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Franke Undergraduate Fellows 2021-2022

June 10, 2021—Congratulations to the new cohort of Undergraduate Franke Fellows for 2021-2022!

fernandez-tabet-sarah-168x210.jpgSarah Fernández Tabet
Departments of English and French and Italian

Project: “From inside a cell, the night sky isn’t a measure”: Carceral Poetics and Disposable Bodies

"The carceral state refers to the agglomeration of institutions and individuals that uphold imprisonment and use punishment as the grounding framework for which to solve societal problems. My project looks at different poetry relating to prisons and borders in order to ask: What does the direct encounter of poetry reveal about the atomized structure of the carceral state? In answering this, my project aims to expand the comprehension of the carceral state beyond continental U.S. boundaries in order to encompass neoliberal economics and geopolitics."

matrisciano-sydney2-168x210.jpgSydney Matrisciano
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures; Programs in Legal Studies and Environmental Policy and Culture

Project: Protected Paint: How the U.S. National Park System Impacts Indigenous Mineral Pigment Access

"The production and subsequent use of mineral pigment paints is often considered a historical practice. However, modern Indigenous artists, dancers, and individuals continue to utilize mineral paints. Many traditional mineral sources are located within the management jurisdiction of the National Park Service. My project explores the underlying assumptions, motivations, and values that shape NPS pigment access decisions to identify inconsistencies and pitfalls of the current system."

omprasadham-nathan-168x210.pngNathan Omprasadham
Departments of English and Philosophy

Project: Postcolonial Prestige: Reconciling a Fractured Postwar Sri Lankan Identity Through Anglophone Writing and the Literary Prize

"The Gratiaen Prize is Sri Lanka's most prestigious English-Language writing award, but postcolonial anglospheres are often rife with cosmopolitan and western influences that dictate which works tend to succeed, or even get written. Sri Lankan identity is infamously fractured, following a decades long civil war and continuing tensions among religious and ethnic groups in the country. By analyzing Gratiaen Prize winning works of Anglophone literature, I aim to distill certain perspectives on national identity in conversation with international/cosmopolitan perspectives, providing a more focused survey than existing scholarship on Sri Lankan anglophone literature, but while also drawing upon global scholarship on Postcolonial literary prizes that has yet to be applied to Sri Lankan literature."

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