Fellowships

Call for Fellowship Applications
“The Religious and the Political”

The Committee on the Study of Religion invites applications from recently tenured-faculty and doctoral students who would like to participate in a research seminar on the 2014–15 theme of The Religious and the Political.

The program consists of a regular weekly seminar on Wednesdays (12.30–2.00pm) supplemented by reading groups, occasional workshops, and conferences. This broad theme is designed to attract graduates and faculty across the broad spectrum of the humanities and social sciences, and thus weekly seminars are intended to have a definitely multidisciplinary composition. The intention is that participants will from time to time present work-in-progress papers. In previous years, work from the seminar has often been published.

Clearly there is widespread inter-religious conflict in the modern world and not just in the Middle East but also in Africa and Asia. The aim of the program is to explore the entanglement of religion and politics in these contemporary conflicts but also to explore their historical and comparative origins. The broad theme encompasses church-state relations, secularization, nationalism, fundamentalism, inter-religious conflicts, law and religion, religion and civil conflict. The seminars also offer an opportunity to examine key thinkers whose work has been seminal such as Charles Taylor, Jurgen Habermas, John Rawls, Michel Foucault, Edward Said, and Giorgio Agamben. Some themes from the current program will continue into the new academic year: the Reformation, conservative thought, millenarianism, and the catastrophic imaginary.

The Committee on the Study of Religion exists to provide a forum for the public to engage in these debates and issues. In addition the Committee seeks to make connections with other research groups and institutions in New York and beyond. Through our research on religious reform as a generic notion and Reformation as a specific instance, the Religion Committee is a member of RefoRC—the research arm of Refo500, which promotes research on the Reformation and its social, cultural and political consequences. While this network is useful as a research linkage, the Committee is strongly committed to comparative research across the major religions. Members of the Committee have for example recently published on the Shari’a, Judaism and indigenous religions.

DEADLINES

The Committee for the Study of Religion is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 academic year.

For the upcoming 2014–2015 Dissertation Student and Mid-Career Fellowships is conducting the following search:

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowships:  includes $10,000 for the academic year
Mid-career Faculty Fellowships: includes 2 course releases for the academic year

The Due date for both applications is Friday, February 14th, 2014 at noon.

 


DOCTORAL DISSERTATION WRITING FELLOWSHIP: ELIGIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS

DEADLINE: February 14, 2014 at noon.

Applications are invited from doctoral students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences such as anthropology, religion, sociology, philosophy, political science, history, English, art history, and comparative literature who engage and transect our seminar topic. This fellowship is only open to Graduate Center doctoral candidates (i.e. you must be Level III. There are no exceptions).

Fellows will be expected to participate in the weekly Committee seminar as well as ongoing lectures and symposia. Committee seminars meet on Wednesdays 12:30–2:00pm. It is a condition of the fellowship that fellows leave this time free in their schedules.

With generous support from the Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, successful candidates will be granted $10,000 total for Fall 2014-Spring 2015 in return for a commitment to fully participate in the work of the Committee and in the weekly seminar. The basis for selection of participants will rest primarily on the relevance to the overall project of the work proposal submitted by applicants. In accord with the interdisciplinary aim of the program, selections will also be made with an eye to maintaining disciplinary diversity.

Doctoral Students must apply using the following: Dissertation Fellowship Application 2014–15.

The application materials should be assembled as a single PDF document including the following:

1. Application cover sheet
2. Statement of applicability
3. 9-page proposal and 1-page bibliography
4. 2-page CV
5. Current transcript

Complete application should be sent to the Committee email address. Inquiries can be directed to the same. See application for contact and additional information.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 14 2014 at noon.


MID-CAREER FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS

DEADLINE: February 14, 2014 at noon.

Applications are invited from scholars of the humanities and humanistic social sciences such as anthropology, religion, sociology, philosophy, political science, history, English, art history, and comparative literature who engage and transect our seminar topic.With generous support from the Mellon Foundation and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, successful candidates will be granted up two course releases from college teaching requirements, to be distributed across the Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters at their department’s discretion, in return for a commitment to fully participate in the work of the Committee and in the weekly seminar. The basis for selection of participants will rest primarily on the relevance to the overall project of the work proposal submitted by applicants. In accord with the interdisciplinary aim of the program, selections will also be made with an eye to maintaining disciplinary diversity. Applicants must be tenured, and preference will be given to faculty in the early stages of career development (i.e. within ten years of receiving tenure).

Faculty must apply using the following: Faculty Application (2014-15 Committee Fellowship). A completed Faculty Fellow Application is comprised of four parts:

1. Completed Mid-career Faculty Application Form (Signed by Executive Officer or Department Chair).
2. 150 word abstract
3. Project description (maximum 1500 words)
4. A current short CV (maximum 5 pages)

Complete application should be sent to the Committee email address. Inquiries can be directed to the same. See application for contact and additional information.

The deadline for applications is Friday, February 14 2014 at noon.

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