Applications for the 2015 Summer Seminar are now being accepted!

MELLON DANCE STUDIES SEMINAR 2015

Applications from advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty are invited for an intensive summer seminar on interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the seminar will be held June 21-27, 2015 at Northwestern University. Participants will engage with each other’s work as well as with the work of invited senior scholars. Accepted applicants will have their costs covered for tuition, room and board and, in addition, receive up to $500 to cover travel expenses. International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

Please send a cover letter stating your research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Seminar Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton (j-britton@northwestern.edu) with the subject line “Dance Studies Seminar.” Deadline for applications is January 16, 2015.

The 2015 summer seminar is part of a multi-year initiative titled Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. A Mellon-funded partnership between three universities—Brown, Northwestern and Stanford—Dance Studies in/and the Humanities invests in emerging scholars in a growing field.

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Applications now being accepted for Mellon Dance Studies 2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellows

A consortium of three research universities—Brown, Northwestern, and Stanford—seeks to appoint Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows in Dance Studies for the academic year 2014-15. Fellows will be associated with humanities centers on each campus and will teach two undergraduate courses. In addition, fellows will attend intensive week-long seminars, held the summer before and after the fellowship year, devoted to strategies for interdisciplinary research and teaching. International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from Ph.D.s in all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

The initial appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Applicants must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. no later than July 15, 2014 and no earlier than July 15, 2011. Campus placement and departmental affiliation will be determined by the Search Committee.

Please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, writing sample, a sample syllabus for an introductory course in dance studies, and three letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Search Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton (j-britton@northwestern.edu) with the subject line “Dance Studies Search.” AA/EOE. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Deadline for applications is December 15, 2013.

Search – Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar 2014

Applications now being accepted for Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar 2014 at Stanford

Applications from advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty are invited for an intensive summer seminar on interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the seminar will be held June 22-28, 2014 at Stanford University. Participants will engage with each other’s work as well as with the work of invited senior scholars. Accepted applicants will have their costs covered for tuition, room and board and, in addition, receive up to $500 to cover travel expenses.  International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

Please send a cover letter stating your research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Seminar Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton (j-britton@northwestern.edu) with the subject line “Dance Studies Seminar.” Deadline for applications is January 15, 2014.

The 2014 summer seminar is part of a multi-year initiative titled Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. A Mellon-funded partnership between three universities—Brown, Northwestern and Stanford—Dance Studies in/and the Humanities invests in emerging scholars in a growing field. Subsequent summer seminars will be held at Northwestern (2015).

Seach Closed- Mellon Dance Studies Summer Seminar 2013

MELLON DANCE STUDIES SEMINAR 2013

Applications from advanced graduate students, recent Ph.D.s, and junior faculty are invited for an intensive summer seminar on interdisciplinary research and teaching in dance studies. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, the seminar will be held June 16-22, 2013 at Brown University. Participants will engage with each other’s work as well as with the work of invited senior scholars. Accepted applicants will have their costs covered for tuition, room and board and, in addition, receive up to $500 to cover travel expenses.  International applicants are welcome, as are applicants from all fields in the humanities and humanistic social sciences that border dance studies.

Please send a cover letter stating your research and teaching interests, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and two letters of recommendation to Dance Studies Seminar Committee, Northwestern University, University Hall 215, 1897 Sheridan Road, Evanston IL 60208-2240. Electronic applications (in Word or pdf) may be emailed to project assistant Jennifer Britton (j-britton@northwestern.edu) with the subject line “Dance Studies Seminar.” Deadline for applications is January 15, 2013

The 2013 summer seminar is part of a multi-year initiative titled Dance Studies in/and the Humanities. A Mellon-funded partnership between three universities—Brown, Northwestern and Stanford—Dance Studies in/and the Humanities invests in emerging scholars in a growing field. Subsequent summer seminars will be held at Stanford (2014) and Northwestern (2015). Postdoctoral fellows in Dance Studies were appointed at all three schools in September 2012; a second and final class of postdoctoral fellows will be appointed in September 2014.

 

 

“Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” announces its inaugural class of Postdoctoral Fellows in Dance Studies and its first Summer Dance Seminar at Northwestern University funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

May 23, 2012—Evanston IL
Contact: Jennifer Britton at j-britton@northwestern.edu or 847.491.7294

“Dance Studies in/and the Humanities” announces its inaugural class of Postdoctoral Fellows in Dance Studies and its first Summer Dance Seminar at Northwestern University funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Jason Bush, a specialist in transnational indigenous performance and global dance studies who received his Ph.D. in Theatre Studies from The Ohio State University, will become the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies at Stanford University. Jose Luis Reynoso, a specialist in the history of Mexican and American modern dance who received his Ph.D. in Culture and Performance from the University of California-Los Angeles, will become the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies at Northwestern University. Brandon Shaw, a specialist in phenomenology and dance spectatorship who received his Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will become the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Dance Studies at Brown University.

“The fellows were drawn from a rich and diverse pool of applicants,” says Janice Ross, a co-director of the Mellon project and Professor of Dance at Stanford. “Whereas roughly a third of applicants came from dance-specific Ph.D. programs, the remainder came from twelve other disciplines in the humanities, ranging from American Studies and Anthropology to Religion and Sociology. Just as dance studies has much to learn from adjacent fields in the humanities, so dance studies has much to offer adjacent fields.”

“We were surprised that all the finalists were men,” says Rebecca Schneider, co-director of the project and Professor and Chair of Theatre and Performance Studies at Brown. “This is quite anomalous within dance studies, for the majority of scholars in the field in the U.S. academy are women. But we set up a selection process whereby local search committees chose candidates who best fit their profile and needs, and it turned out that Jason, Jose, and Brandon exactly fit the bill at Stanford, Northwestern, and Brown.”

The Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows will start their appointments by participating in an intensive week-long summer seminar to be held at Northwestern University June 24-30, 2012. There they will be joined by 24 other young dance scholars, “drawn from an equally rich and diverse pool of applicants,” says Susan Manning, project director and Professor of English, Theatre, and Performance Studies at Northwestern. “We’re anticipating an amazing five days of discussion and debate on ‘best practices’ for interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field. Priya Srinivasan, Associate Professor of Critical Dance Studies at the University of California-Riverside, and Gerald Siegmund, Professor of Dance Studies at Justus-Liebig University in Germany, will join us to lend their distinctive perspectives to our conversation. Norman Hirschy, an acquisitions editor at Oxford University Press, will address the group on recent trends in academic publishing.”

The project website at www.mellondancestudies.org/summer-seminar-2012 includes short biographies of all the participants in the summer seminar, including the postdoctoral fellows. In the fall, the website will post a call for applications for future postdoctoral fellows as well as for next year’s summer seminar scheduled for June 23-29, 2013 at Brown.