Annual Themes

2011-2012: Life

The theme for 2011-13 applicants is Life. We invite applications from scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose research reflects upon ancient to contemporary conceptions of life, including projects on vitality and vitalist philosophy; the meaning of life; the theory of biopolitics; life as the matter of art (Bioarts); theories of survival; the ends of life; biocultures; the relations between human, animal, and machinic life; the value of life, from the perspective of religion, politics, history, ethics, medicine, or law; organic and nonorganic life forms; virtual life, including work on digitality and new media; Lebensphilosophie and its legacies; the earth as living form; concepts of life and the posthuman; lived experience as a contested term; consciousness, spirit, and spirituality; normative and non-normative understandings of bodily life; vulnerability. We especially welcome work at the intersection of the humanities and life sciences; work that theorizes or historicizes the concept of life; work that involves cross-cultural and comparative perspectives; and work that challenges disciplinary or methodological boundaries.