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Fall 2009, Vol. 18, No. 1 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

2010-2011 Warren Center Fellowship Opportunities

The Warren Center will sponsor two fellowship programs in the 2010-2011 academic year: one for faculty members and one for Vanderbilt University graduate students.

The 2010-2011 Faculty Fellows Program will be co-directed by Bonnie J. Dow (Communication Studies) and Laura M. Carpenter (Sociology) and will focus on the topic "Representation and Social Change." The seminar will explore the complex and multidirectional relationship between representation and social change. In our current globalized and mediated culture, experiences of social change are commonly communicated through a variety of representational means, and the reach and influence of mass communication increases the possibility that representations can be used to create social change as well as to reflect it. Yet today's conditions are not unique-historical examples abound of instances in which representations of circumstances and events, once disseminated, have both communicated and facilitated social change.

The seminar will include participants who study a broad range of representation, including verbal, visual, and other material means. These categories could stretch from literature to music to images, both moving and still (including technological representations such as magnetic resonance imaging, sonograms, as well as digital media), and also to material culture (sculpture, pottery, grave goods). "Social change" is likewise understood broadly. It may manifest in activism, policy, or politics, but it also operates at the level of identity, lifestyle, and culture. While emphasizing participants' concrete research projects that focus on the relationship between representation and social change, the seminar also will encourage interrogations of the meaning and nature of representation and of social change as contested concepts in and of themselves.

The Warren Center will sponsor a Visiting Fellow with expertise in the area of study, in addition to selected members of the Vanderbilt faculty. 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 seven dissertation-completion fellowships. The fellowship provides a stipend as well as a modest 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. Each Warren Center Graduate Student Fellow will 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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For more information, contact the Center's executive director, Mona C. Frederick.


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