Texas Tech University

Visiting Scholar Fellowship

Deadline March 31, 2019.

The Humanities Center at Texas Tech University invites applications for a Spring, 2020 Visiting Scholar Fellowship. Scholars in any Humanities field are welcome to apply, but special consideration will be given to applicants who plan to use libraries, archives, and other resources at Texas Tech and/or the Lubbock area. The selected Fellow will ideally hold the Ph.D., but an exceptional ABD would be considered. Applications are due via email no later than March 31, 2019.

The dates for the Fellow's term will be January 15th through May 15th, 2020. 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 can assist with finding housing. The Fellow will give a public lecture on their research during the term of the Fellowship, and will be expected to attend and participate in Center events, and to interact as appropriate with other faculty, particularly in their own area.

The Fellow will be expected to:
- Work in residence on the TTU Lubbock campus on a full-time basis during the award tenure;
- Devote full-time effort to the research proposed;
- 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;
- Prepare and deliver to the TTU community a 45-minute presentation detailing the results of their research;
- Include appropriate credit to the Humanities Center at Texas Tech in any presentation or publication based on research performed during the award tenure.

To apply, please send the following in a single PDF file attachment:
- An abstract of no more than 80 words describing your project.
- A narrative of no more than 750 words describing your project, and how, specifically, you propose to use your time if selected for the Fellowship.
- A C.V. of no more than 3 pages with an emphasis on work showing your suitability for undertaking the project you propose.
- The names and contact information 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. 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, please include your last name and "Sp 2020 external fellow app". The deadline is March 31, 2019. The recipient will be informed by mid-May 2019.


Visiting Scholar, Spring 2019

The Humanities Center's Visiting Scholar for Spring 2019 is Oenone Kubie, University of Florida. This fellowship was part of the 2018-19 theme: "PLAY."

Oenone's project is titled 'All Play and No Work: Child Labor on Stage and Screen in the United States in the Early Twentieth Century'. Her research considers how both the advocates and the opponents of child actors used the language of work and play. In fiercely fought debates child-savers, managers, parents, and children themselves defined, contested, and remade the distinctions between play and work. Successfully defending acting as play, advocates for child stage labor ensured that children's work in theatrical productions continued long after other forms of child labor were outlawed and reviled. Oenone's research explores these changes as part of a broader project considering children's changing relationship to capitalism in the United States. Through her research, Oenone asks scholars across the humanities to reconsider the seemingly natural and distinct categories of labor and leisure, work and play.

In addition to holding the Texas Tech Visiting Research Fellowship for 2019, Oenone Kubie is a 2018-2019 Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford. Oenone received her BA from the University of Durham in 2013, her MSt from the University of Oxford in 2014 and her DPhil in History from the University of Oxford in 2018. Her research has been generously supported by a variety of associations, including the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Rockefeller Archive Centre, the University of Chicago, British Association of American Studies, British American Nineteenth Century Historians, Historians of the Twentieth Century United States, the Urban History Group, the Rothermere American Institute, and Brasenose College, Oxford.

Oenone's doctoral work was a methodologically innovative study of children in the United States in the Progressive Era. Using Chicago as a case study, Oenone explored the lives of children outside of institutional spaces. Her work demonstrates that regardless of adult ideas, institutions, and regulations, children's primary environment in this period was outside, unsupervised, and threatening. By centering children's geographies, Oenone uncovers the importance of young Chicagoans in the formation of the city and the very institutions designed to control them. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book, entitled The Swarm: Children in Chicago, 1890-1939.

Oenone will present her research on April 25, 2019 in the SUB's Senate Room.