Iowa State University’s Center for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (CEAH) has announced six research grants and two symposium grants to arts and humanities researchers.
“We were delighted with the overall quality of the submissions this fall, and are excited to be able to support several innovative projects. These grants underscore the high quality of work our Iowa State arts and humanities faculty produce,” said Carlton Basmajian, CEAH director.
CEAH research grant recipients
Jeff Bremer (History), “A Brief History of Iowa.” Bremer will write “A Brief History of Iowa,”
a one-volume history of the state, from native settlement to the early 21st century. It will expand upon previous books about Iowa history, taking into account two decades of research and scholarship that have taken place since the last Iowa history book written by an ISU professor was published.
Travis Chilcott (Philosophy & Religious Studies), “Transforming Consciousness on the Path of Devotion: India, Cognitive Historiography, and the Art and Science of Changing Cognition.” Chilcott is writing a book with the help of a Sanskrit specialist and historian of early Sanskrit literary developments in South Asian religious traditions. The book will focus on the relationship between psychological phenomena and religious practices found in texts of South Asian religious history, as well as the transmission of certain religious practices throughout India’s religious history.
Stacy Cordery (History), “Changing the Face of America: Elizabeth Arden and the Invention of Beauty in the Twentieth Century.” Cordery is writing a biography of Elizabeth Arden, the businesswoman who launched a cosmetics empire, changing society by normalizing the use of cosmetics. In addition to writing Arden back into the national narrative, this book will provide new ways to examine the intersections of gender and American entrepreneurship.
Tonglu Li (World Languages and Cultures), “Beyond the Secular Imagination of Modernity: Religion and Literature in Post-socialist China (1976-2016).” Li is working on a book that examines the literary representation of religion in post-socialist China. The end of the Mao era saw the unprecedented prosperity of religion and its literary representation after the state’s long suppression of religion. This book will offer a new understanding of the sociopolitical tensions, cultural transitions, and pursuit of spiritual life in China.
Teresa Paschke (Art and Visual Culture), “Hastings Needle Work.” Paschke will research the history of early American needlework and embroidery through the historical records of Hastings Needle Work, a Minnesota company founded in 1888 by Alice and Florence LeDuc. Paschke’s research will result in new artwork incorporating Hastings’ embroidery designs and an outline for a future book.
Pamela Riney-Kehrberg (History), “When a Dream Dies: Agriculture, Identity, and the Farm Crisis of the 1980s.” Riney-Kehrberg will write a book about the 1980s farm crisis from an Iowa perspective. It will continue the process of understanding the ways in which this disaster shaped families, farms, communities, and the development of the Midwest in the late 20th century. It will also help to explain the deep roots of the large, growing, and painful rift between rural and urban America.
CEAH symposium grant recipients
Betsy Barnhart (Industrial Design), “Lighter, Faster, Stronger: The Quest for Ultimate Performance in Sporting Goods.” Barnhart will organize a symposium and supporting exhibition to highlight the robust sporting goods research and design at Iowa State. The symposium will bring in internationally recognized designers to speak on a variety of topics, ranging from designing next-generation performance based products, innovation through advanced manufacturing processes and new material development, and the ecological and social impact of sporting goods design.
Amy Bix (History), “Symposium on the History of Midwestern Science and Technology.” Bix will plan a symposium to explore the history of science and technology in Iowa and other Midwestern states. It connects to recent intellectual and popular excitement surrounding broader Midwestern history, adding a completely new dimension of science and technology studies to the growing scholarship investigating the region’s social, economic, and intellectual significance in American life.