Roy Perez awarded NEH Fellowship

Contact: Kendra Mingo

English Professor Perez is one of three Oregonians awarded NEH Fellowships for 2019.

Roy Perez, Associate Professor of English, has received a highly competitive NEH Fellowship for the excellence of his scholarship in the humanities.

Roy’s fellowship is among $14.85 million in grants awarded by the NEH for 251 national humanities projects. The NEH Fellowship Program supports advanced research and scholarship in the humanities.

“Proximities: Cross-Cultural Collaboration in Latina/o Literature and Performance Since 1960” will be the first book-length study of cross-cultural collaboration and representation in Latina/o writing and visual art. During the civil rights movements of the 1960s, Latino/a artists often expressed their cultural identities and political aspirations through their collaborations with, and representations of, other ethnic groups such as Native Americans, Asian Americans and African Americans. Proximities examines collaborations across race and ethnicity in Latina/o literature, visual art, and performance in order to model cross-cultural methods that reveal instances of vital collaboration and representation. Such a perspective rewrites the history of Latina/o culture in the US. Through a combination of historical and aesthetic analysis, Proximities reveals a hidden archive of vital Latina/o cross-cultural flashpoints, beginning at the turn of the nineteenth century and then proceeding from the civil rights era to the contemporary moment.

About the Program: NEH Fellowships are the most competitive humanities awards in the country. NEH receives an average of 1,200 applications per year and awards approximately 80 per year with a funding rate of seven percent.

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