The 2017-2018 W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows


The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Announces its Fifth Class of W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows


Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, welcomes twenty-one Fellows for the 2017-2018 academic year.

“We are delighted to welcome a cohort of distinguished and innovative scholars and artists,” says Gates. “Digital civil disobedience in Ethiopia and beyond; race, disability, and text in South African pugilism; racialized forgiveness and superficial repair; documentary on the life and legacy of Nasir Jones; student protests in South Africa; migration routes and public space in France; social interventionism in African visual art; dance and Afro-Cuban identity; Caribbean imagination, archival loss, and transformative futures; consumerism and racial stigma; and racial appeal in winning white votes are among the timely and exciting projects which the 2017-2018 Class of Fellows will be pursuing and presenting at the W. E. B Du Bois Research Institute, housed in the Hutchins Center.”

The 2017-2018 W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows and their research projects are as follows:

• Zelalem Kibret Beza is a Legal Scholar and Activist. In residence as a Scholar-at-Risk Fellow for for 2017-2018 academic year, Beza will be at work on his projects The Legal and Practical Notion of Digital Civil Disobedience (DCD) and A Legal Toolkit for DCD Activists All Over the World.

David Bindman is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at University College London.  In residence as an Image of the Black Archive & Library Fellow for Fall 2017, Bindman will be at work on The Image of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Kurt Campbell is an Artist and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and New Media at the University of Cape Town. In residence as a Mandela Mellon Fellow for Fall 2017, Campbell will be at work on his project To Write as a Boxer: Affect, Disability and Re-signification in the Text of the Blinded South African Pugilist Andrew Jeptha.

• Myisha Cherry is a Doctoral Candidate in Philosophy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. In residence as an Advancing Equity Through Research Fellow for Fall 2017, 2016, Cherry will be at work on her project Can You Find It In our Heart to Forgive?: Race, Forgiveness Requests, and Superficial Repair.

Christa Clarke is Senior Curator, Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, Clarke will be at work on her project The Activist Collector: Recovering the Story of an African American Woman in Pre-Apartheid South Africa.

• Jean-Christopher Cloutier is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, Cloutier will be at work on his project Archival Vagabonds.

• Genevieve E. Dempsey is a Musician and Ethnomusicologist. In residence as a Mark Claster Mamolen Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be at work on her project Saints of the African Diaspora: Voicing Race, Gender, and Politics in Brazilian Congado.

• Martha Diaz is a Media Producer, Social Entrepreneur, Curator, and Educator. In residence as the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, Diaz will be at work on her project Time is Illmatic: The Journey, Music, and Legacy of Nasir Jones.

• Zebulon Dingley is a Doctoral Candidate in Anthropology and History at the University of Chicago. In residence as a Porter-Wesley Fellow for the 2017-2018  academic year, Dingley will be at work on his project Ndani: An Historical Ethnography of Kinship, Capital, and the Occult on the South Coast of Kenya.

• Adam Habib is Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for Spring 2018, Habib will be at work on his study of student protests in South Africa.

• Julie Kleinman is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Fordham University. In residence as the McMillan-Stewart Fellow for Spring 2018, Kleinman will be at work on her project Borders in the Capital: Public Space, Immigration, and the Making of an African Hub in France.

• Nomusa Makhubu is Artist and Lecturer in Art History and Visual Culture at the University of Cape Town. In residence as a Mandela Mellon Fellow for Fall 2017, Nomusa will be at work on her project Art Interventionism and Social Engagement in African Visual Art.

• Myles Osborne is Associate Professor of African History at the University of Colorado Boulder. In residence as a Hutchins Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, Osborne will be at work on his project The World of Mau Mau: Pan-Africanism and Rural Society in the Caribbean.

Shenaz Patel is a Writer and Sociologist of the Indian Ocean. In residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow for Spring 2018, Patel will be at work on Resisting the Blackout, a set of fiction and documentary pieces.

• James Paterson is Assistant Professor of English at Lehigh University. In residence as the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow for Spring 2018, he will be at work on his project Hip Hop Figures, a study of rap music and Black culture.

• Belen Vega Pichaco is a Post-doctoral Researcher in Musciology at the University of Oviedo. In residence as an Afro-Latin American Research Institute Fellow for Fall 2017, she will be at work on her project Dance, Identity and Politics: The Claim for Afro-Cubanity through the First Revolutionary Decade (1959-1969).

• Cassi Pittman is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Case Western Reserve University.  is Professor of Sociology at Barnard College. In residence as a Sheila Biddle Ford Foundation Fellow for Spring 2018, Pittman will be at work on her project Black Privilege and Black Power: Black Consumers Managing Race and Racial Stigma.

Tef Poe is a Musician and Activist. In residence as the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, he will be at work on his project Universe of Insanity: Culture Shock and the Black Experience. 

Jenny Sharpe is Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles. In residence as the Stuart Hall Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, Sharpe will be at work on her project Immaterial Archives: Lot Pasts, Salvaged Futures.

• LaFleur Stephens-Dougan is Assistant Professor of Politics at Princeton University. In residence as Hutchins Fellow for the 2017-2018 academic year, Stephens-Dougan will be at work on her project Race-ing for Votes: How Candidates Use Negative Racial Appeals to Win White Votes.

 

Originally founded in 1975 as the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute, the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute has annually appointed scholars who conduct individual research for a period of up to one academic year in a variety of fields within African and African American Studies. Now at the heart of the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, the Institute’s fellowship program accepts established and emerging scholars from both the humanities and social sciences and occasionally from fields such as engineering and the medical sciences. Fellows are participants in a range of activities across the university and the Boston area, including colloquia, conferences, lectures, and workshops.

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