Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research Institutions

Period of Performance

9/1/2006 - 8/31/2010

Funding Totals

$258,000.00 (approved)
$258,000.00 (awarded)

Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellowships in the Humanities

FAIN: RA-50041-06

American Academy in Rome (New York, NY 10021-4905)
Adele Chatfield-Taylor (Project Director: September 2005 to March 2011)

Two fellowships per year for three years.

The American Academy in Rome requests an NEH grant of $258,000 in support of Rome Prize Fellowships in the humanities for postdoctoral scholars (two fellowships each year for a total of six fellowships) during the years 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-2010, and for publicity and selection costs for the fellowship completion. Rome Prize Fellowships are at the core of the Academy's mission to advance and foster excellence in the arts and humanities. NEH funds will help provide term support for the selected Fellows' stipends, room and board for three years as the Academy continues to seek to build its endowment and expand its outreach and service to qualified artists and scholars.

Associated Products

Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales (Book)
Title: Ennius and the Architecture of the Annales
Author: Jackie Elliott
Abstract: Ennius' Annales, which is preserved only in fragments, was hugely influential on Roman literature and culture. This book explores the genesis, in the ancient sources for Ennieus' epic and in modern scholarship, of the accounts of the Annales with which we operate today. A series of appendixes detail each source's contribution to our record of the poem, and are used to consider how the interests and working methods of the principal sources shape the modern view of the poem and to re-examine the limits imposed and the possibilities offered by this ancient evidence. Dr. Elliott challenges standard views of the poem, such as its use of time and the disposition of the gods within it. She argues that the manifest impact of the Annales on the collective Roman psyche results from its innovative promotion of a vision of Rome as the primary focus of the cosmos in all its aspects. (from the book jacket)
Year: 2013
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9781107027480
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes


CAMWS First Book Award
Date: 1/1/2015
Organization: The Classical Association of the Middle, West and South
Abstract: Awarded to a distinguished first scholarly book in the field of classical studies (including, but not limited to, the languages, literatures, history, religions, philosophy, art, architecture, archaeology, economy, and reception of Greek and Roman antiquity).

The Kayden Award
Date: 1/1/2014
Organization: University of Colorado, Boulder
Abstract: Awarded for excellent published scholarship in the humanities by UC faculty.

Manuscripts in Motion: The Diffusion of Galilean Copernicanism (Article)
Title: Manuscripts in Motion: The Diffusion of Galilean Copernicanism
Author: Nick Wilding
Abstract: Manuscript diffusion was not a passive act of replication and reception, but an active process of recontextualization, reinterpretation, and even intentional rewriting. Authorial attempts to control the diffusion of manuscripts through intended social channels often encountered resistance and subversion as networks regrouped, texts were altered, or manuscripts were forwarded to unintended recipients. Traditionally, such variants have been viewed as corruptions rather than evidence of use. Authors, well aware of these risks and opportunities, incorporated such instabilities into their own writing strategies, and used the unintended transformations of diffusion as a hypothetical safeguard for unorthodox arguments. This essay analyses the diffusion of Galileo's Copernican letters and tracts (1613–16). The texts in question, whose subject matter is the relationship between hermeneutics and power, offer an uncanny case study of the self-transforming nature of early modern manuscripts.
Year: 2011
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Format: Journal
Periodical Title: Italian Studies
Publisher: Maney Publishing

Il cinema come happening/ Cinema as Happening (Book)
Title: Il cinema come happening/ Cinema as Happening
Author: Luca Caminati
Abstract: In this short book, Caminati offers a symptomatic reading of Pasolini’s film theory and practice as it articulates a particular anxiety about the contemporary art scene of his time, even as Pasolini shares certain commonalities with it. In particular, it argues that many “primitivist” elements in Pasolini’s art (both materially and ideologically speaking) are infused with archaic and primitive thematic very visible in the "arte povera" movement.
Year: 2010
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Publisher: Milan: Postmedia (bilingual edition)
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9788874900534

Galileo's Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo & the Politics of Knowledge (Book)
Title: Galileo's Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo & the Politics of Knowledge
Author: Nick Wilding
Abstract: "Galileo’s Idol offers a vivid depiction of Galileo’s friend, student, and patron, Gianfrancesco Sagredo (1571–1620). Sagredo’s life brings to light the inextricable relationship between the production, distribution, and reception of political information and scientific knowledge. Nick Wilding uses as wide a variety of sources as possible—paintings, ornamental woodcuts, epistolary hoaxes, intercepted letters, murder case files, and others—to challenge the picture of early modern science as pious, serious, and ecumenical. Through his analysis of the figure of Sagredo, Wilding offers a fresh perspective on Galileo as well as new questions and techniques for the study of science." - from the publisher. "Nick Wilding’s Galileo’s Idol: Gianfrancesco Sagredo and the Politics of Knowledge presents a vivid portrayal of a peculiar but very fruitful interaction between two early modern men. Sagredo was Galileo’s student and patron, but above all he was his friend. The book’s implicit critique of current historical and epistemological methodology brings a fresh approach to the intricate relations between close textual analysis, material history, and science. Its use of paintings, ornaments, letters, epistolary hoaxes, and murder case reports displays an original approach to scientific discoveries that undermines the traditional perception of science as serious, ecumenical, and normative. In fact, it is inherently transgressive, and its development happens outside institutionalized rules, at a time when science is rapidly moving away from natural philosophy." - from the MLA award committee.
Year: 2014
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Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Type: Single author monograph
ISBN: 9780226167022
Copy sent to NEH?: Yes


Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies
Date: 12/1/2015
Organization: The Modern Language Association of America
Abstract: The Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Prize for Italian Studies is awarded biennially for an outstanding book by a member of the association in the field of Italian literature or comparative literature involving Italian.