CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
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Iowa City IA 52242
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Release: Dec. 20, 2000
Two UI professors win prestigious NEH grants
IOWA CITY, Iowa Two University of Iowa professors in the College
of Liberal Arts have won grants from the National Endowment for Humanities
(NEH) to support their research. Benjamin Kaplan, an associate professor of
history, and Laura Graham, an associate professor of anthropology, have each
won $35,000 one-year research fellowship grants to support continuing work
on book projects.
Kaplan said he hopes his grant will allow him to complete "Divided
by Faith: A Social History of Religious Toleration in Europe, 1500-1800."
"Divided by Faith" examines the practice of religious toleration
and its opposite, the eruption of religious violence, in Europe in the centuries
between the Reformation and the French Revolution. It seeks to explain how
different religious groups managed to live together peacefully in some places,
what kinds of arrangements and accommodations such coexistence entailed, and
why toleration prevailed in some communities while others descended into sectarian
Graham said her grant will support her ongoing effort to ethnographically
document and analyze Brazilian Indians' use of discourse and forms of expressive
representation in national and international arenas. The study will focus
on the Xavante Indians of central Brazil, with whom Graham has conducted ethnographic
research for more than 19 years. The research will document instances of actual
spoken discourse, use of new media technologies (audio and video recording
devices), and presentation of ritual behaviors in contexts where outsiders
are the primary audience. The research seeks to determine what forms of self-representation
Xavante select to present to outsiders and what factors inform their decisions.
The UI grants are part of $6.1 million the NEH awarded to 175 individual
scholars in its first round of awards for fiscal year 2001.