All Townsend Fellows

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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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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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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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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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Dissertation Fellow
2014-2015

In her dissertation, “Contested Sympathies: Adam Smith and Late Eighteenth-­Century Epistolarity,” Shannon Chamberlain identifies this change with influential ethical thinking about the nature of sympathy and communities of readers, particularly in Adam Smith's The Theory of Moral Sentiments.

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Julia Bryan-Wilson, History of Art
Associate Professor Fellow
2014-2015

In her book project, “Craft Crisis: Handmade Art and Activism since 1970,” Julia Bryan-Wilson examines how artists and activists in the U.S., Chile, and England have used textile hand-making to propose alternative economic and political models of making.

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Laurence Coderre, East Asian Languages & Cultures
Dissertation Fellow
2014-2015

In her dissertation project, “Consuming Revolution: Yangbanxi as Material Culture of the Chinese Cultural Revolution,” Laurence Coderre examines how the circulation and exchange of quotidian objects during the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) prefigured contemporary postsocialist market commodification.

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Jacob Dalton, East Asian Languages & Cultures, , South & Southeast Asian Studies
Associate Professor Fellow
2014-2015

In his book project, The Spread of the Local: Ritual Manuals and the Rise of Tantra, Jacob Dalton examines the cache of ancient Tibetan manuscripts discovered a century ago in Dunhuang, on the old Silk Road, a collection that reveals the lost history of tantric Buddhism.

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