Faculty Awards, Publications, and Creative Endeavors

Faculty Awards, Publications, and Creative Endeavors

This list includes the major awards, publications, and creative endeavors of Division of the Humanities faculty members during the 2016-2017 academic year (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017). All faculty members are listed with their rank and title as of June 30, 2017.

ART HISTORY

Claudia Brittenham, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, contributed an essay to A Red Like No Other: How Cochineal Colored the World (2015), which was awarded the 2016 J. Alfred H. Barr Award by the College Art Association.

Darby English, Carl Darling Buck Professor in the Department of Art History, published two books: 1971: A Year in the Life of Color (University of Chicago Press, 2016) and Art History and Emergency (Yale University Press, 2016). He also delivered three lectures entitled “The Right to Reflect: Lectures at the Intersection of Art and Racial Terror” as part of the Richard D. Cohen Lecture Series at Harvard University.

Cecile Fromont, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History, served as a consultant and on-screen expert for the PBS series Africa’s Great Civilizations.

Aden Kumler, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, delivered the keynote lecture at the “Coins in European Churches: Religious Practice and Devotional Uses of Money” conference in Wintherfur, Switzerland.

Wei-Cheng Lin, Associate Professor in the Department of Art History, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities. He also organized the conference “China, Art, History: New Orientations,” a conference in honor of departmental colleague Wu Hung. He received grants from the Chiang-Ching Kuo Foundation, Henry Luce Foundation, and the University of Chicago Beijing Center.

Christine Mehring, Professor and Chair in the Department of Art History, curated the fall 2016 exhibition Vostell Concrete at the Smart Museum of Art and served as faculty director for the 2016–17 Concrete Happenings programming. She also received programming and exhibition grants from the Graham Foundation, Goethe Institut, Reva and David Logan Foundation, and UChicago Arts.

Wu Hung, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Art History, published Wang Luyan: Diagramming Allegory (Skira Press, 2016); Zhang Dali: Permanence and Impermanence (China National Art Photography Publishing House, 2017); On Chinese Art: Cases and Concepts, vol. 1 (Art Media Resources, 2016); and Ancient Chinese Art in a Global Context (Sanlian Press, 2017). He served as curator for Minsheng Art Museum’s exhibition Zhang Dali: Permanence and Impermanence  and the OCAT Institute in Beijing An Exhibition about Exhibitions: Displaying Experimental Art in the 1990s. He also delivered the 2016 OCAT Distinguished Lectures at the OCAT Institute and the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, and received the Award of Art China (AAC) best book prize on contemporary Chinese art for Exhibitions about Exhibitions: Displaying Experimental Art in the 1990s.

CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES

Allyson Nadia Field, Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, was awarded the 2016 Kraszna-Krausz Book Award and the 2017 Society for Cinema and Media Studies Best Edited Collection Award for her co-edited book L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema (2015). She also co-curated the “African American Film Pioneers” film series at the University of Chicago and “Race & Space in Los Angeles II” at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles.

Thomas Gunning, Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Art History, delivered the Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture “The Innovation of the Moving Image” at the National Gallery of Art.

James Lastra, Associate Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, delivered the inaugural keynote lecture for the Great Lakes Association for Sound Studies.

D.N. Rodowick, Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, exhibited The Wanderers, a 5-screen projected image installation, at Campaign Premiere in Berlin, and a smaller selection of video works at the Amie and Tony James Gallery at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. He also screened his work Plato’s Phaedrus at the UChicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and Arsenal, Berlin.

Yuri Tsivian, William Colvin Professor in the Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Art History, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.

CLASSICS

Michael I. Allen, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, served as Professeur invité in spring 2017 in th Département d’histoire, Université de Toulouse – Jean Jaurès (Toulouse 2).

Clifford Ando, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in the Department of Classics, published The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society (2016), and served as a Humanities Center Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Tennessee.

Elizabeth Asmis, Professor in the Department of Classics, organized the conference “Evil? The Bad, the Ugly, and the Depraved in Ancient Greek and Roman Thought” at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University. She also was the keynote speaker at the “Poetic Philosophers” conference at the University of Notre Dame.

Shadi Bartsch-Zimmer, Helen A. Regenstein Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Classics, delivered the Heller lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and served as the Lucy Shoe Merritt Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. She received the 2016 Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit from the Society for Classical Studies for her book Persius: A Study in Food, Philosophy, and the Figural (2015).

Catherine Kearns, Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, received a grant from the Loeb Foundation.

Michele Lowrie, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Department of Classics, delivered the keynote lecture, “Security, A Roman Metaphor,” at the Roman Political Thought conference at the University of New Hampshire.

Sarah Nooter, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE

Haun Saussy, University Professor in the Departments of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages and Civilizations, received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project, “A Comparative History of East Asian Literatures.”

EAST ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS

Michael Bourdaghs, Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, published Politics and Literature Debate: Postwar Japanese Criticism 1945–1952 (2017). He also delivered the keynote lecture for the Japanese Modern Literature Association Tōhoku Regional Annual Meeting.

Donald Harper, Centennial Professor of Chinese Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, served as the Robert Staley Visiting Professor at Arizona State University.

Hoyt Long, Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation New Directions Fellowship. He also received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project, “Textual Optics,” and a grant from the Japan Foundation for his project, “Text Mining and Digital Humanities in Japanese Studies.”

Edward Shaughnessy, Lorraine J. and Herrlee G. Creel Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, published Imprints of Kinship: Studies of Recently Discovered Bronze Inscriptions from Ancient China (2017). He also received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project, “Signs of Writing.”

ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

Lauren Berlant, George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. In winter 2017 she co-edited a special issue of Critical Inquiry entitled Comedy, An Issue (2017). She delivered the Lionel Trilling Seminars at Columbia University, the Goldstone Lecture at New York University, and served as the Gallatin Distinguished Lecturer at New York University, the Core Distinguished Lecturer at the Rice University Museum of Fine Arts, and the IHR Distinguished Lecturer at Arizona State University. She delivered keynote addresses at the “New Universalism” conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, “The Unbearable Humanities” conference in Richmond, Virginia, and “Sexualities and Politics School” in Belgrade, Serbia.

Timothy Campbell, Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, published Historical Style: Fashion and the New Mode of History, 1740–1830 (2016).

James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, delivered the keynote address at the 2017 UChicago Humanities Day.

Maud Ellmann, Randy L. and Melvin R. Berlin Professor of the Development of the Novel in English in the Department of English Language and Literature, delivered the keynote lecture for the “Modernism, Medicine, and the Embodied Mind” conference at Bristol University.

Rachel Galvin, Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, was scholar in residence at the Newberry Library in 2016–17. She also published poems in Boston Review, Poetry, Tupelo Quarterly, New Orleans Review, and Poetry International.

Elaine Hadley, Professor in the Department of Engllish Language and Literature, received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for her project, “Boundaries of the Economy.”

Patrick Jagoda, Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, delivered “On Difficulty in Videogames: Mechanics, Interpretation, Affect” in the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series for UChicago’s Master of Arts Program in the Humanities; a lecture series at University of Texas at Austin on “Gaming the Medical Humanities” and “Alternate Reality Games: An Artist’s Talk”; the keynote address at Training magazine’s online learning conference; and a UChicago Franke Forum talk on “Game Experiments (or: Playful Ways to Design Serious Research Interventions).” He received grants from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society, the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, National Institutes of Health, and the Humanities Without Walls Consortium (supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation).

Heather Keenleyside, Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature, published Animals and Other People: Literary Forms and Living Beings in the Long Eighteenth Century (2016).

W.J.T. Mitchell, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of English Language and Literature and Art History, was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS), and a collection of his essays was published as Living Pictures: W.J.T. Mitchell’s Image Theory (2016). He also received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Benjamin Morgan, Assistant Professor in English Language and Literature, published The Outward Mind: Materialist Aesthetics in Victorian Science and Literature (2017). He also received an “Editor’s Choice” award for his article “Fin du Globe: On Decadent Planets” Victorian Studies 58.4 (Summer 2016).

Deborah Nelson, Associate Professor in English Language and Literature, published Tough Enough: Arbus, Arendt, Didion, McCarthy, Sontag, Weil (2017). She also received a Next Generations PhD Implementation Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Julie Orlemanski, Assistant Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, received the University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring.

Jennifer Scappettone, Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Program in Creative Writing, published The Republic of Exit 43: Outtakes and Scores from an Archaeology and Pop-Up Opera of the Corporate Dump (2016). She also served as Writer in Residence at the Lynden Sculpture Garden and Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee, WI.

Vu Tran, Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Program in Creative Writing, received a MacDowell Fellowship for a residency at MacDowell Colony and a Grace Paley Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

Kenneth Warren, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature, delivered the keynote address for the International Society for the Study of Narrative and delivered the John S. Nuveen Lecture for the University of Chicago Divinity School.

John Wilkinson, Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature and the Program in Creative Writing, published Ghost Nets (2016). He also chaired the organizing committee for the Centennial Brooks Conference. He received grants from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project “Outsider Writing” and the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry for the Centennial Brooks Conference.

GERMANIC STUDIES

Catherine Baumann, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Germanic Studies, received a 5-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support language instruction.

LINGUISTICS

Diane K. Brentari, Mary K. Werkman Professor in the Department of Linguistics, received grants from the National Science Foundation and the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Itamar Francez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics, published Semantics and Morphosytatctic Variation: Qualities and the Grammar of Property Concepts (2017).

Susan Gal, Mae and Sidney G. Metzl Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Linguistics, delivered the Bauman Distinguished Lecture at Indiana University and the Distinguished Lecture for the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.

Anastasia Giannakidou, Professor in the Department of Linguistics, published Revisiting Mood, Aspect, and Modality: What is a Linguistic Category? (2017), and delivered a four-lecture series at the University of Thessaloniki on “Truth and Veridicality in Grammar.”

Lenore Grenoble, John Mathews Manly Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics, was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) and was named the Ken Hale Professor at the 2017 Linguistics Summer Institute at the University of Kentucky. She also delivered keynote addresses at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (“When the dream falters: The role of the linguist and how to do, and undo, things with words”), and the 60th Anniversary of the Linguistic Society of Korea (“Toward a typology of spatial semantics and frame of reference in Kallaallisut”). She received grants from National Science Foundation and UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Christopher Kennedy, William H. Colvin Professor in the Department of Linguistics, received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project “Subjectivity in Language and Thought.”

Jason Merchant, Lorna Puttkammer Straus Professor in the Department of Linguistics, received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project “Historical Semantics and Legal Interpretation.”

Salikoko Mufwene, Frank J. McLoraine Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Linguistics, edited Complexity in Language: Developmental and Evolutionary Perspectives (2017). He also delivered keynote lectures at the 8th International Conference on Evolutionary Linguistics at Indiana University, the 10th biennial meeting of ABRALIN in Niteroi, Brazil, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Linguistic Colloquium.

Jason Riggle, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, received a National Science Foundation Research Grant for his project “Models of Handshape: Articulatory Phonology for Recognition and Analysis of American Sign Language.”

Ming Xiang, Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, received a grant from the National Science Foundation for her project “Computational and Psycholinguistic Investigations of Covert Dependencies.”

MUSIC

Philip V. Bohlman, Ludwig Rosenberger Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Music, published Song Loves the Masses: Herder on Music and Nationalism (2017). He delivered the keynote address at the Conference of the International Musicological Society in Stavanger, Norway. He also received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Seth Brodsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Music, published From 1989, or European Music and the Modernist Unconscious (2017). He also delivered the keynote address at the Formalism and its Discontents conference at Rutgers University.

Anthony Cheung, Associate Professor in the Department of Music, received a research leave fellowship for 2016–17 from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation.

Martha Feldman, Mabel Greene Myers Professor in the Department of Music, was appointed President of the American Musicological Society (AMS). She also received AMS’ Kinkeldey Award for best book by a senior scholar for The Castrato: Reflections on Natures and Kinds (2015).

Berthold Hoeckner, Associate Professor in the Department of Music, received a grant from John Templeton Foundation.

Robert Kendrick, Professor in the Department of Music, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Samuel Pluta, Assistant Professor in the Department of Music, received a commission from the New York Philharmonic CONTACT! Series and was named as a Visiting Researcher at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He released several music albums and offered performances worldwide including Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Canada, California, and Illinois, among others.

Marta Ptaszynska, Helen B. and Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in the Department of Music, published the compositions Missa Soelmnis for 3 soloists, 2 mixed choirs and orchestra and Viva La Cassa for solo snare drum. Sappho Songs premiered at the International Festival of New Music in Cracow, Poland, and her Voice of the Winds for 100 Percussionists premiered at the Contempo concert at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

Augusta Read Thomas, University Professor in the Department of Music, served as the CEO and Artistic Director of the Ear Taxi Festival. She performed her pieces worldwide and published several compositions, including “Sonorous Earth,” “Venus Enchanted,” “Rhea Enchanted,” and a new version of her earlier “Incantation.” She released several CD recordings including Ritual Incantations, Squeeze, Angel Tears and Earth Echoes, and Love Twitters. She also received an opera commission from the Santa Fe Opera in association with the San Francisco Opera to premiere in 2019. She was a finalist for the 36th Annual Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in the category of Best Classical Entertainer and the 8th International Henri Dutilleux Composition Contest.

NEAR EASTERN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS

Orit Bashkin, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, delivered the 25th annual Sabbagh Lecture, “The History of Iraqi Jewish Children—In Israel and Iraq,” at the University of Arizona, and the inaugural lecture in the Averroës Lecture Series at UCLA.

Fred M. Donner, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Middle East Medievalists at the 50th annual meeting of the Middle East Studies Association.

Saeed Ghahremani, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, published Az talkhi-ye chai ta bekaham (2017), Az bute-ye butigha (2017), Va man dar chashm-e Khargusham (2017), and Parsi-gu-ye degar-khu (2017).

Ghenwa Hayek, Assistant Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Hakan Karateke, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, published Long Live the Sultan! Ottoman Ceremonies in the Nineteenth Century (2017).

Brian Muhs, Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, published The Ancient Egyptian Economy, 3000–30 BCE (2016).

Richard M. Payne, Associate Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, received several awards: Jacques Barzun Prize in Cultural History from the American Philosophical Society, the Award for Excellence in the Study of Religion–Historical Studies from the American Academy of Religion, and the Ehsan Yarshater Prize from the International Society for Iranian Studies. He received a visiting fellowship and a conference grant from the Deutsches Archäologisches Institut, Eurasien-Abteilung, Berlin.

Tahera Qutbuddin, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies for her project “Classical Arab Oratory: Religion, Politics, and Orality-Based Aesthetics of Public Address in the Early Islamic World.” She also published translations and critical editions of Light in the Heavens: Sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (2016) and A Treasury of Virtues: Sayings, Sermons, and Teachings of ‘Ali (2016).

Martha T. Roth, Chauncey S. Boucher Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, delivered the plenary lecture at the annual meeting of the American Oriental Society in Los Angeles, CA.

Gil Stein, Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, received several grants from the United States Department of State.

Theo van den Hout, Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. He also delivered “A People Withou a Name or Who Were the Hittites?,” the 10th annual Leon Levy Lecture at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World in New York.

Paul Walker, Lecturer in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, published Ithbat al-nubuwwat (2017).

Christopher Woods, John A. Wilson Professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, was appointed director of the Oriental Institute. He also delivered the lecture “Big Numbers in Babylonian: An Early Abacus in Comparative Perspective” as the Annual Abraham Sachs Lecture in Assyriology at Brown University.

PHILOSOPHY

Agnes Callard, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, received UChicago’s Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Benjamin Callard, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, received the Janel M. Mueller Award for Excellence in Pedagogy from the University of Chicago Division of the Humanities.

James Conant, Charles D. Tripp Professor in the Department of Philosophy, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Raoul Moati, Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy, published Levinas and the Night of Being: A Guide to Totality and Infinity (2016). He also delivered a 3-lecture series at the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Bart Schultz, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, published The Happiness Philosophers: The Lives and Works of the Great Utilitarians (2017).

Candace Vogler, David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor in the Department of Philosophy, delivered keynote addresses at conferences in Oxford, UK, the University of Stockholm, and Baylor University in Waco, TX. She also delivered the 2017 Aquinas Lecture on “The Intellectual Animal” at Blackfriars in Oxford. She received a grant from the Hyde Park Institute for her “Chicago Moral Philosophy” project.

Malte Willer, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for his project “Subjectivity in Language and Thought.” He also published Proceedings of DEON 2016 (2016).

ROMANCE LANGUAGES AND LITERATURES

Frederick de Armas, Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, published El retorno de Astrea: Astrologia, mito e imperio en Calderon (2016), Doce cuentos ejemplares y otros documentos cervantinos (2016) and the novel El abra del Yumuri (2016).

Daisy Delogu, Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, delivered the Iris Marion Young Distinguished Faculty Lecture.

Philippe Desan, Howard L. Willett Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, published Montaigne: A Life (2016).

Daniel Desormeaux, Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, received a 2016–17 research leave fellowship from UChicago’s Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Nadine Di Vito, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, co-coordinated a collaborative photo project on the theme of immigration at the Logan Center for the Arts, exhibited as Pictures of Diversity.

Alison James, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, received the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques from the French Ministry of National Education and the University of Chicago Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentoring. She received a grant from UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society for her project, “Fact and Fiction: Creations, Forms, Boundaries,” and delivered the keynote address at the Mosaics graduate student conference at the University of Pittsburgh.

Ana Lima, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, received the 2017 American Organization of Teachers of Portuguese Award.

Agnes Lugo-Ortiz, Associate Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, published the paperback edition of Slave Portraiture in the Atlantic World (2016).

Armando Maggi, Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, received the Premio Flaiano 2016-Italianistica Award.

Maria Anna Mariani, Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, published Dalla Corea del sud (2017).

Miguel Martínez, Assistant Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, published Front Lines: Soldiers’ Writing in the Early Modern Hispanic World (2016).

Robert J. Morrissey, Benjamin Franklin Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and UChicago’s Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.

Larry F. Norman, Frank L. Sulzberger Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Committee on Theater and Performance Studies, co-curated the Smart Museum of Art exhibition, Classicisms, and published the exhibition catalog Classicisms (2017).

Justin Steinberg, Professor in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, published Dante e i confini del diritto (2016). He delivered keynote addresses at conferences at Oxford University, University of Göttingen, and Harvard University’s Villa I TAtti. He served as Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto.

Veronica Vegna, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, published Donne, Mafia e Cinema (2017).

SOUTH ASIAN LANGUAGES AND CIVILIZATIONS

Steven Collins, Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, served as the Robert N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Visiting Professor at Arizona State University. He also received the UChicago Undergraduate Feminist Forum Professor Award. He received two grants from the Luce Foundation for his “Theravada Civilizations Project.”

Whitney Cox, Associate Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, published Politics, Kingship and Poetry in Medieval South India (2016) and Modes of Philology in Medieval South India (2016).

Wendy Doniger, Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions in the University of Chicago Divinity School, the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Committee on Social Thought, published The Ring of Truth, and Other Myths of Sex and Jewelry (2017). She also served as the 2017 Distinguished Visiting Humanist Residency at the University of Rochester and the Humanities Visiting Professor at Muehlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Sascha Ebeling, Associate Professor in the Departments of South Asian Languages and Civilizations and Comparative Literature, served as Professeur invité, Centre d’Études de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (CEIAS), École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), and was a Visiting Fellow at the Center for the Study of Manuscript Cultures, Hamburg University.

Jason Grunenbaum, Senior Lecturer in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, received (jointly with his colleague Ulrike Stark) the inaugural Global Humanities Translation Prize of Northwestern University’s Global Humanities Initiative for the translation of the Hindi novel The Tale of the Missing Man by Manzoor Ahtesham.

Ulrike Stark, Professor in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, received (jointly with her colleague Jason Grunenbaum) the inaugural Global Humanities Translation Prize of Northwestern University’s Global Humanities Initiative for the translation of the Hindi novel The Tale of the Missing Man by Manzoor Ahtesham.

VISUAL ARTS

Amber Ginsburg, Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts, participated in the exhibitions Forgotten Wars and Flowers, The Tea Project, Verge, Cities of Steel, Present Tense, How to Unmake an American Quilt, Liability, E. Pluribus E. Pluribus, New Homestead Act, Resistance Architecture, and Your Body is a Battleground.

Laura Letinsky, Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, exhibited Hopes of Paradise in Galerie m Bochum in Bochum, Germany, and The Telephone Game at the Casetti Gallery in Basel Switzerland, The Material Fair in Mexico, and Document in Chicago. She also curated the Smart Museum of Art exhibition There Was a Whole Collection Made: The Guttman Photography Collection and published the subsequent exhibition catalog.

Geof Oppenheimer, Associate Professor of Practice in the Arts in the Department of Visual Arts, performed Responsibilities, Sensibilities at The Arts Club in Chicago.

William Pope.L, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, had a solo exhibition, Proto-Skin Set, at the Mitchel-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York. He also had works presented in the group exhibitions Invisible Man, Punching Up, Whitney Biennial 2017, documenta 14, The Armory Show, Independent Art Fair, The Freedom Principle, The Window and the Breaking of the Window, Art Basel Miami, EXPO Chicago, THE PUBLIC BODY, Do You, Ms. Jones?, 32nd Bienal de São Paulo: Incerteza Viva (Live Uncertainty), 30 Americans: The Rubell Family Collection, You Should Be An Artist, and the Frieze Art Fair. He received grants from the Knight Foundation and the VIA Art Fund.

Jason Salavon, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, had two solo exhibitions, All the Ways at TAI Modern in Santa Fe, NM, and The Master Index at Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee, WI, and particpipated in the group exhibitions Symbolic Bodies at the Baltimore Museum of Art, This is a Portrait if I Say So at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. He also completed two solo commissions, the first an untitled video wall project at 150 N. Riverside in Chicago, IL, and a video wall project at the Four Seasons Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, CA.

David Schutter, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, exhibited a set of 36 drawings, SK L 402-429, 432-439, and 2 paintings, DP P pr578 and DP P pr577 2, at documenta 14, Kassel, GNAA PC D3 at Aurel Scheibler in Berlin, GNAA PC D4 at The Goma in Madrid, and Spolia 51 for Salon Dahlmann in Berlin.

Jessica Stockholder, Raymond W. and Martha Hilpert Gruner Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, had two solo exhibitions: The Guests All Crowded into the Dining Roomy at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash Gallery in New York, and Stockholder at 56 Henry in New York. She participated in the group exhibitions Brain Multiples, Fruit, Mana Contemporary Gallery Weekend, group exhibitions in Milwaukee, WI, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and Miart in Milan, Italy, where she received the Generations Prize for the best booth of the Miart Fair.

Catherine Sullivan, Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Arts, participated in the group exhibitions The Freedom Principle at ICA Philadelphia, Retrograde at UChicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, Rebel, Rebel, Art + Rock at the Musée des Arts Contemporains de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Scott Wolniak, Lecturer in the Department of Visual Arts, participated in Welcome to the End, an exhibition at The Franklin Gallery in Chicago, IL. He also received a residency at the Vermont Studio Center in June 2017.