CORNELL SOCIETY FOR THE HUMANITIES FELLOWSHIPS 2012-2013
Timothy Murray, Director of the Society for the Humanities, is
pleased to announce the 2012-2013 research focal theme: "Risk @
Humanities." Six to eight Fellows will be appointed.
Senior Scholars in Residence:
Scientist, McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment,
University of Ottawa, and Professor emeritus, School of Policy
Studies, Queen's University
Seymour H. Knox Professor of English, Yale University
RISK @ Humanities
The Society for the Humanities calls for scholarly reflections on
risk. We seek interdisciplinary projects that reflect on historical,
theoretical, and global understandings of risk as a concept and a
reality that lies at the heart of the humanities and the arts. The
Society wishes to open the question of how risk shapes the humanities
and how the humanities might dialogue with broader biological,
ecological, economic, and technological approaches to risk.
We invite considerations of how risk might be inherent to the
humanities. Scholars could reflect on the relation of accident,
danger, and uncertainty in cross-historical letters and arts. How
might risk lie at the heart of ritual and religion / legislation and
government / letters and art? Some scholars might consider the
philosophy and anthropology of probability and chance or even the
history or theory of gaming. How do scholarly and artistic practices
that cut across and against boundaries depend on and profit from risk?
Questions of geographies and environments at risk raise adjacent
considerations of travel, politics, and transgression. What is the
relation of the humanities and the arts to "risk society," "writers
at risk," or "risk territory"? From risky behavior and risky
thinking to risk in sexuality or the risk of torture, from questions
of terror to threats of surveillance, from the transgression of
creative production to the mixtures of cultures, peoples, and
religions, risk @ humanities sits on unstable terrain. What might it
mean to research the humanities in relation to economic collapse,
environmental degradation, immunological threat, or military
Artistic form and practice themselves also contribute to an ongoing
understanding of risk. How might experiments in new media,
performance, film, literature, music, art, and architecture
articulate aesthetic interventions across the topography of risk?
Might new electronic and digital networks, mobilities, and artistic
projects threaten or empower the arts? Are indigenous or traditional
practices at risk in the age of global communication and exchange?
These questions are meant to suggest, not delimit, possible
approaches to the focal theme.
Scholars are encouraged to investigate ideas, instances, and
inferences of risk across geographies, historical periods,
disciplinary boundaries, and social contexts. The Society for the
Humanities welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who
are interested in investigating this topic from the broadest variety
of international and disciplinary perspectives.
The David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future co-sponsors one
fellowship to support scholarly work addressing risk as it relates to
energy, the environment or economic development.
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 $2,000 to assist with travel costs.
Fellows spend their time in research and writing, participate in the
weekly Fellows Seminar, and offer one seminar related to their
research. 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 their
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,
2011. 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.
The procedures for application can be found at our website:
The Society for the Humanities
The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University
in 1966 to support research and teaching in the humanities. It is
intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to
educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars. The
Society and its Fellows have fostered path-breaking interdisciplinary
dialogue and theoretical reflection on the humanities at large.
Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
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