Margherita Long earns UC President's Faculty Research Fellowship
Fellowship will support completion of her book on Fukushima
Margherita Long, associate professor of East Asian studies, has earned a UC President’s Faculty Research Fellowship for 2019-20. There were eight total recipients throughout the University of California. The Fellowships, funded by the UC Humanities Research Institute and UC Office of the President, provide recipients with paid leave from their regular teaching requirements to pursue their own research projects.
Long has received $30,000 in support of her book project, Care, Affect, Crackup: Literature and Activism after Fukushima, which takes an environmental humanities approach to Japan’s nuclear crisis. The book explores creative works and activism after the triple nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima on March 11, 2011. “I study novelists, activists, and documentarians for whom living with radiation can lead both to ‘crackup’ (depression, inertia, burnout) and to innovation and creativity. It's a distinction that pivots on care and carework, which I locate not only in the affective labor of mothers, doctors, and activists documented in films, but also in the artmaking of writers and their protagonists,” she says.
Long is the author of This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory and
Freud (Stanford 2009).