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What are the shifting material and immaterial conditions that determine whether persons are perceived to be able or competent, or alternatively, disabled or incompetent? Designed and natural environments and cultural and aesthetic forms have profound effects on our perceptions and experiences of ability. Contexts for, and consequences of, judgments about ability may be social, cultural, economic, educational, historical, and/or political. Alert to President Joseph Aoun’s call, in Robot Proof, to think about how human productivity and flourishing are defined in a technologically networked era, the Humanities Center aims to create an interdisciplinary group of scholars whose projects consider how the category of “ability” (as well as its cognates, such as competence, aptitude, and health; its antonyms, such as disability, incompetence, and sickness; and the terms with which it often travels, such as commitment, will, and effort) shapes identities, cultures, representations, and lived experience.

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Please join us in congratulating the Northeastern University faculty fellows selected for the sixth annual Northeastern University Humanities Center Resident Fellowship Program. This fellowship provides a focused period of time for 8 faculty fellows to pursue research, to collaborate around a common theme, and to share their work with the Northeastern community.  The theme for the 2018-19 academic year is “Cultures of Ability.”

Please join us in congratulating the 2018-19 Faculty Fellows.  


CONVENED BY


         
              Sari Altschuler
              Assistant Professor
              Department of English
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities

                                                 

    


FACULTY FELLOWS


             

             Meryl Alper

              Assistant Professor
              Department of Communication Studies
              College of Arts, Media, and Design
              “Kids Across the Spectrums: Growing Up Autistic in the Digital Age”

 

              Moya Bailey

               Assistant Professor
              Department of Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies
              Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities

             “Creating a Black Feminist Disability Framework”


 

              Linda Blum

               Professor
               Department of Sociology and Anthropology
               College of Social Sciences and Humanities

               “Managing Precarious Normality in an Age of Inequality.”


             

             Elizabeth Britt

              Associate Professor
              Department of English
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities

             “The Ability to Change: Batterer Intervention as Rhetorical Education”


 

                  Laura Frader

                    Professor
                    Department of History
                    College of Social Sciences and Humanities
                    “Addressing Gendered Cultures of Ability: 

                    European Community Equality Policies 1957-1980″


        

                  Denise Garcia

                   Associate Professor 
                   Department of Political Science
                   International Affairs Program
                   College of Social Sciences and Humanities
                   “Artificial Intelligence and the Earth’s Global Commons”

   

              Adam Hosein

              Associate Professor
              Department of Philosophy and Religion
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
              “Anti-Discrimination Norms, Conceptions of Ability and Social Change”

 

              Philip Thai

              Assistant Professor
              Department of History
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
             “Risky Businesses – Insurance and 
             the Emergence of Financial Capitalism in Modern China”

GRADUATE FELLOWS       


              Bridget Keown
       
      PhD Candidate
              Department of History
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
             “ ‘She is lost to time and place’: Women, War Trauma, and the First World War”


              Rachael Lee
       
      PhD Candidate
              Department of Sociology and Anthropology
              College of Social Sciences and Humanities
            “The Neoliberal Turn in Health Care: Adoption and Resistance in Community Health Centers”