Fellowship Announcement | TOTALITY | 2014-15 Main Seminar
Disciplines across the humanities and social sciences are experiencing a turn towards paradigms of the whole. Those paradigms—globe, world, planet, empire, system, and network, to name a few—ask us to imagine totality rather than particularity, whole instead of part.
Within different fields, this development goes by many names, takes various forms, and has emerged at uneven rates. But it is everywhere freighted with ethical and political urgency. This seminar aims to historicize that urgency as well as the key terms with which it has been articulated. We will consider why this kind of thinking and imagining seems so important today. The interdisciplinary format of the seminar will allow us to explore how and why frameworks for totality have emerged in disparate fields, and how that emergence has followed separate as well as overlapping paths. We will be interested to explore the prehistory for the terms we have—as well as new paradigms that may just now be emerging. Paradigms of totality are being used to organize knowledge, calibrate social relations, imagine communities, and calculate geographies. We seek to bring together a broad spectrum of scientists, humanists, and social scientists who are using, inventing, and thinking about these and other models of the whole.
Seminar Leaders: David Kurnick and Rebecca Walkowitz, Department of English, Rutgers University
In 2014-15, CCA will sponsor faculty fellowships for Rutgers faculty, graduate fellowships for Rutgers graduate students, and two external post-doctoral fellowships with awards of $45,000. CCA also awards non-funded associate fellowships. All fellows will have access to the Center's resources during the tenure of the fellowship and will be expected to participate in and to present their work to the Center seminars, which meet regularly throughout the academic year. Applications can be found at the links below.
- External Fellowship Applications - are now handled through our online search system. This is an online application, which must be completed at one session. The application portal will only be available 8/15/13 through 1/6/14, and may be found at: https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/21933