DPDF Student Fellowship Competition > DPDF Student Fellowship Competition 2014

Oceanic Studies: Seas as Sites and Subjects of Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Open only to doctoral students based at universities within the U.S.

Workshop dates:
Spring- June 4-8, 2014 in Berkeley, California
Fall- September 17-21, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia

Treating the sea as the site and subject of investigation and theorization, Oceanic Studies promote the intersection of humanistic, scientific and social scientific inquiry. The ocean and the oceanic are of renewed importance in an era marked by global warming-induced sea level rise, seabed and aquatic disturbance spurred by the search for energy, the expansion of maritime traffic and trafficking, new maritime legal regimes, and the explosion of ocean-based scientific discoveries. Life of and on the sea is a growing feature of the late-modern condition and imaginary the world over, with the off-shore -- from storms, to spills, organisms, financial practices, and infrastructures -- gaining reach and consequence.

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Field Directors

Brenda Chalfin
Professor, University of Florida, Anthropology [ bio ]
Brenda Chalfin is Professor of Anthropology and a Faculty Affiliate at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida. Her research interests are in economic, political, and maritime anthropology, with a focus on Ghana and West Africa. Her most recent book is Neoliberal Frontiers: An Ethnography of Sovereignty in West Africa (University of Chicago 2010). She is currently researching and writing two new books, one on maritime sovereignty and governance, and another on infrastructure in developing urban areas. She has been a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Chalfin has received research funding from the National Science Foundation, Wenner-Gren Foundation, and others. She received her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Gaurav Desai
Professor, Tulane University, English and African and African Diaspora Studies [ bio ]
Gaurav Desai is Professor of English with a joint appointment in the Program in African and African Diaspora Studies at Tulane University. His most recent book, Commerce with the Universe: Africa, India and the Afrasian Imagination (Columbia University 2013), examines narratives of Indian Ocean connections between Africa and India. He also edited The Virtual Transformation of the Public Sphere (Routledge 2013) and Teaching the African Novel (MLA 2009), and co-edited Postcolonialisms: An Anthology of Cultural Theory and Criticism (Rutgers University 2005), among other volumes. He has been a visiting fellow at the Center for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) at Cambridge University, the National Humanities Center, and the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center. In 2004, he was named a Life Member of Clare Hall, Cambridge University. He received his PhD in English from Duke University.


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