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The Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities, University of Southern California

University of Southern California
Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities

Call for Applications

The University of Southern California is pleased to announce a new
opportunity for outstanding young scholars, the Provost’s Postdoctoral
Scholars Program in the Humanities. The program has two overarching
goals. First, we seek to further the professional development of
scholars in the humanities by providing time for research and writing,
an opportunity to establish an independent teaching portfolio, and
faculty mentoring to help scholars prepare for careers as tenure-track
faculty. Secondly, we seek to add new voices from other institutions to
our conversations within and across disciplines in the humanities, as
well as to our conversations about the value and place of the humanities
within the university and in society at large.

Appointments are for two years, with a start date of August 15, 2011.
Provost’s scholars will teach three courses over four semesters, with
one semester free for full-time research. They are expected to reside
in the Los Angeles area during the academic year and to participate in
the scholarly life of the host department and the university through
seminars and other scholarly activities. The salary is $50,000 per year
plus fringe benefits, with a research and travel account of $6,000 per
year. It is understood that scholars may get jobs and leave the program
after the first year.

Candidates should choose one of the following programs as their proposed
host department and explain the choice briefly in their cover letter:
American Studies, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature,
Critical Studies (Cinema), East Asian Languages and Cultures, English,
French, History, Linguistics, Musicology, Philosophy, Slavic Languages
and Literatures.

Applicants will be evaluated based on their prior academic
accomplishments, the significance and intellectual merit of the proposed
project, and their potential to contribute to the intellectual life of
their host department and the community of scholars at USC. Candidates
must have received the Ph.D. no earlier than July 1, 2007 and must have
the degree in hand by July 1, 2011. The provost expects to make five to
eight postdoctoral awards per year in order to maintain a full cohort of
approximately 10 scholars.

Application materials
Applicants should submit the following items as .pdf files to :

• Cover letter including explanation of desired program affiliation
• CV
• Writing sample of one chapter or one article (up to 30 pages
• Research proposal describing applicant’s plans for the period of the
grant. This may include revising the
dissertation for publication and/or plans for the candidate’s
next academic project (up to three pages double-spaced)
• Teaching statement (up to two pages double spaced)
• Names, institutional affiliations, and email addresses of three
faculty members who can supply letters of reference
directly to USC.

Recipients of the USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar awards will be
notified in mid March 2011.

Further information about the program can be found by visiting the
program website: . For information
regarding postdoctoral policies and benefits, look under the heading
“postdoctoral research associates” at . Inquiries about the
USC Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholars Program in the Humanities should be
directed to Vice Provost Sarah Pratt at

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Humanities Day, Friday October 23

Join the Division of Humanities on Saturday, October 23 and immerse yourself in a day of intellectual inspiration and artistic expression celebrating the 32nd annual Humanities Day at the  University of Chicago.

The program includes two CEERES related lectures:

David Wellbery
will give a lecture “Three Contemporary Poets on the Experience of Time: Richard Wilbur, C.K. Williams, and Adam Zagajewski” at 2pm in Stuart 105.

Philip V. Bohlman
will discuss popular music in his lecture “The Biggest Music Spectacle in the World: The Eurovision Song Contest” at 3:30pm in the Fulton Recital Hall

For more information, please go to the Humanities Day’s website:

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Call for Papers: Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium on Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Purdue University, Abstract Deadline December 15

11th Annual Interdisciplinary Graduate Symposium
Sponsored by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures’
Graduate Student Committee at Purdue University
Saturday, March 5, 2011

We welcome submissions in all areas of the Arts, Humanities, and
Social Sciences including, but not limited to, foreign languages and
literature, English, creative writing, linguistics, anthropology,
psychology, cultural studies, the visual arts, theater, music,
philosophy and history. Proceedings from the symposium will be
published in an online format.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Thomas Turino is a Professor of Music and
Anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Beginning in 1977 he conducted four years of fieldwork on indigenous
and mestizo music in Peru resulting in the books Moving Away from
Silence (1993, Chicago), and Music in the Andes (2007, Oxford) and
numerous articles. In 1992, he began working in Zimbabwe to produce
Nationalists, Cosmopolitans, and Popular Music in Zimbabwe (2000,
Chicago) and various articles. In 2008, he published Music as Social
Life: The Politics of Participation (Chicago) which summarizes a
variety of theoretical ideas for ethnomusicology students. Currently
he is working on old-time string band music in the United States.

Abstract Submissions:
Please submit all abstracts of no more than 300 words by December 15,
2010 via email as an MSWord or PDF attachment to contacts Shogo
Sakurai: and Karen Morgan: In
your submission email please include the presenter’s name, institution
of affiliation, email address, phone number and any audio-visual
requirements for the presentation. Please omit identifying information
from the actual abstract document.

Visit for
details and updates.

$10.00 fee will be charged for accepted papers.

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2010-2011 Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities for Eastern Europe and Eurasia, Deadline: February 15, 2010

Applications are now available for the 2010-2011 Collaborative Research
Grants in the Humanities.

Application deadline: February 15, 2010.

The Collaborative Research Grants in the Humanities program provides support
of up to $50,400 for U.S. scholars conducting humanities research in any
country of Eurasia and Eastern Europe. (See list of eligible countries
below.) This is a program of American Councils for International Education:
ACTR/ACCELS in cooperation with The National Council for Eurasian and East
European Research (NCEEER) supported by the National Endowment for the

Countries Eligible for Research: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia &
Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary,
Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova,
Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan,
Turkmenistan, Ukraine.

A wide range of humanities topics are eligible for support; however, all
projects must involve at least one collaborator from the region and
field-based research in the region itself. In addition, applicants must hold
a Ph.D. or other terminal degree and have a working knowledge of one or more
of the languages of East-Central Europe or Eurasia, or be able to
demonstrate that such language proficiency is not critical for the
successful completion of their particular projects. Applications with a
strong regional focus and the potential to strengthen academic linkages
beyond the traditional centers are particularly encouraged.

Eligible Fields of Research:

The 1965 National Foundation on the Arts and Humanities Act states: “The
term ‘humanities’ includes, but is not limited to, the study of the
following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature;
history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion;
ethics; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts; aspects of social
sciences which have a humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and
the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with
particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and
history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of
national life.” Scholars conducting research that falls under this
definition are eligible for support from the Collaborative Research Grants
in the Humanities program.

The NEH does not fund any creative or performing arts such as the writing of
fiction or poetry, painting, sculpting, composing or performing music,
acting, directing, and dance. Critical, historical, and theoretical studies
of the arts, however, are eligible for NEH support.


February 15th, 2010: Programs must begin between June 2010 and May 2011 and
be completed by August 31st, 2011. Applicants must plan to spend a minimum
of four consecutive months carrying out their research (maximum of twelve
consecutive months), of which at least two consecutive months must be spent
conducting research in the field.

For more information and an application, please contact:

Outbound Programs
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
1776 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
Phone: (202) 833-7522


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Humanities Day, October 24

The Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago will showcase world-class scholarship and artistic performance during its 31st annual Humanities Day. Among the 25 scheduled speakers, Tamra Wysocki-Niimi will describe her experience this summer in “Adventure in the Caucasus: Capturing and Creating Video Materials for Teaching about Georgia”; Philip Bohlman and Christine Wilkie Bohlman will present “Music Drama of the Holocaust—Performance and Lecture”; Robert Bird will present “The Fall of Communism (Twenty Years On)”. The day will be divided into three sessions; any or all may be attended. The event is free but registration is required.

For more information, including how to register, please visit:

Time: 9:30am-4:30pm (divided into three sessions) October 24
Location: various locations on UChicago campus; headquarters in lobby of Stuart Hall (5835 S. Greenwood Ave)

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