University of Wisconsin - Green Bay


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Jennifer Ham

Jennifer Ham

Spring 2013

"Schooling Desire: Modern Pedagogies and Nation-Building in Germany"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2012

"Nietzsche's 'Heroic Minds'"

Grant in Aid of Research

Final Report: "GIAR funding helped make it possible for me to accept an invitation from the MLA Division on Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century German Literature to present my interdisciplinary research in a paper “From Bildungsmaschine to Willenserziehung: Nietzsche’s Project of “Heroic Minds” at the national “Modern Language Association Convention” in Boston. The panel brought together a cadre of international scholars to discuss dimensions of educational theory and classroom spaces in 19th and early 20th century Germany, which have served as public sites for inward transformations central to national identity. My own contribution explored the relationship between the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s concepts of Bildung and self-creation, developed in part from his own teaching during his professorship in Basel, and the role such modern practices played in the construction of Germany's notion of the cultivation of will. Against the bodily-deforming process that Bildung had become, Nietzsche proposed a new educational ideal Willenserziehung based upon the revival of ancient Stoic ascetic practices. This distinctly modern liberatory pedagogy relied upon the body’s role as a vital bio-political force in uncovering truth in opposition to the schooling of rationality by the state. As a direct result of this financial support combined with the academic feedback presenting my work has provided, we, the other panelists, organizers and I, are now collaborating on an anthology of essays on this broader topic. I am grateful to the Research Council for providing some of the funding for this research, which helped to foster productive relationships with others in my field. These funds will also have indirectly increased the quality of the final peer-reviewed publication planned for this study."


Spring 2010

"Untimely Lessons: Nietzsche as Educator"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 2000

"Theorizing and Understanding the Importance of Animals"

Grant in Aid of Research


Fall 1997

Faculty Lecture Series Presenter


Spring 1996

"Attend Southeast Conference on Eighteenth Century Cultural Studies and Kentucky Foreign Language Conference"

Grant in Aid of Research


Spring 1995

"Travel to Women in Film and Kentucky Foreign Language Conferences"

Grant in Aid of Research