CURRENT FRANKE FACULTY GRANTS
CULTURAL STUDIES IN THE PLATFORM ERA
Hoyt Long, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
This investigation focuses on “attention” and “attachment” as twin poles for understanding how certain kinds of television shows travel faster and further than others. The Netflix-produced Squid Game has served as the central case study with its reception informing ideas around global distribution and reception of television in the streaming era.
ENCOUNTER: EXPERIMENTS IN TRANSMEDIA PERFORMANCE
Patrick Jagoda, Cinema & Media Studies and English Language & Literature; Heidi Coleman, Theater & Performance Studies
Encounter is a media art experiment that combines transmedia, improvisational, and live interactive performance. This project constructs a game-like narrative architecture that enables a replayable performance piece. Players remotely interact with an actor to tell a short story that is unique to each playthrough.
THE POESIA LATINA PROJECT
Rachel Galvin, English Language & Literature and Comparative Literature
This project supports videotaped interviews with contemporary Latinx poets, editors, literary leaders, and culture mavens. Some interviews are accompanied by public readings/performances. The recordings contribute to a repository of original material that will be made available in a research and teaching resource housed on a dedicated website.
HANNAH ARENDT: A PERIODICAL STUDIES PERSPECTIVE
Na’ama Rokem, Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations and Comparative Literature
The aim of the project is to continue to experiment with modes of cataloguing and visualizing the information about Arendt’s periodical publications, and of conceptualizing them as disparate, but connected, ecologies.
HISTORIES AND FUTURES OF BLACK FEMINIST FILMMAKING
Allyson Nadia Field, Cinema & Media Studies
This project will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to explore the rich intersection between Black women’s filmmaking, literature, and feminist thought.
MEDICAL ETHICS IN CHICAGO AND RWANDA
Haun Saussy, East Asian Languages & Civilizations and the Committee on Social Thought
This project intends to enlarge the scope of medical ethics by bringing together physicians and humanists on two continents with a common interest in remedying the effects of severe inequality.
MONOCHROME MULTITUDES PUBLICATION
Christine Mehring, Art History
This publication will enrich and expand existing histories of the monochrome by articulating cultural, political, racial, or gendered meanings of monochrome art, emphasizing the significance of materials and media.
RUSSIAN ANTIWAR SABOTAGE – FACTS AND FICTIONS
Ania Aizman, Slavic Languages & Literatures
The goal of this project is to explore this transformation in Russian oppositional culture, particularly the emergent discourses and practices of sabotage among antiwar Russian groups.
Players in live conversation with Patrick Jagoda during an improvised narrative on the set of the project "Encounter"