Fellows Program at the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University, Deadline January 10

The Davis Center is pleased to announce a new Fellows Program for 2011-2012. The Fellows Program will bring together scholars at early and later stages in their careers to consider a common theme spanning the social sciences and humanities. The Program will be coordinated by faculty from across Harvard University whose research interests include aspects of the selected theme.

In 2011-2012, the Fellows Program will be coordinated by Professors Terry Martin (History), William Mills Todd III (Slavic Languages and Literatures) and Rawi Abdelal (Harvard Business School). The theme for 2011-2012 is “Informing Eurasia: Informational Approaches to Eurasian Cultures, Politics and Societies.” Eurasian studies currently has no sub-field of “Information Studies,” but historians, literary critics, and social scientists working on Eurasia have recently produced novel work on surveillance, the social construction of collective identities, autobiographical and documentary self-fashioning, horizontal and vertical communication (rumors, petitions, denunciation), political policing, censorship and Aesopian strategies, the construction of economic and political data, and the impact of such information on political and economic decision-making. The Davis Center invites scholars working on, or interested in pursuing, such informational approaches to Eurasia to apply to our Fellows program.

In addition to pursuing their own research, Fellows will participate in a bi-weekly interdisciplinary seminar series that will explore informational approaches to Eurasian studies. Papers will be presented by the visiting Fellows, Harvard faculty, and invited outside speakers. For more detailed information on the fellows program, and opportunities to apply for postdoctoral and senior fellowships, visit the Davis Center web site http://daviscenter.fas.harvard.edu/.

Additionally, the Davis Center will be hosting an online question and answer session on December 15 from 12-2 p.m. Details will be posted on the Davis Center website by the middle of November.

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