Research projects

Neubauer Collegium announces seven research projects for 2022-23

The Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society has awarded grants to seven new faculty-led research projects for 2022-2023. The projects will bring together researchers from across the University and partners from institutions around the world. These new projects will join 12 projects that will continue in the coming year, bringing to 117 the total number of research collaborations the center has supported since its inception in 2012.

“The faculty has again come up with some important projects, and we at Neubauer Collegium are delighted to be able to support them,” said Roman Family Director Jonathan Lear.

The following projects will be launched at the Neubauer Collegium on July 1, 2022:

CEDAR Phase Two: Critical Editions for Numerical Analysis

Edgar Garcia (English), Julie Orlemanski (English), Miller Prosser (Near Eastern languages ​​and civilizations), Foy Scalf (Oriental Institute), Jeffrey Stackert (Divinity School), Ellen MacKay (English)

This project extends a multi-year digital humanities initiative that produces critical editions of canonical texts. In the first phase, the research team built a database that includes the Epic of Gilgamesh, the Hebrew Bible and Shakespeare’s plays. In this phase, they will add the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the Middle English poem Piers Plowman, the works of Herman Melville, and Native American sign systems. They will also develop new modes of numerical analysis and collaboration for researchers from different fields of expertise.

Death: from philosophy to medical practice and law

Christos Lazaridis (neurology), Lainie Friedman Ross (pediatrics), Fernando Goldenberg (neurology)

This project will complete a manuscript on the medical and philosophical aspects of death. The project will also bring together an interdisciplinary group of experts to untangle and eventually reconcile longstanding medical and legal debates about the neurological standard for determining brain death. The research team will be joined by medical ethicist John Lizza as a visiting researcher.

Democracy and capitalism: an interdisciplinary project in history, law and politics

James Sparrow (History), Jon Levy (History), Chiara Cordelli (Political Science), William Novak (University of Michigan), Kate Andrias (University of Michigan), Stephen Sawyer (American University of Paris), Cécile Roudeau (University of Paris ), Bernadette Meyler (Stanford University), Dan Edelstein (Stanford University)

This research team aims to develop a paradigm to understand the relationship between democracy and capitalism. By highlighting the interdependence of capitalism and democracy since the 18th century, the project will advance understanding of the political economies that fuel so many contemporary crises.

Fossil capitalism in the countries of the South

Elizabeth Chatterjee (history), Ryan Jobson (anthropology), Victoria Saramago (Romance languages ​​and literatures)

This project will propose a new analysis of the dynamics of “fossil capital” by shifting the framework of the large industrial economies towards the economic trajectories and the energy systems of postcolonial societies in the countries of the South. University scholars and visiting scholars from around the world – historians and anthropologists as well as literary critics and philosophers – will collaborate to offer new frameworks for interpretation.

Chicago native

John Mark Hansen (political science), Nina Sanders (curator and cultural consultant), Starla Thompson (cultural consultant)

The small settlement that would become Chicago was an important point of contact between First Nations and settlers. This research team will study how groups have influenced each other from first contact in the 17th century to the present day. The research will contribute to a series of academic and public events and will culminate in the publication of an edited volume.

Reinventing cosmopolitanism

Dipesh Chakrabarty (history), Lisa Wedeen (political science)

This project considers what it means to be a global citizen today. Contributors come from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, including anthropology, political science, history, English, geography, cultural studies, sociology, and film and media studies. Papers developed over a series of three-year workshops will be published in The Oxford Handbook of Cosmopolitanism (2024).

Roots of linguistic identity

Marisa Casillas (Comparative Human Development), Ruthe Foushee (Psychology), Sharese King (Linguistics), Adriana Weisleder (Northwestern University) Kennedy Casey (UChicago Chatter Lab), Annette D’Onofrio (Northwestern University)

This interdisciplinary research team aims to integrate methods from developmental psychology and sociolinguistics to better understand the intersection of language acquisition and early developments of social identity. The new approach will focus on infants and young children learning dialects.

—This story was first published by the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society.