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Theme Nominations

2016/2017 Warren Center Faculty Fellows Program

The Executive Committee of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities invites proposals of a theme for the 2016-2017 Fellows Program. Possibilities for topics are limited only by the imaginations of those conceiving them, so long as they encourage interdisciplinary inquiry. Co-direction, especially by colleagues from different disciplines, is desirable. A one- to two-page description of the topic of study and an explanation of its importance to the world of scholarship may be emailed to the address given below. Please include also the curricula vitae (no more than five pages each) of the project co-directors.

Proposals must be received by the end of the business day on Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Persons nominating a topic assume responsibility for directing the nine-month investigation of it. Fellows of the Center and the program directors receive individual research funds for use in defraying legitimate research expenses (travel, books, staff support, etc.). Additionally, funding is available to the Fellows Program for lectures, conferences, subventions, and the like.

The Center also sponsors a Visiting Fellow who participates in the Program for the academic year—an established scholar from another institution whose presence and research will benefit the Fellows and the broader University community.

That the Fellows Program provides unusual opportunities for various specialists cooperatively to interrogate an issue of common interest is evidenced by a survey of recent topics: currently, “Public Scholarship in the Humanities,” and recently, “Diagnosis in Context: Culture, Politics and the Construction of Meaning;” “Age of Emancipation:  Black Freedom in the Atlantic World;” “Sacred Ecology:  Landscape Transformations for Ritual Practice;” and for 2015-2016, “When the Fringe Dwarfs the Center: Vernacular Islam Beyond the Arab World.”

Questions should be addressed to Edward Friedman, director, or Mona Frederick, executive director, or members of the Center’s Executive Committee: Professors James Hudnut-Beumler, Leah Marcus, Larry May, Holly McCammon, Lynn Ramey, Thomas Schwartz, Eddie Wright-Rios, and Christoph Zeller; ex-officio, Dean John Sloop and Vice Provost for Research Dennis Hall.

We look forward to receiving your suggestion for our 2016-2017 Fellows Program. Please email your materials to Joy Ramirez at