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Request for Proposals: Global Studies Research Fellows

The Center for International Education seeks applications from UWM faculty who will serve as Global Studies Research Fellows for the Academic Year 2013/14.

 Global Studies Research Fellows will teach no more than one course per semester in order to advance their research on topics relating to globalization, its cultural, political, social, economic, and environmental dimensions. High quality research proposals on a variety of interdisciplinary globalization themes are eligible for funding; strong preference will be given to applicants focusing on topics related to the Center's annual conference theme for April 2014: After Capitalism.

 Applicants are invited to address the economic, environmental, technological, literary, scientific, political, artistic, and institutional consequences of a world after capitalism.

 The theme of "after capitalism" is designed to explore at least two lines of inquiry. First, in regard to contemporary developments, what happens (politically, economically, socially, environmentally, and so on) to a nation or region after capitalism is established where it had not existed before (for example, in China, or the states of the former Soviet Bloc)? Furthermore, what happens after capitalism fails (for example, in Italy, Spain, and Greece today)?  Secondly, and more speculatively, how might we imagine a world after capitalism? When thinking about capitalism as a period in human history, we are confronted with the question of what can be foreseen or predicted about the end of its era. Many critiques of capitalism are based on the presumption that capitalism will necessarily end as a result of systemic embedded contradictions, and many assume we currently live in a period of "late capitalism." Others claim the system is essentially "natural," making it easier to imagine the end of the world rather than the end of capitalism. Still others, in the tradition of Max Weber, see capitalism as one of many possible modes of organizing society, of which each has their respective strengths and weaknesses.  Economists, scientists, and historians attentive to periods of crisis such as the Great Depression or global climate change or the exigencies of the current European euro crisis see the political dissolution of capitalism as a recurrent possibility--with a different mode of production arising that could either be better or worse than the current order.

Faculty of all ranks are invited to submit their 3-5 page proposals describing their specific research plans for the funding period (Fall 2013-Spring 2014). Successful applicants are expected to meet monthly, discuss their research findings and collaborate with other fellows at two colloquia per semester, and to present their research at a CIE-sponsored symposium or conference in Spring 2014. Scholars will not be "in residence" within the Center but, instead, will be offered opportunities for collaboration, research support, and publication. Each Fellow will receive a budget of $1500 for research expenses; the Fellow's school/college or department will receive $7000 to defray expenses resulting from the Fellow's associated course load reduction.

 Selection Process: Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee composed of faculty from a variety of departments, schools and colleges. Applications will be reviewed in accordance with the following criteria:

  1. Quality of project design
  2. Applicant's qualifications
  3. Feasibility/likelihood of achieving anticipated results
  4. Extent to which the project will enhance/expand interdisciplinary international teaching and/or research at UWM
  5. Alignment of research with CIE spring conference theme (preferred but not required)

 Application: Please submit electronically:

 1.    the application form, which will include a 3-5 page research plan describing the proposed activities; and

2.    your Curriculum Vita.

 (Please note: the application form requires signatures of your department chair and dean and will subsequently need to be scanned as a PDF file in order for you to submit this electronically.)

 Deadline:  Applications must be submitted by email to Tracy Buss (tbuss@uwm.edu) no later than 12:00 pm on Monday, January 21. Applicants will be notified of the review committee's decisions by early February 2013.

 Questions: Please contact Tracy Buss (tbuss@uwm.edu).