Designated Emphasis Student Joshua Williams Receives Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship

Joshua WilliamsCritical Theory is pleased to announce the selection of UC Berkeley graduate student Joshua Williams for the 2014-2015 Dissertation Fellowship. Williams is working towards his Ph.D. in Performance Studies with a Designated Emphasis in Critical Theory. His dissertation, “Don’t Tell the Hyena How Well You Can Bite: Performance, Race, and Animality in East Africa,” considers the politics of race and animality in Kenyan and Tanzanian performance art from the 1930s through the 1990s. It pays special attention to discourses of domesticity and “wildness” as they impinge on social, political, and epistemological transitions from colonialism to its various aftermaths. With the support of The Program in Critical Theory, he will build on the fieldwork he has already conducted in East Africa with intensive archival research in a number of North American and British libraries.

The Critical Theory Dissertation Fellowship is awarded to a single Critical Theory DE graduate student with a record of achievement and promising dissertation project. The 2014-2015 fellowship in the amount of $36,000 supports a stipend, fees, and summer funds. It is generously provided by The Sidney and Margaret Ancker Graduate Fellowship in the Humanities through the UC Berkeley College of Letters and Sciences, Division of Arts and Humanities.

The annual fellowship is open to Critical Theory students in UC Berkeley Departments including Anthropology, Boalt Law School, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English, Ethnic Studies, Film and Media, French, Gender and Women’s Studies, German, Geography, History, History of Art, Italian, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Rhetoric, School of Education, School of Public Health, Sociology, South and Southeast Asian Studies, Spanish, and Theater, Dance and Performance Studies.