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IPRH–Andrew W. Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in Environmental Humanities, 2018–19

Deadline: January 12 2018

Updated: October 12 2017

The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to select two Pre-Doctoral Fellows in Environmental Humanities for the 2018–19 academic year.

Environmental Humanities pulls the energy of several discipline-centric humanistic and related movements—environmental philosophy, environmental history, ecocriticism, cultural geography, anthropology, and others—into one common conversation about the relationship between humans and non-human nature, past and present. Intensely interdisciplinary and methodologically diverse, practitioners of the environmental humanities are united by their desire to understand the human place in nature, as well as to examine critically the way people make meaning of it.

The IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in all activities of the Environmental Humanities Research Group, as led by the IPRH-Mellon Faculty Fellow in Environmental Humanities, Professor Robert Morrissey. In addition to pursuing environmental humanities-related research projects of their own, the IPRH-Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellows will participate in a seminar aimed at developing methodologies for environmental humanities research and pedagogy.

Advanced PhD students from all humanities disciplines, including the humanities-inflected social sciences, whose research and teaching interests lie in the area of environmental humanities, are encouraged to apply. Special consideration will be given to applicants whose scholarship explores themes of climate or climate change, indigenous studies, place and space, resilience, or technology.