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TAFT Research Groups
Request for Proposals 2021-2022

Seeking proposals from new groups of faculty dedicated to a group theme, as a way to open the competition to new groups/themes and revitalize the research group program.

Successful proposals will receive $3,000 in the first year and will be renewable for up to three years.
For more information, the Research Groups page.


Trans(re)lating the Dead: Documentary Fiction and Archives of Loss
Poupeh Missaghi, Pratt Institute
7 PM, Sep. 23
Zoom registration

Staying Afloat: Queer Culture and Tidal Politics in Amsterdam
12:30 PM, Sept. 29
Chandra Frank, Taft Postdoctoral Fellow
Taft Research Center

Restorative Justice at the Columbian Harmony Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)
12:30 PM, Sept. 29
Kelley Fanto Deetz, Stratford Hall Plantation, University of California, Berkeley
TUC 427
Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/TAFT-RestJust
Dr. Deetz and other participants will join via Zoom, with projection and in-person discussion option with Meeting Owl at Taft. Dr. Deetz will also discuss her excavations at Stratford Hall Plantation, in Virginia.

Digging Aunt Jemima and Uncle Ben: The Archaeology of Enslaved Cook
6 PM, Sept. 29
Kelley Fanto Deetz, Stratford Hall Plantation, University of California, Berkeley
Zoom registration: https://bit.ly/DeetzDigging

Approaches to language and sexuality for Transnational French and Francophone Studies
1 PM, Oct. 4
Denis M. Provencher, University of Arizona

Transnational Feminist Itineraries: Situating Theory and Activist Practice
2:30 PM, Oct. 6
Ashwini Tambe, George Washington University
Millie Thayer, University of Mass. Amherst
Cricket Keating, University of Washington
Carmen L. Díaz Alba, ITESO, Jesuit University of Guadalajara (Mexico)
Inderpal Grewal, Yale University
Rafael de la Dehesa, CUNY College of staten Island
Amy Lind, University of Cincinnati

Why Africa Still Matters
11 AM, Oct. 14
Julius A. Amin, University of Dayton
Taft Research Center

Beyond Intersectionality: Minority Politics in Contemporary France
1 PM, Oct. 28
Bruno Perreau, Cynthia L. Reed Professor of French Studies and Language, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Taft Research Center

POWER ON: Poetry and Machine Futures
Ginger Ko, Sam Houston State University
7 PM, Nov. 10
Zoom registration

Annual Research Symposium Keynote
4 PM, Mar. 31
Natalie Diaz, Maxine and Jonathan Marshall Chair and Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Arizona State University
Mainstreet Cinema (TUC 220)

2021-22 Taft Postdoctoral Fellow

Simone Savannah, Ph.D. is a Black feminist writer and teacher born and raised in Columbus Ohio. She is the author of Uses of My Body (Barrow Street 2020) and Like Kansas (Big Lucks 2018). She is the winner of the Barrow Street Poetry Book Prize chosen by Jericho Brown. Her work has been published in Apogee, The Fem, Powder Keg, GlitterMob, Shade Journal, BreakBeat Poets, and several other journals and anthologies. She earned her M.Ed and B.A. from Ohio University. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Kansas. For more about Dr. Savannah, please click here.

2020-22 Taft Postdoctoral Fellow

Chandra Frank, PhD, Department of Media, Communication, and Cultural Studies, with an emphasis on queer and feminist studies, Goldsmiths, University of London. Dr. Frank (she/her/hers) is a feminist researcher who works on the intersections of archives, waterways, gender, sexuality and race. Her curatorial practice explores the politics of care, experimental forms of narration, and the colonial grammar embedded within display and exhibition arrangements. She has published in peer-reviewed journals and exhibition catalogues, including Feminist Review, the Small Axe VLOSA catalogue, The Place is Here publication and the collection Tongues. She recently co-edited a special issue on Archives for Feminist Review. Her curated exhibitions include Re(as)sisting Narratives (Amsterdam/Cape Town), Fugitive Desires (London), and Proclamation 73 (Durban) (co-curated with Zara Julius). Chandra curated the 2016 Archives Matter Conference at the Centre for Feminist Research at Goldsmiths. She is on the international editorial board of Palgrave Studies in (Re)Presenting Gender. In addition, she is the Project Manager of the Experiment Program in International Living, a summer program for US students focused on LGBTQ+ Rights and Advocacy in Amsterdam: https://www.experiment.org/experiment_blog/program-spotlight-the-netherlands-dutch-culture-and-lgbtq-rights/.

For more about Dr. Frank, please click here.