2017–2018 Faculty Fellows Announced

February 19, 2017
By Silvia López

The Humanities Center is pleased to announce the faculty fellows for the academic year 2017-2018. The topic for next year’s Humanities Center – GEI Research Seminar is “Rethinking the Commons and Politics in the Democratic Public Sphere,” and the seminar organizer is Ross Elfline, Associate Professor of Art History.

Congratulations to all!

Palmar Álvarez-Blanco, Associate Professor of Spanish, will study how certain cultures of care in post 15M Spain are linked to the experience of the commons and how they contribute to processes of political subjectivation specific to new social movements emerging out of the new conditions of precarization in contemporary capitalism.

Wes Markofski, Assistant Professor of Sociology, will work on his study of progressive evangelicalism and ethical democracy in America, a project that seeks to deepen our understanding of the strategies evangelical communities use for engaging the public and the poor and how they function as reflexive imperatives in ethical democratic practice.

Anna Moltchanova, Professor of Philosophy, will be investigating collective self-awareness and disagreement from the point of view of social ontology to understand better how democratic groups function.

Annette Nierobisz, Professor of Sociology, will work on her study on job loss among a group of older workers who are conventionally presumed to be protected from the financial crisis created for a large swath of the U.S. population.

Juliane Schicker, Assistant Professor of German, will work on her project on how micro-utopian enclaves serve as incubators for democratic activity. Her case study is the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, which under the direction of Kurt Masur, created a space for political dialogue otherwise restricted in the former German Democratic Republic.

Kathryn Wegner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies, will analyze how neoliberal rationality informs school reform and school choice and how it impacts communities, the public good and democratic life.