Dr. Nathalie Aghoro receives BAA Yale fellowship 2020

Through the long-lasting relationship between the BAA and the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, led by director and Pulitzer Prize winner David W. Blight, we are happy to award Dr. Nathalie Aghoro this year's BAA Yale University post-graduate research fellowship. 


Her current book project Common Grounds: Civil Society, Solidarity, and Shared Places in Cultural Practices explores how cultural and artistic practices engage with civic agency and solidarity in public spaces and other sites of encounter. The project focuses on site-specific cultural interventions such as collective performances, written exchange, muralist projects, and communal architectures that seek to foster solidarity and establish inclusive notions of citizenship in the aftermath of the Civil War and the abolition of slavery in the United States.


Dr. Nathalie Aghoro, who is an assistant professor at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, will receive 2,000 Euros for travel and accommodation costs and she will visit Yale as soon as the pandemic regulations allow it. The fellowship includes intensive cooperation with faculty and staff of the Gilder Lehrman Center and access to all campus libraries.

We would like to thank the Yale Club of Germany and especially Bartley Großerichter for generously funding this research fellowship. 


We wish Dr. Nathalie Aghoro an enlightening stay and good luck for her book project.


About Dr. Nathalie Aghoro

Dr. Nathalie Aghoro is an assistant professor of North American Literary and Cultural Studies at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt with an interest in auditory culture, postmodern and contemporary literature, media theory, and social justice. Her book Sounding the Novel: Voice in Twenty-First Century American Fiction (Universitätsverlag Winter, 2018) examines the sonic mediality of voice in the works of Richard Powers, Karen Tei Yamashita, Jennifer Egan, and Jonathan Safran Foer. She is the co-editor of the 2017 JCDE special issue on Theatre and Mobility (with Kerstin Schmidt) and her publications include essays on postmodern novels, contemporary literature, and Afrofuturism in music. Her current book project is called Common Grounds: Civil Society, Solidarity, and Shared Places in Cultural Practices.



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