Congratulations to Professor Gabriel Solis for being awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for his book project, “Music, Race, and Indigeneity in Australia and Papua New Guinea.”
This book investigates the ongoing history of musical alliances and affiliations between indigenous artists and activists in Australia and Papua New Guinea, and their counterparts in the African Diaspora. Through the media of singing voices and dancing bodies, this project charts the critical ways that indigenous-Diasporic musical intersections have shaped the politics of race and indigeneity for more than a century.
“With these grants, the National Endowment for the Humanities continues its 50-year tradition of supporting excellence in the humanities,” said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. “From scholarly books and humanities programs on college campuses to new digital humanities resources and preservation efforts at local museums, the projects receiving funding today will reach deeply into communities and expand access to our shared cultural heritage.”
NEH, an independent federal agency that funds high-quality projects in fields such as history, literature, philosophy, and archaeology, awards grants three times a year for top-rated proposals examined by panels of independent, external reviewers. This round of grants supports projects that will strengthen the nation’s cultural fabric and identity. (From http://www.neh.gov/news/press-release/2015-12-14)
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