Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

IHS announces 2018-19 theme “Genealogies of Freedom,” calls or fellowship applications

Fri, November 17, 2017
IHS announces 2018-19 theme “Genealogies of Freedom,” calls or fellowship applications
Photo Credit: Root system with root nodules of a black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia). Wikimedia Commons. August 17, 2012.

On Wednesday, IHS Director and Professor of History Miriam Bodian announced the institute's research theme for 2018-2019, officially kicking off the call for applications for fellowships next year. The announcement described the new theme, "Genealogies of Freedom" as follows:

The meaning of the word “freedom” is often taken for granted today, as if it means the same thing to everyone. This is true for the English term as well as for its equivalents in other languages. Yet the concept and practice of freedom have a rich and complex history, one that has been written, in Foucault’s phrase, on “entangled and confused parchments.” For its 2018-19 theme, the Institute for Historical Studies calls for projects that can help us understand the dynamic, shifting course of concepts of freedom over time and space. We seek an understanding that is attentive to disparity, contingency, and rupture, and that takes into account issues of language, religion, class, race, gender and sexuality.  Among the questions that might be considered: How is the freedom of one group dependent upon the “unfreedom” of others? How have social practices served to thwart legally mandated freedoms (as in post-abolition societies)? How have theology and ideology molded conceptualizations of freedom? When cultures have come into contact, benignly or violently, how have concepts of freedom been conveyed across cultural and linguistic barriers?

Associate Professor of History and current IHS Fellow Benjamin Claude Brower, will serve as IHS Coordinator in 2018-2019, overseeing the annual conference that examines the Genealogies theme in spring 2019.

IHS invites applications for resident fellows at all ranks. For information about the institute's fellowship and application process, please visit: liberalarts.utexas.edu/historicalstudies/fellowships/resident-fellows.php. Note the application deadline of Monday, January 15, 2018. Please feel free to forward the formal announcement of the external fellowship competition to colleagues and networks at other institutions.

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