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Oct
19
Fri
Call for Book Chapters: A Reflexive Study of the Rituals Associated with Death and Dying
Oct 19 all-day

Call for Book Chapters (Edited Collection): A Reflexive study of the Rituals Associated with Death and Dying (working title)

The editors wish to put together an interdisciplinary collection of essays that utilize reflexive scholarly inquiry to interrogate cultural responses to death by gathering essays that analyze various aspects of death while at the same time acknowledging that death affects us all. Any study on the topic cannot be decontextualized. We must all necessarily grapple with loss and mortality as we examine cultural responses to death. In order to do so, we would like to address in this work is how one can both critically view mortuary practices as an observer/researcher while also being an emotionally invested participant.

Each author should have a unique perspective on an observance relating to the dead, death, or dying. They should be present either as someone with close ties to the terminally ill individual or the deceased, or there must be some extrapolation from what is observed as a bystander to an expansion or change of the researcher’s own philosophy or emotional state relating to dying and/or death. These accounts must include both a critical analysis of the practices witnessed and an understanding of the emotional component that all aspects of death provoke in humans, whether it is disgust, fear, awe, sadness, anger, or even joy.

We suggest that applicants consider a preparatory reading of Renato Rosaldo’s essay “Grief and a Headhunter’s Rage,” the introduction to his text “Culture & Truth: The Remaking of Social Analysis” (Beacon Press, 1993). Although this is an anthropological text, the editors wish to put together an interdisciplinary collection that is both holistic in its approach to this topic and accessible to a broader audience.

Deadlines:                                                                                                        

  • Submission deadline for abstracts: October 19, 2018
  • Decision of acceptance: November 19, 2018
  • Deadline for chapter Submissions: April 30, 2019

Abstracts should be 250 to 500 words. Please include a title with your abstract. Original manuscripts of 8,000–10,000 words, including sources and footnotes. All manuscripts submitted will be subject to a rigorous peer review process as well as editorial and production processes. Inquiries and proposals welcome: Contact Kalliopi Christodoulaki, [email protected], or Aubrey Thamann, [email protected]

Oct
24
Wed
2019-20 Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society Fellowships
Oct 24 all-day

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce a new initiative to advance publicly engaged scholarship in the humanities. The Mellon/ACLS Scholars & Society program, made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will support humanities scholars who seek to partner with nonacademic organizations in their research and encourage innovation in doctoral education at their universities.

Inspired by the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows program, which demonstrates the dynamic value of doctoral education by placing recent humanities PhDs in top nonprofit and government organizations, the Scholars & Society program will encourage faculty to explore connections between humanities research and broader society while in residence at a US-based cultural, media, government, policy, or community organization of their choice. The fellowships also provide resources and training that will enable fellows to incorporate best practices of public scholarship into doctoral education on their campuses. ACLS developed the program in consultation with academic and nonprofit leaders with extensive experience in the realm of publicly engaged scholarship.

“Just as ACLS strives to increase funding for core humanities research through a variety of fellowship and grant programs, we also recognize the urgent need to promote the broader circulation of that knowledge across all sectors of society,” said John Paul Christy, director of public programs at ACLS. “We look forward to supporting scholars who can be ambassadors for the humanities beyond their campus communities, and who will instill an ethos of reflective public engagement in their scholarship for years to come.”

The fellowships are open to faculty who hold tenured positions in PhD-granting departments or programs at universities in the United States. In the pilot year of the program, ACLS will award 12 fellowships for the 2019-20 academic year. Each fellowship carries a stipend of $75,000, plus funds for research, travel, and related project and hosting costs.

The goal of the fellowship year should be a major research project in the humanities or humanistic social sciences that treats a significant issue in society, such as democratic governance; technological change; racism and inequality; environmental change; economic exclusion; or migration and immigration, to name just a few possibilities. Fellows will select host organizations based on their capacity to advance their research.

Fellows will participate in two workshops over the course of the fellowship year. These workshops will encourage collaboration between scholars and organizations engaged in public scholarship and will support institution-building efforts to train humanities faculty and doctoral students who are interested in developing research agendas that have purchase both inside and outside of the academy.

Proposals must be submitted through ACLS’s online application system, which will begin accepting applications in late July. Further information about the program, including eligibility criteria and FAQ, is available online here. The application deadline is October 24, 2018.

Contact: [email protected]

Oct
31
Wed
2019 ASCSA National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowships
Oct 31 all-day

Deadline: October 31, 2018

Founded in 1881, the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is the most significant resource in Greece for American scholars in the fields of Greek language, literature, history, archaeology, philosophy, and art, from pre-Hellenic times to the present. It offers two major research libraries: the Blegen, with over 107,000 volumes dedicated to the ancient Mediterranean world; and the Gennadius, with over 146,000 volumes and archives devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization and, more broadly, the Balkans and the eastern Mediterranean. The School also provides centers for advanced research in archaeological and related topics at its excavations in the Athenian Agora and Corinth, and houses an archaeological sciences laboratory at the main campus in Athens. By agreement with the Greek government, the ASCSA is authorized to serve as liaison with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports on behalf of American students and scholars for the acquisition of permits to conduct archaeological work and to study collections.

Since its inception in 1994, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship program at the ASCSA has demonstrated its effectiveness by supporting projects for 57 scholars with distinguished research and teaching careers in the humanities.

Eligibility:  Postdoctoral scholars and professionals in relevant fields including architecture and art history who are US citizens or foreign nationals who have lived in the US for the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Applicants must already hold their Ph.D. or have completed all requirements, except for the actual conferral of the degree, by the application deadline.

Terms:  Two to four fellows will be selected for awards of 4, 5, or 9 months duration. The monthly stipend per fellow is $4,200 allocated from a total pool of $75,600 per year. Applicants should indicate their preference for the length and dates of tenure of the award to coincide with the American School’s academic year: 9 months, Sept. 2019-beginning of June 2020; 4 months, Sept. – Dec.; 5 months, January to the beginning of June. School fees are waived, and the award provides lunches at Loring Hall five days per week. The NEH Fellow will pay for travel costs, housing, residence permit, and other living expenses from the stipend. A final report is due at the end of the award period, and the ASCSA expects that copies of all publications that result from research conducted as a Fellow of the ASCSA be contributed to the relevant library of the School. The NEH Fellow is also required to send one copy of all books and electronic copies of articles directly to the NEH.

NEH Fellows will be expected to reside primarily at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens (though research may be carried out elsewhere in Greece).

Application: Submit Senior “Associate Membership with Fellowship” Application online on the ASCSA web site by October 31. Link to: https://ascsa.submittable.com/submit/115299/associate-membership-with-fellowship-application

The following items should be included in the application submitted online on the ASCSA web site:

1.   Short abstract of the project (up to 300 words).
2.   A statement of the project (up to five pages, single spaced), including desired number of months in Greece, a timetable, explicit goals, a selected bibliography, the importance of the work, the methodologies involved, where applicable, and the reasons it should occur at the ASCSA.
3.   Current curriculum vitae.  If not a US citizen, state US visa status /date of residence.
4.    Names of three recommenders who are individuals familiar with applicant’s work and field of interest. Include a list of names, positions, and addresses of the referees.  Instructions for recommenders to submit letters will be sent through the application portal. Please make sure your recommenders have submitted their letters by November 4. These letters should comment on the feasibility of the project and the applicant’s ability to carry it out successfully.

The following criteria will be used by the Selection Committee when considering applications.
1.  Are the objectives and approaches clearly stated and coherent?
2.  Will the project result in an important and original contribution?
3.  Are the research perspectives and methodologies appropriate?
4.  Is the projected timetable reasonable for the tenure of the fellowship?
5.  What resources are necessary? Does the ASCSA provide resources that are not available at the home institution?
6.  Will residence in Greece contribute substantially to the success of the project?

Web site: www.ascsa.edu.gr or http://www.ascsa.edu.gr/index.php/admission-membership/fellowships-and-grants
E-mail: [email protected]

The awards will be announced during February. Awardees will be expected to accept the award within two weeks of notification of funding, but no later than March 1.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, color, religion, ethnic origin, or disability when considering admission to any form of membership or application for employment.

Nov
1
Thu
Call for Applications: 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize
Nov 1 all-day
Call for Applications: 2019 RWJF Culture of Health Prize

  • Application Deadline: November 01, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET
PURPOSE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize (the Prize) recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. The Prize honors those communities that are working to give everyone the opportunity to live well, including residents that are often left behind. A Culture of Health recognizes that where we live—our access to affordable and stable homes, quality schools, reliable transportation—make a difference in our opportunities to thrive, and ultimately all of this profoundly affects our health and well-being. The Prize elevates the compelling stories of community members who are working together to transform neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and more—so that better health flourishes everywhere, for everyone.

ABOUT THE PRIZE: At RWJF, building a Culture of Health has become the central aim of what we do, with a goal of giving every person across the nation an opportunity to live the healthiest life possible. Communities are already leading the way to drive local change, and ensuring all residents have an opportunity to make healthy choices in their schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. The RWJF Culture of Health Prize, a collaboration between RWJF and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, is the Foundation’s way of honoring communities—urban, rural, tribal, large or small—that are beacons of hope and progress for healthier people, families, and places.

ELIGIBILITY: The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors U.S. communities; submissions representing the work of a single organization will not be considered. With the exception of previous Prize winners and 2018 finalists, all past applicants are eligible to reapply for 2019 (2018 finalists may reapply in 2020).

APPLICATION PROCESS: Through the RWJF Culture of Health Prize application process, a community comes together to tell their inspiring stories of collaboration, action, and results. Communities should understand they are applying for a prize and not a grant. The Prize recognizes work that has already been accomplished so there is no required workplan or budget. To be competitive, it is imperative that Prize applicants keep a community-wide focus in mind through all phases of the competition.

Nov
30
Fri
Beta Analytic’s First Ever Carbon-14 Date Raffle
Nov 30 all-day

Radiocarbon Date Raffle

To support young researchers around the world, we are giving away vouchers for five AMS dates.

Eligibility: Open to all undergrad and postgrad researchers

Allowed number of entries per student: 1

Selection Process: Random Draw

Number of Winners: 5 (1 student from a university in Europe, 1 in Asia Pacific, 1 in Africa, 1 in South America and 1 in North America)

About the Prize:

Prize: 1 standard AMS date worth US$595 (standard turnaround time of 14 business days, valid until December 31, 2019)

Vouchers are non-transferrable.

Winners are required to show proof of enrollment for any semester in 2018.

Important Dates:

Deadline to join: November 30, 2018

Announcement of winners: December 10, 2018

Winners will be notified by email on December 10, 2018. This page will also be updated to add the names of the 5 winners.

Questions: Email [email protected]

Beta Analytic’s Privacy Policy is found here.

Dec
1
Sat
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Research Grant in the Social Sciences
Dec 1 all-day

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences, which include psychology, anthropology, sociology, economics, urban affairs, area studies, and political science.

Through its grants program, the foundation awards grants of $7,500 — $5,000 at the start of the project and $2,500 at its completion — to Ph.D. candidates in support of dissertations that address contemporary issues in the social sciences. Special Awards are offered to grant recipients for the most outstanding research project in specific subject-matter areas. Recipients of these awards receive an additional $1,500 – $5,000.

Applicants are not required to be a citizen or resident of the United States; however, grants are limited to aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level whose project has received approval from their appropriate department head/university

Request for Proposals: The Self, Virtue, and Public Life
Dec 1 all-day

RFP: “The Self, Virtue, and Public Life”

OVERVIEW

The University of Oklahoma, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) on the topics of “The Self, Virtue, and Public Life.” The full RFP is available at: https://selfvirtueandpubliclife.com/initiatives/grants/.

Approximately ten research proposals at approximately $190,000 each will be funded through this initiative. This international grant competition has three primary aims:

  1. To support innovative research on the self, virtue, and public life.
  2. To encourage methodological innovation in the study of the self, virtue, and public life.
  3. To encourage interdisciplinary teamwork, specifically between social sciences and humanities, though scientists from other areas, such as neuroscience and the health sciences, are also welcome to apply with collaborators from the humanities.

A subsidiary aim is to support scholars who are new to the investigation of these topics or have not received funding elsewhere. Research collaborations between younger and more established scholars are especially encouraged. The central research themes we seek to explore through this RFP can be framed at the level of the civic virtues of individuals, as well as at the level of institutions. For a list of possible research questions, please see the full RFP.

 

DEEP INTEGRATION

Research into character and virtue is often conducted by scholars within a single disciplinary perspective – philosophers research by themselves, psychologists team up with each other, historians and anthropologists proceed from their own disciplinary perspectives. This disciplinary isolationism is not maximally productive of new knowledge about virtue. To ensure that research funded by this proposal closes the disciplinary gap, funded research teams must meet the requirement of “deep integration,” as explained in the full RFP (https://selfvirtueandpubliclife.com/initiatives/grants/).

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Awards are intended to support research from August 1, 2019, through May 31, 2021. Letters of intent are due no later than December 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM, and must be submitted via an online portal linked to the project website. Full proposals are by invitation only and are due no later than March 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM. Further information is available in the full RFP, on our project website, and by contacting us by e-mail.

 

Project Website: http://www.selfvirtueandpubliclife.com

Full Request for Proposals: https://selfvirtueandpubliclife.com/initiatives/grants/

Contact Email: [email protected]

Dec
4
Tue
AAS2018: Life in an Age of Death
Dec 4 – Dec 7 all-day

AAS2018: LIFE IN AN AGE OF DEATH

4-7 December, 2018

James Cook University, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

During the first decades of the twenty-first century, the proliferation of life as a generative possibility has become marked by the spectre of death, closure, denial and ends. Ours is an era of precarity, extinction, militarised inequality, a seemingly boundless war on terror, the waning legitimacy of human rights, a rising consciousness of animal cruelty and consumer complicity in killing and suffering, and the global closure of decolonial and socialist windows of emancipation. Artificial intelligence and post-human technology-flesh interventions have become sources of existential threat to be secured against, rather than means of freeing, or otherwise expanding life. Mbembe (2003) first developed the notion of necropolitics in relation to ‘assemblages of death’, zones where technology, economy and social structures bind together to reproduce patterns of extreme violence. Following Foucault, he envisaged a distribution of the world into life zones and death zones. While we can readily identify zones of life and death on these terms, the imaginaries of death have increasingly colonised life zones.

This conference seeks to embrace this moment in history in all its roiling complexity, challenge, and specificity. It asks what accounts for this current interest in the spectre of Death in the anthropological imagination? What sorts of life—social, cultural, technological, creative—emerge in spaces pregnant with death and other life-ending spectres? What new horizons of fear, hope and possibility emerge? What kinds of new social formations, subjectivities and cultural imaginaries?

What social and cultural forms might an affirmative biopolitics, where the power of life is regained from the spectre of death, take? What new strategies of engagement, activism and refusal?

What can anthropology specifically bring to these emergent and often-interdisciplinary zones of urgency? How might our methods, theories and orientations be re-tooled and re-energised for these shadowed times?

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Refugee camp life, detention centres, border zones
  • New interspecies alliances
  • Securitisation of the internet of things
  • Agriculture and food in relation to animal cruelty and environmental degradation
  • Militarisation of urban space and zones of expulsion
  • Affective ecologies
  • Terms of the biopolitical across species, taxa
  • Aging populations
  • Securitising life, normalised insecurity
  • The medical body and social body technologies
  • Death of the fight for the internet
  • Reimagining the museum
  • Mediated death and the digital
  • Indigenous deathscapes
  • Posthuman experiments in and experiences of technology in the flesh
  • Autonomous systems
  • Memory, affect and imaginaries of life
  • Affirmative and critical biopolitics

For further information please see:

https://www.aasconf.org/2018/call-for-panels

IMPORTANT DATES

Call for Panels and roundtables: 5 April to 7 May
Call for Papers, Labs: 21 May to 22 June
Early Bird registration opens: 10 August
Standard registration opens: 29 September

Dec
28
Fri
Call for Proposals: Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell
Dec 28 all-day

Understanding the Rules of life: Building a Synthetic Cell (NSF 18-599) invites researchers to apply to participate in an interdisciplinary Ideas Lab focused on facilitating innovative research projects for designing, fabricating, and validating synthetic cells that express specified phenotypes. Up to $10,000,000 of funding is available for successful project proposals resulting from the Ideas Lab.

Building a synthetic cell is a grand challenge at the interface between biological, mathematical, computer and physical sciences and engineering.  Meeting this challenge requires simultaneous careful exploration of the social and ethical dimensions of such research as well as educating today’s students to engage in the activities and technologies required to develop and use synthetic cells.

To apply to this program, researchers should:

  • submit preliminary proposals due December 28, 2018,
  • participate, if selected, in the Ideas Lab workshop to be held February 25 – March 1, 2019, and
  • if invited to do so, submit, as part of a team, a full proposal due May 13, 2019.

Full details regarding the specifics of the research ideas, proposal limitations, and the application process can be found in the full solicitation.

Dec
31
Mon
SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media Program
Dec 31 all-day

SALAM 2019: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2019 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2019 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture. 

Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Students will be housed in shared student housing. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and onsite laundry and gym facilities. 

Funding decisions will be made based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC’s mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman.

Program Cost
 SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase travel insurance, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Participants will be required to meet in Washington, D.C. for orientation, prior to departure to Oman, and will be responsible for their transportation to and from Washington, D.C. 

Program Dates
14 June – 8 August 2019

Eligibility 

  • U.S. citizen;
  • Enrolled in a degree seeking program (undergraduate, MA or PhD) in spring 2019;
  • Completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework by the end of the spring semester;
  • Passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.

Requirements

  • Application
  • Resume
  • Essays
    • Write an essay discussing what you hope to accomplish during the SALAM program and how you plan to incorporate this experience into further academic or career plans. (500-750 words)
    • Describe a time, either abroad or in the U.S. when you interacted with a person/people from a different culture than your own. What was your experience like? What challenges did you face, and how did you resolve them? (200 words)
    • Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the SALAM program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
  • Unofficial transcripts


Expectations and Follow-up
 

Recipients of a SALAM scholarship will be required to participate fully in all classroom and SALAM-organized activities while in Oman. Please note that the focus of this program is Arabic language study, and that Manah is a small town with limited recreational activities beyond those organized by the program.

Upon return to the U.S., participants are expected to share their experiences from their time in Oman through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Public presentations
  • Articles
  • Publicizing the SALAM program at your home campus
  • K-12 school visits
  • Outreach to Omanis and other Arabs in your community/on your campus
  • Participating in forums about Oman, the Middle East, and Islam

Code of Conduct and Program Policies
You are a representative of your university, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers, and the United States while you are in Oman. You must abide by the laws of the U.S. and Oman while you are in the program, the rules of the College, and the points listed below. You will conduct yourself professionally and to a high standard, both in the classroom and in public.

  • No recreational drugs or alcohol use; no smoking on the school property
  • No religious proselytizing
  • Students must adhere to a conservative dress code while in public (for women: floor-length skirt or long tunic over pants, with at least ¾ shirt sleeves; for men: pants and long/short sleeved shirt)
  • Students will treat their peers, faculty, and staff with respect, and will not verbally insult anyone
  • Students will respect school property, including their living space, and will not intentionally damage or destroy school property in any way
  • Students will obey the College staff and instructors
  • No traveling outside of the country
  • Participants agree to have their likeness used in promotional material, SQCC website, and social media.

Failure to follow these rules and guidelines, or any laws, may result in expulsion from the program. 

How to Apply
1) Submit completed application form and supporting materials via this website.  
2) Have references also submit their letters of recommendation on this page. IMPORTANT: you will receive a confirmation number upon submitting your application. You must give this confirmation number and the link to the reference page to your references, who will need both in order to upload their letters of recommendation. Your references will not be contacted by SQCC; you need to instruct them to upload their letters.

Deadline for submission of all application materials is 11:59pm EST, December 31, 2018. Submission deadline for letters of recommendation is 11:59pm EST, December 31, 2018.