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Columbia's Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris Announces 2003-2004 Fellows

This fall Columbia's Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall, in Paris, France, will welcome its 2003-04 fellows. The fellows will spend a semester or academic year pursuing individual and collective research projects while interacting with other scholars in France and throughout Europe.

Launched in January 2001, the Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall was established in cooperation with the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (MSH) in Paris to promote advanced research in the humanities and social sciences. Since its inception, the Institute has hosted more than 30 researchers from over 25 institutions in 10 countries. The 2003-04 fellows hail from Sweden, Argentina and the United Kingdom as well as from France and the United States. They will be working on topics ranging from architecture and the discourses of Ottoman nationalism to Catholic-Jewish relations in France.

"All fellows meet together regularly in a spirit of collegiality which encourages intellectual exchange," says Danielle Haase-Dubosc, director of the Institute. "At the same time we seek to strike the right balance between fostering social and intellectual community and allowing individual scholars the liberty to pursue their own research."

Haase-Dubosc remarked that she is particularly pleased that three of the upcoming fellows are from Columbia's own faculty.

Matthew L. Jones, assistant professor of history, specializes in the cultural history of science and philosophy in early modern Europe, particularly France. He is completing a book tentatively entitled "The Good Life in the Scientific Revolution: Descartes, Pascal, Leibniz," parts of which have appeared in "Critical Inquiry" and "Studies in History and Philosophy of Science."

Jones will spend the 2003-04 academic year at the Institute researching "Formal Reasoning and its Discontents: Mathematics, Aesthetics and the Dangers of Rigor in the Enlightenment."

In the spring of 2004, Jones will be joined by colleague Gregory Mann, assistant professor of history. Mann specializes in the history of francophone West Africa. His research interests include violence, immigration and religious practice in Mali.

Mann is currently completing a monograph with the working title "Native Sons: Soldiers, Slaves, and French-African Political Imagination," and is also co-editing a collection of articles on post-colonial Mali's first non-capitalist regime (1960-68). His publications include: "Immigrants and Arguments in France and West Africa," "Comparative Studies in Society and History" (forthcoming, 2003); and "Fetishizing Religion: Allah Koura and French 'Islamic Policy' in Late Colonial Soudan Francais," "Journal of African History" (forthcoming). Mann's research at the Institute will focus on "Violence, Immigration and Memory in an African Post-Colony."

Lynn Cooper, professor of psychology, has been selected as a fellow for the spring and fall of 2004. Cooper specializes in cognitive neuroscience, visual cognition and perception. Her publications include "Mental Representations of Visual Objects and Events," in P. Eelen, M. Richelle, G. d'Ydewalle, and P. Bertelson (eds.), "International Perspectives on Psychological Science, Volume 2: State of the Art" (Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1994).

While in Paris Cooper plans to research "A Theoretical Framework for Visual Object Representation."

Additional scholars selected include:

Academic Year 2003-2004

Nebahat Avcioglu
University of Manchester, School of Art History and Archaeology
"Architecture, Modernism and the Discourses of Ottoman Nationalism"

Vicki Caron
Cornell University, Department of History
"Catholic-Jewish Relations in France since 1870"

Fall 2003

Jennifer D. Milam
University of Sydney, Department of Art History and Theory
"A Playful Aesthetic: Reinterpreting Rococo Visual Culture"

Maison des Sciences de l'Homme International Programme for Advanced Studies
Joint Project - "Trust and Democracy in Transition":

Michele Grossen
University of Lausanne, Department of Psychology

Per Linell
Linkoping University, Department of Communication Studies

Ivana Markova
University of Stirling, Department of Psychology

Spring 2004

Maison des Sciences de l'Homme International Programme for Advanced Studies Joint Project - "The Foundations of Mathematics in the XIXth Century: Between History, Philosophy, Epistemology and Cognition":

Jose M. Ferreiros Dominguez
University of Seville, Department of Philosophy, Logic and the Philosophy of Science

Javier Legris
University of Buenos Aires, Faculty of Economic Sciences

Klaus Thomas Volkert
University of Frankfurt, Department of Mathematics

Fall 2004

Donna L. Dickenson
University of Birmingham, Centre for the Study of Global Ethics
"Biotechnology and Property in the Body: Approaches from Feminist Philosophy and Civil Law"

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Published: Jul 10, 2003
Last modified: Jul 11, 2003

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