Applications are invited for participation in the “Performing the Canadian Jewish Archive” project, an ongoing initiative under the aegis of the Endowed Chair in Canadian Jewish Studies at Concordia University. The goal of the project is to generate an ongoing series of critical research and creative projects from a range of disciplines that will: (1) utilize archival resources from a wide variety of current and original angles and approaches; (2) contribute to the breadth of critical scholarship investigating the Jewish-Canadian experience; and, (3) stimulate innovative interdisciplinary and creative engagement with archival resources to transform them into active agents of cultural production.
Projects can take the form of a range of critical research and creative projects, for instance: (1) the transformation of archival documents into a theatrical script; (2) an electro-acoustic musical composition, utilizing recorded archival sound; (3) the rearrangement of archived cantorial or other sheet music; (4) the creation of an audio-visual installation from photographs and written and recorded word; (5) an annotated family tree or genealogy using archival documents; or even, (6) a critical or creative reflection on individuals and groups whose presence has been excluded from the archive (7) traditional historical studies of archival documents will also be considered provided they include some sort of transformation process, such as a public talk based on the research.
Duration, responsibilities, and institutional support:
- The fellowship is awarded as a flat rate of $7000 to support recipients and defray any costs associated with research.
- Support for the project will be maintained for one academic semester and will involve 15 hours of work per week over the course of the semester from 1 September 2022 – 7 December 2022. The total amount of $7000 will be granted in two installments over the semester, the first installment at the start of the project in the amount of $3000 and the second installment at the start of November 2022 in the amount of $4000 (the winter semester will have similar corresponding dates).
- The recipient will be able to access sources at the Institute for Canadian Jewish Studies and have access to photocopying at the institute. A workspace can also be arranged if needed.
- The award is stand-alone, but in some instances the director will consider renewing the funding for another semester which will require a second application
- Participants will present their findings in the format of a small public talk or conference presentation during or shortly after their incumbency and also be prepared to give one lecture in a class (where relevant/applicable) as part of the fellowship program.
- Fellowship recipients should submit a report to Prof. Miranda Crowdus, every month to report on the progress of their project.
- Projects should be in English or French.
- Applicants must be Canadian or have the right to work in Canada before applying for the fellowship.
- In the interest of equity and inclusion, applicants without a formal academic doctoral degree, but who have other qualifications (for instance, an MFA or other non-doctoral terminal degree), expertise and/or experience that would generate a successful project, are warmly invited to apply.
- All research must comply with current copyright and fair use regulations including rules relating to the use of materials from the archive, and gain research ethics approval (where applicable, e.g. research involving human participants).
- Recipients should be resident in Montreal or the surrounding area for most of the duration of the fellowship.
- The project can comprise part of a greater research or creative project, but must be sufficiently self-contained in its own right to ensure completion over the course of one academic semester.
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