[lg policy] Fwd: The Fung Global Fellows Program: Current Topic: Languages and Authority (Princeton)

Harold Schiffman haroldfs at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 27 15:01:54 UTC 2012

Forwarded From:  LINGANTH at listserv.linguistlist.org

Although it's hard to track down the criteria, these fellowships appear to
be for scholars who received the Ph.D. no earlier than 2003, and who are
employed in institutions outside the U.S.

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Subject: H-SAE: The Fung Global Fellows Program: Current Topic: Languages
and Authority (Princeton)
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From: Serguei A. Oushakine <oushakin at Princeton.EDU<mailto:
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The Fung Global Fellows Program reflects Princeton University’s commitment
to engaging with scholars from around the world and inspiring ideas that
transcend borders. The program brings exceptional international
early-career faculty members working in the social sciences and the
humanities to Princeton for a year of research, writing, and collaboration.
It is administered by the Princeton Institute for International and
Regional Studies, which serves as a site for integration and joint activity
across all of the University's international and area programs.

Each year, the Fung Global Fellows Program will select six scholars from
around the world to be in residence at Princeton for one academic year and
to engage in research, writing, and collaboration around a common theme.
The program includes a public seminar series where the fellows will present
their work to the University community. Fellowships will be awarded through
a competitive application process to scholars employed outside the United
States who have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement, exhibit
unusual intellectual promise, and are still early in their careers.

This program is supported by a gift from William Fung, group chairman of Li
& Fung, a Hong Kong-based multinational group of export and retailing
companies. Fung earned a BSE in electrical engineering from Princeton in
1970 and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1972, and
then began his career at the family firm. He joined Princeton's Board of
Trustees in 2009, and has previously supported Princeton's groundbreaking
financial aid program. "In this new age of globalization, Princeton should
be even more involved in fostering scholarship everywhere it takes place,"
Fung said. "Through this gift, I hope to enable Princeton to become a
stronger catalyst for developing new and exciting research and for creating
international scholarly communities."

Current Topic: Languages and Authority

In 2013–14, the program’s inaugural year, the fellows and the accompanying
seminar series will focus on how languages interact with political, social,
economic, and cultural authority.  Languages can be powerful tools for
expressing and asserting authority.  Yet they also constitute forms of
authority in and of themselves (such as in the standardization and
uniformity that they impose). Languages as forms of authority are also
contested, and language communities have often formed a basis for resisting
authority. Possible topics for this cycle include the ways in which
languages and language use interact with globalization, empire,
decolonization, nation-state formation, nationalism, language policy,
language ideology, social stratification, migration, commerce and trade,
social and religious movements, and the sociology of knowledge production.


The application deadline for the 2013–14 Fung Global Fellows Program is
November 1, 2012. An online form is available at

Interested scholars whose research engages with the theme “Languages and
Authority” and who meet the eligibility criteria as outlined below are
invited to submit their application online by November 1, 2012.


 Harold F. Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of
 Dravidian Linguistics and Culture
Dept. of South Asia Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305

Phone:  (215) 898-7475
Fax:  (215) 573-2138

Email:  haroldfs at gmail.com

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