Julia Ireland, assistant professor of philosophy, has been selected to receive a prestigious National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) summer stipend. Only about 7 percent of applications are funded each year. According to the NEH Web site, “Summer stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that is of value to humanities scholars, general audiences, or both. Recipients usually produce articles, monographs, books, digital materials, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly resources. Summer Stipends support full-time work on a humanities project for a period of two months, support projects at any stage of development and are awarded to individual scholars” as opposed to organizations.
Professor Ireland will use the $6,000 stipend to support two months of research on the final chapter of her book, titled “To Become German: Heidegger’s Hölderlin.” The chapter is titled “Waiting for the God of Gods,” and it explores the connection between Heidegger’s analysis of the death of the gods and his tendency towards a conception of political messianism. “I am thrilled to have received this award,” Prof. Ireland said. “It’s a tremendous vote of confidence in my book project and on the significance of Heidegger writings on poetry. The strength of the book lies in