Summer Fellowship Opportunity

Paul Hopper ph1u at ANDREW.CMU.EDU
Mon Feb 24 23:48:17 UTC 2003

Dear Funknet Colleagues,
Could you please direct the attention of Ph.D. students and junior faculty to the following opportunity. It is a funded two-summer program on "The Concept of Language in the Academic Disciplines" for Ph.D. students and recent Ph.D.s., directed by Talbot Taylor and John Joseph. Awardees attend two two-week seminars, the first in the US in 2003, the second at a location in Europe in 2004. Awardees are given all expenses plus $600 stipends for each of the two summers. Linguistics is among the fields from which applications are especially invited.
Details on how and where to apply are contained in the body of the announcement.

- Paul Hopper
Paul J. Hopper
Paul Mellon Distinguished Professor of the Humanities
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA 15213, USA
Telephone (412) 268-7174
Fax (412) 268-7989


Fellowships for the European-American Young Scholars' Summer Institute on
"The Concept of Language in the Academic Disciplines" 2003-2004

Dates:  August 3-16, 2003,  at the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; August 3-13, 2004, European location to be announced

Conveners: John E. Joseph (Edinburgh) and Talbot J. Taylor (Williamsburg)

The program will cover the cost of travel, meals, lodging, and texts for both the U.S. and European meetings.  Participants will receive a stipend of $600 per summer.

Application deadline: April 15, 2003

Full details and application are available at the following websites:

The European-American Young Scholars' Summer Institutes are sponsored by
- the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, CA,
- the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton,
- the National Humanities Center, Research Triangle Park,
- the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, Wassenaar,
- the Social Science Research Council, New York,
- the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, Uppsala,
- the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

This program is made possible by grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

The European and-American Young Scholars' Summer Institutes are open to Ph.D. candidates and scholars who havereceived a Ph.D. since 1997. They are
designed to support the development of scholarly networks and collaborative
projects among young scholars from academic institutions in the United States and Europe. Led by distinguished senior scholars, each institute will accommodate twenty participants and will be built around two summer seminars, one held in the United States and another in Europe in consecutive years. Participants will present their research and collaborate
on new projects at the seminars and between the two meetings. The program seeks to explore theoretical, methodological and empirical issues; promote the integration of approaches and interpretations from various disciplines into the participants' research; review the state of research in an institute's field; and identify promising areas for further research.

The Institute on "The Concept of Language in the Academic Disciplines"
This institute will approach the concept of language in the academic disciplines from both an historical and a contemporary point of view. In the first summer, it will investigate the origins and historical development of concepts of language in Western thought and in certain non-Western modes of thought. It will also examine how concepts of language
and other closely related concepts such as those of knowledge, society, and
nation have shaped the theoretical and methodological assumptions and practices that underlie a range of disciplines spanning humanistic and scientific inquiry.

Participants will consider language from a variety of perspectives, including:
· its integration with and influence on educational practices,
 its transformation by the development of printing and the practices of print culture,
· its integration with and influence on the development of the new sciences in the European Renaissance,
· its integration with and influence on the development of the European nation-states beginning in the modern period, and
· its co-opting by the emerging discipline of linguistics and the repercussions of this development for the discourses of academic disciplinarity from the 19th to the 21st century.

In the second summer the institute will focus on the current discourse of the academic disciplines represented by the institute participants and the concepts of language that underlie those fields of study. The agenda for the second summer will be set by the research questions established in the first summer and pursued by the participants throughout the intervening year. The institute's second meeting will have as its specific aim the completion of a publishable study by each participant.

The precise set of disciplines addressed in the second summer will depend in part on which applicants are selected. Since every academic discipline rests fundamentally on one or more concepts of language, the institute will
not restrict the possible list. The program hopes to receive applications from people working in at least the following areas: Anthropology, Biological Sciences, History, Linguistics, Literary and Cultural Theory, Medicine, Philosophy (including Aesthetics), the Physical Sciences, Psychology & Cognitive Science, Rhetoric, Law, Sociology, Translation.

The institute will (1) identify and discuss the key theoretical, methodological and empirical issues; (2) integrate approaches and interpretations from various disciplines; (3) review the state of the research field; (4) produce papers for publication; and (5) identify promising areas for further research.

Faculty:  John E. Joseph, Professor of Applied Linguistics, The University of Edinburgh
Talbot J. Taylor, L.G.T. Cooley Professor of English and Linguistics, College of William & Mary

Application Procedure
Applications are invited from Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D.s (degree received after May 1997) studying or teaching in the United States or in Europe whose research relates to the topics of the institutes. Candidates should note that in the case of both institutes they are applying for two summer workshops: one at the National Humanities Center in Research Triangle Park, NC, and another in Europe. Successful applicants will be expected to attend both workshops of their institute. The working language of the institutes is English.
To apply, send the following, in English, to the appropriate address below:
1. A completed application (forms available online)
2. A curriculum vitae
3. A statement of up to 1,000 words (not counting cited references) detailing current research interests and past research and writing related to the institute topic
4. A list of not more than five background readings potentially relevant to
all participants of the summer institute
5. One letter of recommendation
Applications should be received by April 15, 2003.

EUROPEAN CANDIDATES SHOULD ADDRESS QUERIES AND APPLICATIONS TO:European-American Young Scholars' Summer Institutes c/o Mr. Michael Becker, Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Wallotstrasse 19D-14193Berlin, Germany
Tel.: +49 30 / 89001 - 267Fax: +49 30 / 89001 - 200  E-mail: becker at

U.S. CANDIDATES SHOULD ADDRESS QUERIES AND APPLICATIONS TO: European-American Young Scholars' Summer Institutes, c/o Richard R. Schramm, Vice President for Education Programs, National Humanities Center,
P.O. Box 12256, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2256 USA Tel.: 919-549-0661, Fax: 919-990-8535
E-mail: rschramm at

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