External Faculty Fellowships
With generous funding from the Lynette S. Autrey Endowment and the National
Endowment for the Humanities, the Humanities Research Center hosts up to four
visiting professors for one semester each academic year. The fellows teach a
course affiliated with a humanities department and take part in the
intellectual life of the Center. The HRC sponsors special symposia or
conferences centered on their research. These programs give Rice faculty and
students significant exposure to eminent scholars from around the world.
In 2013-14, the HRC will restructure the External Faculty Fellowship program, allowing faculty to come to Rice for semester- or year-long terms. Along with
the change in length in term, the program will also be renamed the Autrey
Visiting Scholar program.
||Simon Keller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Victoria University of Wellington (Fall 2012)
Understanding Disagreement about Climate Change: Skepticism, Ideology, and Experts
disagreement about climate science is a stark feature of political
debate and an obstacle to meaningful action on climate change. To
understand why people of different political views disagree about
climate change, Keller argues that we must understand our relationship
with experts and how ideological commitments can rationally influence
decisions about which experts to trust. His project specifically
examines the disagreement about climate change as a manifestation of
rational attitudes to expertise. He examines the types of arguments
offered, the sources of argumentation, and the channels through which a
concerned non-expert should decide which sources to trust.
||John J. May, Assistant Professor Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto (Fall 2012)
Spectral Visions: The Birth of the Energetic of Environment
project focuses on the historical relationship between Postwar
scientific instruments and the changing composition of the concept of
environment. Examining imaging as a form of environmental
representation, he argues that our understanding of the environment is
fundamentally inseparable from the emergence of imaging. His project
aims to produce a technical and conceptual genealogy of the
environmental image, a theory of representation commensurate with
questions and problems being posed around the concept of environment,
which are today reshaping both the humanities and design practice. In so
doing, this research shows how imaging has reorganized and restructured
the entire scientific-bureaucratic apparatus that today takes ‘the
environment’ as its object of concern.
||Paul B. Jaskot, Professor of Art and Architecture, DePaul University (Spring 2013)
Cultural Fantasies, Ideological Goals, Political Economic Realities in the Built Environment of Auschwitz
project examines the archive of Auschwitz’s architectural office, one
of the largest collections of evidence of a single building office’s
activity during the Nazi regime. Using art historical tools to analyze
the construction of this politically charged institutional environment,
Jaskot explores the intersection of the cultural priorities of the SS,
the organization of forced labor for construction, as well as the
intertwines goals of racist genocide and imperialist expansion. The SS
designed and planned hundred of vernacular structures for the camp that
changed dynamically in form and function with war conditions. He argues
that the SS building at Auschwitz became a deadly intersection of
delusional planning, pragmatic realities, and destructive capacities.
Autrey Visiting Scholar Award Information
Humanities Research Center grants external faculty fellowships for one semester
or a full academic year. Autrey Visiting Scholars will receive a stipend of up
to $60,000, depending on the length of the fellowship, as well as funds for
relocation and research.
2012-13, the HRC restructured the External Faculty Fellowship program to allow
faculty to come to Rice for semester or
yearlong terms. Along with the change in length in term, the program will also
be renamed the Autrey Visiting Scholar program.
one course affiliated with a humanities department
in residence at Rice throughout the length of the appointment
in the intellectual life of the HRC by attending and presenting their research
at a brown bag series with other center affiliates
also have the option of organizing or participating in a conference during the
are awarded to support research projects in the humanities. This includes, but
is not limited to history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics,
religious studies, art history and the arts. Proposals employing humanistic
approaches are welcome from anthropology and other social sciences, natural
sciences, music, architecture, engineering, and other fields.
junior and senior scholars with tenured or tenure-track appointments at
colleges and universities other than Rice are eligible to apply. Applicants
must be at least three years beyond receipt of the PhD or terminal degree for
their field at the beginning of the fellowship term.
the event that a proposal is not funded, the candidate is welcome to resubmit
an updated proposal in any subsequent year.
University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Scholars who
are members of traditionally under-represented groups are encouraged to apply.
is no citizenship requirement or restriction for this fellowship. Non-U.S.
nationals are welcome to apply.
eligibility verifications are requested upon hire.
fellowship position at Rice does not provide medical or other benefits.
call for applications will be posted mid-August and outlines all of the
required materials. Applications are due at the end of October and decisions
are announced in late December.
will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary committee, which considers the
scholarly promise of the research project and its potential contribution to the
intellectual community of Rice.
Click here to see a list of past External Faculty Fellows.
Click here to see publications from our past External Faculty Fellows.