Summer Institute at Cornell School for Criticism and Theory
Applications are invited from full-time graduate students for the Nicholson Graduate Fellowship, which allows two Sponsored Participants selected by the Unit for Criticism to participate in the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University. We welcome applications from graduate students whose research centers on critical and interpretive theory or the interdisciplinary study of culture and the arts.
Applicants should submit their materials by Monday, January 15th, 2018 at midnight.
The Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory will once again offer two graduate student fellowships to the School of Criticism and Theory (SCT) at Cornell University. Currently directed by Professor Hent de Vries of Johns Hopkins, the SCT is a six-week summer institute that has existed for more than thirty years and provides the opportunity for graduate students and faculty members to take seminars with some of the world’s leading critical theorists. The SCT provides an unparalleled opportunity for advanced training in critical theory and for making connections with an international cohort of peers and world-class scholars.
This summer’s SCT will take place between June 17-July 26, 2018 and will feature the following six-week seminars, from which participants must pick one (full descriptions here):
--Eduardo Cadava, “Genealogies of Memory and Perception: Literature and Photography."
--Peter Gordon, “Adorno's Aesthetic Theory"
--Sharon Marcus, “Critical Methods in the Humanities: Description, Interpretation, Explanation, Evaluation"
--Tracy McNulty, “Psychoanalysis and Politics”
Additional mini-seminars for all SCT participants will be given by Veena Das, Bernard E. Harcourt, Samuel Moyn, and Avital Ronell. Visiting guest lecturers include Homi Bhabha, Paul Fleming, Alondra Nelson, and Sari Nusseibeh.
More information about the SCT and more detailed seminar descriptions are available on their website.
Under the SCT’s “Sponsored Participant” program, the Unit for Criticism will be able to select two graduate students this year to send to Cornell. With the help of funds from the Nicholson Gift Fund, LAS, and the Graduate College, we will pay for the entire SCT tuition, and also contribute $1,600 for housing, food, and transportation costs. (On campus housing at Cornell costs $1,100, but less expensive options in town are also possible.) The Sponsored Participants chosen by the Unit do not have to go through the SCT application process; they simply file an abbreviated application and are generally guaranteed the seminar of their choice.
See how previous Unit fellows enjoyed their SCT experience:
1. Applicants must be full-time graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting program at UIUC who will either return to UIUC in Fall 2018 or graduate in May 2018.
2. Applicants must be affiliated students of the Unit for Criticism, but Unit applications can be submitted prior to the deadline. See our website for procedures for affiliation.
Students who would like to apply to be one of the Unit for Criticism’s Nicholson Fellows/Sponsored Participants should read the guidelines below and submit the necessary materials through the link below NO LATER THAN Monday, January 15th, 2018 at midnight.
The fellowships will be awarded soon after and applications and other materials are due to Cornell by February 1, 2018. Fellowships will be awarded by a selection committee made up of the Unit’s multidisciplinary advisory committee. Please note that the SCT recommends that students be in their post-coursework phase of scholarship and that preference will be given to more advanced students. However, all students who meet the Eligibility Criteria described below are eligible to apply.
1. A short cover letter that includes the following information:
a) the names of two Illinois faculty references (Please note that faculty members will not necessarily be contacted for references).
b) the title of the six-week seminar the student would like to attend.
2. A statement of approximately two pages single-spaced describing current scholarly interests and plans and description of how the SCT might further these goals. The statement should include information about courses taken in critical theory and about ongoing and projected research projects. It should also clarify what your current status is in your program (i.e. ABD, taking courses, etc.). Please be sure to connect your interests and research to the particular seminar you would like to attend. This is the most important part of your application.
3. A current C.V.
Guidelines for Enrollment in SCT:
If your application is accepted by the Unit for Criticism, you will need to submit a truncated set of application materials to the SCT by February 1, 2018. (The Unit’s Sponsored Participants’ will automatically be given special consideration by the SCT)
If you have any questions about this program, please contact Unit for Criticism Director Susan Koshy (firstname.lastname@example.org) after consulting the Unit's website, which includes testimonials from previous Unit students who have attended SCT.