Fisher Center Pre-Doctoral Fellowship

In keeping with the Fisher Center's mission of supporting research and dialogue about gender and justice through curricular, programmatic, and scholarly projects, the Fisher Center Steering Committee announces a call for applications for our 2018-2019 Pre-doctoral Fellowship. We seek dissertation scholars and advanced candidates for the MFA whose work critically engages the terms of our research theme for the year, "On the Move." We are especially interested in candidates who would contribute to the diversity of the HWS campus.

Theme: On the Move

Motion, movements, mobility, migration: what moves us and keeps us moving?

In 2018-2019, the Fisher Center for the Study of Women and Men will investigate movement’s infrastructures, conditions, and capacities. We want to understand what incites, drives, supports, guides, and blocks movement. Does mobility depend on unstated assumptions regarding the still, stationary, or constant? What are the links between motion and change or duration? What sorts of folding, twisting, jumping, and repeating does movement entail? How does motion happen - vectorally, randomly, chaotically, cyclically?

Endowed to further the study of gender and justice in the liberal arts, the Fisher Center welcomes applications from researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences committed to interdisciplinary discussion and collective inquiry.

We are interested in projects that explore mobility's environments, how infrastructures that enable also produce and disable - roads, bridges, ports, hubs; grids, networks, bodies, affects. Is logistics a science of moving? What moves the world and which worlds move? Mobility’s infrastructures also impel us to consider transport and traveling, migration and immigration, diaspora, transnationality, fellow travelers, stow-a-ways, being cargo. In the hold, movement is curtailed while beings and objects themselves are moved: the prototype of the supply chains and commodity circuits that keeps today’s capitalism in constant movement. When is moving agential, when is it spontaneous, when is it compulsory, and when do these coincide?

We also encourage applications that explore fugitive movement and motions, possibilities and impossibilities of escape, evasion, and inversion. Black flight moves to escape white settlement, yet it is white settlement that generates countless displacements and circulations. Is fugitivity necessarily correlated with being on the move or are there forms of fugitive stillness, especially under conditions of forced migration? How do we think the dialectic operating between being-on-the-move as escape, resistance, or transcendence with the necessary projects of rebuilding, of making a new settlement, a reconstruction of society (or, the end of the world)? When is resistance movement and when is it movement's refusal? Are there laws of motion that can be broken?

We invite applications related to the relationship between women's movements and women moving. How do movements -- for liberation, justice, equality -- differ from the people moving within them? How might we analyze the dynamics of movements, their speeding up or winding down? How might well-trodden metaphors -- such as, progress, circularity, struggle, waves -- structure and occlude our thinking about diverse struggles for liberation? If movement depends on a certain notion of the subject, does that imply that subjectivity is a necessary supposition or infrastructure of movement, an accompaniment to such constituent features as space and time? Is gender fluidity the same as gender mobility?

We are also interested in applications that take up bodies and mobility, bodies in motion. How do changes in scale -- from proteins, to peoples, to planets -- inflect movement's valuation? Who and what benefits from particular understandings of mobility? How do we experience and imagine mobile and immobile bodies? Desire has been associated with motion toward, drive with movement around. Which affects and possibilities accompany which motions?

Pre-doctoral Fellowship:

The Fisher Center Pre-doctoral Fellowship offers an opportunity to gain experience teaching in a private liberal arts college while completing thesis work. It carries a stipend of $35,000.00. Fellows teach one course per semester related to their research and the theme, attend Fisher Center lectures and meetings, make a public presentation, and assist with administration of Fisher Center programming. The pre-doctoral fellow participates in the Faculty Fellows Research Group. This group of interdisciplinary scholars meet twice a month to discuss their research as related to the year's theme.


Pre-doctoral candidates nearing completion of the dissertation and MFA candidates who have completed their coursework and are beginning work on their thesis are encouraged to apply.


The Fisher Center Steering Committee will evaluate applications with regard to the quality of the research proposal, the proposal's likelihood of success, the relevance of the proposal to the theme, and the "fit" with other proposals. We will prioritize creating an interdisciplinary research group.

Applications for 2018-2019 are due by March 31. Each application should include:

1. Name, department, contact information, copy of your current c.v.

2. A project description (not to exceed two pages). Include a description of background and preparatory work; a description of the proposed research (scope, method, timeline); and, a description of the proposed outcome (book, article, workshop, presentation, exhibition, performance, etc.).

3. An account of the relation of the project to the theme, “On the Move.”

4. Proposals for two undergraduate courses (one for each semester) related to the theme.

Interested applicants should submit the above mentioned documents through our application service, Interfolio https://apply.interfolio.com/48396.

Please contact Jodi Dean (jdean@hws.edu) if you have any questions.

If you have any questions about using Interfolio, please send to ferran@hws.edu.


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