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Feb. 8, 2016

MSU graduate students named 2016 HWW Pre-Doctoral Workshop Fellows

Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters graduate students Jennifer Gohlke, German studies, and Sophia Pavlos, philosophy, have been named Humanities Without Walls 2016 Pre-Doctoral Workshop Fellows.

The Pre-Doctoral Workshop Fellows program is supported by the Humanities Without Walls consortium. The consortium’s 15 core schools are responsible for recruiting applicants who have broad interdisciplinary interests for the Pre-Doctoral Workshop Fellowships.

Gohlke and Pavlos will join a cohort of 30 graduate students from varied disciplines.

Gohlke holds a bachelor’s degree in German literature and in philosophy, and is working on her Ph.D. in German studies. Her research interests include German-Jewish studies, questions about identity, testimony, the (im-) possibility of representing the Holocaust and more.

“The Humanities Without Walls workshop offers a valuable opportunity for scholars from all disciplines to gain a foothold in public humanities and establish contacts for possible future collaborations,” Gohlke said. “This opportunity to meet and work with like-minded scholars and role models who have successfully established careers in different sectors will be of great help, and provide new motivation as well as much-needed affirmation.”

Pavlos holds a master’s degree in philosophy, and is currently working on her Ph.D. in philosophy. Her research interests include the phenomenological experience of lust, the interplay of eroticism and power in individuals’ lives, as well questions concerning sexual agency and autonomy within the matrix of class, race and gender.

“I am excited to participate in a program that supports collaboration between academic and non-academic domains,” Pavlos said. “It has always been my goal to show how philosophy can engage with and address important social issues, and I believe the Humanities Without Walls workshop will offer valuable insight and resources for accomplishing that goal.”

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