ATLANTA — Six Georgia State University faculty members undertaking research, scholarly and creative activity in the arts and humanities have been awarded internal grants to support their work. The Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development announced the new grants to be awarded for the upcoming fiscal year.
The goal of the grants is to assist in professional career development and support projects that enhance awardees’ standing in their fields. Each grantee will receive $6,000 to support their research and creative pursuits.
“This is an important initiative to support research, scholarship and creative excellence in all its forms,” said Vice President for Research and Economic Development Tim Denning. “We are excited to see these projects come to fruition and add to the rich tapestry of excellence in the arts and humanities here at Georgia State.”
Jill Frank, Associate Professor of Art & Design, College of the Arts
Project — SPIRAL: Documenting Place, Transformation and Human Intervention in the Natural Landscape
Spiral is a collaborative multimedia project combining text and image, published work, and public exhibition. This project seeks to further engage with a seminal photographic book by British artist Roger Palmer, made in 2011, specifically Palmer’s responsive technique and its preoccupations with place, transformation and human intervention in the natural landscape. The project asks what it means to reopen conversations on perspective and land art in 2023, when the rapid evaporation of the Great Salt Lake threatens to turn the surrounding landscape into an uninhabitable space as toxic gases are released.
Carrie P. Freeman, Professor of Communication, College of Arts & Sciences
Project — Wildlife Coexistence Narratives at U.S. UNESCO Natural World Heritage Sites
To demonstrate the role humanity plays in environmental protection, Freeman will work with non-governmental organizations to identify leaders facilitating successful wildlife coexistence initiatives for species living in and migrating outside of three UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the U.S.: Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park and Everglades National Park. She will explore the values, policies, advocacy, collaboration and strategic practices that enable them to equitably facilitate wildlife protection.
Marie Sumner Lott, Associate Professor of History, College of the Arts' School of Music
Project — Post-Romantic Medievalism in Brahms' "Romanzen for Solo Voice and for Chorus"
For Post-Romantic Medievalism in Brahms' "Romanzen for Solo Voice and for Chorus," Lott will work on her second book, "Post-Romantic Medievalism in the Music of Johannes Brahms," to provide new insights into the musical culture of the late 19th century by examining the works of one of this period’s most beloved and respected composers in the dual contexts of Post-Romanticism and Medievalism, contexts that are currently absent from scholarly studies of Brahms and his music.
Tiffany Player, Assistant Professor of History, College of Arts & Sciences
Project — "Black Women and the Ex-Slave Public"
Player will write two chapters of her first book manuscript, tentatively titled "Black Women and the Ex-Slave Public," during the spring 2024 semester. "Black Women and the Ex-Slave Public" examines how an increasing temporal distance from the institution of slavery profoundly shaped Black women’s discursive strategies, their political choices and their community-building capacities from the 1850s into the 1930s.
Susan G. Reid, Assistant Professor of TV/Film Directing, College of the Arts' School of Film, Media & Theatre
Project — "Super Power" Short Film FMT Collaboration
Reid will write, shoot, edit and enter a short film into notable film festivals while collaborating with a combination of GSU faculty in the School of Film, Media & Theatre. In the film, "Super Power," Bertie and Olive are strangers, but by the end of the day, their connection runs deeper than blood as they discover that everyone has a super power. This award will help her improve the quality of the short film in preparation for submission to Academy Award-qualifying festivals.
LeeAnne M. Richardson, Associate Professor of English, College of Arts & Sciences
Project — Michael Field Archival Research
Richardson will conduct archival research essential to the 7,000-word book chapter “‘Let Us Embrace!’: Michael Field’s 'Stephania' (1892) and Gustave Flaubert’s 'The Temptation of Saint Anthony' (1874),” accepted for publication in a forthcoming book titled "The Verse Dramas of Michael Field." Field is a poet currently undergoing an exceptional scholarly recovery and this chapter will be part of a book by one of the seminal scholars of Field’s work and art.
The grant awards can be spent over any six-month period between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024, and can be used to cover a wide range of pursuits, including projects or collaboration with another faculty member, travel or equipment.
Applications were reviewed and awarded by a select subset of the Internal Grants Peer Review Committee. The Office of Research Development (ORD) is a unit of University Research Services & Administration (URSA) under the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development. ORD provides support and resources to faculty in an effort to enhance the research enterprise at Georgia State University.
For more information on internal research grants at Georgia State, visit the website.