Jonathan Beller was awarded a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History and the Humanities for his research project “Visual Transformations and Philippine Modernity.” He is the author of “PMLA in the Philippines?” (1998), “Capital/Cinema,” in Deleuze and Guattari: New Mappings in Politics/Philosophy/Culture (1998), and “The Spectatorship of the Proletariat” (1995). Beller writes that “this work is concerned with the qualitative changes in visuality wrought by culture and technology accompanying and enabling economic ‘development.’ The Philippines is a particularly interesting scene of visual encounter given its status as an American colony: subject to U.S. media of all types, yet producing its own counter-visions. And finally, the case for the inclusion of Philippine painting among the art that counts as art history is a matter of aesthetics. The Filipino artists in whom I am interested exhibit as profound an accommodation to and analysis of the shifting conditions of visuality which they helped to bring into being as any of the Western innovators, despite the fact that their creativity has been radically under-mediated.”

Sandria Freitag is Executive Director of the American Historical Association and a historian of South Asia. Her most recent publications include “The Mobilized Gaze: Depiction and the Civil Society of the Nation” (South Asia Journal, forthcoming), “Theorizing the Nexus Between Creation, Consumption, and Participation in the Public Sphere” (in Pleasure and the Nation in South Asia, forthcoming), and the edited volume Culture as Contested Site (forthcoming). Her work in the coming year will center on a historical study dealing with visual evidence, entitled “Acts of Seeing, Acts of Knowing.” Freitag writes that this is “a theorized approach to the creation and dissemination of new visual mass media reflecting on community and national identity in South Asia, 1870-1970. The time period and technological context of the project crosses the divide between British colonial India and the independent state, and so tells us much about how a colonized area becomes ‘modern,’ particularly in the intersection of global and local visual practices and constructions of meaning.”

Shirley Samuels is Professor of English and American Studies and Director of the Women’s Studies Program at Cornell University. She is the author of Romances of the Republic: Women, the Family, and Violence in the Literature of the Early American Nation (Oxford University Press, 1996) and editor of The Culture of Sentiment: Race, Gender, and Sentimentality in Nineteenth-Century America (Oxford University Press, 1992). Her time at the Center will be devoted to another book project, National Gender: American Iconography and the Civil War, in which Samuels will “explore the charged emphasis on gender and the use of both men and women to highlight political iconography in the sensation fiction and historical novels written about the Civil War, and …address how gender appears in the political cartoons and broadsides that were used to promote or attack slavery.”

Geoffrey David Turnbull is a Senior Lecturer in Comparative Studies in Art, Science and Religion at Deakin University, Australia. The author of Maps are Territories: Science is an Atlas (Chicago University Press, 1993, Deakin University Press, 1989), and Life Among the Scientists: An Anthropological Study of an Australian Scientific Community, with Max Charlesworth, Lyndsay Farrall, and Terry Stokes (Oxford University Press, 1989), Turnbull’s interests lie within the broad area of knowledge production, with a concentration on science and technology in a cross cultural context. Of his current research, he writes, “[it] has three main components: how science, cartography and the state became intermeshed in the creation of the western technoscience; how space and knowledge are co-produced in non-western cultures; and how these complexes can be interrogated in exploring encounters between western and other cultures.” While at UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Turnbull will be working on a book project entitled “Cartographic Encounters.”