Call for Applications: Summer Faculty Workshop on Race and Ethnicity

Nov 11, 2010
Michigan State University, together with the CIC, is sponsoring a summer workshop for mid-career faculty members at CIC institutions engaged in research on race and ethnicity in the United States. The MSU-CIC Mid-Career Faculty Workshop on Race and Ethnicity: Making the Periphery Central will take place on the MSU campus in East Lansing from June 20-24, 2011. The application deadline for this workshop is Jan. 3; decisions will be announced on March 1.

In recent years, scholars in African American, Asian American, Jewish American, Latino/a, and Native American studies have argued that racialized communities are not peripheral, but instead integral to defining the US experience.  These scholars have investigated complicated and nuanced relationships surrounding race, ethnicity, and US society, but they have not always communicated with one another, nor have they explored how their communities’ experiences are linked.

We are seeking scholars interested in bridging these gaps, and in working to make ethnic and racial studies central to disciplines, such as (but not limited to) anthropology, history, and sociology. These scholars should have received tenure but not yet been promoted to full professor, as our seminar is designed to help midcareer faculty members pursue new research agendas and to navigate changing university and community demands after tenure.

For five days in East Lansing, participants will read and comment on one another’s work, have time for individual research and writing, and participate in seminars on both racial and ethnic studies research and on challenges faced by mid-career faculty. Participants should bring to the seminar a completed conference paper that they plan to develop into an article for publication.

The first day of the workshop will feature a symposium of participants’ papers.  A university press will publish completed seminar articles in a collected volume.

EXPENSES: MSU will cover travel and lodging expenses, as well as some meals.  Participants will also receive stipends of $1,000.

TO APPLY: Please send a C.V., a conference paper including bibliography and/or footnotes, and a paragraph describing the ways that your research connects to the theme of the workshop. Applicants must be associate professors with tenure at a CIC institution. Please do not submit published material for application.

Please send materials on or before January 3 to For questions or more information, email or call (517) 353-3215.


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