Associate Professor Michele Lamprakos has been named a fellow at the National Humanities Center (NHC) for the 2019-2020 academic year. She is one of 37 scholars from institutions in the U.S. and abroad to receive this highly competitive and prestigious award. Lamprakos is one of only three art historians in this year’s cohort. Her fellowship will be funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the center's fellowship endowment provided by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Established in 1978, the NHC is a private institute for advanced study in the humanities. It awards residential fellowships to the world’s top humanities scholars at its headquarters in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, giving fellows access to the center’s vast resources and opportunities for collaboration.
Trained as an architect and architectural historian, Lamprakos specializes in the early modern/modern Arab-Islamic world and critical heritage studies. As a fellow at the NHC, she will advance her forthcoming book, Memento Mauri: The Afterlife of the Great Mosque of Cordoba. The book explores the changing fabric and meaning of this famous building as mosque, cathedral, historic monument and symbol of the Islamic past in Spain. Lamprakos hopes that it will provide a model for studying contested sites around the world.
“The NHC fellowship is a great opportunity for any scholar,” says Lamprakos. “I’m looking forward to the synergy of sharing work and exchanging ideas.”
For more information see: https://nationalhumanitiescenter.org/nhc-names-fellows-2019-20/