2017 IATH Fellowships

June 30, 2017

IATH is pleased to announce its Fellowship awards for 2017. Every year, IATH awards a two-year Resident Fellowship and one-year Associate Fellowships to UVA humanities faculty. IATH Fellows work closely with IATH staff to design and implement research projects that use digital tools and methodology to develop and publish their scholarship. Recent fellows have examined early Mormon marriage patterns, the grammar and syntax of endangered languages, prosopography in 19th and 20th century biographies of women, and William Faulkner’s tales of his imaginary Yoknapatawpha County.

The 2017-2019 Resident Fellowship has been awarded to Suzanne Moomaw, Associate Professor of Urban and Environmental Planning in the School of Architecture for Cities Without Work. The project illustrates and documents the steady decline of American manufacturing, textile, and extraction industries, looking at the causes, impact, and responses to severe economic distress in the 17 cities that had the highest rates of unemployment in the nation in 1960, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The cities—Evansville, IN; Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell, MA; Detroit and Flint, MI; Atlantic City, NJ; Altoona, Erie, Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Scranton, and Wilkes-Barre, PA; Providence, RI; and Charleston, Huntington, and Wheeling, WV—were (and some still are) labeled as having persistent and substantial labor surplus. Her analysis will look at the collective narrative of these Rust Belt cities and at patterns of settlement, racial segregation, infrastructure development, migration, business locations, etc., to examine the roots of structural unemployment over more than sixty years.

Two 2017-2018 Associate Fellowships have been awarded. One is going to Beth Meyers, Professor of Landscape Architecture, for Cultural Landscape Atlas of Virginia; The Central Piedmont. The project centers on treating landscapes as vital background infrastructure for the present and spatial records of the past. This is the first phase of a multi-year digital atlas project, using synchronic and diachronic analytical maps to study key socio-ecological landscape systems and how they change over time.

Nana Last, Associate Professor of Architecture, is receiving the second Associate Fellowship, for Connecting Science and Culture: Reimagining the Diagrams of the Standard Model of Elementary Particles. Prof. Last is looking at how scientific intellectual constructs utilize spatial structures, specifically schematic depictions of the Standard Model Elementary Particles.