Research Fields and Faculty Selected for Third DPDF Competition
Applications Portal Now Open (Deadline: January 30, 2009)
To promote innovation in interdisciplinary research in the United States,
the Social Science Research Council has appointed five teams of social science
and humanities faculty to lead national workshops that will advance the
research and careers of promising young scholars.
In a highly competitive process, pairs of faculty members based at 10 American universities were selected to initiate or revitalize interdisciplinary fields of research of both societal concern and scientific merit: agrarian life, scientific definitions of humanity, visualizations of empire, economic development, and state violence.
These prestigious awards will enable the selected faculty to attract graduate student researchers from across the country and introduce the students to new approaches to research and interpretations that are intended to guide them into careers of research that will improve understandings of important issues confronting American society.
Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon
Foundation, the program, called the Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship
(DPDF), aims to advance both interdisciplinary research and scholarly
careers to focus on issues of broad public significance. Each year, faculty and
students from all social science and humanities disciplines are respectively
invited to propose fields and seek research training.
SSRC will next recruit competitively graduate students to work with selected scholars in interdisciplinary fields as follows (click on the names of each field for fuller descriptions and on the faculty names for short bios):
Ongoing struggles over the production and consumption of food, fuel and fiber have shaped twenty-first century modernity. Critical Agrarian Studies takes these struggles--and their historical antecedents--as its central concern.
This field is loosely organized around the broad question of 'the human' as the subject of scientific and social scientific inquiry from the eighteenth century to the present.
This field proposes that global empires and modern regimes of visuality were mutually implicated, and even in important ways constitutive of each other. It stands at the crossroads of two of the most vibrant interdisciplinary fields in contemporary humanist and social scientific scholarship: colonial and post-colonial studies and visual culture.
This field will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars interested in developing a transdisciplinary language and toolkit capable of enhancing our understanding of international development and inequality.
Although recent research has shed significant light on the causes and dynamics of insurgent violence, state violence remains noticeably under-explored. This field plans to build on these recent advances to broaden and deepen our understanding of state violence and to move toward an analysis focusing on the strategic and organizational underpinnings of violence.
The DPDF program is now accepting applications for the 2009 fellowships cycle from doctoral students interested in writing their dissertations on topics relating to one of these five areas. The application deadline is Friday, January 30, 2009 (9:00 PM, EST).