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Fall 2007, Vol. 15, No. 2 (requires Adobe Acrobat)

2008–2009 Warren Center Fellowship Opportunities

The Warren Center will sponsor two fellowship programs in the 2008-2009 academic year: one for faculty members and one for Vanderbilt University graduate students.

The 2008-2009 Faculty Fellows Program will be co-directed by Monica J. Casper (Sociology/Women’s and Gender Studies) and Vivien Green Fryd (History of Art) and will focus on the topic “New Directions in Trauma Studies.” The seminar will explore the emergence of trauma studies as an interdisciplinary field of examination. In the wake of such recent large-scale traumas as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, everyday violence such as rape and incest, and historical catastrophes such as the Holocaust, it seems timely that scholars intellectually engage with multiple dimensions of human suffering and its repercussions and representations.

Although ‘trauma studies’ has emerged as an object of scholarly attention, little agreement exists about the boundaries, scope, and content of this new field. This seminar will turn a critical lens onto the ‘fact’ of trauma, lived experiences of trauma, stories and representations about trauma, and intellectual and pedagogical issues related to scholarly investigations of trauma. An interdisciplinary approach will greatly enhance this emerging area of scholarship to further understand the individual and collective experiences of trauma, to intervene in human suffering resulting from trauma, and to assist in preventing traumatic events. While psychological and clinical responses are critical to the alleviation of human suffering, so too are humanistic understandings of how traumas are represented and understood culturally, social science perspectives on how traumas and organizational responses to them may be patterned, institutionalized, and contested, and interdisciplinary perspectives on how people and communities make sense of individual and collective trauma through literature, art, music, dance, spoken word, media, science, and other cultural forms.

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 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, presenting 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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