May 23, 2012—Evanston IL
Contact: Jennifer Britton at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.