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Congratulations to the 2021-22 “Reckonings” Fellows

2021 – 2022 Reckonings: The Northeastern Humanities Center invites proposals on the theme of Reckonings. The term reckoning suggests an intersectional, multidimensional process of truth-telling and accountability around all forms of systemic oppression, from the intimate and familial, to the social and political, to the planetary and cosmic. Reckoning calls for accountability through narration of harms, adjudication of rights, and acts of judgment, but it may also imply transformative possibilities of amnesty, forgiveness, reconciliation, and reparation. Reckonings may be literary, juridical, political, ethical, aesthetic, and/or emotional, expressed through imaginative as well as political consciousness. Reckoning-whether paying debts or cogitating-implicates questions of time and place. The year 2020 has been popularly described as a moment of racial reckoning. Other recent reckonings include those around misogyny; climate justice; social welfare and economic inequality; spiritual community, and global interconnection. We welcome proposals from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Convened by: Ángel David Nieves

Professor of Africana Studies, History, and Digital Humanities

Director of Public Humanities

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Libby Adler

“Governing the Terrain Called Beauty”

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

School of Law

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Jordon Bosse

“Moral Reckoning with Nurses’ Actions, Inactions, and Silence that May Perpetuate Health Inequity Among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer People”

School of Nursing

Bouvé College of Health Sciences


N. Fadeke Castor

“When Black Spirits Matter: A Reckoning”

Department of Philosophy & Religion

Africana Studies Program

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Jessica Linker

“The Fruits of Their Labor: The Work of Early American Scientific Women, 1750-1860”

Department of History

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Chris Parsons

“Of Race and Roses”

Department of History

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


K.J. Rawson

“Inequitable Representations in the Digital Transgender Archive”

Department of English

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Gavin Shatkin

“Reckoning the Urban: The Urbanization of the State and the Politics of Claims-making in Southeast Asia”

School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

School of Architecture

College of Arts, Media, and Design

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Kara Swanson

“Inventing Citizens: Race, Gender, and Patents” 

Department of History

School of Law

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Suzanna Danuta Walters

“Communist, Feminist, Therapist: a memoir of my mother”

Department of Sociology

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Allison Chapin – Graduate Fellow

“Materializing Humanity: Colonial Violence and Imperial Humanitarianism on Display in Britain, 1880-1925”

P.h.D Candidate

Department of History

College of Social Sciences and Humanities


Alanna Prince – Graduate Fellow

“Luminous Black: On Making Time, the World, and the Self in Black Women’s Poetry”

P.h.D Candidate

Department of English

College of Social Sciences and Humanities

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