The Center for Historical Research will offer a two-year program of lectures and seminars in 2013-2015 on the topic of “State Formations: Histories and Cultures of Statehood.” The rubric for 2013-2014 will be the “The State as Idea and Practice.”
The CHR invites applications from senior faculty, junior faculty, and doctoral students who work on states and statehood for one-year residential research fellowships at Ohio State University. Along with invited lecturers and seminar presenters, the successful applicants will be integral participants in a two-year program which aims to reconsider statehood as a historical phenomenon.
The overall aim of the program is to reconsider "the state" as an object of historical and theoretical concern. Currently, there seems to be no established consensus about how exactly to objectify states in history and explain their contributions to the production of social order. Is the state a concrete, institutional assemblage, a discursive construct, or some combination of the two? Does it function as an autonomous command structure or merely as a relay in a more diffuse circuitry of social power? Do its actions express the interests of particular state actors, "the state" as a whole, powerful social groups, or society-at-large? Do we overstate the significance of states? Can we even generalize about "the state" as a historical phenomenon? To help us form a conspectus on current thinking, we welcome applications from scholars of any disciplinary background whose work engages innovatively with such issues.
Application information for 2013-2014 fellowships can be found on our website, http://chr.osu.edu/, and are due by February 1, 2013. Those interested in making presentations at the seminars should contact the CHR director, John Brooke, at email@example.com.
In 2014-2015 the Center will focus on the problem of “States in their Environments.”
John Brooke (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Greg Anderson (email@example.com).
Program Steering Committee:
Leo Coleman, Comparative Studies
David Hoffman, History
Eric MacGilvray, Political Science
Chris Otter, History [on leave]
Kristina Sessa, History
Ying Zhang, History [on leave]
The Center for Historical Research brings together faculty, students, and the general public to examine the historical foundation and development of critical issues of global importance. The Center offers resident fellowships for senior and junior faculty, as well as those completing dissertations. We also invite members of the academic community and independent scholars to make presentations at our seminars.
The Ohio State University is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
John L. Brooke
Director, Center for Historical Research
Dept. of History
Ohio State University
106 Dulles Hall
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