Summer Research Fellows
Audet (Anthropology)—Carolyn conducted archaeological
fieldwork at several shrine temples in an ancient Maya settlement in
Belize. The temples are well known archaeologically for housing the
remains of rulers, elite family members, priests, and sacrificial victims.
This project, in part, focused on the interaction between rituals, political
organization, worldview, and religion.
Katherine Haynes (Peabody)—Katherine
conducted field research in Nashville among the Latino population. The
goal of her project was to understand better the role of Latino networks
in religious organizations in shaping parental involvement in education
and school choice.
Brian McInnis (German and Slavic Languages)—Brian
conducted research in Halle in support of his project on the evolution
of the moral individual in 18th century Germany. This notion of the
self emerges at the intersection of Pietist theology and philosophy.
Steven Miller (History)—Steven
conducted research on, “Billy Graham, Evangelicalism, and the
Political Culture of the Postwar South.” This project considered
Graham’s relationship to socio-political change in the U.S. South
by focusing on his behavior and rhetoric regarding the salient matters
of race and politics.
James Newell (GDR)—James
conducted field research on qawwali music in South Asia. Qawwali music
is an integral aspect of South Asian Islamic mystical rituals supporting
individual and communal ecstatic trance and the veneration of saints.
Ikwo Oboho (Medicine)—“Breaking
the Silence: Religion and Culture in Attitudes Toward HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.”
Ikwo traveled to Abuja, Nigeria, and interviewed leaders in Christian,
Islamic, and African traditional sects to learn about prevalent attitudes
Elizabeth Sponheim (History)—Elizabeth
traveled, researched, and worked on her dissertation project, “Ann
Davidson: An Antislavery Pilgrim in Antebellum New Orleans.” This
project focused on dissent in the antebellum South in the person of
Ann Davidson (1783-1871), who felt the “whole of the spirit of
the New Testament is dramatically opposed to slavery.”
Charles Trumbull (Law)—Charles traveled
in the Middle East while conducting research for a project involving
Islamic cultural practices, democratic forms of government, and operative
notions of justice.
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