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Last modified: Wednesday, February 11, 2009

IU's College Arts and Humanities Institute announces fall awards

Feb. 11, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University's College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) recently announced the awards of its Fall 2008 competition. The institute has two competitions each year, in the fall and spring semesters. The competitions are open to tenure-stream faculty in arts and humanities in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Andrea Ciccarelli

Andrea Ciccarelli

CAHI is financed by IU's College of Arts and Sciences and sponsors three different kinds of research and/or artistic activities: conferences, workshops and performances; research travel grants; and fellowships (covering course releases or research grants). Additionally, CAHI sponsors a popular lecture series, "Meet the Author," now in its fifth year, and invites world renowned writers, artists and and intellectuals to the IU Bloomington campus.

CAHI Director Andrea Ciccarelli says that the institute's primary goal is to support the scholarly and creative initiatives of College of Arts and Sciences faculty.

"We want to foster both individual research activities and interdisciplinary cooperation among individuals, groups and programs in the arts and the humanities," Ciccarelli said.

The institute has a rigorous screening system with set deadlines for its internal competitions. Applications to each competition are evaluated and ranked by separate review boards, each consisting of at least three tenured or tenure-stream faculty who are appointed by the director, in consultation with the advisory board, which is composed by senior scholars in arts and humanities. Review board members serve a one-time renewable two-year term. In order to guarantee the transparency of the review system, reviewers are rotated among the different three competitions each semester.

Departments, programs and study groups can apply for emergency funding related to the institute's goals throughout the calendar year. Decisions about emergency funds are made by the director in consultation with the advisory board.

For more information, see

So far, CAHI's grants were awarded to:

Fellowships (course releases)

  1. Marcia Baron, Philosophy: "Self-Defense, Reason, and the Law"
  2. Catherine Bowman, English: "The Lost Books: A Collection of Poems and Prose"
  3. Mary Favret, English: "Keats' Vision"
  4. Constance Furey, Religious Studies: "Religious Relationships in Devotional Poetry: Gender and Genre in Renaissance Christianity"
  5. William Rasch, Germanic Studies: "Violence and Order: Sorel and Machiavelli in Interwar Germany"
  6. Alvin Rosenfeld, Jewish Studies: "The End of the Holocaust?"

Travel and Research Grants

  1. Fritz Breithaupt, Germanic Studies: "The Narrative and the Non-Narrative"
  2. Erdem H. Çipa, Central Eurasian Studies: "In the Name of Legitimacy: Social Rebellions and Succession Struggles in the Ottoman Empire"
  3. Edward Comentale, English: "The State I'm In: Popular Music, Regionalism, and the Making of Modern America"
  4. Denise Cruz, English: "Transpacific Femininities: Literature and the Making of the Modern Filipina"
  5. Melissa Dinverno, Spanish and Portuguese: "Deconstructing Lorca: Identity, Culture, and Nation in Contemporary Spain"
  6. Christiane Gruber, Art History: "The Prophet Muhammad: Texts and Images of Islamic Devotion"
  7. Jawshing Liou, Studio Art: "Anicca" - -A video art piece on spirituality and Buddhist metaphors filmed in Japan
  8. Darlene Sadlier, Spanish and Portuguese: "Good Neighbor U.S.: Inter-American Cultural Relations 1940-1945"
  9. Michiko Suzuki, East Asian Languages and Cultures: "Virtuous Bodies: Chastity, Power, and National Identity in Japanese Popular Culture, 1890-1960"
  10. Reyes Vila-Belda, Spanish and Portuguese: Book project on Spanish poet Gloria Fuertes


  1. David Ransel, Russian and Eastern European Studies, and Sarah Phillips, Anthropology: "Everyday Life in Russia: Strategies, Subjectivities and Perspectives"
  2. Mark Roseman, History: "Rethinking Germany"
  3. Massimo Scalabrini, French and Italian: "Macaronic Writing in the Renaissance: the Case of Teofilo Folengo (1491-1544)"
  4. Steven Wagschal, Spanish and Portuguese: "Sacred and Profane in the Early Modern Hispanic World"


  1. Judah Cohen, Jewish Studies: Music Group "Divahn" (March 2009)
  2. Margaret Dolinsky, Studio Art: "Annunciation and Visitation: Operatic Projections of Her Sexual Insight"
  3. Colleen Ryan-Scheutz, French and Italian: Marco Baliani and his performance of award winning drama "Corpo di Stato" (April 2009)


  1. Jonathan Elmer, English, and Michel Chaouli, Germanic Studies: "Center for Theory and Interpretation in the Humanities"
  2. Jeff Isaac, et al., Political Science/ History/ Law School: "Indiana Democracy Consortium" Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Forum Group "19th Century Modernity"
  3. Sarah Knott, History: "Cultural Conflict in Early America and the Atlantic World Workshop Series, 2009-11
  4. Samrat Upadhyay, English-Creative Writing: "The Writer in the World: Cultural Space and Displacement"