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Dr. Lisa Costello awarded SEED grant

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLASS) awarded the Spring 2015 Seed Grant of $5,000 to Department of Writing and Linguistics associate professor Dr. Lisa A. Costello. The Seed Grant is designed to jumpstart research projects in the humanities. Dr. Costello working on a book project about Holocaust Memory, tentatively titled: American Cultural Memory and the Holocaust: Per(Form)ing Gender.

The book traces trends in American cultural memory of the Holocaust using Jacques Derrida’s concept of the social archive as well as rhetorical and gender theories to examine how notable “ur” texts have centralized American cultural memory processes over time. Costello’s book argues that cultural memory is a gendered, archival space that evolves as a continuum of dialogic communication, which is increasingly decentralized and accessible to larger audiences with the addition of newer publications, public spaces, and digitized memory archives. The project also investigates how these Holocaust memorialization processes disturb typical memory-making processes to engage audiences rhetorically as collaborative, active participants instead of passive receivers.

Costello used a portion of the Seed Grant to travel to Texas and do research and site visits at three Holocaust museums: The Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance, The Holocaust Museum Houston, and the Florida Holocaust Museum. Costello’s book includes a chapter on regional Holocaust museums. She hopes to travel to other sites in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Virginia. The Seed Grant has provided crucial support to further the progress of her ongoing research.

The Department of Writing and Linguistics is housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Georgia Southern’s College of the Creative Mind. CLASS prepares its students to achieve academic excellence, develop their analytical skills, enhance their creativity, and embrace their responsibilities as citizens of their communities, nations, and world.

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