ManMade Mass Deaths Subject for Guggenheim Fellow

first_imgShare Contact: Michael Cinelli Phone: (713) 831-4794 Man-Made Mass Deaths Subject for Guggenheim Fellow Religious studies professor Edith Wyschogrod, whose life’s work is to study the way in which mass death affects society’s ideas of time, memory, history andcommunity, was awarded a 1995 Guggenheim Fellowship. Wyschogrod, the J. Newton Rayzor Professor of Philosophy and Religious Thought at Rice University, is the first religious studies faculty member to receive this honor. She is one of only 152Guggenheim recipients in the United States and Canada this year.“This enables me to complete a project that I see as my life’s work,” Wyschogrod said. “That is exploring 20th-century, man-made mass destructions and finding out how these events affect the way we understand the idea of community. I want to explore what kind ofconceptual shifts occur in light of mass deaths.” Already, Wyschogrod has developed a few cogent concepts about these types of violent incidents: the main one being that death is bureaucratized; and that late in the 20th century you can kill morepeople in a smaller time frame than you were able to in the past. Religious Studies department chair Werner Kelber said Wyschogrod’s research explores the “gravest issues facing humankind, namely the genocidal inhumanity that has left us with the necropolisof the 20th century.”“While death is hardly a novel topic for philosophers of religion, the sublimity of Wyschogrod’s ethical and philosophical reflection on mass destruction, and the exquisite nobility of her language have earned her international reputation,” Kelber added.”She has long maintained that the experience of death camps and the technological feasibility to engulf us in global conflagration have changed the manner in which we experience our selves, temporality,the human community and death itself.“This Guggenheim project seeks to reconstitute our condition inthe postmodern world.” Wyschogrod will leave Rice in September for a year supported by the Guggenheim Fellowship. She will conduct much of her research inHouston, but she plans a few trips to Eastern Europe.“The project has taken longer than I expected, but I’m committed to this project,” Wyschogrod said. “Particularly to the philosophical aspects of it. The Guggenheim will give me the freetime I need to complete it.” This is not the first honor Wyschogrod has received. In 1993 sheserved as the president of the American Academy of Religion. ### AddThislast_img

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