Brian Wallheimer | December 14, 2016
Robert Goulding, fellow of the Medieval Institute and an associate professor in Notre Dame’s Program of Liberal Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science program, has won a yearlong fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, where he will finish a book on Renaissance thinker Thomas Harriot.
About 200 scholars from around the world are chosen each year to work with 28 permanent faculty at the IAS. The small setting fosters regular dialogue and collaboration amongst peers and senior faculty mentors who do theoretical research in the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake.
“It gives you the freedom to get away and do research,” Goulding said. “It really is a place where they do as much as they can to give you space to write and think—and to join others who are doing the same thing.”
Goulding—who has previously won fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies and the National Endowment for the Humanities—will focus his writing on Harriot, an English mathematician, astronomer, ethnographer and translator who lived from 1560 to 1621.
Harriot was a servant of Sir Walter Raleigh and went on a voyage to the Roanoke Colony of Virginia, having already learned the Algonquin language; he served as an interpreter between the English and Native American inhabitants and made the first maps and surveys of the region. He wrote a pamphlet urging migration to America, describing the native populations in warm terms.
“He was one of the faces of this imperial, or colonial, movement from England to the new world,” Goulding said.