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Critical Inquiry into Value Imagination & Culture (CIVIC)
The Provost’s Task Force for the Humanities and Arts

 

A Call for Applications for a CIVIC Research Collaborative in Media Studies (2018-2020)

The provost’s task force for the humanities and arts (CIVIC) is seeking proposals to form a Research Collaborative (Colab) in Media Studies for the 2-year term of fall 2018-spring 2020. A grant of $30,000 per year for the group will support the Colab’s research and outreach.

Proposals are due: March 30, 2018

           

CIVIC Collaboratives (Colabs):

Comprised of 5 or more Cornell humanities and arts members, CIVIC colabs conduct group research on cutting edge issues in the humanities and arts at the intersection of old and new media. As an experimental research model designed to generate unexpected ideas and outcomes, colabs may include members from multiple colleges whose research emphasizes humanistic and arts-oriented inquiry.

CIVIC Collaboratives Structure:

  • Length: 2 academic years (applicants may apply for either one academic year or the full two-year term)
  • Members: 5 or more Cornell faculty members, lecturers, and /or librarians per Colab
  • Research grant of $30,000 per year to support the group’s research and outreach efforts
  • Colab faculty, in consultation with respective deans and chairs, may be eligible for course release. In A&S, this will generally be one course release per year, with some restrictions.
  • Media Colab participants will meet as a group once a week and are encouraged to participate in the ongoing midday Media Studies cross-college faculty colloquium (i.e., presentations of work in progress, approximately 3 times per term).
  • Meeting / working space designated solely for the Colab will be provided.

In addition:

  • Each CIVIC Colab must include an aspect of curricular innovation related to the research topic (e.g., developing a new seminar or studio based on the research topic; planning parallel individual seminars /studios in different departments that include collective group components, etc.).
  • Each CIVIC Colab must include some form of public outreach or presentation of its research in its second year, whether as a workshop, conference, exhibition, performance, lecture series, distinguished public lecture, civic engagement, etc.
  • Upon completion of the 2-year collaborative, a final report must be submitted to CIVIC.
     

“Media” names the diverse modes of communication from the hieroglyph to html, encompassing the myriad technologies, forms, and practices by which information, images, and ideologies circulate amongst a global population. “Media” names the transformation of every discipline by new arrangements of texts and information, sounds and images, new technologies of language and representation, and new requirements for interpretation, evaluation, and formal media production for every college graduate. “Media” designates not only the vastly influential contemporary spheres of mass-media (cinema, radio, television) and web-based media, but also a long, dense history of design, icons, rhetoric, systems, information, and technology. “Media,” in short, is the means through which society is disseminated, reflected, tested, challenged, and changed. It is an ancient concept that remains cutting edge in its applications. Media studies at Cornell reflects the distinctly historical, critical, and materialist bases of media studies (as implicit in book history, science and technology studies, and media archaeology), and conjoins these to critical approaches grounded in the present (matters of policy as well as cultural critique) as well as computational research projects.
(taken from the CIVIC report, May 2017)

 

Call for Applications

The provost’s task force for the humanities and arts (CIVIC) is seeking proposals to form a Research Collaborative (Colab) in Media Studies for the 2-year term of fall 2018-spring 2020. Applicants may apply for either one academic year or the full two-year term. A grant of $30,000 per year for the group will support the Colab’s research and outreach.

Applications may be submitted either by groups (2-3 people from different departments) or individually. From the applications, one interdisciplinary research working group (5 or more people) will be formed with the goal of engendering collaboration across disciplines on media-related projects.

Eligibility: Any Cornell faculty member, lecturer, or librarian whose research pertains to the arts and/or humanities.

Application Guidelines:

Applications for the CIVIC Media Colab may be submitted either by a group (2-3 people) or by an individual. Please send files as a single pdf file to Emily Parsons (elp25@cornell.edu) by March 30, 2018.

  1. Cover page with project title, applicant name(s), position title(s), department(s), netID(s), notate one-year or two-year term
  2. CV (for group applications, please include CV for each member)
  3. Research statement of no more than 700 words (2 pages) describing in detail the proposed media project

If a group project, please include one-paragraph descriptions of the individual project for each member. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their preliminary plans with CIVIC members before submitting proposals. If you have questions, please contact either Annette Richards (annette.richards@cornell.edu) or Paul Fleming (pf239@cornell.edu).