Barry Adam, Professor of Sociology at the University of Windsor, is the author of numerous books and articles in gay and lesbian studies and the history and theory of social movements. While in residence at the Center, he will work on a book entitled Globalization and Social Change, intended to introduce the social changes of the past two decades to undergraduates. The book explores the rise and unraveling of the welfare state, neo-liberal government policies, instruments of social control, and the burgeoning contemporary analyses of “globalization.” It also considers resistance and accommodation, social movements and social change, and critiques of modernity.
Jonathan Beller was awarded a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship 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 former Executive Director of the American Historical Association and a historian of South Asia. Her current 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.”
Anthony Chennells in residence for the fall quarter 1999, and comes from the University of Zimbabwe where he is Associate Professor of English. He is working on a study of Rhodesian women novelists, of which his colloquium talk is one part. He has published extensively on Rhodesian and Zimbabwean literature, as well as on nineteenth-century British fiction. Professor Chennells has lectured and taught throughout Europe and Southern Africa, and is an internationally recognized authority on contemporary Zimbabwean literature.
Manuela Ribeiro Sanches is Assistant Professor in the Department of German Studies at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. Her research centers on early ethnographies and travel literature, and the history of anthropology. She has published on Georg Forster, eighteenth-century explorer and author and member of the Cook expedition, as well as on topics related to the German revolutionary enlightenment in its global and racial context. In her period of residence at the Center, Professor Sanches will work on her current book project on German anthropology in the 18th century, particularly the issues that arise from the application of cultural studies theory, methodology, and emphases to early Enlightenment material.