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Alijewicz Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship at Queen's University Belfast

Michael Alijewicz

Michael Alijewicz

We are pleased to announce that Michael Alijewicz, a recent Ph.D. from the Vanderbilt English Department and a member of the 2012/2013 Warren Center Graduate Student Fellows Program, will be a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's University in Belfast for the 2013/2104 academic year. During his time at the institute, Dr. Alijewicz will revise and expand his book project, "'Nothing Is but What Is Not': Subjunctive Aesthetics in Early Modern England." He will also have the opportunity to engage with the other fellows at the Institute and to participate in the interdisciplinary activities hosted by the program over the year. The Warren Center is delighted that we will have one of our former Graduate Student Fellows in residence at Queen's during this academic year.

The Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's came into existence in August of 2012. Its first director is John Thompson, Professor of English. The Institute provides strategic leadership at Queen's to support and enhance world class interdisciplinary research in the humanities at all levels, from postgraduate training and early career research through to the development of large-scale collaborative research projects of exceptional scope and importance. It encourages and promotes cross-school, cross-faculty and inter-institutional collaboration that leads to high-quality research outputs with significant impact on society. Thompson said, "The Warren Center has been our inspiration and model in setting up the new Institute at Queen's so we are delighted to be welcoming Michael next year into our midst. We trust he'll enjoy the experience and feel at home next year in Nashville's 400-year- Michael Alijewicz old sister city of poetry, song, and creative industry." The Institute's core activities in the 2013-14 academic year will be related to the theme "Cross-currents in Global Humanities: Communicating the Challenge of Cultural Exchange Beyond Borders."

For several years, Queen's University has sent one of their top postdoctoral students to participate in the Warren Center's Graduate Student Fellows Program. Gail McConnell, Clive Hunter, Tara Plunkett, and Paddy McQueen are past participants in the program from Queen's. This year's visiting Graduate Student Fellow at the Warren Center is Aoife Laughlin. Laughlin is a member of Queen's School of History and will be completing her dissertation entitled "Defining America: Race, Religion, and Ethnicity in the 1848 Presidential Election."

Queen's University is one of Vanderbilt University's strategic international partners and the two universities have a very successful history of collaboration. Support for the 2013/2014 Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities at Queen's is provided by the Department of English, the Arts and Science Dean's Office, the Warren Center, and the Vanderbilt International Office.

Further information:  You can read Dr. Alijewicz's own description of his research plans online at the Queen's University Belfast Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities.

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