Annual Themes

The theme for 2014-2016 is Religion and Secularism. What are the past and ongoing impacts of religion and secularism on history, literature, the arts, philosophy, or language? What are the meanings of “religion,” “secularism,” and postsecularism” and how are they theorized, represented, or institutionalized in different societies and times? How are they related to such social and cultural formations as modernity, war, empire, nation, science, spirituality, the work of art, power, indigeneity, politics, government, migration, race, sustainability, or territoriality, both past and present? What role do they play in constructions of gender, sexuality, or disability? How do religion, secularism, and postsecularism inform aesthetics across time, media, and genre?

With this theme we invite applications for cutting-edge work from researchers across the humanities and humanistic social sciences whose work reflects upon or has significant implications for the meanings and effects of religion, secularism, or postsecularism in past, current, or future societies. Projects should make a clear contribution to the humanities and focus on either religion or secularism or on their interconnections.

Applications for the 2014-16 fellowships were due on November 1, 2013. We are no longer accepting applications, but please check this space in fall 2014 for information about our next competition.
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2013-14: Democracy

We welcome work focused on any aspect of democracy, from Ancient Greece to the contemporary Middle East; from the emergence of print to the rise of digitization; from social movements (new and old) to liberalism (new and old); from the avant-garde to popular culture. Research may focus on any region of the world, any period of history, and any language, medium, genre, or form.
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2012-2013: Media

We invite applications for excellent, cutting-edge work focused on any media (verbal, visual, audial, kinetic); on any forms (oral, print, performance, digital); and on any media systems (local, global, private, mass market).
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2011-2012: Life

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.
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2010-2011: World Citizenship

Especially welcome: work that deals with transcontinental and transnational contacts shaped by world systems, human and cultural mobilities, colonialism, enslavements, decolonization, and multiple forms of agency.
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