CORNELL SOCIETY FOR THE HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIPS 2009-2010
Timothy Murray, Director of the Society for the Humanities, is
pleased to announce the 2009-2010 research focal theme:
"Networks/Mobilities." Six to eight Fellows will be appointed.
Selected Fellows will collaborate with two Senior Scholars in Residence:
Keller Easterling, Associate Professor of Architecture, Yale
University. Easterling is the author of Enduring Innocence: Global
Architecture and Its Political Masquerades (MIT, 2005); Organization
Space: Landscapes, Highways and Houses in America (MIT, 2001); a
laser disk history of suburbia, Call it Home (with Richard Prelinger;
Voyager, 1991); American Town Plans (Princeton Architectural Press,
1993), a web installation, Wildcards: A Game of Orgman and a
forthcoming book on global infrastructures, Extrastatecraft.
Brian Massumi, Professor of Communications, University of Montreal.
Massumi is the author of Parables for the Virtual: Movement, Affect,
Sensation (Duke University Press, 2002); A User's Guide to Capitalism
and Schizophrenia: Deviations from Deleuze and Guattari (MIT Press,
1992); First and Last Emperors: The Absolute State and the Body of
the Despot (with Kenneth Dean; Autonomedia, 1993); and editor of A
Shock to Thought: Expression After Deleuze and Guattari (Routledge,
2002) and The Politics of Everyday Fear (University of Minnesota
Call for Fellowship Applications
The Society for the Humanities invites scholars to reflect upon the
theme of "Networks/Mobilities" in order to further understanding of
historical and contemporary flows of peoples, materials, images, and
ideas across physical and virtual boundaries. Relations of mobility
and immobility, insofar as they are being reconfigured by
broad-ranging new technologies of surveillance, detention, and
legal/administrative regulation, are also germane to the theme. The
Society encourages applicants to investigate the cultural, social,
philosophical, and methodological implications of the theme.
In addition to raising wide-ranging historical inquiries and broad
conceptual and epistemological issues, applicants might ask whether
the commonplace tropes of diaspora, hybridity, and migration suffice
for understanding contemporary globalization and shifting patterns of
social and cultural influences through travel, trade, and migration
of peoples, goods, and ideas--overland and across water and air.
While the Indian Ocean, the Mediterranean, and the South Pacific have
been focal sites for analysis of movements over several centuries,
critical practices and enhanced communications provide additional
networks of diverse and activated mobilities, from an emergent
understanding of Islamic civilization to a broader recognition of
comparative Latin American and Asian cultures and their relation to
Of equal interest is the role of digital culture in relation to
migrations, networking, and global cosmopolitanisms. Just as ancient
and early modern technologies of writing have been compounded by
modernist technologies of vision and sound, from the phonograph to
the cinema, recent online networks have extended the range of
cultural mobilities, and with them the cast and reach of experience.
To what extent might these new mobilities constitute emergent modes
Scholars are encouraged to investigate transformations of concepts,
theories and practices across historical periods, disciplinary
boundaries, and social contexts. How might we consider the migration
of ideas from the humanities and arts to the information and
biological sciences and vice-versa, or the mobilization of academic
theories and conceptual networks by activist practices inside and
outside of the academy. Such migrations, mobilities and networks need
not be actual but could also be virtual in the mobilizations of ideas
and artistic practices.
Fellows should be working on topics related to the year's theme.
Their approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to
students and scholars in several humanistic disciplines.
Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1,
2008. The Society for the Humanities will not consider applications
from scholars who received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants
must also have one or more years of teaching experience which may
include teaching as a graduate student.
Candidates should inform the Society of their intention to apply by
returning the attached form immediately. The following application
materials must be postmarked on or before October 1, 2008. Faxed
applications will not be accepted.
1. A curriculum vitae and a copy of one scholarly paper no more than
35 pages in length. Applicants who wish to have their materials
returned should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
2. A one-page abstract in addition to a detailed statement of the
research project the applicant would like to pursue during the term
of the fellowship (1,000-3,000 words). Applicants are also
encouraged to submit a working bibliography for their projects.
3. A brief (two-page) proposal for a seminar related to the
applicant's research. Seminars meet two hours per week for one
semester (fourteen weeks) and enrollment is limited to fifteen
graduate students and qualified undergraduate students.
4. Three letters of recommendation from senior colleagues to whom
candidates should send their research proposal and teaching proposal.
Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the
candidate's proposed research and teaching statements. Please ask
referees to send their letters directly to the Society. Letters must
be postmarked on or before October 1, 2008.
Send applications and letters of recommendation to:
Society for the Humanities
A.D. White House
27 East Avenue
Ithaca, NY 14853-1101
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Awards will be announced by the end of December 2008.
Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society
will consider only fully completed applications. It is the
responsibility of each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is
complete, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to
the Society before the closing date.
The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University
in 1966 to support research and encourage imaginative teaching in the
humanities. It is intended to be at once a research institute, a
stimulus to educational innovation, and a continuing society of
In addition to promoting research on central concepts, methods or
problems in the humanities, the Society for the Humanities seeks to
encourage serious and sustained discussion between teachers and
learners at all levels of maturity.
Fellows include scholars from other universities and members of the
Cornell faculty released from regular duties. The fellowships are
held for one academic year. Each Society Fellow will receive
$45,000. Applicants living outside North America are eligible for an
additional $2000 to assist with travel costs
Fellows spend most of their time at Cornell in research and writing
but are invited to offer one seminar related to their research. The
choice of topic and the mode and level of instruction are at the
pleasure of the Fellow, but the seminars are generally informal,
related to the Fellow's research, and open to graduate students,
suitably qualified undergraduates, and faculty members. Fellows are
encouraged to explore topics they would not normally teach and, in
general, to experiment freely with both the content and the method of
Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
A. D. White House
Ithaca, New York 14853