IHR Fellows

Fellows ProjectsThe IHR Fellows Programs bring together ASU faculty and visiting scholars to pursue research and writing in an environment designed to be stimulating and supportive. Fellows will be asked to contribute to the general enrichment of humanities scholarship by attending seminars and holding public events related to their research topics.

The 2014-2015 fellows theme is:

affect and reason

Humanists have been central to reconsidering the active role that emotions play in the constructions of reason, truth, subjectivity and narrative. Building on recent analyses of the unconscious and studies of the phenomenology of the senses in the social, cognitive and developmental sciences, humanities scholars have come to understand the production and channeling of affect as a central category in scientific fields once considered “value neutral.” They have also begun to reanalyze the role of human emotion in shaping and regulating ancient and modern communities through various discursive forms, ranging from religious and mythic narrative to modern advertising.

We invite scholars from across the disciplines to apply for an IHR Fellowship supporting inquiry into the power of affect across time and space, across the fields of knowledge and the varieties of personal experience, analyzing how the mobilization of affect shapes cultural, political, religious, scientific or aesthetic understandings and how the invocation of affect interacts with taboos and sanctions, and/or compounds its relations with the world of objectivity and rationality. Successful applications might explore the way in which affect is considered central to the meaning of an activity or the ways in which its banishment is thought to be constitutive of the activity itself. One may ask, for example, how a political movement seeks to banish one type of emotion in favor of another, how the expression of emotions shapes foundational judgments in a literary genre, or how a shift in scientific epistemology entails particular types of emotion in the articulation of public and private, gendered and classed, religious and secular distinctions.

Related questions include:

  • How do communities of emotion construct publics and counter-publics?
  • How does the cultural history of shame inform race, gender and class discrimination?
  • What are the politics and metrics of measuring happiness?
  • How is affect deployed in narratives of health and well-being?
  • What role does the assessment of emotional states play in the writing or execution of law within the state?
  • How has modern media transformed emotional appeal?
  • In what ways is the concept of reason predicated on the exclusion of the emotions?
  • How did the waning of the classical doctrine of the passions prepare new forms of subjectivity, community and dissent?
  • What are the limits to studying the biological foundations of the emotions?
  • What is the epistemology of feeling and how can one know the feelings of Others?
  • How is a theory of the emotions or passions crucial to traditional, fundamentalist or secularized practices of religion?
  • How are literary, musical or philosophical expressions of nationalism dependent on particular rather than universal conceptions of sentiment?
  • How did the rise of authenticity or discourses of identity alter the ethics of virtue and community?

2014-2015 ASU Fellows

The IHR ASU Fellows program provides funding for either individual tenured or tenure-track faculty or research teams (two to three faculty) to engage in a year of research related to the annual theme, share their research with the academic community (via lectures, a conference or symposium), and produce a strong application for a large external grant.

Deadline: Monday, March 3, 2014

ASU Fellows Guidelines

ASU Fellows Applications

ASU Fellows Budget Template

SPRING 2015 Visiting Fellows

The Visiting Fellows program is for tenured and tenure-track scholars from other institutions of higher education in the U.S. and abroad to spend spring semester in residence at the Institute for Humanities Research (IHR), participating in the intellectual life of the IHR and the university community. The Visiting Fellowship provides the opportunity to conduct research, collaborate with ASU faculty, and write. The Visiting Fellowship also promotes an exchange of ideas among visitors and ASU Fellows also working on the annual theme, which in 2014-15 will be Affect and Reason. Visitors will participate in weekly fellows meetings and give public lectures and seminars on their research topics while in residence at the IHR.

Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2014

Visiting Fellows Guidelines

Visiting Fellows Application

Visiting Fellows - Guidelines for Referees

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