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Focal Themes & Fellows

Our focal theme for the 2017-18 academic year is CORRUPTION.

Considerations of corruption have a long lineage in philosophical, theological, critical, and political thought. We welcome global approaches to understanding corruption in political, legal, and institutional terms, as a symptom of disorder or, alternatively, a means of asserting order, such as in a government, university, or institution.  In moral or religious spheres, corruption often marks the “fallen” or what is other to an original or desired soul, life, or society of perfection.  [read more]

Upcoming Focal Theme: AUTHORITY

From auctoritas to the author to authoritarianism, the question of authority – whether grounded in epistemological expertise, juridical power, rhetorical persuasiveness, creative innovation, divine decree, or political charisma – is inextricable from humanistic inquiry and critique. With authority, the power to decide, to authorize, to adjudicate, to rule, and to hold sway stands or falls – in science, law, art, oratory, religion, or politics. The Society invites scholarly projects that trace the consequences, crises, and possibilities of authority across historical periods, disciplinary boundaries, geographic territories, and social contexts.  [read more]

We are currently accepting applications for our 2018-19 Authority-themed fellowships

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