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Fellow Spotlight: Joelle Abi-Rached

Joelle M. Abi-Rached received her Ph.D. in History of Science from Harvard University. She holds a Medical Doctorate from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics. Her first book co-authored with Nikolas Rose, entitled Neuro: The New Brain Sciences and the Management of the Mind (Princeton University Press, 2013) explored the genealogy of the neurosciences and their growing salience in the governance and everyday life of neoliberal democracies. Her second book project, which draws on her dissertation, examines the history of modern psychiatric thinking and practice in the Middle East and uses shifting ideas about normality and pathology and ways to manage precarious lives as a lens into broader social, political, and ethical mutations in the region. Her work explores themes at the intersection of the value and politics of life from a global perspective and has appeared in publications including the Journal of the History of the Human Sciences and Cambridge Anthropology. It has received support from the French government (Chateaubriand Fellowship), the United Kingdom’s Economic and Social Research Council, Harvard’s Weatherhead’s Center for International Affairs, Harvard’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, as well as Sciences Po and Harvard’s exchange fellowship program, among others. >>

Fellow Spotlight: Heidi Hausse

Heidi Hausse received her PhD in History from Princeton University in 2016. Her research uses the hands-on practices of surgeons and artisans to explore life in early modern Europe, with a particular interest in the intersections of culture, medicine, and technology. Her book project, "Life and Limb: Technology, Surgery, and Bodily Loss in Early Modern Germany" examines surgical treatises and artifacts of prostheses to uncover a transformation in the way in which early moderns cut apart the body and worked to artificially put it back together. Her research has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, and the Dr. Günther Findel-Stiftung Foundation. Dr. Hausse was the 2016-2017 Molina Fellow in the History of Medicine & Allied Sciences at the Huntington. She has articles published in The Journal of Early Modern History and The Sixteenth Century Journal.  >>

Fellow Spotlight: Christopher Florio

Christopher Florio received his PhD in History from Princeton University in 2016. His research interests include nineteenth-century United States history, intellectual and cultural history, transnational history, the history of capitalism, and the history of slavery and emancipation. His current project explores the interconnected histories of poverty and slavery across the United States and the British Empire during the mid-nineteenth century. An article stemming from this project was the recipient of the Louis Pelzer Memorial Award from the Organization of American Historians and was published in The Journal of American History. His research has been supported by the Charlotte W. Newcombe Foundation and by the History Project at Harvard University. >>

Fellow Spotlight: Max Mishler

Max Mishler received his PhD in History from New York University in 2016. His current book project, The Atlantic Origins of Mass Incarceration: Punishment, Abolition, and Racial Inequality,explores the intertwined history of slave-emancipation and the birth of the modern penitentiary in the Atlantic world.  >>

Art and the Monetary Panel 2: Metal

May 13, 2016: The second panel of the Conference on Art and the Monetary took “Metal” as its theme. It was chaired by Benjamin Breen, Columbia University, and featured the following talks: "Making Money: Coins by Sculptors in 1962" Alex J. Taylor, Tate "Liquidation and the Artist in the Age of Metallic Currency" (Video Recording Not Available) Allison Stielau, McGill University "Bunny Money" Jennifer Marshall, University of Minnesota >>