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2011-12 Annual Report
Quadrant Project

Quadrant is a collaborative project between with IAS and the University of Minnesota Press which is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Quadrant Residential Fellows

Eighty-eight scholars from around the world applied for Quadrant fellowships. Three were chosen for semester-long residential fellowships at IAS, each affiliated with one of the four Quadrant groups.

Adia Benton (Anthropology, Oberlin College)
Project: Exceptional Life: Subjectivity, Moral Statehood and the Global Politics of HIV Care in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Quadrant: Health and Society
Fall 2011
Benton found that the structure of having the brown bag presentation, chapter workshop, and public lecture helped move her writing and thinking along more quickly than she anticipated. While in residence she completed drafts of four chapters, completed an article (accepted for publication by Medical Anthropology) and revised another, and wrote a book review for American Anthropologist. She also conceptualized a new project related to emergent field of global surgery, developed several funding proposals, secured IRB  approval and preliminary research site for project, and received funding for the archival research component of that project and student research assistants.

Luis Castañeda (Art History, Syracuse University)
Project: Suspending Disbelief: Toward an Image Economy of the Mexican “Miracle”
Quadrant: Design, Architecture, and Culture
Spring 2012
Castañeda benefitted significantly from the interdisciplinary dialogue at the IAS, so that his project now engages in areas beyond his own expertise in art history and visual culture studies. He also appreciated the opportunity to work closely with University of Minnesota Press editors, which helped him clarify the position that his book will occupy not only within the disciplines it is in dialogue with, but as part of the expanding and evolving landscape of publishing at large. While in residence he completed a majority of his book manuscript as well as two articles.

Marcus Filippello (History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
Project: Crossing the “Black Earth”: Environmental Change, Eco-Nationalism, and Post-Independence Autonomy in a Beninese Forest Community
Quadrant: Environment, Culture, and Sustainability
Fall 2011
This fellowship afforded Filippello the time, space, and opportunity to engage with other fellows, members of the community, and editors at the Press at an early stage in his career, granting him a unique chance to workshop ideas and drafts with accomplished scholars from numerous academic disciplines. As a result, the scope and direction of his project shifted toward what he thinks will be a much more accessible and engaging manuscript. He revised several chapters while in residence.

Short-term Visitors

Seven scholars were brought to the University for visits of two days to one week, during which they made public presentations, workshopped a chapter in progress with members of the appropriate Quadrant group, and met with members of the Press. (See Public Events for lecture and workshop topics.)

Karen Coelho, Assistant Professor, Madras Institute of Development Studies
In residence October 13-20 with the Global Cultures Quadrant

Andrew Newman, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Wayne State University
In residence October 27-November 1 with the Global Cultures and Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrants

Keith Bresnahan, Assistant Professor of Design History and Theory, OCAD University
In residence November 2-5 with the Design, Architecture, and Culture Quadrant

Adam Zientek, Doctoral candidate in History, Stanford University
In residence December 7-9 with the Health and Society Quadrant

Richard Altenbaugh, Professor Emeritus in Secondary Education/Foundations of Education, Slippery Rock University
In residence February 28-March 3 with the Health and Society Quadrant

Andrew Herscher, Assistant Professor, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Department of Art History, University of Michigan
In residence April 10-11 with the Design, Architecture, and Culture and Global Cultures Quadrants

Jim Glassman, Associate Professor of Geography, University of British Columbia
In residence April 16-25 with the Global Cultures Quadrant

Public Events

Exceptional Life: Moral Statehood, Subjectivity and the Politics of HIV Care in Freetown, Sierra Leone
October 6 • Health and Society Quadrant
Adia Benton outlined how in Sierra Leone, a country recovering from civil war with a low incidence of HIV, an industry premised on HIV/AIDS’ exceptional status affected health systems, shaped HIV-positive individuals’ lives, and brought to relief critical concerns around global governance of health programs and state legitimacy. Thursdays at Four presentation. Attendance: 39.

From the Frying-Pan to the Floodplain: Negotiating Land and Water in Chennai’s Development
October 14 • Global Cultures Quadrant
Karen Coelho demonstrated how the complex and changing landscapes of urban land and water are closely interwoven with the complex and changing landscapes of slum eviction and relocation in Chennai. Geography Coffee Hour presentation. Attendance: 53.

Crossing “La Terre Noire”: Refurbishing Roads and Encountering Sacred Space in Post-Colonial Dahomey and Benin
October 20 • Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant
Marcus Filippello discussed how a small rural community in southeastern Dahomey/Benin perceived environmental change in a post-colonial era through examination of narratives surrounding a road-building project. Thursdays at Four/ University Symposium presentation. Attendance: 27.

From a ‘Moroccan Court’ to the ‘Gardens of Aeolus’: Transforming Nature, Culture, and Space in Immigrant Paris
October 28 • Global Cultures and Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrants
Andrew Newman used the example of a park in Paris to demonstrate the profound disconnect between the environmental and cultural importance of the space for the residents and the goals of sustainable urban redevelopment, discussing the implications that these conflicting notions of environmentalism, nature, and culture have for green politics and social justice in the city. Geography Coffee Hour presentation. Attendance: 51.

Secret Passages: Libertinism and the Architecture of Seduction
November 3 • Design, Architecture, and Culture Quadrant
Keith Bresnahan explored the conjunction of erotic narratives and architectural space in eighteenth-century France, asking what the spaces and furnishings of libertine fiction (boudoirs, cabinets, screens, and hidden passages) might reveal about this period’s understanding of the power of architecture to move subjects to action. Thursdays at Four presentation. Attendance: 44.

Wine and Blood: Neuroethics, Violence, and the Manufacturing of Consent in the French Army on the Western Front
December 8 • Health and Society Quadrant
Adam Zientek demonstrated that between 1914 and 1918, the French army initiated, organized, refined, and perfected a means of controlling the behavior and thoughts of its soldiers through the strategic distribution of alcohol. Thursdays at Four presentation. Attendance: 27.

Subterranean Scenographies: Time Travel through “Miraculous” Mexico
February 9 • Design, Architecture, and Culture Quadrant
Luis Castañeda examined the numerous discursive contradictions and social conflicts that defined the design and actual completion of the Mexico City metro system, linking its promotion and reception as a technological and cultural wonder to longer histories of modernist experiments. Thursdays at Four presentation. Attendance: 50.

Home Sweet Home
March 1 • Health and Society Quadrant
Richard Altenbaugh discussed the return of children disabled by polio to their families, analyzing the impact on the entire household by exploring physical impediments, emotional turmoil and abuse, financial burdens, and sibling relationships.  Thursdays at Four presentation. Attendance: 42.

Non-governmental Memory: The Socialist Monument in Post-(Socialist) Yugoslavia
April 10 • Design, Architecture, and Culture and Global Cultures Quadrants
Andrew Herscher explored the architectural and urban media of political violence, cultural memory, collective identity, and social justice in Yugoslavia. Attendance: 25.

Globalization and the Mismeasurement of Poverty
April 20 • Global Cultures Quadrant
Jim Glassman argued that taking the heterogeneity of global economic space seriously poses insuperable barriers to the employment of a meaningful and non-redundant concept of income poverty. Geography Coffee Hour presentation. Attendance: 53.

Book Projects

The Quadrant book imprint launched in fall 2010. In 2011-12, the University of Minnesota Press published two new books, bringing the total number of books in the Quadrant imprint to six. An additional nine books are under contract, and forty-one book projects are under development.

Published 2011-12

John Harwood, The Interface: IBM and the Transformation of Corporate Design, 1945-1976 (Design, Architecture, and Culture, 2011)

Margaret Werry, The Tourist State: Performing Leisure, Liberalism, and the Racial Imagination (Global Cultures, 2011)

Forthcoming (under contract)

Eric Avila, “The Folklore of the Freeway: A Cultural History of Highway Construction” (Design, Architecture, and Culture, 2014)

Kelly Feltault, “Standardizing the Taste of Tradition: Maryland Crab Cakes and All-You-Can-Eat Development” (Global Cultures, 2012)

Amy L. Howard, “More Than Shelter: Community and Activism in San Francisco Public Housing, 1938-2000” (Design, Architecture, and Culture, 2012)

Matt Huber, “From Lifeblood to Addiction: Oil, Life, and the Forces of Capital” (Environment, Culture, and Sustainability, 2013)

Shiloh R. Krupar, “Hot Spotter’s Manifesto: Performing Transnatural Nature” (Environment, Culture, and Sustainability, 2012)

Reecia Orzeck, “On the Palestinian Question: A Critique of International Law” (Global Cultures, 2013)

Lisa Uddin, “Breeding Grounds: Race and Renewal in American Zoos” (Environment, Culture, and Sustainability, 2013)

Kelly Quinn, “Constructing Modern Architecture on the Colorline: A Critical Biography of Hilyard R. Robinson” (Design, Architecture, and Culture, 2012)

Matthew Wolf-Meyer, “The Slumbering Masses: Sleep, Medicine, and Modern American Life” (Health and Society, 2012)