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Summer Rearch Grants

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In partnership with the Office of International Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences has awarded research funds over the past several years to A&S faculty who lead a summer program abroad and are interested in extending their time in-country to conduct research. Activities typically range from a few days to conduct research at a specific library or host university to a longer stay to perform more in-depth studies. Interested faculty are invited to submit an informal grant proposal outlining the intended research, how the project integrates into your larger research agenda, which places you plan to visit, and a detailed funding request that demonstrates on-site expenses. For more information, please contact the Summer & Internships Program Manager.

  • Mary Sherman added to her knowledge of recent developments in contemporary art by visiting the leading international showcases of such work: the Venice Biennale, Skulptur Projekte Münster and  Documenta. She also made studio visits and met with key figures in the emerging field of artistic research. Those meetings led to an upcoming collaboration with the performance artist Fender Schrade and will become the basis for a panel on artistic research at this February's International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts: Exploring New Horizons, hosted by Université Laval in Quebec City.  


  • Lisa Cuklanz extended her stay in Italy to meet with Italian scholars in Communication and gender studies to develop collaborative projects, and conducted research on gendered violence in Italian news media. 


  • Liam Bergin spent six days studying ancient baptismal sites at Aquileia and Ravenna in Italy.  He collected material published locally, met with archeologists who have worked on the excavations and gathered a significant documentary and photographic portfolio for a new course on sacraments and art to be given in the spring semester 2018.


  • Suzanne Berne extended her stay in Paris to visit some of Hemingway's haunts along the Left Bank when he lived in Paris in the 1920s.  She is writing an essay on Hemingway and A Moveable Feast, and about her ambivalence toward both.

  • Mary Sherman spent a week in Berlin conducting extensive studio, gallery, and museum visits to research the growing hybrid field of sound and visual art for her book What if you Could Hear a Painting, to be published this fall in conjunction with a retrospective or her work on the same theme at Oboro in Montreal.


  • Scott Cummings extended his stay in London in order to conduct meetings pertaining to a volume of contemporary plays he will edit for Methuen Drama and to interview the playwright Caryl Churchill for a project he is working on with the British-born director Les Waters.


  • Lynne Anderson met with directors of French language programs to discuss intercultural learning models and traveled to Aix-en-Provence for meetings with international education administrators about options for early support for students immersing themselves in a new educational context.


  • Andréa Javel spent one week receiving training at the Alliance Française of Bordeaux on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR: a rating system used throughout Europe to determine a student’s proficiency level). She also reviewed French language placement tests for possible use in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. She spent a second week in workshops on teaching methodology, the use of video and the press from a French perspective.


  • Kevin Newmark extended his stay in Venice in order to continue work on a book he is writing based on his summer course, called The Imaginary City: Why Writers Love Venice. He spent an extra week writing a chapter of the book that will explore parallels between a novella by Henry James, "The Aspern Papers," and the first-person impressions of Venice offered by Mary McCarthy in her book, Venice Observed.


  • Steve Pope conducted research regarding the relationship between justice and reconciliation in post-apartheid South Africa. He spent time at the University of Cape Town studying the competing visions of justice that emerged during and after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings and met with current and former faculty members of the UCT as well as activists from the Cape Town area.


  • Tom Epstein spent a week in the archive of "Memorial" in St. Petersburg, Russia researching the counter culture of Soviet Russia, and especially Leningrad, in the 1960s and 70s.

  • Kevin Newmark extended his stay in Venice in order to work on a book he is writing based on his course, called “The Imaginary City: Why Writers Love Venice.” 

  • Lynne Anderson attended a conference in Paris focused on intercultural competency and visited several programs in and around Paris to learn about best practices in promoting intercultural learning. 

  • Joe Nugent visited six medieval monasteries and two modern churches in Ireland in order to capture 360-degree panoramic photographs depicting 1,500 years of Hiberno-Romanesque architectural history for the Oculus Rift display in The Arts & Crafts Movement: Making it Irish exhibition, opening February, 2016 at the McMullen Museum.

  • Tom Miles worked on three separate but related research projects centered on the philosophies of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche in Copenhagen and Weimar, Germany.