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CES names grants, fellowships

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The Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies (CES) has announced its student grants and fellowships for the 2004-05 academic year. The center will support the research projects of 43 undergraduate and graduate students with awards that total more than $280,000, and will support eight undergraduates in the 2004 WorldTeach summer program in Poland.

CES has made a commitment to increase the resources available to undergraduates interested in the study of modern Europe, and has recently established an undergraduate program dedicated to developing and sponsoring opportunities and events for Harvard College students, including workshops on how to select a thesis topic, write a grant proposal, and conduct research abroad. During the spring, the center hosted “Look What Studying Europe Can Lead To” – a career panel that highlighted the value of European studies, as illustrated by the career trajectories of panelists Chloe Drew ’00, Mary Louise Kelly ’93, and Danny Rimer ’93, former CES summer travel grant recipients. The CES has also collaborated with WorldTeach to offer undergraduates the opportunity to teach English in Poland this summer.

This year, 21 Harvard College students have been awarded summer travel grants (funded by a generous grant from the Krupp Foundation) to conduct research for their senior theses. They are as follows:

Patrick Blanchfield ’05 (literature), “Lacan’s Sixth Seminar: Desire in Language and Criticism.”

Ana Bracic ’05 (women’s studies), “A Comparative Examination of Women’s Movements in Croatia and Slovenia.”

Neasa Coll ’04 (anthropology), “The Irish Language Movement in Belfast: Identity and Contested Ideas of Nationalism.”

Darcie DeAngelo ’05 (social anthropology), “Unsanctioned Priesthood: Irish Catholic Women’s Calls to (and for) Ordination.”

Ariel Fox ’05 (history and literature), “Comparing Colonialism: The Significance of Pondicherry for Britain and France in the 20th Century.”

Rina Fujii ’05 (history and literature; history of art and architecture), “The Socio-cultural Significance of the Aristocratic British Country House in the 18th Century.”

Elizabeth Garcia ’05 (history of art and architecture), “Kirchner’s Berlin Street Scenes: An Expressionist Understanding of the Modern City.”

Sophie Gonick ’05 (modern European history), “From Pueblo to Capital: Franco’s Urban Changes to the City of Madrid, 1945-1965.”

Tyler Johnston ’05 (social studies), “The Cypriot Village of Pyla: An Investigation of Ethnic Identity and Integration.”

Vivian Kaufman ’05 (Romance languages and literature), “Sargent’s Scandal: The Paris Salon of 1883.”

Ayla Matanock ’05 (social studies), “Terms of Terror: A Comparison of the Tactics Used by the Zapatistas, Sendero Luminoso, and the ETA.”

Peter McMurray ’05 (Slavic studies and classics), “The Legacy of Muslim Epic and Modern Bosniak Identity.”

Claire Pasternack ’05 (history and literature), “A Spectacle of Memory and History: The Modern Observer at the Paris Exposition of 1889.”

Agnieszka Rafalska ’04 (social studies), “Poland’s Negotiation Strategies in the Debate over EU Enlargement and the European Constitution.”

Abdur Sabar ’04 (literature), “A New Thought of Number: Confronting American Analytic Philosophy of Mathematics with Modern European Continental Understandings of Truth.”

Chloe Schama ’04 (history and literature), “Power and Disrepute: Social Commentary and the Sensation Novel.”

Genevieve Sheehan ’05 (social studies), “The Failure of the European Convention: Why the European Union Did Not Adopt a Constitution.”

Julia Stephens ’04 (social studies), “The Zenana Talks Back: Debating Nation and Gender in the National Indian Association (founded in Britain), 1870-1900.”

Radu Tatucu ’05 (economics), “The Impact of Remittances from Abroad on Agricultural Productivity in Rural Romania.”

Kerstin Tremel ’05 (history and literature), “Wolfgang Koeppen and the Holocaust Memoir Scandal in the German Press.”

Sixiao Xu ’04 (applied math and economics), “Capital Flows between Advanced and Developing Nations.”

The following students will work as volunteer teachers in Poland through the WorldTeach program funded by CES:

Kaitlin Burek ’06 (economics concentrator); Alton Buland ’04 (history concentrator); Dahm Choi ’05 (history concentrator); Mallory Greimann ’06 (economics concentrator); Ilisia Shuke ’07 (international relations and psychology concentrator); Joshua Stenberg ’04 (East Asian Studies concentrator); Dhruv Taneja ’07 (economics concentrator); and Daniel Thomas ’05-’06 (philosophy concentrator).

Graduate summer travel grants offer doctoral students from Harvard or the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in the social sciences, history, or cultural studies the opportunity to conduct preliminary or culminating research for their doctoral dissertation theses. This year’s recipients of CES graduate summer research travel grants are:

Tamar Abramov (comparative literature), “Re-reading Radical Evil: A Contextualization of the Subject of Freedom.”

Daniel Aldrich (government), “Siting Schemes: State Adaptation, Citizens, and ‘Public Bads’ in Japan and the West.”

Ben Ansell (government), “Human Capital Investment in a Globalizing World.”

Dana L. Brown (political science at M.I.T.), “The New Politics of Welfare in Post-Socialist Central Europe: Restructuring Social Policies in Conditions of Modern Capitalism.”

Fotini Christia (public policy), “Ethnic Alliance Formation in Times of Civil War.”

Mathias Dufour (government), “Analysis of the Public Debate over Political Integration in Five European Countries, 1984-2004.”

Patrick Fortmann (German), “The Aesthetics of Physiology: George Büchner.”

Kevin Ostoyich (history), “The Transatlantic Soul: German Catholic Emigration during the 19th Century.”

Sonal Pandya (government), “Trading Spaces: The Politics of FDI Restrictions, 1960-2000.”

Daniel Sussner (history), “Projections: the Politics of Visual Memory in Modern France.”

Christopher Wendt (political science at M.I.T.), “The Return of Ethnic Politics to Western Europe: Far Right Growth as Ethnic Mobilization.”

Gergana Yankova (government), “The Role of the Media in Forming Public Attitudes to Political Corruption.”

Dissertation research fellowships allow doctoral students to spend up to a year abroad while carrying out the fieldwork for their theses. The following students have been awarded yearlong CES research fellowships funded by the Krupp Foundation:

Laura DuMond Beers (history), “Avoiding Controversy or Striving for Balance?: The Politics of Political Broadcasting on the BBC, 1922-1945.”

David Black (music), “Mozart and the Practice of Church Music, 1781-91.”

Brigid Cohen (music), “Composing in Translation: Stefan Wolpe’s Migrant Modernist Poetics.”

Marc DeVore (political science at M.I.T.), “Civil-Military Legacies and Contemporary Military Power.”

Kris K. Manjapra (history), “The India Avant Garde: Germans, Indians and Modernity, 1890-1930.”

John Ondrovcik (history), “The Revolutionary Other: Banditry, State Building, and Mobilization in Germany and the Soviet Union, 1918-1923.”

Benjamin Steege (music), “Helmholtz, Attention, and Modern Aurality.”

Natasha Warikoo (sociology), “Cultural Assimilation and the Second Generation in the Global City.”

CES also supports doctoral students in the final stages of their graduate career. The following two Harvard graduate students have been awarded dissertation-writing fellowships for 2004-05:

Andrea Sangiovanni-Vincentelli (government), “The Post-Sovereign Nation: Democracy and Delegation in the European Union.”

Katja Zelljadt (history), “History as Past-time: Antiquarians and Old Berlin.”