Rockefeller Fellows for 2004-2005
Alexei Lalo, Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Culture Studies at the European Humanities University in Minsk, Belarus, is the author of Thomas Pynchon and His America: Enigmas, Parallels, and Cultural Contexts (Minsk: RIVSH BGU, 2001) and co-editor of Deviance in Society, Culture and Literature (UNIPAK, 2004), both published in Russian. His project, “Globalization, Russification, and ‘Double Translation’ in the Borderland Regions of the Western Newly Independent States of the Ex-USSR,” looks at contemporary Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and the Baltic States, as they enter a period of transition between one imperial legacy—the Czarist and Soviet eras—and an emergent U.S.-based globalization. Professor Lalo is interested in how these questions are being answered in the social and cultural fields, as well as in the theoretical models that regional scholars can bring to an analysis of these problems. His work focuses on a “translation” of postcolonial theory into an analysis of regional political culture.
Eduardo Mendieta, Associate Professor of Philosophy at SUNY Stony Brook, is the author of The Adventures Of Transcendental Philosophy: Karl-Otto Apel’s Semiotics And Discourse Ethics (Rowman & Littlefield, 2002), and editor of numerous works including Latin American Philosophy: Currents, Issues, Debates (Indiana, 2003). His fellowship project, “The City, War, and Globalization,” looks at cities and war during and after World War II, exploring the reasons for total war’s turn to the metropolitan center as target and battleground, and the ways in which world cities were rebuilt and reurbanized in the shadow of their destruction and devastation. This historical and philosophical investigation seeks to add to our conception of the global city by tracing the intimate and complex relationship of global cities with war and destruction.
Resident Scholars for 2004-2005
Tony Crowley is Professor of English Literature and Language at the University of Manchester, UK. His works include The Politics of Language: The Standard Language Question in Cultural Debates (Palgrave, 2003); Proper English? Readings in Language, History and Cultural Identity (Routledge, 1991); and the forthcoming Wars of Words: The Politics of Language in Ireland 1534-2003 (Oxford, 2004). His current project, “Language and Cultural Identity in Contemporary British Writing,” argues that in the twentieth century the sense that language was constitutive of identity became popular and commonplace. He explores the experimentation and innovation of writers who have represented Black British, Asian Scottish, Welsh, Liverpudlian, London and working-class (often unemployed) experiences in modes of language adequate to those experiences.
Marie Theresa Hernandez is Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston, and author of Delirio: The Fantastic, The Demonic, and the Réel: The Buried History of Nuevo León. Her current book project is entitled “Malinche, Guadalupe, and the White Virgin: New Formations of the American National Consciousness.” It explores how narratives of the virgin of Guadalupe and Malinche have traveled across time, space, and international boundaries, and analyzes white middle class American identity as it has emerged in close proximity to the narratives and physical presence of “this sea of color.”
Eugene Holland is Associate Professor of French and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University. He is the author of Baudelaire and Schizoanalysis: The Sociopoetics of Modernism (Cambridge, 1993) and Deleuze and Guattari’s Anti-Oedipus: Introduction to Schizoanalysis (Routledge, 1999). His project, “Realizing Global Democracy: Nomad Citizenship and Other Studies in Applied Nomadology,” elaborates a concept of nomad citizenship based on the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze. His colloquium talk mobilizes schizoanalysis for a socioeconomic analysis of consumerism and its connection to the U.S.A.’s repression of the death instinct.
Christina Jimenez is Assistant Professor of History at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, and a Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow. She is completing a book manuscript entitled Buying Into the Nation: Negotiating Citizenship and Modernity in Urban Mexico, 1880-1930. Based on thousands of letters and petitions to municipal and state governments, as well as legal codes and governmental memos, her work explores how urban residents were able to secure concessions and protection from the Mexican government by demanding fulfillment of their rights under the Mexican Constitution of 1857. She locates the roots of the informal economy, urban consumer culture, populist state employment, and collective petitioning in the pre-revolutionary late nineteenth century.
Dimitris Papadopoulos is Assistant Professor of cultural studies of social science and social theory at the Free University of Berlin. His books include Lev S. Vygotsky—Work and Impact (Campus, 1999) and Culture of Psychology/Culture in Psychology (Asanger, 2002). His current work focuses on “recombinant development,” the theoretical and sociocultural presuppositions of developmental science since 1980, and on 21st century social science in the North Atlantic region.
Scott Rains is a Faculty Fellow of the Graduate Theological Foundation, and Travel and Disability Editor of Suite101.com. He is currently investigating the application of principles of universal design in the travel and hospitality industry. His other research interests include conflicting definitions of disability, identity issues among recently disabled seniors and those whose disability has been of longer duration, and the worldwide increase in the population with disabilities.