Rockefeller Fellows for 2003-2004

Elizabeth Deloughrey, Assistant Professor of English at Cornell University, is a Rockefeller Fellow for 2003-2004. She has completed one book manuscript, Routes and Roots: Navigating Caribbean and Pacific Island Literatures, and her talk is from her work in progress “Island Transplantations: Literary Seeds of Culture.” Tracing the centuries-long history of commodity crop transfer around the world, she argues that human and plant diasporas facilitated a sense of modernity centuries before what we now term “globalization.” She further examines the literary use of plants as metaphors for diaspora and the cultivation of historically bound island identities.

Jeremy Prestholdt, Rockefeller Fellow for Fall, 2003, works in world history. He received his Ph.D. this year from Northwestern University, having done his doctoral research in East Africa, and he has recently joined the History faculty at Northeastern University. About his talk, he writes, “the project highlights the roles of seemingly peripheral people in the fashioning of global systems by considering the repercussions of African consumer desire on patterns of global integration. In its focus on how pre-colonial East African consumerism shaped global relationships from Bombay to Boston, the project excavates alternative visions of globality and develops a narrative of interrelation focused on local and social contingencies.”

Ivaylo Ditchev is Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Department of History and Theory of Culture at Sofia University, Bulgaria, and a Rockefeller Fellow at UC Santa Cruz for winter and spring quarters, 2004. His publications include “The Eros of Identity,” in Balkans as Metaphor, ed. Savic Bielic (MIT, 2002), and From Belonging to Identity: Politics of the Image (LIK, 2002). Ditchev’s project, “Globalizing Civic Ritual: Imported Forms of Belonging and Legitimation in the Balkans,” looks closely at imported ritual and at the role of the media in the dissemination of ritual practice. The regional focus of the project is southeastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. His presentation focuses on urban development and the culture of mass consumption in the Soviet empire in the 1950s and 1960s.

Resident Scholars for 2003-2004

Georgine Clarsen is Lecturer at the School of History and Politics, Faculty of Art, University of Wollongong, Australia, and Research Fellow at the Center for Cultural Studies during Winter 2004. Trained as a historian, she also received a Certificate in Automotive Engineering from Sydney Technical College. Her areas of interest include history of technology, tourism and travel, twentieth-century modernity, women and war, feminist historiography, history of the body, and a history of physical performance in Australia. She has published widely in the history of women and motoring in Australia and elsewhere. Her talk is from a book in progress entitled Auto-Erotic: Early Women Motorists’ Love of Cars (forthcoming from Johns Hopkins).

Audrey Jaffe is the author of a book on Dickens, Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience (University of California, 1991), and more recently of Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction (Cornell, 2000). She has taught at NYU, the University of Toronto, and Ohio State University, where she was until recently an Associate Professor of English. When not visiting UC Santa Cruz she can be found in Berkeley, where, at the moment, she teaches a nineteenth-century-novel course for UC Extension and thinks about the graph. Her talk, part of a project about the genealogy of and meanings attached to the image of the graph in modern culture, will address representations of identity in statistical history, focusing especially on the work of nineteenth-century theorists such as Quetelet, Galton, and Jevons.

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 in German and Portuguese on topics related to the German revolutionary enlightenment in its global and racial context, and on German anthropology in the 18th century.

Deborah Whaley, Resident Scholar at the Center for Cultural Studies, has taught at the University of Kansas and at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Whaley is author of “To Capture a Vision Fair: Margaret Walker and the Predicament of the African American Female Intellectual,” in Maryemma Graham (ed.), Fields Watered with Blood: Critical Essays on Margaret Walker (Georgia, 2001) and “The Neo-Soul Vibe and the Postmodern Aesthetic: Black Popular Music and Culture for the Soul Babies of History,” American Studies (Fall 2002).