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2014/2015 Warren Center Fellowship Opportunities

The Warren Center will sponsor two fellowship programs in the 2014/2015 academic year: one for faculty members and one for Vanderbilt University graduate students.

The 2014/2015 Fellows Program, "Public Scholarship in the Humanities," will be co-directed by Joel Harrington (Professor of History) and Holly Tucker (Professor of French & Medicine, Health, and Society). The year-long interdisciplinary faculty seminar will explore questions related to publicly engaged scholarship and will examine what may be gained and what may be lost for scholars and scholarship when we are asked to make our work more accessible to a broad general audience. How will the future of scholarly research in the humanities be impacted by this increasing emphasis on publicly engaged scholarship as well as by the turn to digital humanities and other forms of new media? How do we prepare ourselves and our graduate students for this changing landscape? Publicly engaged scholarship involves partnerships between faculty members at academic institutions and individuals or organizations in the private and public sectors for the purpose of creating and distributing knowledge as well as promoting meaningful shared discourse. This working partnership among equals enhances scholarship, creativity, and learning while also contributing to the public good.

Participants in the Fellows Program will explore the changing "publics" addressed by contemporary humanities scholars as well as the variety of partnerships involved. The seminar will also engage with more fundamental questions related to the new types of knowledge and intellectual inquiry that can be produced as a result of publicly engaged scholarship. Finally, the seminar will provide the opportunity for participants to examine specific ways in which individual faculty members as well as colleges and universities are being called upon to adapt to a changing social, political, and economic climate in regard to the production and dissemination of knowledge. What are the implications for humanistic scholarship, for instance, in an era when expertise and opinion can travel across the globe in seconds via the Internet or in which faculty can teach thousands of students in a single class be via massive online open courses? 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.

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. Further information is available on the Warren Center's website.

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