All Townsend Fellows
Katherine Chandler's dissertation in Rhetoric, "Drone Flights and Failures: Unmanning American Military Operations between 1936 and 1976," examines how the human and nonhuman components that variously comprise drone technologies map onto the politics of targeting, unmanning, and secrecy.
Edmund Campion is Professor of Composition and the Co-Director at the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies in the Department of Music. His music explores relationships between sound and space—creations that often involve the careful mixing of acoustic instruments with emerging computer technologies.
In her dissertation, "Tintoretto's San Marco Cycle," Letha Chien (History of Art) examines the complex interrelation of civic identity, pictorial imaging, and the nature of the miraculous in sixteenth-century Venetian painting.
In his book project, "Aristotle’s Conception of Animal and Human Agency," Klaus Corcilius (Philosophy) reevaluates Aristotle’s theory of animal and human agency. Corcilius argues that this theory is embedded in Aristotle’s natural philosophy and that Aristotle is able to defend the existence of autonomous human and animal agency in a causally closed universe.
Shannon Jackson is Goldman Professor in Rhetoric and Theater, Dance, and Performance, as well as the Director of the Arts Research Center at UC Berkeley. Professor Jackson is currently working on a book on performance and new media in the work of The Builders Association, as well as a large edited collection of keywords in cross-disciplinary art practice with the Pew Center for Art and Heritage.
Peter Sahlins is an historian of early modern France who has worked on a range of projects since his foundational work on the French-Spanish boundary and the construction of national identity in the borderland. His current research project, "The Symbolic LIves of Animals and the Making of Early French Modernity," begins at the Royal Menagerie of Louis XIV, founded in 1663, and traces the textual, anatomical, and visual representations of animal bodies across the domains of literature, art, and science.
Professor Samuel Otter's research and teaching focus on nineteenth-century United States literatures. He is particularly interested in the relationships between literature and history, the varieties of literary excess, and the ways in which close reading also can be deep and wide.
Irina Paperno conducts research mainly in the fields of Russian literature and intellectual history in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Her current research project is on Lev Tolstoy and the narrative of self.