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Sawyer Seminar at the University of Chicago, 2011-2012
Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation

This Seminar is sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Dissertation Fellowships

The Sawyer Steering Committee is pleased to announce the Sawyer Dissertation-Year Fellowships for 2011-12:

Arvind Elangovan, a Doctoral Candidate in the History Department at the University of Chicago, will pursue his dissertation work on "A Civil Servant's Adieu to a Nation: Sir Benegal Narsing Rau and the Making of Postcolonial India, 1935-53."

Martha Sprigge, a Doctoral Candidate in the Music Department at the University of Chicago, will pursue her dissertation work on "Abilities to Mourn: Musical Commemoration in the German Democratic Republic (1945-1989)"

The Sawyer Seminar on "Around 1948: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Global Transformation" at the University of Chicago invites applications for two Dissertation Fellowship awards for either the academic year 2011-12 or the subsequent academic year 2012-13. These fellowships, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will be awarded to two graduate students in Humanities or Social Sciences at the University of Chicago, pursuing dissertation research in a topic related to the Sawyer Seminar. The seminar looks at the remarkable historical moment ‘around 1948’ across a range of international locations and from the point of view of several disciplines.  The significance of the seminar consists in the effort to identify, clarify, and compare the shape and form of the novel alignments and institutions to emerge in the wake of 1948.  Disparate moments in culture, society, and politics, we suggest, amounted to a historical turning point, a fundamental transformation the effects of which remain central to our understandings of citizenship, art, and obligation to this day.  Rather than neglecting the immediate post-war years as a distinct historical moment, we seek to reveal and analyze little-noticed (or undiscovered) connections and exchanges between events and developments that are proximate in time. 

The Dissertation Fellows will be expected to pursue research and write-up in residence at the University of Chicago in 2011-12 or 2012-13. They will be expected to participate in the Sawyer Seminar community by attending the workshop, lectures and conference events. The fellowship provides tuition, the Student Life Fee, University student health insurance on the Basic Plan (if the fellow elects to take it), and a stipend of $23,000.

To be eligible for this grant, students must have exhausted their existing aid commitments beginning in the academic year in which they hold the award (2011-12 or 2012-13).  They cannot have held or currently hold any University of Chicago (i.e., divisional, departmental, center) dissertation write-up fellowship.  The Sawyer awards may not be held by students who are beyond the tenth year in their program in 2011-12; beyond the ninth year in 2012-13.  Students applying to hold the award in 2011-12 must be admitted to candidacy by March 31, 2011; to hold the award in 2012-13, they must demonstrate admission to candidacy by March 31, 2012.

The deadline for receipt of applications for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 Dissertation Fellowships is Friday, April 8, 2011.

For more information, please write to
franke-humanities@uchicago.edu.

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