Fellowships

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change is currently welcoming applications for 2018–19 Mid-Career and Dissertation fellows. All applications are due Monday, April 16th, 2018 at noon

The Committee on Globalization and Social Cha­­nge (CGSC) would like to invite recently tenured-faculty within the CUNY system and CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students eligible for Dissertation Writing Fellowships in 2018-2019 to participate in a research seminar on the theme of “Translation.” We encourage broad and creative uses of the concept and invite applicants whose research relates to Translation in any number of ways. These could include, but would not be restricted to:

  • direct engagement with the epistemologies, ethics, and politics of translating from one text, language, or culture to another, as well as from oral to written discourses;
  • translation across any number of real or fictive spaces (e.g., public/private, dominant/subaltern, normative/transgressive), spheres (economic, social, legal, cultural, aesthetic), or media (print, visual, digital) within a social formation as well as across different social media platforms and genres; translation back and forth between academic and general public domains;
  • the ‘trans’ aspect of translation – the movement, crossing, or transgression that may be bound up with transsexual, transgender, translocal, transnational, and translational processes, practices, subjectivities, situations, objects;
  • translation as a relational practice and process that has social, ethical, and political dimensions and the situations of proximity and encounter that characterize translation;
  • how translation may entail relations of subordination and domination or reciprocity and dialogue, discord or concord, misrecognition or understanding, colonial hierarchies or solidarity projects; ways that translation may reinforce divisions, allow for non self-evident connections, or actually produce new subjectivities, identities, imaginations, formations;
  •  translation across different historical epochs, historical epistemologies, temporal frameworks; translation as a temporal category;
  • debates within translation studies or raised by translation processes and practices about transparency and incommensurability, universality and singularity, containment and opening, the dangers of reduction and opportunities for dissemination and ramification;
  • attempts to think beyond dyadic and unidirectional models of translation by attending to complex fields of translation in which multiple, multi-directional, and multivalent translation practices unfold simultaneously;
  • translation as the norm (for thinking, knowing, communicating, relating), within languages as well as across them, rather than the exception;
  • and finally, translation as an epistemological, ethical, aesthetic, and/or political concept, phenomenon, or object.

We encourage applications from scholars and students working in a wide range of fields, time periods, world areas, and analytic frameworks. Projects should relate in some promising way to our theme. They should also demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry, theoretical reflection, and global or international issues, questions, framings, or orientations.

COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION
The CGSC is a transdisciplinary group whose collective work is not driven by any specific theory or ideology. We begin with the observation that existing categories and analytic frameworks are inadequate to grasp the dynamics of our historical present.

We are thus interested not only in questioning conventional assumptions in light of contemporary developments but also in the possibility of reclaiming, reworking, and refunctioning seemingly outmoded concepts in and for these times. Given our interest in reflecting on the relationship between inherited concepts, critical theory, the contemporary situation, and political futures, we believe it will be fruitful to think together about the question of “Translation” today, beyond the familiar debates between abstract universal humanism and concrete cultural particularism.

We thus welcome applications from faculty and doctoral candidates for whom the question of “Translation” figures in some significant way in their research. We are interested in scholars from any field whose thinking crosses traditional academic boundaries and whose work is empirically rich and theoretically informed.

Fellows are required to participate in the weekly Committee seminar, held Tuesday mornings 10:30 am – 12:30 pm for the duration of the academic year. Please note: ability to attend seminars on Tuesday mornings is a prerequisite of eligibility. During the fall semester, the seminar focuses on readings and presentations by visitors. In the spring, fellows will present their own work for group discussion during the semester-long paper workshop. Fellows are also expected to attend corresponding public programming.

DOCTORAL DISSERTATION STUDENT FELLOWSHIPS
Applications are invited from doctoral candidates 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).

Students must be registered during the 2018-19 academic year to be eligible to apply. For your application to be considered, you must be officially advanced to candidacy (level III) by the time of application.

A student holding another Graduate Center fellowship may still apply for the dissertation fellowship. If offered an award however, your combined total funding (including the CGSC Dissertation Writing fellowship) may not exceed $45,000. Please consult with the Office of the Provost before beginning your application if you have any questions.

Fellows are required participate in the weekly Committee seminar, and expected to attend ongoing lectures and symposia that make up the CGSC public programming, for the duration of the academic year. Committee seminars meet on Tuesday mornings, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. It is a condition of the fellowship that fellows leave this time free in their schedules.

With generous support from the Provost’s Office and the Graduate Center, CUNY, successful candidates will be granted $10,000 total for Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 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 accordance 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 Dissertation Application (2018-19 Committee Fellowship) found HERE.

The application materials should be saved and emailed as a single PDF document including the following:

  1. Application cover sheet (provided in application form) – Please list all current and pending support from Graduate Center sources, including multi-year fellowships and pending applications for GC writing fellowships.
  2. Statement of applicability
  3. 150-word abstract
  4. Project description (maximum 2000 words) and 1-page bibliography
  5. 2-page curriculum vitae
  6. Current transcript

All inquiries and complete applications should be sent to the CGSC email: cgsc.cuny@gmail.com

MID-CAREER FACULTY FELLOWSHIPS
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 Graduate Center and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, successful candidates will be granted up to two course releases from college teaching requirements, to be distributed across the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 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).

Fellows will be expected to participate in the weekly Committee seminar as well as ongoing lectures and symposia. Committee seminars meet on Tuesday mornings, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm and it is a condition of the fellowship that fellows leave this time free in their teaching schedules.

Faculty must apply using the Mid-Career Faculty Application (2018-19) found HERE.

A complete Mid-Career Faculty Fellow Application is comprised of four parts:

  1. Completed Mid-career Faculty Application Form (this form must be signed on the provided cover sheet by the Executive Officer of your department – see application form).
  2. 150-word abstract
  3. Project description (maximum 2000 words) and 1-page bibliography
  4. A current curriculum vitae (maximum 5 pages)

All inquiries and completed applications should be sent to the Committee email address: cgsc.cuny@gmail.com.