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With COVID still in action, we asked the 2020-2021 MEMS Summer Research Funding recipients to submit videos from their remote locations. Here are synopses of those reports.

Brenna Larson (History of Art) explains tracking down an archive (!) and various finds that will inform her dissertation project.  Image: Ligurian and Iberian tiles from the Chapel of St. Antoninus, c. 1526, Santa Maria di Castello, Genoa. Photo by Brenna Larson

Jahnabi Chanchani (Asian Languages & Cultures) considers the place of animals in Indian devotional architecture.   Image: Lakshmana Temple in Khajuraho, Central India. Photo by Jahnabi Chanchani.

Frank Espinosa (History) tells us about completing a special skills workshop that introduced him to the Archive of the Crown of Aragon. Image: liber feudorum maior. ACA. Can. Reg. 1. 1r.

 Gunay Kayarlar (History) has been looking into the reasons behind exile in Ottoman times and what might account for fluctuation in the number of exiles from period to period. Image: Sinop fortress, in northern Turkey, hosted exiles and prisoners both during Ottoman times and in the Republican era.

Yihui Sheng (Asian Languages & Cultures) undertook research in Shanghai, Nanjing, Suzhou, and Beijing around the multimedia aspects of early modern chuanqi drama -- from the page to song to the stage. Image: Page detail from a late Ming song book, Yi chun jin: Newly Carved, Illustrated, and With Main Beats Marked.

Shai Zamir (History) has been working in Seville's key archive of colonial Spain to explore the expressions of friendship among Spain's colonial elites. Image: The Golden Tower, Seville, Spain.