Society for the Humanities, Cornell University

Fellowship ID:Cornell-Society for the Humanities-SHUMFELLOWS [#9274, AUTHORITY]
Fellowship Title: Society for the Humanities Fellowships 2018-2019
Fellowship Type:Postdoctoral
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: History
American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Civilization, Arabic
Russian Language and Literature
Near Eastern Studies
Humanities
Music History
Latin American Studies
Asian American Studies
Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences
Archaeology
International Studies
Spanish
Japanese literature
English / African American Literature, American Literature, British Literature, Medieval Literature, Linguistics
Latina/o Studies
Theology
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dance
Humanities
Media Studies
Rhetorical Studies
Music
Rhetoric
Romance Studies
Film and Media Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies
Asian Studies
Linguistics
Art and Art History
Philosophy
International and Area Studies
Critical Theory
Literature
History of Science
African American Studies
Africana Studies
Cinema
Visual Studies
Black Studies
Cultural Studies
Theater Studies
African Diasporas
Digital Humanities
Comparative Literature
Postcoloniality
Classics
Environmental Studies
Brazilian Studies
Political Theory
Transnational Media and Culture
Comparative Ethnic Studies
East Asian Languages and Literatures
Critical Mixed Race Studies
Ethics
Modern East Asian
Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies
African Studies
Race
Ethnicity, Race, and Migration
Modernity
Islamic Studies
Judaic Studies
Peace and Conflict Studies
Ethnomusicology
Middle East Studies
Ethnic and Gender Studies/ Political Economy
German
Japanese Language
Jewish Studies
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Musicology
Romance Languages and Literatures
Hispanic Studies
Urban Studies
Arabic Language and Culture
Islamic Studies
South Asian Studies
Translation Studies
Philosophy and Politics
Interactive Media
French
American Studies
Race and Inequality Studies
19th-Century French Literature and Culture
Drama
History of Medicine
Native American Studies
Arab American Studies
Caribbean Literature and Culture
Chicana/Chicano Studies
Chicano and Latino Studies
Islamic World/Muslim World
Women in the American West
Women's History
History of Science and Technology
Medieval Studies
Archaeology, Classical
Aboriginal communities
Asian American Literature
Biblical Studies
Civil Rights
Early to Late Imperial Chinese Art
Environmental History
Great Religions
Hellenic Studies
Holocaust Studies
Italian Cinema Studies
Liberal Studies
Modern Chinese Literature and Culture
Modern Chinese Literature and/or Media Studies
Modern/Contemporary Chinese Art
Mythology
Philosophy of Medicine
Sacred Music
Appl Deadline:2017/10/01 (posted 2017/06/19, listed until 2017/10/25)
Description:    

*** the list date or deadline for this fellowship has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Society for the Humanities Fellowships 2018-2019

The focal theme for 2017-2018 is “AUTHORITY.” Six to eight Fellows will be appointed. Selected Fellows will collaborate with the Taylor Family Director of the Society for the Humanities, Paul Fleming, Professor of Comparative Literature and German Studies. The Invited Society Scholars will be Praesnijit Duara, Oscar Tang Chair of East Asian Studies at Duke University, Bonnie Honig, Nancy Duke Lewis Professor of Modern Culture and Media and Political Science at Brown University, and Holly Hughes, Professor of Theatre and Drama at University of Michigan. 

Fellows include scholars and practitioners 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 $50,000. 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 courses.


FOCAL THEME 2018-2019: AUTHORITY

The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects for residencies that reflect on the philosophical, aesthetic, political, legal, ecological, religious, and cultural understandings of authority.

From auctoritas to the author to authoritarianism, the question of authority – whether grounded in epistemological expertise, juridical power, rhetorical persuasiveness, creative innovation, divine decree, or political charisma – is inextricable from humanistic inquiry and critique. With authority, the power to decide, to authorize, to adjudicate, to rule, and to hold sway stands or falls – in science, law, art, oratory, religion, or politics. The Society invites scholarly projects that trace the consequences, crises, and possibilities of authority across historical periods, disciplinary boundaries, geographic territories, and social contexts. 

At stake in authority is who or what authorizes and bestows power, prestige, and influence. On what basis does authority claim to rule? Knowledge? Law? Charisma? Popular will? The sovereign word? Tradition? Moreover, each expression of authority calls forth its contestation and opposition. At times authority is contested within the same discursive sphere (e.g. different scientific paradigms or hermeneutic interpretations at loggerheads); at times, however, the opposition is based on another source of authority: religious law vs. secular law; scientific knowledge vs. political will; economic concerns vs. ethical concerns. At such junctures, the question then arises: who or what power adjudicates the conflict between appeals to different authoritative instances?

The Society invites scholars to explore the ‘ends of authority,’ understood as its purposes, goals, and ideals as well as its limitations, aporias, and paradoxes. Applicants could investigate the rise of authoritarianism across different historical and political or religious contexts, exploring its conditions, its appeal, its critiques. One could research the crisis of scientific authority, in which expertise itself is called into question on grounds that are impervious to scientific argumentation. Considering the death of the author, one could question what signs, strokes, words, tics, and idiosyncrasies determine a text’s or artwork’s ‘author’; what authorizes an original from its copy or fake; or the degree to which the authority of a few authors still determines research fields today. In the age of a superabundance of information, what differentiates ‘real’ (authoritative) information from ‘fake news,’ and how one can be interchanged with the other as an ‘equal’ source of authority?

The Society for the Humanities welcomes applications from scholars and practitioners who are interested in investigating authority from the broadest variety of international and disciplinary perspectives. 

Qualifications

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, 2017. 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. 


**Sustainability Fellowship**

The Society for the Humanities together with the Atkinson’s Center will fund one Sustainability Fellowship on AUTHORITY as it relates to sustainability, the environment, energy, or economic development.  The Sustainability Fellow will participate in the Society's fellowship program as described above, and in addition will offer one public lecture on the topic of their research project in the Fall. The Sustainability Fellow will also be invited to attend Atkinson Center events and network with the Atkinson Center’s Faculty Fellows in Social Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts. The Sustainability Fellowship carries a stipend of $54,000. Applicants living outside North America are eligible for an additional $2,000 to assist with travel costs.

Important: to be considered for the Sustainability Fellowship, applicants must submit all required materials listed below PLUS a two-page sustainability statement describing how your proposed project relates to sustainability as well as its potential long-term impact in influencing behavior, practice, procedures, or policy at a significant scale to help implement sustainable solutions.  [Please note: applicants should check the "Sustainability Fellow" box, then save and re-enter the application in order to upload the sustainability statement.]


Please submit the following application materials on or before OCTOBER 1, 2017:

1. A curriculum vitae

2. A one-page abstract describing the research project the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship (no more than 300 words)

3. A detailed statement of the research project (1,000 – 2,000 words). Applicants may also include a one-page bibliography of the most essential materials to the project.

4. A course proposal for a seminar related to the applicant’s research. Seminars meet two hours per week for one semester and enrollment is limited to fifteen advanced undergraduates and graduate students. The course proposal should consist of:
a. A brief course description suitable for the University course catalog (50 - 125 words)
b. A detailed course proposal (up to 300 words)
c. A list of the essential texts for the course

5. One scholarly paper (no more than 35 pages in length)

6. Two 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 submit their letters directly through the application link. Letters must be submitted on or before OCTOBER 1, 2017.

For further information:
phone: 607-255-9274
email: humctr@cornell.edu

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2017.

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 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.




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Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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