Research roundup  

Charles Bernstein’s collaboration on “Shadowtime” got us thinking about other international projects Penn faculty are involved in this summer. Here’s a sampling of what some of them are up to:

Vicki Mahaffey, professor of English, is in London, editing a book of essays on James Joyce’s “Dubliners,” and working at the British Library to complete a book, “Challenging Fictions: An Introduction to Literary Modernism, 1890-1940.”

Wendy Steiner, the Richard L. Fisher Professor of English and founding director of the Penn Humanities Forum, went to London for collaboration with the artist who is designing the animation for her opera, “The Loathly Lady.”

Margo Todd, the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, is in Perth (digging up some medieval parts of that city) and Edinburgh, researching 16th-century Scottish urban history, on a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Tom Safley, associate professor of history, is in Berlin and other parts of Europe, working on a small monograph on debt and indebtedness in early modern Europe, both culturally and economically, and a long term study of bankruptcy in Europe, to understand the economic, legal, moral and cultural ramifications of business failures and successes.

Julie Davis, assistant professor in the History of Art Department, is traveling to China to meet contemporary artists and discuss future exchanges between Penn and the Hangzhou Art Academy.

Mark Butler, assistant professor in the Department of Music, is in Berlin studying performances by electronic dance musicians, as research for a book on relationships between technology and improvisation.

Jeff Kallberg, professor and chair of the Department of Music, is traveling throughout Europe, working on a new edition of the Chopin correspondence.

Dan Ben-Amos, professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, is visiting locations in Poland as he works on a volume of “Folktales of the Yiddish Speaking Jews,” the second in a five-volume set.

Ann Matter, the Brownlee Professor of Religious Studies, is in Italy, working on a critical edition and translation of Alberto Alfieri’s “Ogdoas,” a series of dialogues on life, death and proper rulers written in Latin around 1420.

Kevin Platt, associate professor Slavic Languages and Literatures and department chair, is collecting information from Latvian and Russian libraries and archives for a book on representations of Ivan the Terrible and Peter the Great.

Originally published on July 7, 2005