The Institute for Critical Social Inquiry (ICSI) at the New School for Social Research is now accepting fellowship applications for our 2016 Summer Seminars. Founded and directed by Ann Laura Stoler, ICSI offers advanced graduate students and faculty from around the world the opportunity to participate in a weeklong fellowship, during which they work closely with eminent scholars who have shaped how we think today.
The coming year’s Summer Seminars will run from June 12-18, 2016 and will be led by Jay M. Bernstein (New School for Social Research), who will convene the seminar Of Masters and Slaves: Reading Hegel's Phenomenology; Judith Butler (University of California, Berkeley), who will convene the seminar Freud to Klein: Death Drive, Pleasure, Ethics; and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (Columbia), who will convene the seminar Why Marx Today?
Born of The New School’s historic focus on exploring pressing contemporary issues, the ICSI is designed to cultivate a style of critical inquiry that applies conceptual care and innovation to real-world problems. ICSI provides a rare opportunity for young and seasoned scholars to re-immerse themselves in intensive graduate-level study with leading theorists in morning Master Classes and to workshop their dissertations and book projects in the afternoon.
Advanced doctoral students and faculty in the humanities and social sciences are invited to apply for a Fellowship in one of the three seminars (applicants may select a first and a second choice on the application). If you select a second choice seminar, you MUST also explain in your statement why you would be a good fit for that seminar as well as your primary choice.
There are 60 available Fellowships (20 per seminar).
If you do not attend the New School and have previously held a Fellowship at ICSI, you are eligible to apply again; however, we will accept no more than 2 previous Fellows per seminar.
New School PhD students/candidates who have not previously held Fellowships at ICSI are eligible to apply and, if accepted, attend tuition-free; however, we will accept no more than 2 Fellows per seminar from the New School.
Successful applications will be those that demonstrate compelling research questions, significant intellectual preparation, and a commitment to critical and creative thought in a collaborative environment.
TUITION AND SCHOLARSHIPS
Tuition includes the weeklong seminar (including 5 Master Classes and 5 Workshops), one public lecture by each of the three faculty, one communal lunch, and the opening and closing receptions. Tuition does NOT cover travel, housing, or food. Tuition fees for all Fellows are below-cost, thanks to funding from the New School's Board of Trustees and private gifts. Tuition fees are as follows:
PhD students/candidates, postdoctoral scholars, and contingent faculty: $900
Junior faculty (tenure-track): $1,100
Tenured faculty: $1,500
Students and faculty: $400
*Priority for reduced-tuition scholarships will be given to applicants from the Global South (Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East), though in some cases we may consider scholars at institutions in Southern and Eastern Europe, and in very rare cases, scholars at resource-poor institutions in the United States and Canada. Please make sure you fully answer all questions regarding funding in the application below to help us determine your eligibility for scholarships.
All applicants who reside more than 125 miles from New York City will be considered for travel grants of either $200 or $1,000 to defray the cost of traveling to New York City. If awarded a travel grant, Fellows will be reimbursed up to either $200 or $1,000 of travel expenses, which will be disbursed upon arrival the week of June 12, 2016.
All participants have the option to be housed in the shared residences at Kerrey Hall in the University Center. With wonderful views of the city and easy access to the ICSI seminars, each suite is equipped with a full bathroom, a kitchen with a full size refrigerator, cabinets, cooktop and microwave, a telephone, and a dining table and chairs. The bedrooms are fully furnished and have individual room temperature controls and cable TV jacks. The entire building is set up for Wi-Fi internet access. The residence has an abundance of amenities and large common spaces, including a main TV lounge, study room, a laundry room, and a gym.
The cost for a shared room in a suite (suites have either 2 or 3 bedrooms) from June 12-19, 2016 is $350. If you would like a private room in one of the suites, the cost is $700. Check-in will also be available the day before the Seminar Week starts, June 11th.
The online application for the 2016 ICSI Summer Seminar is available here. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until December 1, 2015. Applicants will be notified with admissions decisions by the end of January. If accepted, a $100 deposit is due by February 15, 2016, with the balance due by April 15, 2016.
Applications will only be reviewed if ALL of the following steps are completed:
1. Complete the Application Form.
2. When prompted in the application, attach a 2-page statement of purpose that clearly and persuasively outlines your current research project, your training and preparation, and how you will benefit from the particular Master Class you wish to attend as well as the ICSI as a whole.
3. When prompted in the application, attach a current
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