Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowship Programme
Each summer AIFS and Richmond the American International University will award up to 5 non-stipendiary Richmond Summer Visiting Faculty Fellowships for existing university Partners and AIFS Affiliates. For summer 2018 the Fellowship will be hosted at Richmond’s Rome campus (on Piazza Sant’ Andrea della Valle, a few steps away from Piazza Navona, Campo de’ Fiori and the Pantheon).
The fellowships will provide Visiting Fellows with room and board in centrally located accommodations nearby the university’s Rome campus from Monday, June 4th (check-in) until Saturday, June 16th (check out). Rooming will consist of double /single rooms in shared apartments. Accommodations are equipped with beddings, kitchen utensils and internet. A meal allowance to the value of 30€ per day will be provided for use in restaurants or to purchase food to cook in your own apartment.
Fellows are expected to take up their fellowship during Richmond’s summer 1 period (June 4-15) and are responsible for obtaining and financing their transport to Rome and within the city. The fellowships are designed to:
- strengthen the relationship between the university and its partners
- enhance faculty research and perhaps drive collaborative work in this area
- strengthen best practice in teaching
Where possible Visiting Fellows may be asked to give a guest lecture in at least one summer class gratis and will be required to attend a one-day informal symposium (June 15) with other successful Visiting Fellows and Richmond faculty to discuss their research. Visiting Fellows are also asked to acknowledge The American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and Richmond the American International University in London (RAIUL) in any publications which derive from the fellowship and to provide the university with a copy of said publication.
Applications for the fellowships are competitive and to be submitted by email to Professor Dom Alessio, the Dean of International Programmes (email@example.com), by midnight on December 1 of the year prior to the award. The application should consist of a CV and a short 500-1000 word explanation of the proposed nature of the research project or desired pedagogical learning outcome, and explain why Rome is the best place for them to conduct their research. Candidates will be selected by a committee led by Richmond’s Associate Dean for Research in conjunction with the Dean of International Programmes (London), the Dean of Richmond (Rome) and AIFS.
Richmond Rome 2017 Fellows (June 5-16, 2017)
Richmond The American International University in London and the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) are pleased to announce the recipients of the Five 2017 Summer Academic Fellowships and the one Visiting Partner Fellowship. The fellowships will provide Visiting Fellows two weeks to conduct their own research and to share ideas with each other and other Richmond in London and Richmond in Rome faculty.
Summer Academic Fellows
Nadine Braunstein, PhD, RD, CDE is an Assistant Professor at Towson University (Maryland, USA). She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator. She was a 2013-14 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow where she had placements in the office of a US Senator and at HHS where she supported the 2015 US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Legislative and Public Policy Committee. Braunstein has worked with an impoverished community in Baltimore establish an urban farm to improve access to healthy produce. As a 2017 Richmond Faculty Fellow Dr. Braunstein plans on exploring urban agriculture in Rome and learning what the UN Food and Agriculture Organization is doing during its Decade of Action on Nutrition. She also plans on visiting the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition and a local hospital and school to learn more about sustainability and food waste strategies being implemented in Italy. After the fellowship she plans on sharing what she has learned in courses and with her colleagues. Dr. Braunstein hopes to develop a study abroad course about food and nutrition policy and sustainability in Italy based on her experience during the fellowship.
Sébastien Lazardeux is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and Legal Studies at St. John Fisher in Rochester, New York. His field of study is comparative politics. More specifically, his work deals with comparative institutions (executive-legislative relations and policymaking, semi-presidentialism) and with the Populist Radical Right in Europe. He has published a book titled Cohabitation and Conflicting Politics in French Policymaking (Palgrave, 2015) and articles in French politics, West European Politics, and Governance. He will use my time in Rome to gather data on the Movimento Cinque Stelle and to interview some of its members. He will also communicate the result of this work in a presentation with the working title of “Sociology of the 5 Star Movement and the Switch from movement to party strategy.” This work will serve as a case study in a larger book-length project on the difficult choice faced by populist movements between ideological purity (rejection of representative democracy) and the appeal of electoral politics.
Annu Palakunnathu Matthew is a Professor of Art (Photography,) the Director of the Center for the Humanities and the 2015-17 Silvia Chandley Professor of Non-Violence and Peace Studies at the University of Rhode Island, USA. Photography has long played a pivotal role in establishing cultural histories while serving as a powerful tool that can hold and sometimes distort memories. Matthew’s internationally exhibited photo-based artwork builds on these unique traits of photography. She uses both contemporary digital imaging technology and existing historical imagery to create images that prompt the viewer to reconsider cultural histories, identity, and memory. During her fellowship, she will expand on her earlier Fulbright fellowship funded work on the 1947 Partition of the Indian sub-continent. In Italy she will be researching “The Indians of Monte Cassino” to create new artwork involving both existing and newly created imagery. The work will explore the larger political stories and the more intimate personal histories of the Indian soldiers who fought in Europe during both World Wars and during an especially bloody battle in 1944 at Monte Cassino, Italy. www.annumatthew.com
Marjorie Och is Professor of Art History at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where she teaches courses in Renaissance and Baroque art history and art museum studies. Her project, “A ‘Cult of Friendship’ in the Letters and Portraits of Vittoria Colonna (ca. 1490-1547),” focuses on Colonna’s correspondence with the writer Pietro Bembo (1470-1547) and how it illuminates Colonna’s use of portraiture to insert herself into the humanist world of Rome. While Colonna’s poetry has been the subject of much study, her extensive correspondence has not met with the same analysis. Colonna participated in humanist activity at the papal court of Leo X, and was active in Catholic responses to the Protestant Reformation; moreover, she witnessed the Sack of Rome in 1527, an event in which her noble Roman family played a significant role. These are matters Colonna acted on and reacted to in her letters. The correspondence parallels that of many of her learned (male) contemporaries in her demonstration of love for her friends, her gifts of her writings to her friends, and her use of portraits that allow her to be present – when physically distant – among those she loves and admires, thus creating a “cult of friendship.” Colonna’s correspondence with Pietro Bembo is a particularly valuable and unexamined resource to study how a woman poet used the visual arts to insert herself into the community of humanists who gravitated to Rome.
Laura R. Olson is a professor of political science and affiliated faculty member in the program in religious studies at Clemson University (Clemson, South Carolina). She was editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 2012-2016, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Public Religion Research Institute (Washington, DC). A native of Wisconsin, she earned a B.A. in political science from Northwestern University, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She spent an academic year as a visiting research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. Her research emphasizes contemporary religion, civic engagement, and American politics. She has focused especially on the relationship between religion and mass political attitudes, as well as the political activism of clergy. She is the author, coauthor, or coeditor of nine books, and her articles have appeared in leading scholarly journals including Political Research Quarterly and Social Science Quarterly. She has been working to expand her research beyond the United States, and is particularly interested in Italian politics. For three years, she has been studying Italian language and culture on her own. During her Richmond Faculty Fellowship in Rome, she will take intensive Italian lessons in preparation for future research in Italy about how Catholic and secular Italians conceptualize and relate their religious and political identities.
Visiting Partner Fellow
Deborah C. Mitchell is Professor, English & Film Studies and Chair, Division of Communications, Arts, Languages, and Literature, at Westminster College, Pennsylvania. She is the recipient of this year’s Visiting Partner Fellowship which focuses this year of pedagogy. For this project she explores ways of modifying one of her current travel courses, Italy in Film and Literature, in which she reads and views texts like The Merchant of Venice, A Room with a View, Under the Tuscan Sun, Gladiator, the poetry of Keats, Shelley, Byron, and pop culture novels like Angels and Demons and Inferno in an effort to answer the questions: Why do American and British authors and filmmakers so often select Italy as the setting for their works?, and How does Italy become character in these works? To open this discussion about how setting shapes the narrative she will be considering how Italian writers and filmmakers see their own country through their art. Incorporating works by Dante, Machiavelli, Niccolini, Pirandello, Calvino, Camilleri, or the neo-realist filmmakers, should help students see Italy and its people through the lens of its own artists, expand their cultural horizons, and deepen their understanding of the individual’s place in the wider world.
 Every effort will be made to allow a Visiting Fellows’ partner to accompany him/her subject to space considerations. While accommodation will be free for the partner s/he will have to pay for their meals.
Second Summer Fellows symposium – June 16, 2017
Richmond Rome 2017 Symposium (June 16, 2017)
PIAZZA S. ANDREA DELLA VALLE 6
TEL. +39 06 6875 296
Room: Classroom Y
9:00-9:30am. Registration and coffee/tea/biscuits
Professor John Annette, President of
Ailsa Brookes, Senior Vice President, American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)
Rosanna Graziani, Dean of the
Professor Martin D. Brown, Associate Dean of Research, of
Session 1: Religion
9:50-10:10: Laura R. Olson (Professor of Political Science and affiliated faculty member in the Program in Religious Studies, Clemson University, USA): “Explaining Belonging: The Strength and Salience of Religious Identification in Comparative Context”
10:10-10:30: Dominic Alessio (Professor of History & Dean of International Programmes,
10:40-11:00 Coffee and Tea
Session 2: Politics & Society
11:00-11:20: Sébastien Lazardeux (Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science and Legal Studies, St. John Fisher College, USA): “The Sociology of the 5 Star Movement and the Switch from Movement to Party Strategy.”
11:20-11:40: Martin D. Brown (Professor of History and Associate Dean of Research,
11:40-12:00: Nadine Braunstein, (Assistant Professor, Family and
Session 3: Cities
13:30-13:50: Erica D’Amico (Adjunct Professor of History,
13:50-14:10: Erika Milburn (Adjunct Professor of Classics,
14:10-14:30: Antonella Merletto (Adjunct Professor of the History of Art, Archaeology and History of Architecture,
14:40-15:00 Tea/Coffee break
Session 4: The Arts
15:00-15:20: Annu Palakunnathu Matthew (Professor of Art (Photography) & the Director of the Center for the Humanities and the 2015-17 Silvia Chandley Professor of Non-Violence and Peace Studies, the
15:20-15:40: Marjorie Och (Professor of Art History at the University of Mary Washington, USA): “A ‘Cult of Friendship’ in the Letters and Portraits of Vittoria Colonna (ca. 1490-1547)”
15:40-16:00: Deborah C. Mitchell (Professor of English & Film Studies and Chair, Division of Communications, Arts, Languages, and Literature, Westminster College, USA): “Il Bel Paese nella letteratura e nel cinema: una prospettiva italiana (The Beautiful Country in Literature and Cinema: Through Italian Eyes)”
16:10-16:30: Concluding Remarks: Professor Dominic Alessio, Dean of International Programmes
19:00 Dinner: Grappolo D’Oro, Piazza della Cancelleria 80, 00186 Roma – Ph. 06 6897 0
First Annual Summer Fellows Symposium (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)
Richmond University, The American International University in London
First Annual Summer Fellows Symposium (Tuesday, June 21, 2016)
Lecture Hall, 17 Young Street: 10am – 4pm
10am: Welcome and Refreshments
Welcome from the President of Richmond University, The American International University in London: Professor John Annette
Welcome from the Senior Vice President of the American Institute for Foreign Study: Ailsa Brookes
Welcome from the Associate Dean of Research: Professor Martin Brown
10:30 – 12pm: Session 1 Popular Culture
10:30-10:50: Ann K. McClellan (Plymouth State University –English): “Sherlock Holmes in/and Popular Culture”
10:55-11:15: Jennifer Purcell (St Michael’s College – History): “Writing the Biography of BBC Radio Star Mabel Constanduros (1880-1957)”
11:20-11:50: Alex Seago (Richmond University, The American International University in London – Communications): “What Is This Pop? – English Pop Graphic Design 1956-1966”
12:00-12:15: Coffee/Tea Break
12:15-1:15: Session 2 Society
12:20-12:40: Ed Madden (University of South Carolina – Women’s & Gender Studies): “Colm Clifford: Homosexuality in Irish Culture”
12:45-13:05: Paul Rekret (Richmond University, The American International University in London – International Relations): “All Grown Up? Childhood From the First to the Second Summer of Love”
Refreshments, sandwiches, wraps, crisps, fruit selection, fruit juice and sparkling water
14:30-16:00: Session 3 History and Politics
14:30-14:50: Lawrence McDonnell & Kathleen Hilliard (Iowa State University – History): “Slavery and Agriculture at Betty’s Hope Plantation, Antigua, 1650-1944”
14:55-15:15: Charles Bunce (Mount St Mary’s University – Film Studies):
“Science Fiction & Human Rights: The Storyteller’s Sword of Social Justice”
15:20-15:40: Wesley B. Renfro (St John Fisher College –Political Science) and Dominic Alessio (Richmond – History): “The Empire’s Not So New Clothes: Rethinking American Exceptionalism”
16:00 Symposium Finishes
18:00 Symposium Dinner
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