Space and Place Fellows 2014-2015

2014-2015 Northeastern Humanities Center Fellowship

…place is perhaps the key term for interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences in the twenty-first century.  – Jeff Malpas

The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed. We are at a moment, I believe, when our experience of the world is less that of a long life developing through time than of a network that connects points and intersects with its own skein.
Michel Foucault

The 2014-15 theme recognizes recent wide-ranging and deeply resonant interdisciplinary conversations about “space and place,” from history to politics and from literature to architecture, including digital humanities’ embrace of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), mapping projects in biology and textual studies, and the recently coined “geo-Humanities” that highlights spatial thinking as an issue that transcends disciplines. From the micro-design of the spaces we inhabit to the urgent environmental concerns of the planet, from modes of embodiment and identity formation to global economics, from urbanization to globalization, spatial thinking has come to inform a startling array of disciplines as well as post-disciplinary agendas such as critical race, gender and sexuality studies. We invite scholars working in diverse fields and periods to consider how space and place informs their current research and practice.

Convened by

Tim

Tim Cresswell
Associate Director for Public Humanities
Professor of History and International Affairs
College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Faculty Fellows

Len Albright headshotLen Albright 
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Making it Out Here: Home and Mobility in Suburban Low-Income Housing”


James Connolly 
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“The Null Geography: How the Shift toward Megaregions Challenges our Capacity for Environmental Governance”


Gretchen Heefner 
Assistant Professor, Department of History
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“’A Tract That Is Wholly Sand:’ Environmental Imaginaries and Air Bases in Libya”


Kathleen Coyne Kelly
Professor, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“‘Not privileged, just particular:’ Lost Ponds and Invented Vikings in a Cambridge Neighborhood”


Serena Parekh
Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Between Human and Citizen: Refugees, Stateless People, and Other Moral Problems”


Bert Spector
Associate Professor, International Business and Strategy
D’Amore-McKim School of Business

“Contested Space: Corporations in Postwar America” 


Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Graduate Fellows


Emily Artiano

Ph.D. candidate, Department of English
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Removed from Home: Language Acts in the Space of Colonial New England”


Meghan Doran
Ph.D. candidate, Department of Sociology and Anthropology
College of Social Sciences and Humanities

“Narratives of the Past in Contemporary Urban Politics: The Case of the Boston School Desegregation Crisis”