Humanities Without Walls Pre-Doctoral Summer Workshop
The Humanities Without Walls is a consortium of humanities centers and institutes at 15 major research universities throughout the Midwest and beyond.
Based at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the consortium is funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In summer 2018 the HWW Consortium will offer a summer workshop on career diversity for interested doctoral students in the humanities attending the universities comprising the Consortium. This workshop is a continuation of the original workshop series in the summers of 2015 and 2016 organized by, and presented in partnership with, the Chicago Humanities Festival (CHF). Guided by one of the leading public humanities organizations in the nation, these workshops encourage humanities doctoral students to think of themselves as agents of the public humanities and showcase opportunities beyond the walls of the academy in an uncertain academic job climate.
Pre-doctoral students are invited to apply to participate in a three-week intensive, residential summer workshop for individuals working towards but have not yet received a PhD in a humanities discipline, and who plan to continue their degree programs while also considering careers outside the academy.
The summer workshop will instruct students in the various ways they can leverage their pre-existing and developing skill sets towards the pursuit of careers in the public humanities and the private sector (also sometimes referred to as “alt-ac” careers). Familiarity with the vital connections between academic and public worlds can also enrich traditional scholarly endeavors.
Guest speakers—including leaders from the non-profit world, the private sector, federal and state government offices, public media, arts administration, NGOs, and more—will make daily presentations to workshop fellows. Field trips to relevant sites will supplement the instruction that takes place in the workshop.
Graduates from the workshop will emerge with a network of contacts in a range of professional realms; a significantly broadened sense of the career possibilities that await humanities PhDs; a cohort of “alt-ac” fellows from whom they may draw support and advice; and a set of resources aimed at helping them advance into the various realms considered under the broad rubric of “the public humanities.”
PANEL DISCUSSION AND INFO SESSION: On Oct 11, 2017, Humanities Without Walls Staff and Former Fellows visited the Center for the Humanities to discuss the consortium's mission and workshop application process. View our livestream below. Apologies for the initial audio static; please begin at 2:30.
Chicago, Illinois. Most weekday workshop events will take place at the Genevieve and Wayne Gratz Center at Fourth Presbyterian Church, 126 E. Chestnut St (at N. Michigan Ave.). Some will take place at sites in and around Chicago. All participants in this residential workshop will stay a few blocks east of the Gratz Center at DeWitt Place (900 N. DeWitt Pl., Chicago, IL) in fully furnished, private apartments which are included in the fellowship.
Summer 2018—Dates to be determined, most likely July 16th through August 3rd. The workshop will take place all day, five days/week for three weeks. There are no events scheduled during weekends, but CHF will circulate a list of interesting and exciting activities happening around Chicago that students are welcome to explore on their own.
All applicants must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program in a humanities discipline at a PhD-granting institution within the United States. Applicants may be at any stage of their doctoral work, but they cannot have already received the doctoral degree at the time the workshops take place. Ideally, applicants will have completed some coursework towards the PhD, and they may have been advanced to candidacy but are not yet finishing their dissertations. International students are eligible to apply, but are responsible for confirming their registration and eligibility status at their home universities; HWW is not responsible for issuing visa paperwork.
Each fellow will receive a $5,000 prize intended to cover travel to and from the summer workshop, most meals, and all incidentals. Fellows will be expected to arrange and pay for their own travel using the funds from this stipend. The Chicago Humanities Festival will be arranging housing for all fellows at DeWitt Hotel & Suites in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. All fellows will be expected to attend the entire workshop for the entire three weeks.
- A completed application cover sheet
- A narrative of no more than 1,000 words explaining the applicant’s intended career trajectory and addressing the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend the workshop?
- What are the most important pieces of information you are seeking?
- A 2-page cv; and,
- Two letters of recommendation. One letter should be from the applicant’s primary adviser/dissertation chair; both should emphasize the applicant’s fit for this workshop.
- Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 1, 2017, at 5:00pm CDT.
- Applications should be submitted as a single PDF to email@example.com by November 1, 2017, at 5:00pm CDT.
- The Director of the Center for the Humanities at UW-Madison will nominate four finalists from the applications received and submit it to the central competition no later than December 1, 2017
- Announcement of fellowship awards will be made by the end of January 2018.
Katie Schaag is a PhD candidate in English Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a specialization in Performance Studies and a minor in Fine Art and Creative Writing. Her dissertation, Conceptual Theatre, explores the political potential of thought experiments in African American avant-garde drama and feminist performance art. She co-founded the Art + Scholarship Borghesi-Mellon Workshop and the Madison Performance Philosophy Collective, and co-curated a series of Theory-Practice Collaboratories and Mad Theory symposia. She is a consultant at DesignLab, a transmedia storytelling center, where she empowers students and faculty to translate their ideas into new forms for diverse audiences.
Adam Mandelman recently completed his PhD in Geography at UW-Madison. He was the developer and founding managing editor for Edge Effects, a digital magazine of UW-Madison's Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE). He currently manages Wisconsin 101, a participatory history project devoted to retelling Wisconsin's history through objects.
Megan Marsh-McGlone is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Interdisciplinary TheatreStudies, with an area of focus in avant-garde performance and a minor in Visual Culture. She works in the department of Molecular Biology as a project and research assistant for evolutionary biologist Dr. Sean B. Carroll. Megan also holds an MA in Theatre Research from UW-Madison. Megan’s performance art work is influenced by a 4 month intensive workshop she completed with Leslie Hill and Helen Paris of Curious focusing on Autobiology. Her current art practice and scholarly work focuses on lactation, medical science, and societal expectations of new motherhood.
Marcus Cederström recently earned his PhD in Scandinavian Studies and Folklore from UW-Madison. He is a public folklorist whose research focuses on Scandinavian-American immigrant women and the intersections of immigration, labor, and creative expression. He also spends time working with indigenous communities on questions of pedagogy and sustainability. Currently, Marcus is the Community Curator of Nordic-American Folklore for the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic.
Jaime Vargas Luna is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at UW-Madison, with a minor in Latin American History. His work focuses on performances and negotiations of social identities (especially feminisms, queer narratives and indigeneities) in colonial and post-colonial Peru. He is the co-founder of the publishing houses Sarita Cartonera and [sic] libros; and of the creative reading project Libros, Un Modelo Para Armar, and is a former literary adviser for Casa de la Literatura Peruana. Currently, Vargas Luna works as a Spanish instructor at UW-Madison, and volunteers for the Monday editions of A Public Affair in WORT 89.9 fm.