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2018-19 UW Tacoma Fulbright Scholars

Mary Hanneman

Mary HannemanDr. Mary Hanneman (SIAS) received a Fulbright grant to India. She will be hosted at University of North Bengal.  Her project “Pan-Asianism, Japanese Colonialism and the Varieties of Indian Nationalism: Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose” examines Tagore’s and Bose’s ideas on Pan-Asianism and its intersection with the Indian independence movement.  Both of these men used Pan-Asianist ideas to counter the British Raj, but they did so from diametrically opposed positions.
Poet, writer, artist and educator, Tagore's ideas on Pan-Asianism provided a basis for rejecting both British and Japanese colonialism. A pacifist, Tagore rejected the use of military for securing Indian independence.  He maintained a critical opposition to Japan’s military aggression as it expanded colonial rule in parts of Asia.  In 1916 Tagore warned Japan, “Never think for a moment, that the hurts you inflict upon other races will not infect you…”  Instead Tagore used Pan-Asianist ideas to argue that the common Asian identity should promote anti-colonial solidarity.


Subhas Chandra Bose, in contrast, was a founder of the Indian National Army which was allied with Japan to fight for India’s independence from Britain.   Bose’s famous cry, “Give me blood and I will give you freedom!” reflects his rejection of pacifism and non-violence.  Bose, in contrast to Tagore, used Pan-Asianist ideas to contest the British Raj maintaining that while the British Raj was the oppression of the white man, Japan’s colonial rule would be instrumental in “prevent[ing] the white race from exploiting” Asia.  

Yonn Dierwechter

Yonn DierwechterDr. Yonn Dierwechter (Urban Studies) was awarded a Fulbright Canada Research Chair to study “Social and Environmental Implications of Smart Cities” at the University of Calgary, where he will work collaboratively with various members of the Smart Cities and Urban Studies Research Groups. Yonn’s project seeks to explore how the Canadian context reproduces urban geographies of “smart” spatial planning systems, smarter modes of territorial governance and service provision, and new state/society/space relationships.
Building on his last two books, which dealt with the sustainability of “smart growth” (Springer, 2017) and global case studies of “smart city-regionalism” (Routledge, 2018), respectively, Yonn will specifically investigate in this project whether or not (and how) Canadian urban and regional planning systems are becoming “smarter” and especially what that means for metropolitan areas ostensibly seeking to balance competitiveness, cohesion and sustainability.  Yonn also plans to examine the major implications of his empirical findings for general theories of city planning and territorial governance as shaped by wider political economies and modes of institutional power.



You can see previous UW Tacoma Fulbright scholars here. The Office of Global Affairs and the Office of Research recently organized a Fulbright info session and you can access the slides here. If you are planning to apply for a Fulbright, please reach out the Office of Global Affairs and/or the Office of Research.