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Scholars with Emory’s Fox Center for Humanistic Research share research in virtual forum
James Hoesterey

James Hoesterey, the Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Religion in Emory College, and others will share about their humanities research during an online forum Jan. 26 from The Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry.

Scholars delving into questions about the varied human experience will share about their research-in-progress during a virtual forum on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry (FCHI). The event begins at 5 p.m.

The presentations highlight work that research fellows from Emory and other institutions are conducting at the FCHI, a nationally regarded hub for humanities scholarship that aims to make such research more visible and accessible to campus and the public in general.

Previous senior Fox fellow Elizabeth Pastan, a professor of art history in Emory College of Arts and Sciences, will kick off the event with a 20-minute presentation about her book, “Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass.”

Following Pastan’s discussion, 14 scholars will present their current projects and lead discussions in breakout rooms online.

Among those presenting is James Hoesterey, the Winship Distinguished Research Professor of Religion in Emory College.

In addition to his Fox fellowship, Hoesterey received a 2019 Luce Foundation grant to help lead a team of international and interdisciplinary researchers examining widely differing concepts of “moderate Islam” in Muslim-majority countries.

Kylie Smith, an Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow for Nursing and Humanities who shares appointments in Emory College and the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, will also discuss some of her work.

As the FCHI President’s Humanities Fellow, Smith has been conducting research on the impact of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on segregated state psychiatric hospitals in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Her book on the research, “Jim Crow in the Asylum,” is slated to be published next year by UNC Press, but she has shared her ongoing work through Emory’s Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative.

A full list of presentations for the forum is available on the FCHI website. To register, email with your preferred topic of discussion.

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