The Center for Historical Research at The Ohio State University
State Formations: Histories and Cultures of Statehood
The Center for Historical Research is engaged in a two-year program of lectures and seminars on the topic of “State Formations: Histories and Cultures of Statehood.” The rubric for 2013-2014 is “The State as Idea and Practice”; in 2014-2015 the Center will focus on the problem of “States in their Environments.”
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 2014-15 fellowships can be found on our website, http://chr.osu.edu/, and are due by February 1, 2014. Those interested in making presentations at the seminars should contact the CHR director, John Brooke, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
John Brooke (email@example.com)
Greg Anderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Program Steering Committee:
Leo Coleman, Comparative Studies
David Hoffman, History
Eric MacGilvray, Political Science
Chris Otter, History
Kristina Sessa, History
Ying Zhang, History
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.
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