June 19 – July 7, 2017 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN
The period between 1400-1800 has been studied, until recently, as a time when European societies expanded to the rest of the globe through conquest and commerce. Scholars have convincingly questioned this paradigm in the past decades, and established the agency of non-European societies and communities across the globe. The institute’s aim is to revisit this seminal period through the lens of exchange, interaction, and movement. The early modern world was unified through the near-simultaneous expansion of empires across Eurasia, from England through the Middle East to the Indian subcontinent and China.
Consolidated with gunpowder weapons and new administrative technologies, and motivated by inter-imperial competition, these empires connected several parts of the globe through political and commercial networks. In the process, they also laid the ground for the circulation of individuals and communities, objects, germs, and ideas, to an unprecedented extent. The institute will be organized along three intertwining themes, which will build upon one another:
- (1) Travelers—Circulating Bodies;
- (2) Mapping Travel, Mapping Ideas; and
- (3) Connected Histories—Circulating Ideas.
How to Apply
Before proceeding with your application, please consult the eligibility requirements as determined by the National Endowment for the Humanities here.
A completed application consists of the following items:
- the completed application cover sheet:
- a résumé or short biography, with contact information for two professional references;
- an application essay (no longer than four double-spaced pages).
As the first step of your application, please fill out the Application Cover Sheet online. Please combine your materials (NEH cover sheet, résumé or short biography, and application essay) into a single PDF and email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please submit all materials by: March 1, 2017
While the preferred application method is via email, applications can be mailed, in three copies, to:
NEH Summer Institute
Department of History
1020 E. Kirkwood Ave.
742 Ballantine Hall
Bloomington, IN 47405
Perhaps the most important part of the application is the essay that must be submitted as part of the complete application. In this essay, please provide us with:
- relevant information about your personal and academic background;
- your reasons for applying to this particular program;
- how you anticipate participation in the Institute to impact your teaching, research, and/or writing projects, which should include a description of an independent project you plan to pursue in addition to the common work of the seminar. Describe the questions or themes you are keen to investigate in your project and what form those investigations might take (a syllabus, unit, set of lectures, conference paper, annotated bibliography, research article or chapter outline/ draft, a research or teaching journal, etc.).
- a summary of how you anticipate you might contribute to the Institute learning community.
A committee of scholars will review your application in March. You will be informed of their decision on Friday, March 31, 2017.
Please direct all application inquiries to:
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