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Society for the Humanities Fellowships for Graduate Students

TO:                  Humanities Graduate Students
FROM:            Timothy Murray, Director
RE:                  Call for applications for 2016/17 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Graduate Fellowships at the Society for the Humanities

The Mellon Foundation has made available two fellowships for graduate students to become Fellows of the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University during the 2016/2017 academic year. Graduate Fellows will not teach courses. Graduate Fellows will be invited to all events at the Society for the Humanities.  The Fellowship includes a College of Arts & Sciences graduate tuition waiver, a $26,000 stipend, and health insurance. The two Graduate Fellows will share an office at the A.D. White House during the academic year.

Cornell University graduate students in the humanities who are working on topics related to the year’s theme (description below) are invited to apply. Applicants must have completed the A exam and all requirements for the degree other than the dissertation before the application deadline on November 1, 2015. Awards will be restricted to students entering their 4th, 5th or 6th year of study at the time the Fellowship begins.

Application Procedures
The following application materials must be emailed to by November 1, 2015.  Please email materials in a single PDF in the order below with the subject line “GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION_Last Name”.

Order of Materials:

  1. A cover page with:
    – Full name and net ID
    – Home department
    – Proposed project title
    – Recommenders’ names and emails
  2. A curriculum vitae.
  3. A one-page dissertation abstract in addition to a more detailed statement of the research project the applicant will pursue during the fellowship year (1,000-3,000 words).
  4. A Cornell University etranscript (for instructions, visit ).
  5. One writing sample (published or unpublished) that is no more than 35 pages long.

Sent under separate cover:

6. Two letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should include an evaluation of the candidate’s research proposal. Please ask referees to send their letters directly to Letters must be received on or before November 1, 2015.

For further information:

Phone: 607-255-9274 or 255-4086

Awards will be announced by the end of December 2015.

Note: Extensions for applications will not be granted. The Society will consider only fully completed, emailed, applications. It is the responsibility of each applicant to ensure that ALL documentation is complete, and that referees submit their letters of recommendation to the Society before the closing date.


The Society for the Humanities at Cornell University seeks interdisciplinary research projects that reflect on philosophical, aesthetic, political, ecological, religious, psychoanalytical, and cultural understandings of skin.  Thinking skin calls upon cultural horizons, religious traditions, flesh, haptics, signs, texts, images, biopolitics, screens, sounds, and surfaces.  From the earliest writings on medicine and religion to more recent theories of race, sexuality, gender, class, and ethnicity, how might thinking or making skin inform the global cultural experience from North to South, East to West, South to South.  We invite research projects across historical periods, disciplinary boundaries, geographic territories, and social contexts.

For classical traditions, skin plays a role in representing the breadth of mythological empowerment, from the Occidental classics and Ancient Egypt to Navajo culture. Theoretical and philosophical approaches might dwell on the contrasts between tactility and opticality or as the membrane of intersubjective and global connectivity.  Psychoanalysis theorizes skin as the figure of touch, desire, trauma, and “the skin-ego,” while theorists of affect and haptics might study configurations of aging, sexuality, gender, queer and transgender studies.

Also welcome are biopolitical considerations ranging from torture and subjugation to race, eugenics, and genomics whose representations have been central to the arts.  Scholars of the arts and technology might emphasize tattooing, surface architecture, technoskins, prostheses, nanotechnologies, and the touch of mobile devices, connectivity, gaming, and mobile media.

Scholars of “medical humanities” might study questions of the complex place of skin in disease, contamination, and contagion, just as these problematics are important in the history of travel literature, geopolitical tensions, and literary and artistic fascinations with the viral.

Congratulations to Cornell’s 2015 Archaeology Graduates!

Image result for cornell commencement capThe CIAMS faculty and staff wish all the best to Cornell students being graduated with Archaeology Majors and Master’s degrees in Spring 2015
The Undergraduate Majors are Morgan Michel-Schottman, Alexander Morgan, Eliizabeth Napper, and Zachary Peterson.
And the Master’s in Archaeology are William Breitweiser, Cynthia Kocik, Nicholas Lashway, and Katherine Seufer.

Congratulations, and good luck to all of you!

New archaeology journal focused on publishing student research

From Gonzalo Linares, Oxford
The International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology-IJSRA (link to flyer) is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal, edited by a team of students from more than 30 top institutions in 13 countries. The aim of this publication is to be a global reference point in archaeology, as well as to serve as an international forum for the exchange of excellent scholarship in an atmosphere of constructive dialogue and inclusivity. Ultimately, we aim to enhance the academic experience, scholarly presence, and recognition of students worldwide. This Journal accepts papers addressing any topic and time period of archaeological interest. Research may be based in any geographical area, engage with any methodological and theoretical framework, and include integrative insights and evidence from any discipline.

This Journal aims to foster global participation and to attract the submission of the best student research in archaeology, regardless of academic institution, nationality, gender, ethnicity or religion, in order to enhance international cooperation and mutual understanding. Therefore, this Journal does not charge submission or publication fees. Assistance with academic English of those publishable articles written by non-native speakers will be provided.

The intellectual property of anything published in the Journal remains the respective authors’, who are free to reproduce it in whatever way, upon acknowledging this Journal as the first place of publication.The publication of previously unpublished data should be authorised by the relevant academic tutor/supervisor.

The deadline for submissions for the first issue is September 1st 2015. E-mail for

Call for Papers available here:

More information is available in our Facebook page:

Kind regards,

Gonzalo Linares
Executive Editor of the International Journal of Student Research in Archaeology
BA Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Oxford (UK)ás

Strong reaction needed to avoid deep NSF funding cuts

Dear Colleagues,
As many of you will know via messages from various societies, next week Congress will debate a bill – America Competes Act of 2015 (H.R. 1806) – which if it were to become law will cut NSF social sciences funding – i.e. including archaeology – by 45%, i.e. destroy its support from its already rather pathetic level. This is back to the issue of the past 18 months and is again led by Lamar Smith (R, Texas).

Please voice your opposition by calling or writing your representative; you can also send a message to Congress here:
[You will know this worked when you receive a form-letter response from your Congressman]

Some information via the Consortium of Social Sciences (COSSA) is available at:

As last time (late 2013-2014) we should all look to find ways to oppose and to ARGUE why this is bad thing – versus just be against or say ‘bad Republicans’. In particular we should advocate ‘why Archaeology’ as our part of this campaign.

Please write to your Representative.
Last year this worked for our local Republican. Doing nothing will only assist in the destruction of what little federal support there is for archaeology – so please react.

Sturt Manning

CIAMS Awards Over $30,000 in Student Funding for Research and Travel

bresto headerWith the generous support of the Hirsch family, this Spring CIAMS awarded over $15,000 for archaeology-related travel to Cornell undergraduates and graduates, and over $15,000 to graduate students for archaeological research projects.  These funds will help Cornell archaeology students work around the globe, in New York, Belize, Italy, Georgia, Israel, Tunisia, and Cyprus. Congratulations and good luck to all awardees.



         The Society for the Humanities administers the Brett de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Groups, generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Faculty and graduate students are encouraged to submit applications for this program. Funds for Interdisciplinary Writing Groups are intended to encourage activities related to writing and publication, to be carried out throughout one academic year by groups of faculty and graduate students in the humanities.
        Two grants of up to $5,000 per year will be made available to groups of 5-7 participants, working in at least two different humanities departments, who can demonstrate that their research interests productively converge.  Applications should present a schedule of meetings to be held in the course of the academic year, which would necessarily include presentation to the group of a work-in-progress by each member. Such sessions should offer substantive response and discussion, by the group, of each individual paper. Groups may schedule other, optional activities, as desired.
        Each group application should include a budget.   Funds may be used to provide dinner and/or refreshments on the occasions of paper presentations, as well as to provide research support for each group member.  Alternatively, funds could be pooled to bring a visiting scholar to Cornell for a workshop or retreat focused on writing projects of participants, or to support manuscript preparation or other costs associated with publication of work of participants in the group.

Brett de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Group Application Guidelines

 Applications for de Bary Interdisciplinary Mellon Writing Groups should be submitted by two co-organizers (faculty only) representing different departments or fields within the humanities. Each writing group should consist of 5-7 members, including faculty and graduate students.Applications should be submitted electronically (preferably in one pdf file) to Mary Ahl ( at the Society for the Humanities by April 17, 2015
Applicants should submit the following materials:
1.      A statement of no more than 1,000 words describing a rationale for linking the work of participants from different disciplines. The statement should show how each participant’s perspective would contribute to elaborating and enriching a common context for research.  Priority will be given to groups who demonstrate how their activities might benefit from the presence of visiting scholars at the Society for the Humanities during the year of the grant.  The Society’s focal theme for 2015-16 is “Time.”
2.      A one-paragraph description of a writing project from each participant, including plans (imminent or long-term) for publication.
3.      A CV for each member of the group.
4.      A schedule of meetings and activities for the coming year. (A series of meetings organized around the circulation, presentation, and discussion of a work in progress by each member is the basic requirement. Other activities are optional.)
5.      A brief budget. Funds may be used for the following four categories: a.) dinner and refreshments at the time of paper presentations,  b.) up to $1,000 in research funds per member of the group (to be reimbursed, not transferred to research accounts),  c.) bringing a visiting scholar to Cornell to conduct a workshop or retreat for the group,  d.) supporting manuscript preparation costs for a collaboratively produced volume.
We invite humanities faculty and graduate students at Cornell to collaborate on applications for these grants. Applications by groups involving faculty and graduate students should be authored by two faculty co-organizers representing different departments or disciplines.  Co-organizers will be responsible for administering funds transferred to their departmental accounts.

Please note:  applicants should not propose dissertation writing groups for which the Society hosts a separate funding competition.
Applications should be delivered in electronic form to Mary Ahl ( ).

Historic Preservation Project Grants Available Through Van Alen

Van Alen Institute is pleased to offer an opportunity for architecture, design, and historic preservation professionals to apply for fiscal sponsorship by New York State Council on the Arts Independent Project grants. Van Alen will sponsor 20 Indepependent Projects through this program.

NYSCA’s 2016 program in Architecture + Design makes grants of up to $10,000 available for individuals (or a team) to creatively explore, or to research an issue or problem in thefields of architecture, landscape architecture, historic preservation, fashion, graphic, industrial and/or interior design that advances that field and contributes to a broader understanding of design. The category seeks projects that are innovative in nature and emphasize artistry and design excellence. Projects may lead to the creation of design prototypes, explore new technology which impacts design, research a topic in design or architectural history, or engage in critical or theoretical analyses.

NYSCA Independent Project Grants: What You Need to Know

Design fields which are supported include architecture, landscape architecture, and graphic, fashion, industrial, furniture, and interior design.
Independent Projects originate with the individual (or team). Applications may only be submitted through a sponsoring organization.
Your project dates must fall within Van Alen’s 12-month NYSCA grant period of1/1/2016 – 12/31/2016.
Previously funded projects have included the development of design prototypes, historical studies of building types, critical and theoretical analyses, and explorations of new technology for the design fields.
Funds awarded for Independent Projects are individual artist awards, but are not fellowships. All funded projects are awarded the full amount requested up to $10,000. Requests must include the artist’s fee and may include related project expenses.
Key Guidelines

The individual (or team) must be professionals in their related architecture, design and/or historic preservation field. Architectural and design historians qualify. Visual artists whose work references the built environment are not eligible for support.
The project must emphasize design and reflect one (or more) of the fields supported in the category: architecture, landscape architecture, fashion, graphic, industrial and/or interior design.
This category cannot support past work or current client work. It is intended to support new ideas and explorations which further the evolution of relevant design fields.
Individuals may be associated with only one project request per year. If individuals appear on more than one request, both requests will be deemed ineligible for support.
Faculty in architecture or design schools are welcome to apply. However, their proposed projects must not be part of a course curriculum.
Student projects are ineligible for support. Currently matriculated students must document that their projects are not related to the completion of a degree.
The individual (or team) must provide evidence that they are current New York State residents.
Proof of New York State residency requires two of the documents per individual.
NYSCA funds cannot be used for out-of-state travel expenses.
How to Apply

To apply through Van Alen Institute, please download the registration form (Word document) AND the application form (PDF) and return both completed forms along with all support materials to by midnight on March 23, 2015. All applications should be submitted with the subject line “NYSCA Independent Project Application Request.”

Please note that only complete applications will be reviewed for sponsorship by Van Alen. The Institute will select a maximum of 20 Independent Projects for submission to NYSCA based on their completeness, eligibility, and alignment with Van Alen Institute’s mission. Selected individuals may be asked to submit additional application information betweenMarch 24 and the final NYSCA deadline of April 10, 2015.

All questions regarding this grant opportunity should be directed to

For further information about this funding opportunity and application instructions, see NYSCA’s Architecture + Design Program’s guidelines for the Independent Projects Category at

Paid Internships at the Johnson Museum

Fall 2015 (and beyond) paid internships at the Johnson Museum have just been posted. These positions are open to all majors, and applications are due April 6. Form here: HFJ-Internships2015


Alana Ryder | Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Coordinator for Academic Programs
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art | Cornell University
114 Central Avenue | Ithaca, NY  14853-4001
t: 607.255.2541 | e:

Angela Campbell (Metropolitan Museum), Conserving Works on Paper

Art | Science Intersections lecture 
Conserving Works on Paper
Thursday February 26, 5:15 p.m. Johnson Museum of Art 

Angela Campbell, assistant paper conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss pursuing a career as a conservator of works of art on paper.  

This free public lecture is supported in part by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and held in conjunction with the exhibition An Eye for Detail: Dutch Painting from the Leiden Collection and the seminar “Art | Science Intersections,” a collaboration between the Johnson Museum, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and the Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS). Additional support was provided through the generosity of Helen-Mae and Seymour R. Askin, Jr. ’47, and of Joseph W. Simon ’80 and Ernest F. Steiner ’63 in honor of Vera C. Simon ’55.

The entire Museum is open Thursdays until 8:00 p.m. now through April 30. Parking for this event is FREE at the metered spots in front of the Museum, and visitors can park at ANY Cornell parking garage. The closest is at Martha Van Rensselaer Hall off Forest Home Drive, about a five-minute walk east of the Museum.