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Summer Stipends

Wyoming Institute for Humanities Research

The National Endowment for the Humanities provides popular Summer Stipends for university faculty to pursue research in the humanities.  The University of Wyoming, through WIHR, can forward two nominations to the Endowment for this highly competitive competition (one classified "junior" and the other "senior").  These projects were submitted to the NEH for their Summer Stipend awards for 2016.  They will be funded either by the agency or by WIHR.  For further information about this NEH program, please consult:  For questions concerning the 2016 WIHR Summer Stipend Competition, please consult Eric Sandeen,

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 competition and thanks to all who entered!

Domenech Portrait

Conxita Domenech

Staging the Revolt of the Catalans: Early Modern Spanish Dialogues with Catalonia

I intend to prepare an annotated English/Spanish facing-page scholarly edition of an unpublished early modern Iberian play, La entrada del marqués de los Vélez a Cathaluña [The Arrival of the Marquis de los Velez to Catalonia] (1641), accompanied by Loa de Montjuich [Prelude of Montjuich], and Entremés de los labradores [Interlude of the Farmers]. An unknown author wrote the main play, the prelude, and the interlude during the Catalan Secession War (16401652). Profoundly interdisciplinary in its scope, the work is a riveting eyewitness account of a modern war in which propagandistic tools such as plays and pamphlets were as important as guns.

C. Denney Photo

Colleen Denney

Lena Connell: British Suffrage, Portrait Photography, and Women’s Activism

I address, for the first time in scholarship, how Lena Connell (later Beatrice Cundy) (1875-1949), through her formal, photographic portraits established a palatable image of British suffrage women for the press and an admiring public. In light of the recent release of the British film The Suffragette it is all the more imperative that we honor the artists who promoted a respectable representation of these brave, activist women.
      I will write the large essay that contextualizes Connell’s portraits of 70 suffrage activists and explain how, where and why they were disseminated. I argue that the portraits convey a new way of seeing women who, for the first time in their lives, were crossing the threshold of the domestic realm to embrace a public one.  The essay will provide the introduction to a gallery of individual portraits of each woman. The project’s originality lies partly in the fact that no one has written a book on Connell nor has anyone brought together her body of work of suffrage portraits. Further, no one has discussed them in the context of the British suffrage movement’s propagandistic efforts or its goals of sophisticated, professional representations of its members. The project’s intellectual significance lies partly in its feminist, art historical contribution to the scholarly literature in both Gender and Women’s Studies and Art History/Visual Culture, through its capacity to illuminate Connell’s place in suffrage rhetoric within the gendered dimensions of early twentieth-century life. The project asks how these political portraits were manifested and digested in the visual culture associated with the suffrage movement (e.g. in political flyers for public lectures, feature magazine articles, posters promoting marches, the portraits of leaders and where they could be seen and how they were distributed, as well as their appearance amongst the artifacts of suffrage women themselves in personal scrapbook and postcard collections). Through this study, scholars and students will see how women have been and continue to be empowered through the vehicle of artistic expression.

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