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AAA Members Receive ACLS Fellowships

Congratulations to the 2014 American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipients!

Since 1957, more than 9,500 scholars have held ACLS fellowships and grants. ACLS fellowships and grants are awarded to individual scholars for excellence in research in the humanities and related social sciences. The peer-review process used to select ACLS Fellows enables distinguished scholars to reach broad consensus on standards of excellence in humanities research.

In the 2013-14 competition year, ACLS made awards totaling over $15 million to nearly 300 scholars selected from over 3,000 submitted applications.

Bowles, Jennifer S. / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Hands on the Green Leaf: Everyday Dwelling in Argentina´s Yerba Mate Country

Fowles, Severin / ACLS Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Barnard College
Comanche New Mexico: An Archaeology

Graeter, Stefanie / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of California, Davis
Lead to the Laboratory: The Ethics and Science of Lead Exposure Politics in Central Peru.

Makley, Charlene / ACLS Fellowship
Professor, Anthropology, Reed College
The Politics of Presence: State-Led Development, Personhood and Power among Tibetans in China

Mariner, Kathryn A. / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of Chicago
Intimate Speculation: The Flows and Futures of Private Agency Adoption in the United States

Osburg, John / ACLS Programs in China Studies
Assistant Professor, Anthropology, University of Rochester
Tibetan Buddhism and Moral Personhood in Contemporary China

Oushakine, Serguei A. / Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowship
Associate Professor, Anthropology; Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University
Disowned History: Soviet Pasts in the Afterlives of Empire

Spackman, Christy / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Food Studies, New York University
Transforming Taste: Aesthetics in Medicine and Food

Wilcox, Emily E. / ACLS Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
National Movements: Socialist Postcoloniality and the Making of Chinese Dance

Zee, Jerry Chuanghwa / Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship
Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
The Windy State: Dust Storms and a Political Meteorology of Contemporary China

ACLS Fellowship Competitions Are Now Open

Today’s post is an excerpt from the ACLS newsletter. Please direct any questions to Nicole A. Stahlmann, Director of Fellowship Programs via e-mail at fellowships@acls.org.

ACLS LogoThe American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is pleased to announce that the 2013-14 ACLS fellowship competitions are now open. ACLS offers 13 fellowship programs that promote the full spectrum of humanities and humanistic social sciences research and support scholars at the advanced graduate student level through all stages of the academic career. Comprehensive information and eligibility criteria for all programs can be found at www.acls.org/programs/comps.

Application deadlines vary by program:
September 26, 2013
ACLS Fellowships (the central program)
ACLS Collaborative Research Fellowships
ACLS Digital Innovation Fellowships
Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships
Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars

October 23, 2013
Luce/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in American Art
Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships

November 1, 2013
African Humanities Program

November 5, 2013
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Dissertation Fellowships in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowships in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Collaborative Research Grants in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)

November 12, 2013
Luce/ACLS Program in China Studies

November 19, 2013
Comparative Perspectives on Chinese Culture and Society

December 1, 2013
Program in East Europe Studies

January 15, 2014
Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Visiting Professorships in Buddhist Studies (New in 2013)

The American Council of Learned Societies is the leading private institution supporting scholars in the humanities. In the 2012-13 competition year, ACLS awarded over $15 million to more than 300 scholars worldwide. Recent fellows’ profiles and research abstracts are available here. The 2013-14 season promises to be equally successful!

AAA Announces Retirement of Long-Time Executive Director

William (Bill) Davis, who has held the position of Executive Director of the American Anthropological Association (AAA) for 16 years, announced his intention to retire from the post early next year.

Under Bill’s leadership, the AAA experienced 16 years of balanced budgets and growth of its operating reserves. In addition to his constant efforts to increase political support for federal grants for anthropological research, Davis also helped to raise more than $6 million in grants to develop and fund cornerstone projects of the Association, including the award-winning public education project RACE: Are We So Different? and the world’s largest anthropological electronic library, AnthroSource.  At the same time, he worked to expand the reach of anthropological scholarship through participation in global accessibility programs.

Bill has also been a key player in expanding public engagement and drawing attention to the contributions of anthropologists. He built an extensive print and electronic media relations program, helped create forums that facilitated anthropological participation in such debates as those over the US census categories, the Human Terrain System, and the displacement of indigenous populations, and  has consistently kept the association current on national and local legislative and policy proposals that affect the discipline and the profession.

Thinking globally, Davis ushered the AAA into the digital age with the development of AAA’s first website, paving the way for active engagement with social media. He extended AAA’s international relations through the inception of the Association’s Committee on World Anthropologies and active membership in the World Council of Anthropological Associations. By obtaining official NGO status for the AAA at the UN, Bill increased access of anthropologists to international policy-making.

“Bill has served the association with dedication and diligence, improving our management functions and solvency, transforming our publications program and amplifying anthropology’s visibility nationally and internationally,” says AAA President Leith Mullings.

Outside of AAA, Davis has contributed greatly to the Association community. He is the Past President of the Council of Engineering and Scientific Society Executives. Davis has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Humanities Alliance, and Chair of the Executive Committee of its Conference of Administrative Officers of the American Council of Learned Societies. He is also an active participant in BoardSource, the American Society of Association Executives, the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American Publishers and the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers.

In a statement released earlier today, Davis noted that “I feel both fortunate and proud to have had the opportunity over these years to represent the interests of anthropologists and anthropology to the world of scholarly societies, higher education, government, the media and the public at large. My position has been extremely rewarding both professionally and personally, and I am truly grateful for the wonderful opportunities I have had in serving the members of this association.”

JDG Associates has been retained by the AAA to conduct the search for its next Executive Director.

ACLS Public Fellows Program – Reminder

As a reminder – the application deadline for the ACLS Public Fellows Program is May 16th.  The program details are below for your convenience. Apply today!

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the inaugural competition of its Public Fellows program. In 2011 the program will place eight recent Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector, beginning as early as September 2011. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring. Compensation will be at the same level as new professional employees of the agency with similar experience.

For complete program details and an application, visit the Public Fellows Program page. All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by Monday, May 16, 3pm EDT.

American Council of Learned Societies Public Fellows Program

The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announces the inaugural competition of its Public Fellows program. In 2011 the program will place eight recent Ph.D.s in two-year staff positions at partnering agencies in government and the non-profit sector, beginning as early as September 2011. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these agencies and receive professional mentoring. Compensation will be at the same level as new professional employees of the agency with similar experience.

For complete program details and an application, visit the Public Fellows Program page. All applications must be submitted through the ACLS Online Fellowship Application system by Monday, May 16, 3pm EDT.

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