Four Romance Studies Graduate Students Win Summer Grants from CIES

We are delighted to announce that Jack Frost, Yen Vu, Valeria Dani, and Lia Turtas have all been awarded funding from the Cornell Institute for European Studies for summer study and research.  Brief descriptions of their projects, supplied by the recipients, are given below.  Congratulations to each of you for these significant achievements and best wishes for your research and writing this summer!
Jack Frost (French Literature) is this year’s recipient of the Manon Michels Einaudi Grant for her project: “Decolonized Futures: The Poetics of Time, History and Experience in Aimé Césaire and René Depestre.”  One award is given each year to conduct short-term research in Europe in the fields of European art and architecture, Art history, Literature, Philosophy, or Culture. The award is highly competitive with applicants from European studies across the humanities.
Yen Vu (French Studies) was awarded a Michele Sicca Grant for Research in Europe  as well as a Graduate School Research Travel Grant!  She will use this funding to spend the summer in Aix-en-Provence, at the Archives Nationales d’Outre Mer, to look at Vietnamese expatriate activity in the beginning of the 20th century in France, as well as in Paris, to access some of the first Vietnamese francophone novels and periodicals only held in the BNF.
Valeria Dani (Italian Studies) received a Michele Sicca Grant to travel to Jerusalem to complete the research and writing for her dissertation entitled Ascensions and Downfalls. Anadiplosis/Climax, Repetition and Ladders in Italian Poetry. Her research, in contributing towards outlining a new configuration of the relationship between rhetoric and literary criticism, will hugely benefit from the precious resources that the academic, cultural and artistic landscape of Jerusalem will afford her. Through the resources of the  Hebrew University, the National Library, the Eretz Israel and Israel museums, Valeria plans not only to further her studies in Jewish theology but also to demonstrate the tremendous potential of reading Italian contemporary poetry through the lens of Jewish rhetorical and mystical practices.
Lia Turtas (Italian Studies) was awarded a Michele Sicca Grant and an International Research Travel Grant to support her project entitled “The Automaton of Italian Cinema: Towards a Reinterpretation of Humanism in the Age of the Cinematic Apparatus.”  With the help of these grants, Lia will be able to conduct short-term research and consult rare materials at archives in the Italian cities of Reggio Emilia, Bologna, and Casarsa.