All Townsend Fellows
In his dissertation project, “Flesh Be Made Spirit: Theology, Materialism, and Radical Religion in Early Modern England,” Samuel Robinson considers the relationship between conceptualizations of God and matter in seventeenth-century England.
In his dissertation project, “Don’t Show A Hyena How Well You Can Bite: Performance, Race and the Animal Subaltern in Eastern Africa,” Joshua Williams focuses on the animal in the political and performance history of colonial and postcolonial East Africa.
In his dissertation, “Artless: Ignorance in the Novel and the Making of Modern Character,” Brandon White argues that modernist novelists retained a model of characterization that remained readable to a wide audience, but repurposed that model to help readers unlearn socially imposed standards.
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.
In “Ethnography, Literature, and National Projects in the Hispanic Caribbean,” Daylet Domínguez analyzes both the links between literature and ethnography in the Hispanic Caribbean between the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the early twentieth century and ethnography’s role in the rise of cultural nationalism.
To understand the archaeological record of the prehistoric Middle East, Lisa Maher emphasizes technology as an entangled social process in her book project, “The Archaeology of Technology in the Prehistoric Middle East.”
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.
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.