2015-2016

In his book project, “Sensorium and Sacrament in a Hindu Pilgrimage Town: Theological Aesthetics, Ecology, and the Islamicate, 1550–1850,” Sugata Ray takes the aesthetics of seeing nature as locus of inquiry to trace a history of environmental aesthetics in early modern and colonial South Asia.

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Assistant Professor Fellow
2015-2016

In “The Occupation of Havana: Slavery, War, and Empire in the Eighteenth Century,” Elena Schneider studies the interconnected histories of British and Spanish empires through the eighteenth-century British occupation of Havana.

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Associate Professor Fellow
2015-2016

Elisa Tamarkin offers a history of the ideas of “relevant” and “irrelevant” knowledge after 1800 in her book project, “Apropos of Nothing: Histories of Relevance and Irrelevance.”

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Liladhar Pendse, UC Berkeley Library
Library Fellow
2015-2016

Eastern European, Central Asian, and Slavic Studies librarian Liladhar Pendse’s project, “Contesting identities: Azerbaijani periodicals press of the late 19th and early 20th century,” is a bibliographic study of Azerbaijani periodicals examining their influence among Muslims throughout the Russian empire, Ottoman Empire, and Qajar Iran.

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Assistant Professor Fellow
2015-2016

Églantine Colon studies the function of banlieues, urban peripheries, in contemporary aesthetic production and critical theory in her book project, “Tenir la marge. Poétiques et politiques du précaire (Holding the Margin: The Poetics and Politics of Precarity).”

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Ellen Oliensis, Classics
Senior Fellow
2015-2016

Professor of Classics Ellen Oliensis examines questions of erotics, authority, gender, and interpretation in Roman literature, especially the poets of the Augustan era.

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Jeffrey Skoller, Film & Media
Associate Professor Fellow
2014-2015

Jeffrey Skoller’s essay film “Private Commons, and the Ends of Public Space” explores a series of questions concerning the privatization of a range of public spaces.

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