Summer Scholars

Joanna Brooks—Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

“Why We Left: A Literary Archaeology of American Colonization”

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2011 Summer Scholars
Joanna BrooksJoanna Brooks2011 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Joanna Brooks
Joanna BrooksJoanna BrooksColloquium by Joanna Brooks, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of English and Comparative Literature, San Diego State University, and Bunting Summer Scholar, June 29, 2011.
Joanna Brooks
Joan JensenJoan Jensen2011 William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar
Joan Jensen
Joan JensenJoan JensenColloquium by Joan M. Jensen, Professor Emerita, Department of History, New Mexico State University, and Adams Summer Scholar, August 3, 2011.
Joan Jensen
Edmundo Cruz LunaEdmundo Cruz Luna2011 Christopher Smeall Summer Scholar
Edmundo Cruz Luna
Edmundo Luna CruzEdmundo Luna CruzColloquium by Edmundo Cruz Luna, Instructor, Department of English Education, Mokpo National University, South Korea, and Smeall Summer Scholar, July 13, 2011.
Edmundo Luna Cruz
Sascha ScottSascha Scott2011 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Sascha Scott
Sascha ScottSascha ScottColloquium by Sascha Scott, Assistant Professor, Department of Art and Music Histories, Syracuse University, and Bunting Summer Scholar, July 20, 2011.
Sascha Scott
Ufuk SerinUfuk Serin2011 Cotsen Summer Scholar
Ufuk Serin
Ufuk SerinUfuk SerinColloquium by Ufuk Serin, Guest Scholar, Department of Architecture, Middle East University, Turkey, and Cotsen Summer Scholar, July 27, 2011.
Ufuk Serin
Jennifer ShannonJennifer Shannon2011 Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar
Jennifer Shannon

Joanna Brooks made significant progress on her fifth book and second monograph, Why We Left: A Literary Archeology of Anglo-American Colonization, a critical reexamination of the causes and cultures of American colonization. To reconstruct the worldviews of poor Anglo-American colonists, she utilizes a potent ethnographic cache of memory: archives of folksongs that originated in seventeenth-century England, crossed the ocean, and have been sung continuously into the present. These ballads narrate the mass migration of poor English people to America as a consequence of environmental destruction, economic disruption, and social betrayals in England. Why We Left builds from these anthropological source texts and related historiography new narratives that challenge traditional American exceptionalist views of colonization, and instead positions early colonists as members of communities fragmented by processes of economic mercantilization and globalization that continue to reshape the world today.

Find out more about Joanna Brooks by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Joan Jensen—William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Summer Scholar

“Frances Densmore and the History of Anthropology”

While at SAR, Joan Jensen prepared an article on the work of ethnologist Frances Densmore (1867–1957) and her place in the history of anthropology. A longer co-authored work, already in progress, will examine the work of Frances Densmore in Native American studies. That work includes an evaluation and a conversation among scholars, Native and non-Native, about her half-century of recording, collecting, photographing, and writing about Native culture. The article places Densmore’s work in the broad context of the intellectual life of the early twentieth century and offers interdisciplinary ways of looking at the history of anthropology. Jensen suggests that three themes are important for creating this context. First, because the Bureau of American Ethnology provided funds to support Densmore’s fieldwork, writing, and publication from 1904 until the 1950s, her life’s work is part of applied rather than academic anthropology. Second, Densmore’s work is part of the history of women anthropologists. And, finally, her work is part of the efforts by non-Natives to collect, record, and explain Indigenous expressive culture, an area little explored in the history of anthropology.

Find out more about Joan Jensen by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Edmundo Cruz Luna—Christopher Smeall Summer Scholar

“Negotiating Linguistic and Cultural Identities Online in Balinese”

The Internet can aid in empowering and maintaining traditional identities through the manipulation and re-imagining of language and culture. This assertion counters many studies that focus on the adverse effects of the Internet—and globalization in general—on traditional cultures. Edmundo Cruz Luna’s project examines this issue through an analysis of Internet forums and social networking sites where the primary language is Balinese, as informed by an approach incorporating linguistics and the ethnography of speaking. He proposes that the use of two types of written expression in Balinese—expressions that were formerly restricted to ritual use, and the renegotiation of orthographic practices—serves to re-imagine a representation of Balinese culture that responds to anti-Balinese forces, influences of encroaching modernity and globalization, and a renewed sense of cultural self-awareness.

Find out more about Edmundo Cruz Luna by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Sascha Scott—Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

“Painting the Pueblo: Art and the Politics of Preservation, 1915–1930”

“Painting the Pueblo” explores representations of Pueblo Indians produced in New Mexico during the late 1910s and 1920s, a period that witnessed an epochal shift in federal Indian policy from assimilation to preservation. During this period, artists with diverse aesthetic tendencies became a central force in the fight against assimilationist policies. As Sascha Scott’s research demonstrates, the political perspectives of the artist-activists often informed their art. Moreover, their political battle led to a widespread change in attitudes toward American Indians and radically transformed the visual culture of the Southwest. While at SAR, Scott focused on San Ildefonso artist Awa Tsireh (Alfonso Roybal), whose paintings offer a complex commentary on cross-cultural contact in the region. By considering Tsireh’s works within the tumultuous political context of the 1920s, Scott aims to highlight the Pueblo role in the debates of the period.

Find out more about Sascha Scott by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Ufuk Serin—Cotsen Summer Scholar

“Late Antique and Byzantine Monuments and the Topography of Southern Caria in the Light of New Archaeological Evidence”

Ufuk Serin’s summer research at SAR was part of a larger, long-term project that aims to offer a critical analysis of the Late Antique and Byzantine (fifth to thirteenth centuries AD) monuments and topography of Southern Caria, in what is now western Turkey. Her work investigates the types of buildings, sites, and settlements identified in this region; their distribution across the landscape; and their association with the major ancient cities in the area, especially Iasos and Bargylia. This research intends to present recent archaeological data for a better understanding of the urban areas and countryside of ancient Caria. The identification and interpretation of the monuments and settlements in this vast region of western Asia Minor will fill a considerable gap in our knowledge of Late Antique and Byzantine layers of Anatolian history, culture, and archaeology.

Find out more about Ufuk Serin by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

Jennifer Shannon—Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Summer Scholar

“An Ethnography of ‘Our Lives’: Collaboration, Native Voice, and the Making of the National Museum of the American Indian”

During her tenure at SAR, Jennifer Shannon completed final revisions of a book manuscript titled “An Ethnography of ‘Our Lives’: Collaboration, Native Voice, and the Making of the National Museum of the American Indian.” This account is based on two years of multisited dissertation fieldwork from 2004 to 2006 and employment with the National Museum of the American Indian from 1999 to 2002. During the fellowship, Shannon wrote a final section on decolonizing the museum.

Find out more about Jennifer Shannon by visiting the SAR website (opens in new browser window).

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