Teter Named Radcliffe Fellow to Study Premodern Poland

Posted 06/20/07
Magdalena Teter, assistant professor of history, will study religious groups of premodern Poland as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow in 2007-08.

Teter was one of 32 women and 19 men selected by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Teter will work individually and across disciplines on projects chosen for both quality and long-term impact.

Her project is titled “An Anatomy of Religious Violence: Jews and Christians in Premodern Poland.” She will research the close social interaction between Jews and Christians; the role of lay and religious instigators in exploiting religious sentiments; position of the accused Jews in the community; local economic dynamics; and, the role of gender.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity to spend a year at Radcliffe both working on my project and interacting with and learning from other fellows” Teter says. “I hope that next year I will be able to make major progress on my second book.”

Teter was selected from a pool of more than 775 applicants, made up of distinguished and emerging scholars and artists from the United States and other countries. Teter will be working among scientists, humanists, social scientists. and creative artists.

“In my years as dean, I have been privileged to watch the fellows interact with one another and with faculty members in various departments,” says Drew G. Faust, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and president-elect of Harvard. “I will continue to watch and admire their path-breaking work and interdisciplinary approaches.”

Now in its seventh year, the Radcliffe Institute Fellowship Program is a highly competitive program that has provided yearlong residencies to more than 350 award-winning writers, artists, scientists and other scholars. Examples of past fellows are acclaimed installation artist Shimon Attie, Pulitzer Prize–winning author Geraldine Brooks, and anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a leading commentator on the global traffic in human organs.

For a full list of fellows, go to: http://www.radcliffe.edu/fellowships/.

By Olivia Drake, The Wesleyan Connection editor