Neubauer Collegium Projects are often rooted in collaboration between University of Chicago faculty and experts from other institutions. These collaborations regularly involve co-taught courses, formal meetings, working group discussions, or targeted training opportunities, all in a setting that facilitates rigorous investigation. The Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows Program brings collaborators from around the world to the University of Chicago for short- and long-term visits.
Visit the Faculty Research Projects page to learn more about the projects in which Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellows are involved.
All photos by Erielle Bakkum Photography.
Urban Researcher; 2020–21 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Anni Beukes is an urban researcher working at the nexus of poverty, populations, and politics, and how these shape the spaces, lived experiences, and opportunities of residents in urban poor neighborhoods. In her research and practice, Beukes draws across disciplinary methods in the social, spatial, and data sciences to collaboratively generate new data and design knowledge making processes with young people in urban informal settlements to support sustainable and equitable planning and upgrading in their neighborhoods. She is a former Fellow of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation at the University of Chicago, where she studied how the processes and technologies of knowledge making, especially the creation and use of digital mapping tools, affect communities and populations living in marginalized neighborhoods internationally. Before joining the Mansueto Institute, Ms. Beukes spent four years with Slum Dwellers International (SDI), where she was responsible for SDI’s data ecosystem, from community managed data collection to data platform management, analysis, and partnerships. She led SDI’s efforts at the intersection of organized community groups, researchers, technologists, and software developers to create and refine tools, methods and practices for community-driven knowledge production. Beukes holds degrees (MA, BA Hons, BA) in social anthropology from University Stellenbosch in South Africa. She is currently collaborating as a member of the research team on the Becoming Urban: Understanding the Urban Transformation of Migrants to Phnom Penh project at the Neubauer Collegium.
Lecturer in Creative Writing, Rhodes University (South Africa); 2020–2021 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Stacy Hardy is a writer, researcher, and lecturer in Creative Writing at Rhodes University, South Africa. Since 2008 she has worked as Associate Editor at the pan-African journal Chimurenga. Her short stories have been published in numerous journals and magazines (Evergreen Review, Drunken Boat, Joyland, Black Sun Lit, New Orleans Review, Johannesburg Review of Books, Chimurenga, and more), literary anthologies, monographs, and catalogues. She was winner of the 2018 Brittle Paper Award for Fiction, a finalist in the 2018 Caine Prize, the 1913 Open Prose prize, selected by Maggie Nelson (2016); the Short Story Day Africa Prize (2016), as well as others. A collection of her short fiction, Because the Night, was published by Pocko Books in 2015. Her award-winning short film I Love You Jet Li, created with Jaco Bouwer, was featured on the Influx 2010 DVD (Lowave, France). She regularly collaborates with Angolan composer Victor Gama on multimedia musical performance works, and her experimental play, Museum of Lungs (2018–2019), toured in Africa and Europe. She is currently collaborating on the Pulmonographies project at the Neubauer Collegium and composing the libretto for a new opera with Lebanese composer Bushra El-Turk and Egyptian director Laila Soliman.
Professor of Art, University of Houston; 2018–2021 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Rick Lowe (Professor of Art, University of Houston) is an artist whose approach to community revitalization is path-breaking: Lowe has initiated arts-driven redevelopment projects in Houston – the renowned Project Row Houses – and other cities, including the Watts House Project in Los Angeles and post-Katrina rebuild in New Orleans. Lowe's pioneering "social sculptures" have inspired a generation of artists to explore more socially engaged forms of art-making in communities across the country and internationally. His work has been exhibited at Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum and Museum of Fine Arts; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea; and the Venice Architecture Biennale. During his residency at the Neubauer Collegium he will be developing a project tentatively titled Black Wall Street Chicago: Actualizing Hope Through Concerted Actions, a research-informed exhibition that celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the MacArthur Foundation's "Genius" awards. Inspired by the historical example of the Greenwood neighborhood in Tulsa, OK, the project will advance new understanding of the economic standing of African-Americans and will explore ways to improve economic well-being in urban communities. This project aims to generate a collaboration among individuals, organizations, institutions, businesses, and the University of Chicago to improve conditions for people living in communities with limited opportunities.
Assistant Professor of Humanities, Rust College; 2020–21 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Alisea Williams McLeod, former Chair of Humanities at Rust College (Holly Springs, Miss.), joined the faculty there in the fall of 2011. A native Detroiter and a grandchild of twentieth-century African American migrants, McLeod situates her own identity and sense of location in a negotiation of Northern and Southern experiences. Interest in re-spatializing her family’s narrative has taken her South and has led to work in Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction studies. McLeod completed a PhD in English and Education at the University of Michigan in 1998. Her work there involved ethnographic study of her family’s movement within the City of Detroit. McLeod has taught at several colleges and universities including St. Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina; Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; and Indiana University in South Bend. McLeod has been awarded a number of fellowships including a Gilder Lehrman Summer Faculty Fellowship and an American Documentary Editors Summer Fellowship. With University of Richmond professor Scott Nesbit and University of Chicago Harper-Schmidt Fellow John Clegg, McLeod successfully wrote for an NEH Advancement Grant—Freedom’s Movement: African American Space in War and Reconstruction—in 2018. She has been part of other grant projects including a 2019-2020 Humanities Grant for the Public Good funded by the Council of Independent Colleges and Mellon. During her residency at the Neubauer Collegium, she will be collaborating with the research team on the Practices of Emancipation II project.
Curator, Writer, and Cultural Consultant; 2018–2021 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Nina Sanders (Apsáalooke) is a curator, writer, and cultural consultant. She has worked for institutions like the School for Advanced Research, the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, where she curated and created finding guides for over 250 historic Crow photographs for the Smithsonian Online Virtual Archive. Sanders has written for the Smithsonian, First American Art Magazine, and Native American Art Magazine. She curated an exhibition of Contemporary Native American art at the Coe Foundation for the Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in 2018. More recently, she curated Apsáalooke Women and Warriors, a multi-site exhibition at the Field Museum and the Neubauer Collegium that emerged from the Neubauer Collegium's Open Fields research project and opened in March 2020. Sanders also co-edited, with Neubauer Collegium Curator Dieter Roelstraete, the book publication that accompanied the Apsáalooke Women and Warriors exhibition.
Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Minnesota; 2017–2021 Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow
Anna Seastrand's work broadly addresses the relationships between visual, oral, and written texts in South Asian art, with particular focus on physical and notional landscapes, pilgrimage, and performance. Her book in progress, The Kinesthetic Temple, foregrounds movement as central to understanding mural painting in early modern south Indian temples. Seastrand earned her PhD with Distinction from Columbia University in 2013 and currently serves as Assistant Professor of South Asian Art at the University of Minnesota. During her residency at the Neubauer Collegium, she is collaborating on the Interwoven project.