Two Social Scientists named National Humanities Center Fellows

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Two Division of the Social Sciences faculty members have been named by The National Humanities Centers as fellows for the 2015-16 years:


Judith B. Farquhar, Max Palevsky Professor of Anthropology and of Social Sciences in the College, has been awarded the NEH Fellowship for her project, Gathering Medicine in the Mountains: Nation, Body, and Knowledge in China’s Ethnic South.  Farquhar's research focuses on traditional medicine, popular culture, and everyday life in contemporary China. Her anthropological areas of interest include medical anthropology; the anthropology of knowledge and of embodiment; critical theory and cultural studies; and theories of reading, writing, and translation. For more information about her scholarly work, visit her Department of Anthropology page here.


James Hevia, Professor of the College, the New Collegiate Division, and International History, Director, International Studies Program, was awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Fellowship for his project, Animal Labor and Colonial Warfare. James Hevia's research has focused on empire and imperialism in eastern and central Asia. Primarily dealing with the British Empire in India and southeast Asia and the Qing empire in China, the specific concerns have been with the causes and justifications for conflict; how empire in Asia became normalized within Europe through markets, exhibitions, and various forms of public media; and how the events of the nineteenth century are remembered in contemporary China. Both Cherishing Men from Afar (1995) and English Lessons (2003) focus on these issues. Subsequent research has centered on how the British in India developed and became dependent upon the production of useful knowledge about populations and geography to maintain their Asian empire. The first part of this project deals with military intelligence and appears in The Imperial Security State(2012). The second part of the project addresses military logistics, the uses of pack animals in warfare, and the physical transformation of the Punjab as a resource for supporting a security regime in northwest India. For more information about his scholarly work, visit his Department of History page here.


The National Humanities Center announces the appointment of 37 Fellows for the academic year 2015–16. These leading scholars will come to the Center from 11 states, Australia, Germany, the People’s Republic of China, and the United Kingdom. Chosen from 537 applicants, they represent humanistic scholarship in anthropology, archaeology, art history, comparative literature, cultural studies, history, music, philosophy, and religious studies. Each Fellow will work on an individual research project and will have the opportunity to share ideas in seminars, lectures, and conferences at the Center.

These newly appointed Fellows will constitute the thirty-eighth class of resident scholars to be admitted since the Center opened in 1978. Geoffrey Harpham, Director of the National Humanities Center, said, “This is a superb group of scholars representing a wide range of humanistic fields. It’s a privilege to be able to support their work.”

The National Humanities Center will award $1,600,000 in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the Center. This funding is made possible by the Center’s endowment, by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and by contributions from alumni and friends of the Center.


To view the full list of recipients, visit the National Humanities Center web site here.