Hispanic Studies PhD Student Emma Merrigan Awarded Two Fellowships for Summer and Fall 2020

Fourth-year Hispanic Studies graduate student Emma Merrigan has received both a Divided City Graduate Summer Research Fellowship and a Graduate Student Fellowship in residence at the Washington University Center for the Humanities, for the Summer and Fall 2020 semesters, respectively. 

Merrigan’s research explores representations of disability and illness in 20th and 21st century Cuban and Diasporic cultural production. 

The Divided City Graduate Summer Research Fellows Program at the Center for the Humanities, in partnership with the College and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, selected graduate students in the Humanities, Humanistic Social Sciences, Architecture, Urban Design, and Landscape Architecture to conduct research on urban segregation during the summer. The program's goal is to bring humanities scholars into productive interdisciplinary dialogue with architects, urban designers, landscape architects, legal scholars, sociologists, geographers, GIS cartographers, and others around one of the most persistent and vexing issues in urban studies: segregation. As part of her fellowship this summer, Emma plans to "engage with contemporary Cuban authors and artists who narrate the post-Cold War era massification of disability on the Island as evidence of both the failures and the world-changing potential of revolutionary action.” For more information on Emma’s work with The Divided City, please click here.

In addition, Merrigan is the recipient of the Graduate Student Fellowship in residence at the Center for the Humanities for the Fall 2020 semester. Her dissertation is titled, “Cripping Utopia: Revolutionary Corporealities in Cuba and the Diaspora,” and its aim will be to “[chart] how Cuban authors, artists, and filmmakers render disability as conducive to and/or inharmonious with the country’s anti-imperialist and collectively-driven Revolutionary process, catalyzed in 1959. Cross-pollinating critical disability studies with queer, feminist, and critical race theory,” Merrigan will query “the (in)accessibility of the Cuban Revolution’s pathways to a decolonized Utopia. Radical disability thought and action, she contends, can reorient understandings of social reform to encompass a broader range of bodily and intellectual practices as integral to world (re)making projects intent upon socioeconomic, racial, and gender liberation.”

We congratulate Emma on these outstanding achievements!