Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities: Applications due March 13!

17 Feb

The 2009 Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities
Shifting Empire: Critical Imperial Studies in the Americas & Beyond
June 22nd – August 21st, 2009
HUM 498 A & B (12 credits)

APPLICATION DUE: Friday, March 13th



This year’s Institute examines the concept of empire through diverse (inter)disciplinary perspectives. Under the guidance of four faculty, students will probe the multiple struggles and negotiations that continue to shape the organization of the U.S. empire within the Americas and beyond. Focusing on the Philippines and Caribbean islands as key sites where the Empire’s material
and ideological boundaries were drawn, contested, and reconfigured, it reexamines relations among three regions (Asia, the Caribbean, and the U.S.) that scholars have perceived as radically distinct.
Institute students will explore the interrelations among these three regions through multidisciplinary research methodologies (e.g., textual, ethnographic, performance-based) and archives (e.g. state policies, legal challenges, literary works, media texts, oral interviews). Students will interrogate existing definitions of “empire,” uncover the circulation of commodities, peoples, practices, and ideas across imperial fields and diasporic communities, and open new areas of inquiry that they will pursue in individual and collaborative research projects of their own design.
In the process they will gain skill in self-reflectively conceptualizing and producing crossdisciplinary research, with race, gender, and sexuality as important touchstones for this process.

The Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities selects and supports twenty undergraduates to engage in intensive research projects under the guidance of four interdisciplinary instructors. Selected students receive a Mary Gates Scholarship of $3000 and earn 12 academic credits for this full-time research experience.

Students with curiosity about race, place, community and political formations, and cultural practices are encouraged to apply. No prior studies in this field are required.


Kiko Benitez, Comparative Literature, Southeast Asian Studies,

Rick Bonus, American Ethnic Studies, Southeast Asian Studies,

Chandan Reddy, English,

Ileana Rodriguez-Silva, History, Latin American Studies,

QUESTIONS?: Email the Undergraduate Research Program


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