Kenan Institute

Deadline: March 15, 2018

There are two major opportunities for Summer 2018 in pursuing a project under Facing the Anthropocene: the 2018 Farm Fellowship and Graduate Summer Research Grants.

Facing the Anthropocene is a project led by Norman Wirzba and Jedediah Purdy, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation, and housed at the Kenan Institute for Ethics.

The anthropocene marks the unprecedented moment when humanity becomes a dominant force in planetary history, responsible for widespread alterations of the world’s land, ocean, and atmospheric ecosystems. Facing the Anthropocene considers humanity’s place in the world and what it means for social, political, and institutional change.

2018 Farm Fellows

For the 2018 summer term, we are offering two fellowships in collaboration with the Duke Campus Farm. The fellowships are open to Duke graduate students.

The Farm Fellows will work alongside other farm interns, faculty and staff and will engage in archival and field research on the history of land use and habitation on the Farm, and, where appropriate, in the surrounding region. They will focus especially on the Farm’s history and the history of the surrounding area as a site of native land use and enslaved labor and on the question of what sort of historical memory must inform deliberations about future land use. They may also engage other issues, such as the nineteenth century tobacco boom, environmental justice, sustainable agriculture past or present, food systems, etc.

Fellows will receive a stipend of $5000. They are expected to attend a dinner with other fellows early in the summer term, to publish a piece on their research on the project website, and to give a 15 minute presentation in the 2018 fall term on how their work at the Farm has affected their research projects at Duke.

To apply, please send a 1-2 page c.v. and a completed application (see questions below) to mari.jorstad@duke.edu (subject line “Anthropocene Farm Fellows”), no later than March 15, 2018. For further information, please see our website or contact mari.jorstad@duke.edu.

Application: Facing the Anthropocene Farm Fellow, Summer 2018

Your Name:

Your Department/Program:

Which year will you be entering in Fall 2018?:

Please answer the following questions in a sentence or short paragraph:

  1. What is the topic of your current research project? How does this fellowship relate to or further your research project?
  2. What experience do you have in archival and field research?
  3. What do you hope to get out of this fellowship?

Graduate Summer Research Grants

For the 2018 summer term, we are offering three research grants, open to Duke doctoral students who seek to incorporate the anthropocene into their research. The ideal candidate is pre- or early dissertation stage.

Grant recipients will receive a stipend of $6000. They are expected to attend a dinner with other fellows early in the summer term, to publish a piece on how the anthropocene influences their their research on the project website, and to give a 15 minutes presentation in the 2018 fall term on how investigations of anthropocene themes have affected their work and future research plans.

To apply, please send a 1-2 page c.v. and a completed application form to mari.jorstad@duke.edu (subject line “Anthropocene Graduate Research Grant”), no later than March 15, 2018. For further information, please see our website or contact mari.jorstad@duke.edu.

Application: Facing the Anthropocene Graduate Research Grant, Summer 2018

Your Name:

Your Department/Program:

Which year will you be entering in Fall 2018?:

Please answer the following questions in a sentence or short paragraph:

  1. What is the topic of your current research project? How do you imagine incorporating the anthropocene?
  2. In your opinion, in what ways (if any) does the anthropocene push your particular discipline to rethink key questions and methodologies?