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The Humanities Center at Carnegie Mellon University

Residential Fellowship, 2010-2011

Identities in Conflict:
Recognition of Migrants in Europe and the U.S.

In the 2009-2010 academic year the Humanities Center will sponsor a university-wide series of courses, symposia, and workshops focused on national and cultural identity in the context of increased mobility across borders over the past two decades in the countries of the European Union and in the United States.  We aim at examining the ways that migrants are identified by their host countries and the ways that they imagine themselves. We will also discuss the historical roots of some of the most prevalent constructions of migrant identity in these countries, focusing on key events and developments, such as the fall of the Iron Curtain, the emergence of the European Union as a transnational political entity, and the passing of key immigration acts and policies in the United States.  Through specific cases we intend to interrogate various theories of identity--social, cultural, political, and national--especially in connection to theories of political recognition

As part of this program, we invite applications for a residential fellowship at the junior or senior level.  Senior candidates should have a substantial record of scholarship in an area relevant to the theme. Responsibilities include the presentation of a public lecture, participation in the Humanities Center's Faculty Research Colloquium, and contributing to the intellectual life of the center. Fellows must be in residence in Pittsburgh during the term of the fellowship. Successful candidates must have the PhD in hand by the application deadline and have a focused research project that addresses one of the program’s central themes. We are looking for a scholar who approaches migration, identity, and recognition from a historical, interpretive, or theoretical perspective. Preference will be given to applicants who do research in a comparative context that includes the European Union or a European nation-state. In addition, a junior fellow will teach one course relevant to the theme, which will be part of the Humanities Scholars Program.  Candidates are urged to consult the HSP website for further information about that program:  The stipend for the fellowship will be $35,000-$40,000, and the fellow will be provided an office and the use of a computer.  The fellowship also includes a small research and travel allowance. Those seeking to augment a sabbatical are especially encouraged to apply.

The purpose of these fellowships is to promote exemplary, interdisciplinary research in the humanities.  Applicants from any field in the humanities are invited to apply and priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrated ability to collaborate across disciplines.  Applications from women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged.  The deadline for applications is December 1, 2009. 

Applicants must fill-out a brief on-line application. In addition, applicants are requested to send a c. v., a writing sample, a four-page proposal for research to be carried out during the period of the fellowship, three letters of reference, and (for the junior position only) a description of the undergraduate course to be offered. Application materials can be mailed to Humanities Center Fellowship Committee, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, BH 154, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890. Application materials may also be sent electronically to, with "Humanities Center Junior [or Senior] Fellowship" in the subject line.





The Humanities Center welcomes 2010-11 Fellow, Jennifer Gully

The Humanities Center Lectures:
Identities in Conflict: The Recognition of Migrants

Faces of Migrants: The Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival March 17-April 10, 2011



Humanities Departments:

   Modern Languages

College of Humanities and
Social Sciences

Center for the Arts in Society

The Center for the Advancement of Applied Ethics and Political Philosophy

Carnegie Mellon




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