Two More Receive Fulbrights
By Amy Lunday
Two more students have joined the list of Johns Hopkins students and graduates
who have been awarded a Fulbright grant, one of the most prestigious awards in academia,
for the 2006-2007 academic year. In addition to the six recipients announced earlier are
Jake Lowinger, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in sociology, and Ted Blanton, a doctoral
candidate in history.
Lowinger, 30, will travel to Croatia to conduct archival research in an effort
to understand the relationship between labor mobilization and nationalist movements
during the 1980s in what was then Yugoslavia. He plans to construct a database of
labor actions based on local newspaper reports in an effort to understand the primary
demands of organized workers and the extent to which the threat of successful labor
mobilization led to the development of virulent nationalist responses. Lowinger will
also interview people who were active in the 1980s labor movement to assess the accuracy
of the newspaper reports.
Blanton, also 30, will travel to Spain to conduct research primarily on documents
contained in the Archivo de la Corona de Aragon in Barcelona. He plans to research how
the relationships that he groups under the rubric "artificial kinship"--namely relations
formed through adoption, wardship, spiritual filiation and step-parenthood--worked during
the period of 1000 to 1300 to establish and maintain the hegemony of the counts of Barcelona
over the other noble families of Catalonia.
For information on the previously announced Fulbright winners,
go to www.jhu.edu/~gazette/2006/15may06/15fulbri.html.
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