IPRH grants fellowships to Illinois faculty and graduate students, who spend the year engaged in research and writing.
Fellowship applications are typically distributed in early fall of the year prior to the fellowship year, with a submission deadline of early December and an announcement date of early March. Faculty Fellows are provided with one semester of release time and research funds. Graduate Student Fellows are given a stipend and a tuition-fee waiver for the academic year of the award. All Fellows are expected to maintain residence on the Illinois campus during the award year, and to participate in IPRH activities, including the yearlong Fellows Seminar.
IPRH is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2016–17 IPRH Fellowship year will be “Paradigm Shifts.”
It feels very much like we are living in a moment of paradigmatic change—when revolutionary promise and structural uncertainty abound and old logics and new lexicons collide before our very eyes. A conceptual rubric derived from Thomas Kuhn’s 1962 The Structure of Scientific Revolution, the paradigm shift is, perhaps, a highly portable metaphor: a pluripotent frame in our own time. Or is it crisis and transformation by any other name? IPRH seeks scholars grappling with paradigm shifts in the past and the present; working through such shifts as method or form; and thinking with or against the notion of norms in whatever quarter of the university they find themselves. We anticipate a lively Fellows’ Seminar where the implications for interdisciplinary approaches to the concept can be tried and tested in an atmosphere of spirited and collegial experimentation.
IPRH welcomes applications from all disciplines and departments with an interest in humanities and humanities-inflected research. We invite applications from faculty and graduate students that focus on any aspect of “Paradigm Shifts.” The theme also provides an opportunity for artists to consider the relevance of “Paradigm Shifts” in their creative practice. IPRH is especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary work.
Because there is such a vast literature on paradigm shifts in the wake of Kuhn’s book, we thought it might be useful to make a selective digest available to all those interested in the question. The annotated "paradigm shifts" bibliography can be downloaded here. Our thanks to Silvia Escanilla Huerta, a graduate student in History, for her work in making this set of references possible. Fellowship applicants are NOT required to be familiar with the list or to cite it in their application materials.
Past IPRH Fellowship Themes
- Publics (2016-17)
- Intersections (2015–2016)
- Themeless (2014–2015)
- The Body/Bodies (2013–2014)
- Revolution (2012–2013)
- Borders (2011–2012)
- Themeless (2010–2011)
- Representation (2009–2010)
- Disciplinarity (2008–2009)
- Rupture (2007–2008)
- Beauty (2006–2007)
- Belief (2005–2006)
- Difference (2004–2005)
- Violence (2003–2004)
- The South (2002–2003)
- The Means of Reproduction (2001–2002)
- Cities (2000–2001)
- Institutions of the Visual (1999–2000)
- Diaspora, Identity, and Expressive Culture (1998–1999)