[Ausschreibungsdienst_Kai_Brodersen] Lubbock, Texas Tech Univ.: Fellowship "Food and ..."

Kai Brodersen kai.brodersen at uni-erfurt.de
Sun Jan 29 09:06:43 CET 2017


The Humanities Center at Texas Tech invites applications for a Spring, 
2018, Fellowship. The selected Fellow will ideally hold the Ph.D., but 
an exceptional ABD would be considered. The 2017-2018 theme is "Food 
and...." Fellowship applicants should be involved in projects that 
address the theme, broadly construed. Applications are due no later than 
February 27, 2017.

The Fellowship carries a stipend of $12,000, which can be used for any 
purpose. No additional allowances beyond the stipend will be available. 
The Fellow will be provided with an office and full library privileges, 
including access to online databases and interlibrary loan services. 
Housing is not included but the Humanities Center will assist with 
finding housing. The dates for the Fellow's term will be January 15th 
through May 15th.

"Food and..." crosses disciplines and invites many kinds of thinkers and 
critical conversations. The explosion of food studies at the end of the 
twentieth century was an institutional response to the myriad ways in 
which food might be approached by scholars, and the field has only 
expanded in the intervening years. As the introduction to a recent 
anthology of essays on food and theatre notes, food carries "symbolic 
and material unwieldiness," showing "comestibles and their consumption 
to be both bedrock and flashpoints of cultural identity." Indeed, the 
very question of what counts as food differs across cultures but also 
yields sometimes startling answers in the face of deprivation.

Ways into the "what" following the ellipsis in "Food and..." may fall 
under several broad thematic categories: culture, literature, politics, 
environment, health. Topics under these large rubrics include 
malnutrition, access, education, inequities, media representations, 
depictions in fine art, sustainability, ecology, local food, small scale 
agriculture, agribusiness, and gastronomy. This list is not exhaustive. 
Humanistic ways of looking at food run the gamut from "primary source in 
material culture to semiotic tool; from literary trope to exchangeable 
commodity; from colonial weapon to method of cultural resistance; from 
obsession either due to absence or to fetish; from comfort, reassurance, 
and sustenance to oddity or source of disgust; from sin to salvation," 
and, in addition, from welcoming gesture to coercive faux hospitality; 
and from political bribe to political rallying point.

The Humanities Center's 2017-2018 themed events will be realized across 
several platforms, including a guest lecture series, an interactive 
kiosk exhibit, a museum exhibit, a film series, a reading colloquium, 
the presence of a visiting scholar, and an anticipated interdisciplinary 
conference. All iterations are open to addressing food as nourishment, 
metaphor, global challenge, cultural system, and marker of identity, 
across and between the disciplines: "Food and..." opens doors to 
exploring ways of knowing, nourishing, and conceiving oneself and 
others; and to experiencing and reimagining relationships between food 
sources and sourcers, food purveyors and consumers, food shapers and 
food thinkers. The myriad conceptualizations and human experiences of 
food offer the critic, the thinker, and the eater a prime node of 
analysis—a "place at the table" of intellectual and public discourse.

In submitting an application for the program, the applicant does not 
incur an obligation to accept the award if selected.

The Fellow will be expected:
- to work in residence at TTU on a full-time basis during the award tenure;
- to devote full-time effort to the research proposed;
- to draft a brief written report (800-1,000 words) describing their 
experiences and their results, to be submitted no later than thirty days 
following the award period;
- to prepare and deliver to the TTU community a 45-minute presentation 
detailing the results of their research;
- to include appropriate credit to Humanities Center at Texas Tech in 
any presentation or publication based on research performed during the 
award tenure.

To apply, please send the following as a single PDF:
- An abstract of no more than 80 words describing your project.
- A narrative of no more than 750 words describing both your project, 
how it meshes with the "Food and ..." theme, and how, specifically, you 
propose to use your time next spring if selected for the Fellowship.
- A redacted C.V. of no more than 3 pages with an emphasis on work 
showing your suitability for undertaking the project you propose.
- The names of four people whom we may contact for recommendations. 
Brief descriptions of their work/discipline and relationship to the 
candidate would be appreciated.

Upon request, the TTU Humanities Center will help arrange for 
appropriate visa documents for foreign nationals. Likely a visiting 
Fellow would be granted the status of "Foreign Exchange Visitor" 
(J-visa). A spouse and minor children may travel on the same visa as the 
scholar. The Humanities Center encourages foreign scholars to apply for 
the J-1 visa as per the standard procedures for visiting research 
scholars visiting the United States. We do not encourage scholars to 
apply for B or H visas.

Send your application to humanitiescenter at ttu.edu. In the subject line, 
put your last name Sp 2018 external fellow app (e.g., Washburn Sp 2018 
external fellow app). Deadline is February 27th, 2017. We hope to have 
our selection made by May 10th, 2017.

For a fuller description of "Food and..." and information about the 
Humanities Center, please visit our website: humanitiescenter.ttu.edu.


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