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Course Buyout Fellowships, Academic Year 2017-2018

Up to six fellowships comprising a course buy-out will be offered by the Humanities Center for Academic Year 2017-2018. Applicants may request a buy-out of one or two courses, but they must have the approval of their chair and dean for either level of request. A "buy-out" will be the cost, up to $5,000, of replacing the Fellow for the course(s) selected by him or her in consultation with department chair. The Humanities Center reserves the right to offer a smaller Fellowship than what is requested. (E.g., an applicant requesting a three-course buyout may be offered a single course buyout.) These fellowships are exclusively for work in humanities disciplines. Scholarship in social sciences, fine arts, or applied areas is not eligible.

The main goal of these fellowships is to foster world-leading research in the humanities at TTU. Proposals will be evaluated primarily on their scholarly promise within and beyond applicants' particular fields of study. Adjudicators will also look for applicants' proven ability to conduct meaningful research successfully and clearly articulated goals, particularly deliverables for the end of the funded period. Adjudicators will also consider applicants' explanations of their need for time (distinct from money or travel or conference attendance, among other things) next year.

In order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 20, 2017. Awardees will be announced by April 10th. Please submit your application in the form of a single PDF and send it to humanitiescenter@ttu.edu. Subject line should say [your last name] Course Release app/Semester (e.g., Korthron Course release app/FA 2017 or Guare Course Release app Sp 2018). Each application should include the following components:
1. A proposal of no more than 500 words describing the project and its intended impact.
2. A statement of no more than 100 words articulating how you will use your time and why time is crucially needed for your work next year.
3. A brief c.v. (no more than three pages, with a focus on accomplishments related to the proposed project). Applicants who reside outside "traditional" humanities disciplines should include a brief explanation of how their research relates to the humanities.
4. Signed statements or letters from your chair and your dean (may be a single document with two signatures or two documents) approving your request.

Successful applicants must present their research in the form of a 40-minute talk sponsored by the Humanities Center in the 2018-2019 academic year and followed with a small reception. They will also be expected to meet with other fellows four or five times during the spring, 2018, semester at planned gatherings. Scholars who expect to be out of Lubbock during the year are, therefore, not eligible.
Adjudicators will be members of the Board of Advisors of the Humanities Center and other non-applicants who may be asked to round out the variety of disciplines on the jurying committee. Each application will be read by a minimum of three adjudicators.

Please note that starting next academic year (2017-2018), course release applications will be solicited in the FALL for the FOLLOWING YEAR (e.g., in September, 2017, for the 2018-2019 academic year). The current call is the last that will be issued in the spring semester.



Competition Closed

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech invites applications for a Spring, 2018, Fellowship. The selected Fellow will ideally hold the Ph.D., but an exceptional ABD would be considered. The 2017-2018 theme is "Food and...." Fellowship applicants should be involved in projects that address the theme, broadly construed. Applications are due no later than February 27, 2017.

The Fellowship carries a stipend of $12,000, which can be used for any purpose. No additional allowances beyond the stipend will be available. The Fellow will be provided with an office and full library privileges, including access to online databases and interlibrary loan services. Housing is not included but the Humanities Center will assist with finding housing. The dates for the Fellow's term will be January 15th through May 15th.

"Food and..." crosses disciplines and invites many kinds of thinkers and critical conversations. The explosion of food studies at the end of the twentieth century was an institutional response to the myriad ways in which food might be approached by scholars, and the field has only expanded in the intervening years. As the introduction to a recent anthology of essays on food and theatre notes, food carries "symbolic and material unwieldiness," showing "comestibles and their consumption to be both bedrock and flashpoints of cultural identity."

Indeed, the very question of what counts as food differs across cultures but also yields sometimes startling answers in the face of deprivation.
Ways into the "what" following the ellipsis in "Food and..." may fall under several broad thematic categories: culture, literature, politics, environment, health. Topics under these large rubrics include malnutrition, access, education, inequities, media representations, depictions in fine art, sustainability, ecology, local food, small scale agriculture, agribusiness, and gastronomy. This list is not exhaustive.

Humanistic ways of looking at food run the gamut from "primary source in material culture to semiotic tool; from literary trope to exchangeable commodity; from colonial weapon to method of cultural resistance; from obsession either due to absence or to fetish; from comfort, reassurance, and sustenance to oddity or source of disgust; from sin to salvation," and, in addition, from welcoming gesture to coercive faux hospitality; and from political bribe to political rallying point.

The Humanities Center's 2017-2018 themed events will be realized across several platforms, including a guest lecture series, an interactive kiosk exhibit, a museum exhibit, a film series, a reading colloquium, the presence of a visiting scholar, and an anticipated interdisciplinary conference. All iterations are open to addressing food as nourishment, metaphor, global challenge, cultural system, and marker of identity, across and between the disciplines: "Food and..." opens doors to exploring ways of knowing, nourishing, and conceiving oneself and others; and to experiencing and reimagining relationships between food sources and sourcers, food purveyors and consumers, food shapers and food thinkers. The myriad conceptualizations and human experiences of food offer the critic, the thinker, and the eater a prime node of analysis—a "place at the table" of intellectual and public discourse.

In submitting an application for the program, the applicant does not incur an obligation to accept the award if selected.
The Fellow will be expected:
- to work in residence at TTU on a full-time basis during the award tenure;
- to devote full-time effort to the research proposed;
- to draft a brief written report (800-1,000 words) describing their experiences and their results, to be submitted no later than thirty days following the award period;
- to prepare and deliver to the TTU community a 45-minute presentation detailing the results of their research;
- to include appropriate credit to Humanities Center at Texas Tech in any presentation or publication based on research performed during the award tenure.

To apply, please send the following as a single PDF:
- An abstract of no more than 80 words describing your project.
- A narrative of no more than 750 words describing both your project, how it meshes with the "Food and ..." theme, and how, specifically, you propose to use your time next spring if selected for the Fellowship.
- A redacted C.V. of no more than 3 pages with an emphasis on work showing your suitability for undertaking the project you propose.
- The names of four people whom we may contact for recommendations. Brief descriptions of their work/discipline and relationship to the candidate would be appreciated.

Upon request, the TTU Humanities Center will help arrange for appropriate visa documents for foreign nationals. Likely a visiting Fellow would be granted the status of "Foreign Exchange Visitor" (J-visa). A spouse and minor children may travel on the same visa as the scholar. The Humanities Center encourages foreign scholars to apply for the J-1 visa as per the standard procedures for visiting research scholars visiting the United States. We do not encourage scholars to apply for B or H visas.

Send your application to humanitiescenter@ttu.edu. In the subject line, put your last name Sp 2018 external fellow app (e.g., Washburn Sp 2018 external fellow app). Deadline is February 27th, 2017. We hope to have our selection made by May 10th, 2017.

For a fuller description of "Food and..." and information about the Humanities Center, please visit our website: humanitiescenter.ttu.edu.

Visiting Scholar, Spring 2017

F.B. ChestertonThe Humanities Center is pleased to announce that our Visiting Scholar for Spring 2017 is Barnaby Chesterton, Durham University, Durham, United Kingdom. 

Barnaby's project is titled "The Role of Media in the Representation of Future Reception in Ancient Greek Poetry, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic Period."

His research examines representations of reception in ancient Greek poetry, focusing on instances in which authors present an imagined future reception of their work. He will assess how the conceptualization of poetic reception as a future activity was influenced by developments in the medial form of poetry (from oral - and inscribed - to the papyrus-roll), and, further, how the establishment of a linear chronology from poetic composition to future reception drastically influenced authorial self-perception.

Barnaby will present his research on April 20, 2017 at 5:30 pm in SB01 in the School of Art

To learn more: Barnaby Chesterton


The 2017 Alumni College Fellows are listed below.

Paul Bjerk (History) "Corruption as a Secular Witchcraft in
Socialist Tanzania"

Bruce Cammack (Southwest Collection/Special Collections
Library) "Seeing the Elephant with the Boys: The Texas Diaries
of Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt, 1876-77"

Leo Eko (Journalism and Electronic Media) "American Religious
Neutralism, French Secular Republicanism and Islamic
Veils: Freedom of Religion versus Freedom from Religion?"

Joe Hodes (Honors College) "Partition: The Creation of Israel
and India, Pakistan and Palestine"

Christopher Hom (Philosophy) "The Semantics of
Racial Epithets"

Abigail Selzer King (English) "How do organizations use
metaphoric systemicity?: A rhetorical examination of documents
from the Women of the Ku Klux Klan (1923-1931)"

Belinda Kleinhans (Classical & Modern Languages
& Literatures) "The Joy of Killing: Perpetrators, Violence
and Media"

Alicia Miklos (Classical & Modern Languages & Literatures)
"Meditated Intimacies: Gender Violence and Representation in
Postwar Nicaragua"

Anna Novotny (Anthropology) "An Ethnoarchaeological
Study of Yucatec Maya Exhumation Rituals and Their Implications
for Understanding Ancient Maya Funeral Practices"

Paul Reinsch (Theatre & Dance) "Recovering the Lost
(Cinema) Sounds of D. C.: Good to Go"

Julie Willett and Randy McBee (History) "Nothing
to Laugh At: The Vietnam War and the Comic Stage."

Julie Zook (Architecture) "The Flow of City Life in Film"

Faculty Fellows, Spring 2017

See above for information about application guidelines for 2017-2018 Course Buyout fellowships.

The Humanities Center is pleased to recognize the following faculty members for being named Faculty Fellows and for being selected to receive course buyout fellowships for spring 2017.

William Wenthe


William Wenthe, Professor - English

Ryan Hackenbracht


 Ryan Hackenbracht, Assistant Professor - English

Jacqueline Kolosov


Jacqueline KolosovProfessor - English

Humanities Center Fellows 2015-2016

2016 Fellows
Pictured L to R, bottom row: Idoia Elola (CMLL), Kanika Batra (English), Jacob Baum (History), Dorothy Chansky (Director of the Humanities Center); 2nd row: Amy Koerber (English), Caroline Bishop (CMLL), Hannah Friedman (CMLL), Andrea Jonsson (CMLL); 3rd row: Emily Skidmore (History), Sarah Keyes (History), Sean Zdenek (English); 4th row: Joel Velasco (Philosophy), Christopher Bains (CMLL), Matthew Johnson (History); top row: Curtis Bauer (English); not pictured: Heather Warren-Crow (VPA) and Victoria Surliuga (CMLL). Photo by Mark McCall Photography
















Alumni College Fellows

Alumni College Fellows received a $2,000 fellowship and participated in Alumni College which took place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 during the university's Homecoming Activities. Fellows' presentations began at 8:00 a.m. inside the McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center.

Kanika Batra, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
"Imprinting Gender and Sexuality under Apartheid"

Curtis Bauer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – English
"Scrittore Traditore: Examining Style and Influence in the Translations of the Mexican author Fabio Morábito"

Caroline Bishop, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Greek & Roman History
"How to Make a Roman Demosthenes: Cicero's Construction of a Tradition"

Idoia Elola, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Spanish

"Defining Linguistic Landscapes Through Written Signage in Four Hispanic Flea Markets in Texas"

Hannah Friedman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: Classics

"Piecing Together The Ancient City: The Libarna Archaeological Project"

Andrea Jonsson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – CMLL: French

"Acting Vulnerable: Performed Sincerity and Authenticity in the Voices of Jacques Brel and Stromae"

Amy Koerber, Ph.D.
Professor – English

"The Hormonal Woman: A Critical Exploration of Expert and Public Discourses"

Victoria Surliuga, Ph.D.
Associate Professor – CMLL: Italian
"Peggy Guggenheim in Venice: A Self-Professed Art Addict"

Joel Velasco, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Philosophy

"The Principles of Rationality: Deciding What to Believe and How to Reason"

Heather Warren-Crow, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Visual & Performing Arts
"Magic Moments: Girlhood and Viral Theory in the Internet Age"

Faculty Fellows

Faculty Fellows received a course buyout during the 2016 spring semester. Each fellow will give a lecture during the 2016-2017 academic year. Presentation dates and times are posted below.

Sarah Keyes, Assistant Professor – History
"The Transcontinental Railroad's Surprising History of the Overland Trail"
Dr. Keyes presented on September 20, 2016 in Holden Hall 129.

Jacob M. Baum, Assistant Professor – History
"Paradigms for a Reformation of the Senses: Religious Belief and Practice in Germany, 1400-1600"
Presentation: November 16, 2016 8:00 AM, Holden Hall 129

Emily Skidmore, Assistant Professor – History
"Beyond Community: Rural Lives of Trans Men"
Presentation: December 2, 2016 8:00 AM, Holden Hall 129

Matthew J. Johnson, Assistant Professor – History
"The Origins of Diversity in Higher Education"
Presentation: February 2, 2017, 8:00 AM, Holden Hall 129.

Sean Zdenek, Associate Professor - English
"Reading Sounds: Closed-Captioned Media and Popular Culture"
Presentation: February 20, 2017, 8:00 AM, Holden Hall 129.

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