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EARLY MODERN STUDIES The Early Modern Studies Mellon Research Initiative hosted events and graduate seminars that enriched the scholarship of both faculty and students, especially but not only those working on gender and sexuality, the history of the book, “queer philology,” and the “Atlantic world.” Among the year’s standout events was a fall visit by Steve Hindle, the W.M. Keck Foundation director of research at the Huntington Library, who helped UC Davis faculty and students expand ideas about what kinds of interdisciplinary early modern projects could be pursued at the Huntington and what kind of grant proposals would garner fellowship support. Also noteworthy was a graduate seminar in Spring 2013, moderated by the Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor Ari Friedlander and hosted by leading scholars in the field. All of the visitors interacted generously with graduate students and asked about their dissertation projects and plans for publication, according to Professor of English Margaret Ferguson, the director of the Early Modern Studies Mellon Research Initiative. In fact, following his visit, Jeff Masten, professor of English at Northwestern University, posted on his Facebook page that UC Davis’ graduate students were among the best he has ever encountered.


ENVIRONMENTS & SOCIETIES The Environments & Societies Mellon Research Initiative (E&S) further established itself as a major national venue for the development of the environmental humanities and social sciences, a major resource for UC Davis faculty working on interdisciplinary environmental studies, and a nursery for top-notch graduate students in a variety of disciplines. The most visible public face of the E&S Initiative is its colloquium series, in which eminent scholars are invited to share work in progress with UC Davis faculty, students and members of the public. In 2012-2013, the E&S colloquium hosted 15 scholars from across the U.S. in fields including English, history, comparative literature, geography, philosophy, gender and women’s studies, environmental studies, American studies, sociology, and journalism. New work was presented on topics ranging from the poetics of oil and whale-song to the history of soil science and satellites to the politics of uranium mining and urban farming. Thanks to a more creative advertising strategy, colloquium participants were drawn from many parts of the campus, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from the social sciences and even the sciences.


Above: A woodcut of the letter Q by Melchior Lotter (ca. 1470-1549) of Leipzig.


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