DOBSON — Surry Community College English instructor Kathleen Fowler has been accepted into the Folger Institute’s yearlong “Researching the Archive” dissertation seminar for 2015-2016, according to an announcement made by Christopher T. Hodgkins, professor of Renaissance Literature and Culture at UNC-Greensboro and a Folger Institute faculty representative.
Fowler is an English department doctoral candidate at UNCG and is the first UNCG graduate student accepted into this seminar since the university joined the Folger Consortium in 2011.
This seminar program is the most intensely competitive of all Folger Institute programs, drawing its graduate student applicants from the leading doctoral programs in the Midwest and Eastern parts of the United States, as well as some from Great Britain and Canada.
Fowler has received a travel grant-in-aid for the fall seminar, which will allow her to visit the Folger Shakespeare Library on Washington’s Capitol Hill to meet with her fellow dissertators and the seminar’s two directors, Professors Derek Hirst and Steven Zwicker of Washington University in St. Louis.
Fowler’s dissertation, “The Anatomy of Joy: Transforming Perceptions of Mysticism in the Early Modern Period,” also will take her into the Folger’s famed Reading Room, where she can study many rare and one-of-a-kind medieval and Renaissance texts relevant to her topic.
Folger Institute seminars, symposia and conferences are richly interdisciplinary across the arts and humanities, and UNCG has placed faculty and graduate students from their departments of Art, English, History, and modern languages in 10 of its programs since 2011. UNCG’s Folger Institute membership is sponsored by Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research and Economic Development, and Tim Johnston, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and overseen by UNCG’s Atlantic World Research Network.