Letters



Fall 2006, Vol. 15, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

2007/2008 Warren Center Fellowship Opportunities

The Warren Center will sponsor two fellowship programs in the 2007-2008 academic year: one for faculty members and one for Vanderbilt University graduate students.

The 2007-2008 Faculty Fellows Program will be co-directed by Tracy Denean Sharpley-Whiting (African American and Diaspora Studies/French) and Lucius T. Outlaw, Jr. (philosophy) and will examine the topic “Black Europe, or Diasporic Research in/on Europe.” The seminar will examine “Black Europe” and the emergent field of Black European Studies in all of its contours, across periods, and from various disciplinary and methodological perspectives. (Though aware of the various ways in which the term “black” has been used in the European context, we are restricting the use of the term to descendants of the African continent.)

A number of engaging interrogations will structure the seminar: interrogations of identity, race, democracy, citizenship, expatriation, migration, and immigration function as points of departure, particularly as these relate to such themes as the erasure (or denial) of “race” and discourses of racial difference in Europe; Europe in the making of the Americas; slavery and Europe; race and European modernity; modernism; and European engagements (literary, philosophical, historical, artistic, ethnographic) with Africa. One of the focal and particularly complicated suppositions to be taken up during these interrogations is geopolitical, relating as much to diaspora identity politics as to postcolonial studies: What, where, and when is there “Europe”? For example, how will the cultural, political, and economic uniqueness of France’s colonial history and the introduction of “departmentalization” impact that identity?

The Warren Center will sponsor a Visiting Fellow with expertise in the area of study, in addition to selected Vanderbilt faculty members. Information regarding the internal and external application process can be obtained from the Warren Center or its website, www.vanderbilt.edu/rpw_center.

The Warren Center will also sponsor an interdisciplinary year-long Graduate Student Fellows Program. Vanderbilt University graduate students in the traditional humanities departments or those whose work is of a humanistic nature are invited to apply for the six dissertation-completion fellowships. The fellowship provides a stipend of $18,000 as well as a $2,000 research fund. Students are not allowed to hold any other form of employment during the term of the fellowship. Graduate Student Fellows are expected to complete and defend their dissertations before the start of the next academic year.

The Graduate Student Fellows will meet in weekly seminars at the Warren Center, giving presentations from their work to the seminar and discussing texts of common interest. The Warren Center will also arrange for a number of visiting speakers to meet with the seminar during the year to provide opportunities for discussion of issues pertinent to scholarly life, such as the art of writing, successful strategies for publication, funding opportunities, grant writing, and workshops on delivering academic presentations. The seminar will also have funds available to invite outside speakers of their choosing. Each Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow will be asked to give a public lecture in the spring term. Fellows will also be expected to be active participants in the life of the Warren Center during their fellowship year.

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