The UW Simpson Center for the Humanities has announced the outcome of its fall funding round of deliberations. Two English Department faculty and a graduate student have been selected to participate in the Society of Scholars in 2017-2018. They will be pursuing research projects and sharing their work, in substantial written or other form, in a multidisciplinary, bi-weekly forum.
Here are the names of the fellowship recipients and the titles of their proposed research projects:
Elizabeth Janssen (Doctoral Candidate), Terms and Conditions: Race, Literary Value, and US Reading Publics.
Jeffrey Knight (Associate Professor), Shakespeare and the Test of Time: A Study in Literary Duration.
Jesse Oak Taylor (Assistant Professor), Becoming Species: Literature, Science, and the Emergence of the Anthropocene.
Taylor has also received funding to co-convene a "cross-disciplinary research cluster" on the topic of "The Anthropocene" (a term for the current geological age, viewed as the period during which human activity has been the dominant influence on climate and the environment).