Fellowships

The Committee on Globalization and Social Change is currently welcoming applications for 2019–20 Mid-Career and Dissertation fellows. All applications are due Monday, April 8th, 2019 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 2019 – 2020 to participate in a research seminar on the theme of “Future(s).” We invite applicants from diverse fields working on different world areas, historical periods, and theoretical frameworks whose research speaks in some way, however broadly and creatively defined, to the category or question of “future(s)”.

We inhabit a moment when the very concept of future is in question. On the one hand, catastrophic discourses fueled by converging global crises envision apocalyptic ends. On the other hand, these same conditions inspire utopian and emancipatory discourses which have insisted throughout the history of aesthetic and political modernism, as they continue to insist today, that another world is possible and envision revolutionary change.

Most generally we would like to explore “future(s)” as a theoretical concept and analytic category that may help or obstruct attempts to grasp the contemporary political situation. Can we continue to use “future” in the conventional sense or should the very concept (along with its temporal and political implications) be rethought in relation to our historical conjuncture? How does an engagement with “futures past” help us to understand these struggles in the present? In the seminar we will likely engage with: the history of the concept “future”; current discourses about the future, possible futures, futurity etc.; contemporary practices, processes, and events that are already producing a new or “future” set of arrangements (with implications for understandings and conceptions of temporality); and the history of the concept “future” and historical materials that show how alternative understandings or experiences of “future” may have obtained in other times and places.

We are interested in scholars from any field whose thinking crosses traditional academic boundaries and whose work is empirically rich and theoretically informed. This could include, but would not be limited to, work on:

  • theories or philosophies of the future (and corresponding notions of historical temporality);
  • economic futures and the future of capitalism (e.g., debt, credit, financialization, work, runaway growth, economic crisis etc.);
  • environmental futures (e.g., climate change, resource extraction, debates about the Anthropocene etc.);
  • political futures (e.g. the changing relation between state, economy, and society; eclipse of democracy, populism and authoritarianism; mass displacement and statelessness; globality and borders; (im)mobilities, permanent war; new forms of imperialism and internationalism; prospects for socialism etc.);
  • religious futures (e.g., the worldwide explosion of evangelical Christianity, resurgent and novel forms of messianic and apocalyptic thinking);
  • aesthetic and cultural futures and futurisms (e.g., Afro-futurism, sci-fi, indigenous futures); dystopias; visionary literary, musical, and visual practices; new forms of social media and mass mediation);
  • subjective futures (e.g., emergent forms of subjectivity, embodiment, intimacy, desire etc.; the widespread fear that there is “no future”);
  • techno-futures (especially related to automation, digitization, and biomedicine)

Fellows will be expected to participate in the weekly Committee seminar, held Tuesday mornings 10:30 am – 12:30 pm, and are strongly encouraged to attend the informal group lunch that follows. Please note: Ability and commitment 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 work in progress for group discussion. Fellows are also expected to do their best to attend corresponding public events.


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 2019 – 2020 academic year to be eligible to apply. For your application to be considered, you must be officially advanced to candidacy (level III) at the time of application.

A student holding a Graduate Center fellowship may apply for the dissertation fellowships but, if offered an award, the total funding (Graduate Assistant salary plus Dissertation Fellowship stipend) may not exceed $35,000. If the combined amount exceeds $35,000 the student will have to choose between the dissertation fellowship and the graduate assistantship.
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. 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 2019 – Spring 2020 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 Dissertation Application (2019 – 2020 Committee Fellowship) found HERE.

The application materials should be saved and emailed as a single PDF document(last name, first name, department) and include 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

Complete applications must have “Last name, First name and Dissertation fellowship application” in the subject heading and can be emailed to: cgsc.cuny@gmail.com. All inquiries may be directed to the same.

You will receive a confirmation email noting receipt of your application and decisions will be sent to your email approximately 4 weeks after the deadline closes.
DEADLINE: Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 12 pm.


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, Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor, and the Provost Office successful candidates will be granted up two course releases from college teaching requirements, to be distributed across the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 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 accordance 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 found HERE.

The application materials should be saved and emailed as a single PDF document(last name, first name, department) and include the following:

1. Completed Mid-career Faculty Application Form (Signed by Executive Officer or Department Chair and including the provided cover sheet – 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)

Complete applications must have “Last name, First name and Mid-Career Faculty fellowship application” in the subject heading and should be emailed to: cgsc.cuny@gmail.com. All inquiries may be directed to the same.

You will receive a confirmation email noting receipt of your application and decisions will be sent to your email approximately 4 weeks after the deadline closes.

DEADLINE for Mid-Career Faculty Fellowship Applications: Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 12 pm.