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Humanities Faculty Members and Graduate Students Receive Hall Center Travel Awards

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

LAWRENCE — Three humanities faculty members and two graduate students were awarded travel grants by the Hall Center for the Humanities to aid in their research. The Hall Center provides financial support to researchers who require domestic or international travel undertaken as a necessary component of a research or creative project.

Kathryn Rhine, associate professor of anthropology, received funding to travel to Calabar, Nigeria. While there, Rhine will conduct research on her project “Cultures of Collision: Road Traffic Accidents and the Politics of Injury and Care in Nigeria.” The overarching goal of Rhine’s trip is to conduct an ethnographic investigation of Nigeria’s trauma system—the professionals, technologies and infrastructure needed to care for injured victims from “pre-hospital” services at accident sites to surgical care and rehabilitation in hospitals.

Peter Zazzali, assistant professor of theatre, received funds to travel to Sydney, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, for his project, “Acting Down Under: A Sociocultural Analysis of Actor Training in Australia and New Zealand.” Zazzali will visit Sydney’s National Institute of Dramatic Arts and the Toi Whakaari School of Drama in Wellington toward completing a chapter for his book-length study on actor training in Anglophone countries. While there, he will observe classes, interview faculty and students, view productions and research the repositories of each institution, tracing the genealogy of the schools while addressing the current training methods of their BFA Acting Programs.

Antje Ziethen, assistant professor of French & Italian, received funding to travel to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. Ziethen’s project, “Heteropolis: The Urban Americas in African Literature,” analyzes how migration and city interact in the novels of African authors who not only write from, but also about, the Americas. While in Brazil, Ziethen will investigate the history of the afro-Brazilian community, the slave trade, and existing links between Angola and Brazil, as well as interview author José Agualusa.

Kristan Hanson, doctoral candidate in art history, received the Jim Martin Travel Award to conduct research for her dissertation, “In Bloom: Women and Horticulture in French Visual Culture, 1860s-1880s” in Williamstown, Massachusetts, and Elmira, New York. While there, she will visit the Sterling and Francine Clark Institute and the Arnot Art Museum to conduct research on the artists Giovanni Boldini and Jules-Émile Saintin. Hanson’s dissertation will enrich the field of 19th-century French art history contributing to the limited research on images of modern life that show fashionable women who engage in horticulture.

Brett Bias, doctoral candidate in history, received the Andrew Debicki International Travel Award to conduct research for his dissertation, “Good Catholics, Bad Acts: Sacrilege, Blasphemy and Lived Religion in Early Modern Spain” in Madrid, Spain. Bias will examine inquisitorial cases on blasphemy and sacrilege located at the Archivo Histórico Nacional (AHN) and the Biblioteca Nacional de España (BNE) in Madrid, and the Archivo Histórico Provincial in Cuenca, southeast from Madrid.

For more information, please contact the Hall Center at hallcenter@ku.edu or call 785-864-4798.

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