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Nijah Cunningham Receives Costen Postdoctoral Fellowship

26 September 2016

Nijah Cunningham, coordinator of the Small Axe Project, has received the Costen Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Princeton University Society of Fellows—a three-year term in residence where he will pursue research in the departments of English and African American Studies, while teaching half time as a faculty fellow in the Mathey College. This appointment will see Cunningham engage with the Princeton University Society of Fellows’ dedication to interrogating novel and interdisciplinary approaches to both scholarship and teaching. During his term at Princeton, Cunningham will offer courses on black aesthetics, history and catastrophe, and fictions of black urban life.

Cunningham arrives at Princeton University, on leave from his position at Hunter College, CUNY, where he specializes in African American and African diasporic literature. He will continue his research interests in black studies, performance studies, visual culture, gender and sexuality, and postcolonial criticism during his three-year appointment. His current book project under the working title, “Quiet Dawn: Time, Aesthetics, and the Afterlives of Black Radicalism,” reconsiders the material legacies of the revolutionary past by exploring questions of embodied performance, temporality, and historiography within the context of the 1960s. 

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