2017-18 Visiting Faculty Fellows
The Humanities Writ Large Steering Committee has selected two Visiting Faculty Fellows for the 2017-18 academic year. They are:
- Daphne Lamothe, Associate Professor of Africana Studies, Smith College
- Jerry Philogene, Associate Professor in American Studies, Dickinson College
Professor Lamothe will work on two projects during her fellowship. The first is a book project, entitled Blackness, Being and Event, in which she examines post-soul narratives that use immigrant urbanity to frame their explorations of millennial blackness. For the second project, she will collaborate with Duke professor Adriane Lentz-Smith to use the mission of the journal, Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism as a catalyst for building Smith-Duke partnerships in teaching, co-curricular planning, and research (Meridians is an interdisciplinary forum for scholarship and creative work by and about women of color in U.S. and international contexts—Professor Lamothe serves on its Executive Advisory Board).
Professor Philogene's teaching and scholarship are interdisciplinary and include diaspora and transnational studies, critical race studies, gender and sexuality studies, art history, and visual culture. Her work reflects a broad interest in exploring connections across boundaries of all kinds: national and linguistic, social, racial, and class, as well as boundaries across academic disciplines. The focus of her fellowship year is a book manuscript, The Socially Dead and Improbable Citizen: Theorizing Visual Transformations of Haitian Citizenship. In it, she employs the methodologies of African diaspora studies and visual culture studies to examine the connections between imagery, citizenship, and social death. She is also eager to share with the Duke community her work examining black visual culture and aesthetics within a larger global frame, including her recent studies of the films of Raoul Peck and art works of Jean-Ulrick Désert, two Haiti-born artists who have spent their formative adult years living and working in Europe and Africa.