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AV-260615-18Education Programs: Dialogues on the Experience of WarGeorge Mason UniversityComing Home: Dialogues on the Moral, Psychological, and Spiritual Impacts of War5/1/2018 - 9/30/2019$100,000.00JesseLeeKirkpatrickEdwardT.BarrettGeorge Mason UniversityFairfaxVA22030-4444USA2018EthicsDialogues on the Experience of WarEducation Programs100000093876.590

A study and discussion program for veteran and active-duty military students and others on the moral, spiritual, and psychological impact of war, to be held at George Mason University. 

The objective of the Coming Home project is to support study and discussion with U.S. military veterans and others using humanities sources in philosophy, history, literature, and poetry to explore the moral, psychological, and spiritual impacts of war. In addition, the Coming Home project will: (1) serve as a resource not only for the program’s participants, but also for military veterans and others who wish to learn about and explore the program’s themes; and (2) help raise awareness among non-military members of the public about how the psychological, spiritual, and moral effects of war impacts military veterans, military families, and society more broadly.

BH-50520-12Education Programs: Landmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsSiena CollegeHeaven on Earth: Shakers, Religious Revival, and Social Reform in America10/1/2012 - 12/31/2013$175,767.00Jennifer Dorsey   Siena CollegeLoudonvilleNY12211-1462USA2012U.S. HistoryLandmarks of American History and Culture for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs1757670171440.530

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the nineteenth-century Shaker movement and the communitarian society it produced.

Two one-week workshops for eighty school teachers on the nineteenth-century Shaker movement and the communitarian society it produced. This workshop is anchored in the observation that "[t]he impulse toward utopia has played a vital role in the evolution of American culture from the seventeenth century to the present." Given the opportunity to engage in close study of Shaker history and material culture, teachers gain a deeper understanding of the importance of the utopian experiment in American history. The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing (Shakers) came to America under the direction of Mother Ann Lee (1736-1784), who evangelized on the basic tenets of their faith, including celibacy, gender equality, and a communal life. The growth of the Shaker movement took place against the backdrop of industrial and commercial transformation that was particularly intense in New York, with its aggressive investment in transportation; by the 1830s approximately 6,000 Shakers lived in nineteen communities from Kentucky to Maine. Assigned readings include works by visiting scholars Stephen Stein (The Shaker Experience in America) and Glendyne Wergland (One Shaker Life: Isaac Newton Youngs, 1793-1865, and Sisters in the Faith: Shaker Women and Equality of the Sexes), as well as readings drawn from nineteenth-century Shaker writings and testimonials. Participants visit Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock, Massachusetts, as part of a general introduction to the time in which the Shakers lived and how their community life responded to it, as explained by project director Jennifer Dorsey. Glendyne Wergland leads sessions on two days, covering a wide range of topics--health, diet, celibacy, gender roles, education, children--and accompanying the group on field trips to the Shaker Museum and Library at Mount Lebanon and to the New York State Library in Albany, which houses a collection of documents relating to Shaker educational practices. On the fourth day, Stephen Stein joins the group to discuss Shaker spirituality in the context of the Great Awakening; in the visit to the Shaker Heritage Society in Watervliet, New York, director Starlyn D'Angelo discusses Shaker architecture, music, and dance. On the last day, Professor Stein focuses on the post-Civil War decline of the Shaker movement, the mythology or romanticism about Shakers that subsequently emerged, and the Shakers' efforts in the early twentieth century to preserve their own material culture, culminating in a visit to the New York State Museum's Shaker Collection. The teachers are expected to develop curricula that incorporate material culture or use primary source documents.

CH-50421-07Challenge Programs: Challenge GrantsAmerican Musicological Society, Inc.Publishing Musicologal Research in the 21st Century12/1/2005 - 7/31/2011$240,000.00AnneW.Robertson   American Musicological Society, Inc.New YorkNY10012-1502USA2006Music History and CriticismChallenge GrantsChallenge Programs02400000240000

Endowment for publication subventions and an award program in musicology as well as fund-raising costs.

The American Musicological Society seeks an NEH challenge grant of $240,000, which with a 4:1 match will yield $1,200,000. These funds will endow four publication-related initiatives of the Society. The bulk of the funds ($900,000) will create a new subvention supporting the publication of first books by young scholars, whose work often represents the cutting edge of scholarly research, but whose careers are often at their most fragile or challenging point. The remainder will go primarily to existing publication subvention programs, supporting musicological books more generally ($125,000) as well as a monograph series sponsored by the Society ($100,000). These subventions aim to optimize the quality of the best scholarly books on music while keeping their prices affordable. Finally, we propose a new award for books on music in American culture ($50,000), a vital area of musical research that appeals to the broadest literary and musical public.

ES-50254-08Education Programs: Institutes for K-12 EducatorsBoston UniversityGeorge Washington and His Legacy: Myths, Symbols and Reality10/1/2008 - 12/31/2009$174,040.00Peter Gibbon   Boston UniversityBostonMA02215-1300USA2008U.S. HistoryInstitutes for K-12 EducatorsEducation Programs17404001740400

A three-week summer institute for twenty-six school teachers on George Washington's character, career, and legacy.

Who was George Washington? Most modern historians find him admirable but more complex than did early biographers. In the three-week Institute, we will seek a more complex Washington, examine myths, and speculate on his legacy. We will read Washington's own writings and historians' and biographers' assessments, and take field trips to Longfellow House, Adams National Historical Park, Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Bunker Hill, and Dorchester Heights. We will focus on connections between Washington's personal life and public career and contrast the heroic Washington with the revisionist appraisal. We will look at Washington as president, family man, farmer, architect, businessman, and slave owner. The Institute will also ask larger questions: Does a nation need a mythical founder? Was Washington indispensable to the creation of America? The director, consultant, and master teacher will work with participants to make the scholarship available and relevant to K-12 students.

FA-11338-76Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersPhilip W. SilverOrtega and the Poets of 19276/1/1976 - 5/31/1977$20,000.00PhilipW.Silver   Columbia UniversityNew YorkNY10027-7922USA1975Spanish LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs200000200000

To complete a book entitled The Friends of Seeing; Ortega, Salinas, Guillen, D. Alonso, C. Rodriguez, a revisionist view of twentieth century Spanish literature before the Civil War, focusing on the work of Jose Ortega y Gasset and his contemporaries. Being established is the relationship between Ortega's philosophy and esthetics and the work of several of the most significant Spanish poets of this century. The study will be a first step in the elaboration of a general theory of the Spanish poetic imagination.

FA-11678-77Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersDavid PorterEmily Dickinson and the Language of American Modernism1/1/1977 - 1/31/1978$20,000.00David Porter   University of Massachusetts, AmherstAmherstMA01003-9242USA1976American LiteratureFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs200000200000

A book length study entitled Emily Dickinson and the Language of American Modernism which will focus on the language of Emily Dickinson as that of a poet of unique voice and radical innovation who had a crucial role in the language revolution that changed poetry in America and opened the way into the modernist era. Study will also present a revisionist view of her debt to Emerson, and will consider her experience as one of the first to dive into the wreck of a female life.

FA-252032-17Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersCasey O'CallaghanA Multisensory Philosophy of Perception7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018$50,400.00Casey O'Callaghan   Washington UniversitySt. LouisMO63130-4862USA2016Philosophy, OtherFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

A book-length argument for a theory of multisensory perception of human consciousness.

Seeing What You Hear: A Multisensory Philosophy of Perception argues that human perceptual consciousness is richly multisensory. This project’s thesis is that the coordinated use of multiple senses enhances and extends human perceptual capacities in three critical ways: (1) Crossmodal perceptual illusions reveal hidden multisensory interactions that typically make each sense more reliable as a source of evidence about the environment; (2) The joint use of multiple senses discloses more of the world, including novel features and qualities; (3) Through perceptual learning, each sense is reshaped by the influence of others. The implication is that no sense—not even vision itself—can be understood entirely in isolation from the others. This undermines the prevailing approach to perception, which proceeds sense by sense, and sets the stage for a revisionist multisensory methodology that illuminates the nature, scope, and character of perceptual consciousness.

FA-51983-05Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersEva Anita HaverkampChristians and Jews at the Time of the First Crusade7/1/2006 - 12/31/2006$40,000.00EvaAnitaHaverkamp   Rice UniversityHoustonTX77005-1827USA2004Medieval StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000240000

The Jewish communities of Northern Europe during the 12th century lived under the shadow of the persecutions at the time of the First Crusade. My book challenges both traditional and revisionist interpretations of the events of 1096. I analyse these events within the framework of the local history of the towns and regions where these persecutions took place - namely in Speyer, Worms, Mainz, Cologne, Trier, Metz, Regensburg, and Prague. My sources are the Latin and Hebrew accounts produced in these same communities and regions. Studying the local histories of these events allows us to ask the central question of my book: was there a common culture shared locally by both Christians and Jews in their distinct communities?

FA-52091-05Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersPaul Delaney HallidayHabeas Corpus and English Society, 1500-18006/1/2005 - 12/31/2005$40,000.00PaulDelaneyHalliday   University of VirginiaCharlottesvilleVA22903-4833USA2004British HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000240000

A study recasting the history of habeas corpus--the means for testing the legality of imprisonment--through a survey of previously unstudied writ files and an exploration of court records, manuscript case reports, and non-legal texts. Contrary to earlier accounts, local tyrannies proved more dangerous than royal ones. Rather than a threat, the king's prerogative provided the ideological ground on which habeas stood, permitting the writ's defense of the liberty of the subject. Only through the political transformations of Civil War and changes in law wrought by popular use of the writ would ideas about liberty change from a liberty arising from one's subject status to a liberty arising from one's humanity.

FA-52615-06Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersDaniel G. PriorHoly War, Tribal War, and Raiding in Kirghiz Culture, 1846-19167/1/2006 - 5/31/2007$40,000.00DanielG.Prior   Miami UniversityColumbusOH43210-1349USA2005History, GeneralFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs400000400000

Two rare examples of Kirghiz epic-style praise-poems from 1910 express starkly "revisionist" views on the Kirghiz' most popular epic heroes (Manas and others) and the nomads with whom they had considerable cultural memory in common, the Kazakhs. As part of a larger research agenda for examining conflict among the Kirghiz between 1846 and 1916, the present project seeks to answer the question of when and how oral epic poetry provided a genre framework for Kirghiz elites to express concepts of ethnic and religious difference within the matrix of Central Asian Muslim peoples of the Russian Empire.

FA-54222-08Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersC. Jan SwearingenThe Influence of the Scottish Enlightenment on American Founders8/1/2008 - 7/31/2009$50,400.00C. Jan Swearingen   Texas A & M University, College StationCollege StationTX77843-0001USA2007Composition and RhetoricFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

This study examines the influence of Samuel Davies, Presbyterian itinerant, upon Patrick Henry's oratory and political thought as a case study of the rhetoric that developed in colonial Virginia after the Great Awakening. The examination will focus on the multiple religious and philosophical doctrines transmitted through Scottish Enlightenment teachers and clerics, culminating in Jefferson's crafting of the language of the Declaration. A revisionist reading of the Declaration will emphasize its reliance upon religious as well as political doctrines transmitted the Scots curriculum in rhetorical and moral philosophy shared by Henry, Jefferson, and Madison. The project will contribute to an understanding of the interplay between religion, rhetoric, and political thought in British America. Starting with George Buchanan's de Jure Regni apud Scotos, and concluding with a close reading of the Declaration, the study will provide a new account of Scots, and rhetoric, in Virginia.

FA-54912-09Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersAnthony Edward KayeReinterpreting Nat Turner's Rebellion9/1/2009 - 8/31/2010$50,400.00AnthonyEdwardKaye   Penn StateUniversity ParkPA16802-1503USA2008U.S. HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

This is a proposal to write a book reinterpreting Nat Turner's rebellion from the standpoint of neighborhoods. A generation of superb revisionist scholarship has trained us to think about slaves in terms of "the slave community," yet slaves thought about their society in terms of "neighborhoods." This was the terrain where slaves courted and formed families, worked, worshipped, socialized, and struggled. In a recent book, I described slave neighborhoods at length in Mississippi, where the neighborhood terrain comprised adjoining places, and sketched neighborhoods across the South. In Nat Turner's Confessions, one of the most widely read slave narratives, Turner described the rebellion he led as a neighborhood enterprise. Yet historians have yet to elaborate on the neighborhood leitmotif in the Confessions. This book aims to use the famous Turner insurrection to present neighborhoods as a new angle of vision on slavery for a general audience.

FA-55892-11Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersBenjamin Nicholas LawranceAfrica's Stolen Childhood: The Illegal Enslavement of African Children in the 19th and 20th Centuries12/1/2011 - 11/30/2012$50,400.00BenjaminNicholasLawrance   Regents of the University of California, DavisDavisCA95618-6153USA2010African HistoryFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

My book examines African child slaves in the 19th and 20th centuries as slavery became illegal in the Atlantic and Africa. As slavery becomes unacceptable, the proportion of children, particularly girls, increases. 19th-c slave traders and 20th-c labor recruiters turn to children as legal coercion is stymied. The life histories of five children associated with the trial of La Amistad are segues to five thematic chapters exploring topics in illegal enslavement. They journey from West Africa to Cuba, the US, and back and crafted child-specific strategies to survive. Childhood identity markers and child slave subjectivities were shaped by children’s encounters with law. Their stories contextualize the circumstances in which children were pawned, kidnapped, enslaved, re-enslaved, rescued, and freed. Based on archival and oral data from the US, Africa, and Europe, I demonstrate that children’s encounters with enslavement and emancipation were qualitatively different from adults’.

FA-56388-12Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersRobert S. LevineThe Lives of Frederick Douglass7/1/2012 - 6/30/2013$50,400.00RobertS.Levine   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2011American StudiesFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

Ranging from the 1840s to the present day, my book will provide a literary and cultural history of the lives and afterlives of Frederick Douglass. Unlike the typical biography, the book will be a "meta-biography" of sorts--a study of how U.S. culture has conceived, or invented, what I am terming the "lives" of Douglass. Douglass wrote three very different versions of his life (1845; 1855; 1881, rev. 1892). In this respect, Douglass himself offers us a warrant for thinking about his various "lives." From beginning to end, the book will thus also pay close attention to Douglass's canny acts of self-representation, whether in autobiographies, lectures and essays, or photographs. Douglass was a contradictory, complex, and performative figure who ultimately baffles efforts to reduce his life to a single story. In short, the book examines Douglass both in his own time and beyond, with the hope of offering new perspectives on Douglass and racial representativeness in the United States.

FA-57026-13Research Programs: Fellowships for University TeachersJeffrey D. NeedellAfro-Brazilian Political Mobilization and the Abolition of Slavery in Rio de Janeiro, 1879-18888/1/2013 - 7/31/2014$50,400.00JeffreyD.Needell   University of FloridaGainesvilleFL32611-0001USA2012History, GeneralFellowships for University TeachersResearch Programs504000504000

While the Abolitionist movement in Brazil has formed the substance of memoirs, participant histories, revisionist analyses, and, lately, subaltern and cultural studies, its essentially political nature has been poorly understood. None of the three standard monographs, published in 1966, 1971, and 1972, satisfactorily integrates the movement with the formal, elite politics of the era. Indeed, focusing upon the oppressed, upon the movement itself, and often shaped by essentially materialist interpretation, abolitionist scholarship then and over the last forty years has failed to demonstrate precisely the articulation among the Afro-Brazilian masses, the movement, and the parliamentary government of Brazil’s monarchy (1822-89). I propose to remedy this with a book concerning nineteenth-century popular political mobilization, particularly the Abolitionist movement and the role of Afro-Brazilian political agency in that struggle (1879-1888).

FB-36178-00Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsAmelia G. JonesSex, War, and Urban Life: New York Dada, 1915-19221/1/2001 - 6/30/2001$30,000.00AmeliaG.Jones   Regents of the University of California, RiversideRiversideCA92521-0001USA2000Art History and CriticismFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs300000240000

No project description available

FB-51926-05Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsYing ZhuCostume Drama and the Transformation of Chinese Primetime Television2/1/2006 - 8/31/2006$24,000.00Ying Zhu   CUNY Research Foundation, College of Staten IslandStaten IslandNY10314-6609USA2004Asian StudiesFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs240000240000

This project examines the dynamic interplay between Chinese primetime television programming and a Chinese media infrastructure at the mercy of both the market and the party. It traces the institutional as well as the stylistic transitions of Chinese primetime dramatic programs from anthology dramas of the 1980s to serialized dramas of the 1990s, particularly the ascendance in the late 1990s and the early 2000s of palace dramas set in the Qing dynasty, what the Chinese term "Qing drama." The narrative strategies of the Qing drama are compared to those of US primetime hour long drama and the Latin American telenovela to explore models for Chinese serial television programming and their cultural implications.

FB-53968-08Research Programs: Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsManuel VargasBeyond Atomism and Monism: A Revisionist View of Moral Responsibility7/1/2009 - 6/30/2010$50,400.00Manuel Vargas   Regents of the University of California, San DiegoSan FranciscoCA94117-1050USA2007Philosophy, GeneralFellowships for College Teachers and Independent ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

My aim is to answer recent philosophical and scientific puzzles about when, whether, and how we can be morally responsible. My account emphasizes three distinctive claims. First, I reject ATOMISM, or the view that the proper analysis of responsibility proceeds from analysis of the characteristics of agents, isolated from the social and physical contexts of action. I argue that responsible agency is partly constituted by social and psychological contexts. Second, I reject MONISM about free will, or the view that there is some single capacity or structure of agency that marks responsible agency. Instead, I argue that such agency is constituted by a varied set of capacities, picked out by our diverse practical interests in ascribing responsibility. Finally, I argue for REVISIONISM, the idea that an adequate theory of responsibility will depart from some parts of common sense. Together, these ideas provide a new framework for resolving ancient and recent problems of responsibility.

FE-26775-92Fellowships and Seminars: Travel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Barbara J. HaegerA Revisionist Interpretation of Dutch Genre Imagery12/1/1991 - 11/30/1992$750.00BarbaraJ.Haeger   Historians of Netherlandish ArtHighland ParkNJ08904-1601USA1991Art History and CriticismTravel to Collections, 11/85 - 2/95Fellowships and Seminars75007500

No project description available

FEL-267212-20Research Programs: FellowshipsPeter Joseph KallineyThe Aesthetic Cold War: Decolonization and Global Literature2/1/2020 - 7/31/2020$30,000.00PeterJosephKalliney   University of Kentucky Research FoundationLexingtonKY40506-0004USA2019Literature, GeneralFellowshipsResearch Programs300000300000

Completion of a book on the literary production in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean under the influence of Cold War politics.

During the Cold War, both the US and the Soviet Union jockeyed for geopolitical influence in what was then called the Third World. The superpowers also competed for intellectual influence by sponsoring literary activities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. The Congress for Cultural Freedom (organized clandestinely by the CIA), the US State Department, and the Soviet Writers' Union funded outreach programs in the decolonizing world, hosting international conferences, establishing publishing houses and magazines, and sponsoring cultural exchange programs. Surprisingly, writers from decolonizing areas did not line up neatly into Cold War camps. As archival research demonstrates, writers were willing to accept patronage from both US and Soviet agencies. This includes some of the leading intellectuals the day, such as Chinua Achebe, Alex La Guma, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiong'o. 

FJ-20395-92Fellowships and Seminars: Study Grants for College TeachersRoger HullToward a Renewed Art History: Readings in Revisionist Scholarship6/1/1992 - 7/31/1992$3,000.00Roger Hull   Willamette UniversitySalemOR97301-3922USA1992Art History and CriticismStudy Grants for College TeachersFellowships and Seminars3000030000

No project description available

FS-50310-12Education Programs: Seminars for Higher Education FacultyUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnReassessing British Romanticism10/1/2012 - 9/30/2013$117,198.00StephenC.Behrendt   University of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2012British LiteratureSeminars for Higher Education FacultyEducation Programs1171980110297.620

A five-week seminar for sixteen college and university faculty to study British Romanticism in light of evolving scholarship.

This 5-week Summer Seminar for College Teachers combines a common set of readings and directed discussion with individual research projects to help participants reassess the historical influences upon modern conceptions of "British Romanticism" of extra-literary factors involving political, economic, scientific, moral, gender and class considerations, especially as affected by recent revisionist scholarship in those areas and in traditional literary and cultural studies. Members will participate in comparative study of selected primary literary works and contemporary reviews of them in light of both recent interdisciplinary literary, cultural and theoretical scholarship and the diverse ongoing recovery projects that are expanding and reconfiguring the literary landscape of Romantic-era Britain. The seminar revisits - aiming to reconceptualize and redefine - issues of literary judgment, canonical status and varieties of audience response involved in British Romantic literary production.

FT-264843-19Research Programs: Summer StipendsYinan He, PhDDomestic Enemies, National Identity Mobilization, and China's Attitudes toward Foreign Others6/1/2019 - 7/31/2019$6,000.00Yinan He   Lehigh UniversityBethlehemPA18015-3027USA2019International RelationsSummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

Writing a book about Chinese approaches to the “foreign other” in domestic and foreign policy in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

To stoke fear and hatred of foreigners for internal needs is a recurring pattern in modern Chinese nationalism. Anchored in interpretive analysis of elites’ political rhetoric, party documents, and propaganda materials, the book is a macro-historical study of Chinese national identity discourse from the 1890s till the 2010s. Rather than being constantly antagonistic toward foreign imperialism, China has undergone cycles of seeking cooperation with foreigners and demonizing them. When facing severe political challenges, Chinese elites often tried to exclude domestic enemies in national identity mobilization. However, if targeting domestic others alone was politically inconvenient or unappealing, they would promote antiforeign identity to reinforce internal battles. By linking China’s domestic politics with attitudes toward perceived foreign adversaries, this study revises dominant views that emphasize historical grievances or external threat in explaining modern China’s antiforeignism.

FT-51471-03Research Programs: Summer StipendsJerry M. WilliamsLima Fundada: Identity Politics in a Providential Epic of Conquest6/1/2003 - 7/31/2003$5,000.00JerryM.Williams   West Chester University of PennsylvaniaWest ChesterPA19383-0001USA2003Spanish LiteratureSummer StipendsResearch Programs5000050000

The 1732 epic poem chronicles the history of cultural-political formations and affirms Creole identity through an architecture of conquest influenced by French neoclassicism and revisionist Bourbon precepts about history. Acknowledging epic models of conquerors, Peralta shifts emphasis from a European to a Creole interpretation of the conquest, where it is defined by governance, service and development over arms, and by a concept of political discourse authorizing religious discourse (conquest of providentialism and a invitation to conquest). Summer research to write a introductory essay leading to publication of the scarce poem will center Peralta within the canon of Latin American letters by refocusing his unique Creole-identity politics.

FT-61757-14Research Programs: Summer StipendsTim PalmerA Liberated Cinema: Reconstituting the Postwar French Film State, 1946-19587/1/2014 - 8/31/2014$6,000.00Tim Palmer   University of North Carolina, WilmingtonWilmingtonNC28403-3201USA2014Cultural HistorySummer StipendsResearch Programs6000060000

This book-length project uses unpublished archival materials to explore the rise of a postwar French film state, a period during which France systematically developed a preeminent moving image culture, suitable for global export. A LIBERATED CINEMA: RECONSTITUTING THE POSTWAR FRENCH FILM STATE, 1946-1958, a revisionist history, primarily investigates a quartet of generative sources: the implementation of top-down governmental initiatives to build a so-called 'quality' (and popular) French cinema; the creation of the Cannes Film Festival as a site to validate these French ideals of progressive film art; the rise of advanced critical-practical training within the Parisian film school circuit; and the concomitant appearance of counter-cultural media discourses in France, such as lesbian cinema, dissident documentaries, and satirical animations. From these contexts grew a fascinating yet until now neglected film ecosystem, whose legacy is still felt today.

FZ-256400-17Research Programs: Public ScholarsRichard J. BellStolen: Five Free Boys Kidnapped Into Slavery and Their Astonishing Odyssey Home1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018$50,400.00RichardJ.Bell   University of Maryland, College ParkCollege ParkMD20742-5141USA2017U.S. HistoryPublic ScholarsResearch Programs504000504000

A book on four boys kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1825 and their story's impact on debates about slavery and abolition.

I would use NEH funding to support the completion of the final chapters of my new book. The Lost Boys: A Story of Slavery and Justice on the Reverse Underground Railroad is to be published by Simon & Schuster in late fall 2018. It tells the little-known story of the miraculous escape of four free black children from the clutches of post-revolutionary America’s most fearsome gang of kidnappers and enslavers. Designed to capitalize on the interest in human trafficking spurred by the Oscar-winning film Twelve Years a Slave (2013), The Lost Boys offers a revisionist account of the role of kidnapping in the domestic slave trade in the decades immediately following the American Revolution. It situates black persons at the center of analysis, up-ends simple racial and gender dichotomies, and argues that the kidnapping of free black people into slavery in this critical period was vastly more frequent, pernicious, and politically significant than we have previously supposed.

FZ-272046-20Research Programs: Public ScholarsAdam PlunkettLove and Need: A Biographical Essay on the Life and Work of American Poet Robert Frost (1874-1963)9/1/2020 - 8/31/2021$60,000.00Adam Plunkett    BrooklynNY11238-4002USA2020American LiteraturePublic ScholarsResearch Programs600000600000

Writing resulting in a critical biography of American poet Robert Frost (1874-1963).  

'Love and Need: A Biographical Essay on the Life and Work of Robert Frost' will be a book of biography and criticism, a story and an essay. My goal is at once to introduce Frost to readers unfamiliar with him and to contribute original ideas and research to our collective understanding of him. Specialist readers of the book will be able to note its divergences from prior biography and criticism, and readers approaching Frost for the first time will encounter a different poet and person from the one they would otherwise find. 'Love and Need' will be half biography and half criticism, with the revisionist biographical sections of the book setting the scene for a novel interpretation of Frost's achievement as a poet--one that shows it to be at once subtler and more accessible, more original and more indebted to tradition, more intimate and more revealing than scholars and critics have shown.

GI-50062-09Public Programs: America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPeabody Essex Museum, Inc.Fiery Pool: Maya and the Mythic Sea4/1/2009 - 1/31/2011$380,000.00Daniel Finamore   Peabody Essex Museum, Inc.SalemMA01970-3726USA2009Art History and CriticismAmerica's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation GrantsPublic Programs38000003800000

Implementation of a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a website, and educational and public programs that will offer new perspectives on the centrality of water in ancient Maya art and culture.

The Peabody Essex Museum requests $400,000 toward the costs of Fiery Pool: Maya and the Mythic Sea, a ground-breaking traveling exhibition, publication, interactive website and suite of school and intergenerational public programs that will present recent scholarship, newly excavated material, and recent advances in epigraphy to a broad general public. This first truly themed exhibition on Maya art and culture will investigate the centrality of water, primarily the sea, to Maya daily life and spiritual beliefs and practices through 90 objects from 10 countries but primarily from those in the Yucatan region of Central America. Objects range in size from small, finely incised precious materials to large-scale stone stela and carved architectural elements up to 11 feet tall. Multi-media interpretive elements will allow visitors to better "read" Maya symbolism, particularly relating to water and water rituals as well as to understand Maya hieroglyphic writing and origin stories.

HB-273539-21Research Programs: Awards for FacultyBenjamin Patrick BreenExperimental Drugs, Cold War Science, and the Future That Never Arrived, 1945-19651/1/2022 - 7/31/2022$32,500.00BenjaminPatrickBreen   Regents of the University of California, Santa CruzSanta CruzCA95064-1077USA2020History of ScienceAwards for FacultyResearch Programs325000325000

Writing leading to a book on scientific and social scientific experimentation with mind- or body-altering drugs during the postwar era (1945-1965).

During the period between 1945 and 1965, some of the world’s leading scientists grew convinced that a newly-developed constellation of experimental drugs could help reshape postwar society. These substances (synthetic hormones, psychedelics like LSD, and sedatives used in a novel form of therapy called narcosynthesis) occupied an entirely new technological category. Unlike, say, penicillin, these new treatments didn’t just cure diseases — they held out the promise of enlarging the very boundaries of the human. It was a utopian future that never arrived. In its place came the past that we now remember: transformative pills refigured either as prosaic “mother’s little helpers” or as stigmatized drugs; the ploughshares of an idealistic postwar moment beaten back into swords. The proposed book is a history of this largely forgotten era of experimental drug research: the ambitious visions that energized it, the reasons that it failed, and the lessons it holds for today.

HB-295127-24Research Programs: Awards for FacultyDiu-Huong T NguyenEve of Destruction: A Social History of Viet Nam’s Royal City, 1957-19677/1/2025 - 6/30/2026$60,000.00Diu-HuongTNguyen   Regents of the University of California, IrvineIrvineCA92617-3066USA2023Cultural HistoryAwards for FacultyResearch Programs600000600000

Research and writing leading to a book about the Vietnam War from the perspective of residents of Hue, the former royal capital, between 1957 and 1967.

My book illuminates how war transformed the lives of ordinary people in the imperial city of Hue in central Viet Nam before 1968’s Tet Offensive devastated it. Emphasizing civilian experience, my project historicizes rich and diverse daily lives, social activism, and developing radicalization, especially in how Hue’s traditionally reserved populace lived through chaos and violence, awakened and engaged towards alternative futures for their city and country as elsewhere globally. Rooted in field oral histories and archival research my ground-up work reconstructs the atmosphere of wartime Viet Nam building from what was counted significant by everyday people. Serving as a corrective to top-down, Western, male-gaze military-focused approaches and geographical imbalances in the war’s historiography, my revisionist book has the potential to inspire further scholarship attentive to the human aspects of war as well as the socio-cultural histories of communities that survived conflicts.

RA-20210-00Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsNewberry LibraryNEH Fellowships at the Newberry Library9/1/2000 - 8/31/2004$270,000.00Daniel Greene   Newberry LibraryChicagoIL60610-3305USA2000Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs165000105000165000105000

The equivalent of four full fellowships each year for three years.

RA-20216-00Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsAmerican Research Institute in TurkeyPost-doctoral Fellowships in the Humanities for Research in Turkey7/1/2000 - 4/30/2005$120,450.00G. Kenneth Sams   American Research Institute in TurkeyPhiladelphiaPA19104-6324USA2000Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs12045001204500

The equivalent of two to four fellowships each year for three years.

RA-50040-06Research Programs: Fellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsAmerican Research Institute in TurkeyAdvanced Fellowships for Research in the Humanities in Turkey7/1/2006 - 12/31/2010$198,000.00A.KevinReinhart   American Research Institute in TurkeyPhiladelphiaPA19104-6324USA2006Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralFellowship Programs at Independent Research InstitutionsResearch Programs19800001980000

The equivalent to 1.5 full-time fellowships per year for three years.

The American Research Institute in Turkey requests support for its fellowship program for advanced research in the humanities in Turkey. Funds for long-term fellowships (tenures from four to twelve months) totaling eighteen months per grant period, are requested from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the academic years 2007-2008, 2008-2009, and 2009-2010. Also requested are funds for a portion of the costs of publicity and selection of the NEH ARIT fellows, beginning in July 2006.

RP-*0484-78Research Programs: Scholarly PublicationsUniversity of North Carolina Press, Inc.Pub of the Governors General: English Ar my & Defin of Old Empire, 1569-16813/1/1978 - 12/31/1979$3,883.00Malcolm Call   University of North Carolina Press, Inc.Chapel HillNC27515-2288USA1978Interdisciplinary Studies, GeneralScholarly PublicationsResearch Programs3883038830

Revisionist study of the origins of English imperial policy during the Tudor and Stuart periods, by Stephen Webb, will be investigated.

RP-20626-84Research Programs: Scholarly PublicationsUniversity of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.Dickens and the Social Order by Myron Magnet10/1/1984 - 8/31/1985$5,000.00ThomasM.Rotell   University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.PhiladelphiaPA19104-4112USA1984British LiteratureScholarly PublicationsResearch Programs5000050000

To support the publication of a revisionist theory of Charles Dickens' social philosophy, which draws particularly on the novels BARNABY RUDGE, NICHOLAS NICKELBY, MARTIN CHUZZLEWIT, and on AMERICAN NOTES.

RP-21119-88Research Programs: Scholarly PublicationsJohns Hopkins UniversityThe City Beautiful Movement, by William Wilson10/1/1988 - 3/31/1990$5,800.00GeorgeF.Thompson   Johns Hopkins UniversityBaltimoreMD21218-2608USA1988U.S. HistoryScholarly PublicationsResearch Programs5800058000

To support the publication of a revisionist account of the City Beautiful movement that emphasizes the political underpinnings of this environmental, sociocultural, and aesthetic movement of the early 20th century.

RQ-50338-08Research Programs: Scholarly Editions and TranslationsUniversity of Nebraska, LincolnWalt Whitman's Civil War Writings7/1/2008 - 6/30/2011$300,000.00Kenneth Price   University of Nebraska, LincolnLincolnNE68503-2427USA2008American LiteratureScholarly Editions and TranslationsResearch Programs30000003000000

A comprehensive electronic edition of Walt Whitman's Civil War writings. (36 months)

The Walt Whitman Archive will create a comprehensive edition of the Civil War writings of Walt Whitman, probably the most important literary interpreter of this conflict. Support from the National Endowment for the Humanities will allow us to complete this work by 2011, in time for the observance of the sesquicentennial of the outbreak of the War. The War profoundly shaped Leaves of Grass, the first masterpiece of American poetry, and Whitman extensively depicted and analyzed the Civil War in journals, notebooks, letters, essays, journalism, memoirs, and manuscript drafts. We will electronically edit, arrange, and publish -- often for the first time -- the hundreds of documents that give voice to Whitman's experience of the war. In addition to making these documents freely available, our work will help to model for other scholars best practices in creating, publishing, and sustaining electronic editions.

RX-20464-84Research Programs: ConferencesKuroda InstituteResearch Conference on Buddhist Hermeneutics4/1/1984 - 3/31/1985$22,884.00DonaldS.Lopez   Kuroda InstituteLos AngelesCA90006USA1984History of ReligionConferencesResearch Programs10000128841000012884

A conference on traditional and revisionist interpretations of a large corpus of scriptures attributed to Buddha.

RZ-51152-10Research Programs: Collaborative ResearchDuke UniversityTonality, 1900-1950: Concept and Practice5/1/2010 - 4/30/2011$14,980.00Philip Rupprecht   Duke UniversityDurhamNC27705-4677USA2010Music History and CriticismCollaborative ResearchResearch Programs149800149800

A conference on tonal music in the first half of the 20th century, bringing together scholars from six states and Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland.

TONALITY 1900-1950: CONCEPT and PRACTICE will be a three-day music conference held jointly at Duke University and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on October 1-3, 2010. The event will be international: we will bring eight leading scholars from Germany into dialogue with eight colleagues in the US. The conference is jointly planned by the Project Director, Philip Rupprecht (Duke) and his colleague at UNC, Felix Woerner. Additional planning of the conceptual framework has involved collaboration with our colleague Ullrich Scheideler (Berlin). The international outlook of the event is crucial to sparking exchange between German and American musicology, traditions with common roots but by now distinct intellectual concerns. Tonality, briefly, is the system of pitches that communicates a feeling of key in folk and art music. We challenge the received idea of a general collapse of tonal music around 1910, seeking to write a revisionist history of the period. We plan four panels.

ZRE-283698-22Agency-wide Projects: ARP-Organizations (Research-related)Filson Historical SocietyResurrecting the First American West1/1/2022 - 12/31/2022$146,364.00PatrickA.LewisJennie ColeFilson Historical SocietyLouisvilleKY40208-2306USA2021U.S. HistoryARP-Organizations (Research-related)Agency-wide Projects14636401308500

The development of digital programming and administrative records of the Filson Historical Society, which documents the history of the Ohio River valley, retaining nine jobs.

This project will "resurrect" the former Library of Congress American Memory Project, First American West, the Ohio River Valley, 1750-1820 (FAW). The Filson holds metadata and images of the Filson’s collection items from FAW, which the Library of Congress returned to us in 2016. This project will retain current Collections Department staff, adding two new PT hires, who will work remotely to clean up the data and involve the Filson's membership base and community in transcription work and name/subject indexing using a service called From the Page. Filson staff will then upload the improved materials into Omeka, our open-source platform for digital content. This project will in turn incorporate staff from other departments such as the Development and Educational departments, by leading to further related programming, publications, and educational content.