The CAH Fellows Program supports research and creative work in the arts and humanities by faculty and students. Each year a cohort of faculty and student fellows pursue projects funded by the CAH, develop collaborative programming based on those projects, and join each other in community-building both on and off campus.
We are pleased to announce our 2022-2023 cohort of CAH Faculty Fellows.
Julianna Blair Watson (Modern Languages and Literatures), "Unheard Voices, Unknown Faces: Raoul Peck and Transnational Black Consciousness"
Blair’s project examines aesthetics of self-representation across Anglophone and Francophone Africa and their diasporas in the cinema of Raoul Peck. Through a transnational, transcultural and translingual reading of Peck’s films on Haiti, the Congo, Rwanda, and the U.S., the project argues that Peck enacts a new mode of representing Blackness, enabling each iteration of the African diaspora to speak its own (hi)stories to and through one another. This cinematic dialogue performs a transnational Black consciousness that defies borders and creates a space for justice and contrapuntal responses to anti-Blackness narratives. Click here to learn more about Blair.
Sonia Gomez (History), "A Gendered Diaspora: Intimacy and Empire in the Making of Japanese America, 1908-1952" This book project explores the complicated and changing race and gender logics that alternately excluded and included Japanese women in the United States. It demonstrates how intimacy (marriage) and empire (immigration policies) intersect in the making of Japanese America in the Twentieth Century, and discusses how marriage -- as a contested mode of immigrant incorporation -- shaped the process of immigration and settlement for women and their families. To learn more about Professor Gomez and her fellow's project, read the Q&A with her at her profile.
Tony Hazard (Ethnic Studies), "Afro-Indigeneity, Family Remembrance, and The Narragansett of Rhode Island" Tony’s project emerges from research into his indigenous Narragansett ancestors of Rhode Island, leading back six generations to James Monroe Hazard II (1825-1908) who appears on the original federal tribal roll of 1881. He explores this moment of “detribalization” (1880s) to uncover the contours and legacies of the racial logics of enslavement and colonialism that animated state and federal policy toward the Narragansett people in the 20thcentury. Additionally, he examines the inconsistent “racial” categorization of my Narragansett ancestors during this period, as the Narragansett people continued to define themselves and their own indigeneity within this context of settler violence and erasure.
Amy Lueck (English), "Indigenous Remembrance of the Winchester Mystery House" On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Winchester Mystery House’s public opening in 1923, Amy’s project is an examination of public memory at this local attraction, with a focus on indigenous representation and remembrance at this site. Exploring the role of local and national indigenous history in the legends and contemporary experience of this site, I want to use this project to encourage public audiences to recognize the deeply layered and entangled histories of such memory sites, and to critically examine the role of whiteness and settler colonialism in animating such stories.
Lee Panich (Anthropology), "Insurgent California: Native Resistance and the Collapse of the Missions" This collaborative project examines Native Californian resistance during the final decade of the mission system. Though overshadowed by the annexation of California by the United States in 1846, the period between 1835 and 1845 was one in which Native people in the San Francisco Bay region fought to retain their lands and livelihoods as the previous colonial system crumbled around them. Work during the fellowship period will focus on the translation of primary documents and community outreach to contextualize the liberation movement of the late mission period with continued Ohlone activism today.
Mukta Sharangpani (Women's and Gender Studies), "Aging Across Borders: Towards an Ethnography of Loss and Hope" Mukta Sharangpani is an anthropologist whose work is situated at the junctures of kinship, modernity and mobility.Her project examines the shifting scapes of family-making among South Asian Bay Area multigenerational families. It centers the experiences of later life immigrants who, propelled by the uncertainties and anxieties brought about by the pandemic, have recently left their own homes and lands to join their children. Through their narratives of mourning and yearning, unsettling and resettling, forgetting and remembering, it highlights the coping strategies they deploy as they move across borders, and considers what avenues exist for them to find meaning, hope, and joy in this new and often final phase of their lives. As first generation immigrant and caregiver to her elderly parents, Mukta Sharangpani is drawn to this project at a personal as well as intellectual level.
An exciting part of these projects is how they will engage with student, faculty, and community partners. Stay tuned for more details about these collaborations.
We are pleased to announce our 2021-2022 cohort of CAH Student Fellows.
Maddie Moran '24, (English, Spanish, & Philosophy)
"Digital Finding Tools for the Tenacious Box Set of Zines" (Advised by Prof. Kirstyn Leuner, English)
As the DH-CAH Fellow, Maddie will be creating a finding aid for the zines contained in our Tenacious Box Set in our special collections at SCU. The Tenacious zines are a series of publications of pieces written by women in prison that have been compiled and arranged into separate collections. In order to present the finding aid, she will use Omeka to construct an index based on subject and arranged by date. The index will organize each individual piece by its primary topic or theme as well as its author and date of publication for ease of access.
Alexandria Perez '23, (Public Health, Political Science, & Women's and Gender Studies)
"Traveling Tookor (Woman): A Journey of Self-Reflection and Decolonial Knowledge Production Healing through Indigenous Lands" (Advised by Prof. Sharmila Lodhia,Women's and Gender Studies & Prof. Jesica Fernandez, Ethnic Studies)
Alex is exploring the land on which we live through an ethnographic study of her own positionality and the places she travels. The sacred land and our connection to it is full of knowledge, solidarity, and healing. Her project will tap into these resources to produce knowledge that will build a bridge between indigenous learning and Santa Clara University. She will be producing journal entries, notes, interviews, and physical work that embody growth through engagement with the sacred earth. In an attempt to become closer to herself, this project will reveal the importance of indigenous knowledge and the sacredness of the land on which we inhabit.
Bianca Romero '23, (History, French, & Asian Studies)
"Colonial Urban Planning in French Indochina" (Advised by Prof. Naomi Andrews, History)
Bianca is researching how French urban planning was used in colonies as a tool of imperial power. Her project focuses specifically on Vietnam and French Indochina to explore the relationship between landscapes, manmade and natural, and their impact on both colonizers and those they colonized. In order to further understand the role of cities in before, during, and after colonization she will base her studies in conceptions of urbanism and modernity in these respective cultures. Additionally, she intends to examine the intersection of French and Vietnamese philosophies that influenced their perceptions of space and nature. Using historical documents such as newspapers, pamphlets, maps, and fiction in combination with secondary sources she will examine French and Vietnamese histories on perspectives on different landscapes and the impact of imperialism.
Emma Rutter '23, (Neuroscience & Theatre and Dance)
"Dance: A Stimulus for Memory?" (Advised by Prof. Patti Simone, Neuroscience and Prof. David Popalisky, Theatre and Dance)
Emma is researching the connection between dance education and memory recall. Her plan is to conduct a literature review of existing studies on the topic and primary research in the dance department at SCU. With her interdisciplinary education in neuroscience and dance, she hopes to analyze both verbal memory and movement memory via appropriate tests on a group of dancers and a group of non-dancers. Her goal is to raise and answer the following questions: Is there a significant improvement in memory recall in dancers? If a trend is noticed is it only applicable to movement memory or generalized to verbal recall? The project results will be presented in an educational infographic promoting involvement in dance education and a creative choreographic demonstration explaining the research findings. Her goal is to demonstrate the importance of dance education and funding for arts education.