History Department faculty recently won several prestigious research fellowships for 2004-5.
Prof. Steve Johnstone has received a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship. He joins an illustrious roster of Arizona historians who have received the Guggenheim Fellowship, including Susan Karant-Nunn (2003-4), Alan Bernstein, Helen Nader, Hermann Rebel and Michael Schaller. Prof. Johnstone's project, "A History of Trust in Classical Greece," "argues that in classical Greece democracy and markets grew and flourished because of new forms of impersonal trust. While personal trust remained important in both arenas, the rise of impersonal systems (coinage, standardized measures, rhetoric, etc.) allowed strangers to interact without personal trust, significantly enlarging agency. Ancient philosophic critiques of both democracy and markets often focused on the role of impersonal trust. Impersonal trust thus provides a novel lens through which to write Greek political, economic, social, and philosophic history as well as a powerful analytic tool to link these." Prof. Johnstone will be a scholar in residence at University of Wisconsin-Madison during 2004-2005.
Prof. Julia Clancy-Smith was awarded a year-long scholar in residence fellowship at the National Humanities Center in Durham, North Caroline for the academic year 2004-05. Her proposal is a book-length study entitled: "The School on Rue du Pacha, Tunis: Educating Muslim Girls in Colonial North Africa, c. 1850-1914." The National Humanities Center received 526 applications for residency; only 35 awards were granted in this competition. Grantees were chosen from all disciplines in the Humanites and Social Sciences and are national as well as international scholars.
The J. Paul Getty Foundation is sponsoring a two-year collaborative project led by Prof. Richard Eaton and Prof. Phillip Wagoner (Department of Art and Art History, Wesleyan University), "Architecture and Contested Terrain in the Early Modern Deccan (India): an Exploration of Warangal, Raichur, and Kalyana." Eaton and Wagoner will conduct a field survey of three borderland towns of India's Deccan plateau, specifically looking at contestations over control of the towns in the 16th century, using both material and textual evidence, which will focus on a neglected archaeological site in India.