Deadline Extended to November 6: Center for Humanities Research - Call for Fellowship Applications (Faculty and Graduate Students)

Center for Humanities Research

Friday, November 06, 2020

The Center for Humanities Research (CHR) is accepting applications for “residential" fellowships (faculty and graduate) for Spring 2021. While the Center does intend for this to be a residential fellowship post-pandemic, there’s no expectation that this first spring cohort will have to work on campus. Nevertheless, CHR will ask fellows to be actively involved in the virtual life of the Center, including giving talks/presenting research.

The Center’s theme for 2020-21 is “Dissent," inspired both by the passing of Justice Ginsburg, and by the ongoing Black Lives Matter movement, which reminds us daily, and with urgency, how crucial dissent is to our democracy and to the ongoing struggle for racial justice. 

CHR invites applications from faculty and advanced PhD candidates whose research broadly interrogates or intersects with the notion of dissent. Articulations of dissent not only signal a deviation from the common opinion: they create the space for personal, social and political change. While the theme takes inspiration from the legal sphere, CHR asks: which other discursive spaces have been opened by dissent over time? In which historical, philosophical, religious, and imaginative texts, contexts, cultural sites and/or practices can we locate dissent? Whose words, acts and gestures are given credence as dissent, and how do the imbrications of race, gender, sexuality, age, class and ability render dissent legible or allow it to be dismissed? If the voice of dissent is normally defined as the minority opinion, then how does such dissent gain traction, and influence, or even becoming the voice of the majority? How can we trace the relationship between individual dissent and the larger contexts from which it originates, or the uprisings that result? What does public, collective, or shared dissent look like? Or, as the late Justice Ginsburg once said, how do “dissents speak to a future age”?

CHR seeks brief proposals that explain the importance of dissent, broadly construed, to an ongoing research project in any humanistic field of inquiry.

Faculty applicants are asked to submit a brief, 2-page proposal, outlining the larger project, its relationship to the theme, specific plans for the study leave; a single page-CV; and a brief letter of support from your chair or program director. Please also indicate when you last had a study leave. Tenured and tenure-track faculty across the university are eligible to apply.

Advanced doctoral students whose dissertation treats conceptions of dissent may apply for a Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Doctoral students should submit a brief, 2-page proposal, outlining the larger project, its relationship to the theme, and specific plans for the study leave; a single page-CV; and a brief letter of support from your dissertation director. Please indicate if you’ve received any other fellowships or grants.

Please visit the CHR website at chr.gmu.edu

The deadline for all applications is November 6, 2020. Please submit your application via email: chr@gmu.edu