Thursday, 19 August 2010

[creative-radio] Sound: Fellowships at Cornell Society for the Humanities


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From: Timothy Murray <>
Date: 19 August 2010 07:30
Subject: Sound: Fellowships at Cornell Society for the Humanities



Timothy Murray, Director of the Society for the Humanities, is pleased to
announce the 2011-2012 research focal theme: "Sound: Culture, Theory,
Practice, Politics." Six to eight Fellows will be appointed.


The Society for the Humanities invites scholars to reflect this year upon
the theme of "Sound: Culture, Theory, Practice, Politics" as a means of
analyzing the resonance of historical and contemporary representations,
movements, ideas, and negations of sound.

Representations of sound abound in visual, textual, and aural realms.
Storytelling, poetry, music, theater, oral histories, political speeches,
and noise find their way in and out of texts, images, and recordings as
various kinds of sound travel through different media. >From "voicing" to
"listening," sound shapes the framework of much critical and philosophical
analysis of the body, affect, and social publics. How does sound function in
establishing parameters of psycho-cultural imaginaries, social practice,
religious ritual, and political regulation across the globe? How do
manifestations of sound differ in the global context of capitalism and
cosmopolitanism, not to mention the specificities of ethnic difference and
cultural diversity?

How are "voice," "hearing," and "listening" defined in various disciplines
and in relation to aesthetic properties of the disciplines, such as meter,
rhythm, montage, and amplification? What criteria are used for
differentiating natural from artificial sounds? Does sound challenge
disciplinary distinctions between the visual the oral/aural/tactile? Can the
loud noises of industrial culture be distinguished from the synthetic sounds
of electronic music, the stammerings of performance and philosophical
manifestos, and the burps and sighs of the comics and cinematic sound

Beyond music's embodiment of sound as artistic form, applicants are welcome
to consider the broader sense of sonic environments, the role of silence in
private and public space and performance, and the ways in which sound
underlies life itself (the "pink noise" of earthquakes and ocean currents)
as well as the negative sense of pollution (environment) or weapon (torture
and warfare). Possible topics might include the use of sound to mark the
passage of time; the correlation of sound to the movement of the body in
dance and performance; deafness and disability studies; the sonic promise of
sonic cartographic projects of social movements and migrations. Of equal
import are the cultural impact of the electronic and digital age and the
harmonious collusion of the virtual and the visceral in internet-driven
communities. Fellows might also consider sound's importance to visual
studies, the cultural and ethnic specificity of acoustic fields and rhythms
in the age of sampling and mixing, and the gender import of voice and spoken

This interdisciplinary invitation is open to study of the broadest
cross-cultural range of contexts and media that cross the boundaries of time
and space, from East and West/South and North.

Fellows should be working on topics related to the year's theme. Their
approach to the humanities should be broad enough to appeal to students and
scholars in several humanistic disciplines.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree before January 1, 2010. The
Society for the Humanities will not consider applications from scholars who
received the Ph.D. after this date. Applicants must also have one or more
years of teaching experience which may include teaching as a graduate


The following application materials must be postmarked on or before October
1, 2010. Faxed applications will not be accepted.

1. A curriculum vitae and a copy of one scholarly paper no more than 35
pages in length. Applicants who wish to have their materials returned
should enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
2. A one-page abstract in addition to a detailed statement of the research
project the applicant would like to pursue during the term of the fellowship
(1,000-3,000 words). Applicants are also encouraged to submit a working
bibliography for their projects. 3. A brief (two-page) proposal for a
seminar related to the applicant's research. Seminars meet two hours per
week for one semester (fourteen weeks) and enrollment is limited to fifteen
graduate students and qualified undergraduate students.
4. Two letters of recommendation from senior colleagues to whom candidates
should send their research proposal and teaching proposal. Letters of
recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate's proposed
research and teaching statements. Please ask referees to send their letters
directly to the Society. Letters must be postmarked on or before October 1,

Send 3 copies of the full application and letters of recommendation to:

Program Administrator
Society for the Humanities
A.D. White House
27 East Ave.
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-1101
For further information:
Phone: 607-255-9274

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2010.
Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society will
consider only fully completed applications. It is the responsibility of
each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is complete, and that
referees submit their letters of recommendation to the Society before the
closing date. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

The Society for the Humanities
The Society for the Humanities was established at Cornell University in 1966
to support research and encourage imaginative teaching in the humanities.
It is intended to be at once a research institute, a stimulus to
educational innovation, and a continuing society of scholars.
In addition to promoting research on central concepts, methods or problems
in the humanities, the Society for the Humanities seeks to encourage serious
and sustained discussion between teachers and learners at all levels of

Fellows include scholars from other universities and members of the Cornell
faculty released from regular duties. The fellowships are held for one
academic year. Each Society Fellow will receive $45,000. Applicants living
outside North America are eligible for an additional $2,000 to assist with
travel costs.

Timothy Murray
Director, Society for the Humanities
Curator, The Rose Goldsen Archive of New Media Art, Cornell Library
Professor of Comparative Literature and English
A. D. White House
27 East Avenue
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853

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