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  • Popplestone, Ann
    ... From: Serguei Alex. Oushakine [mailto:sao15@columbia.edu] Sent: Friday, January 19, 2001 2:20 PM To: ANTHRO-L@LISTSERV.ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU Subject:
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      From: Serguei Alex. Oushakine [mailto:sao15@...]
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      Subject: Fellowship: Migration, Immigration, and Social Transformations (U.C. Riverside...)


                                              UCR Rockefeller Foundation Site Grant Flyer
                                   REQUIRED APPLICATIONS MATERIALS; APPLICATIONS DUE FEB. 1, 2001
                                       Migration, Immigration, and Social Transformations
                                       Applications Due in Triplicate February 1, 2001:
                                       (Send by mail only; no faxes or email attachments)
                                       Cover Sheet
                                       Name; address; office and home phone numbers; fax number; email
                                       address; institutional title and affliation or indication of independent scholar
                                       status; brief project title
                                       Letter of Application
                                       Project Description
                                       8 pages maximum; 12 point font; double-spaced, with 1 inch
                                       Curriculum Vitae
                                       Additional Requirements:
                                       Two confidential letters of recommendation from referees qualified
                                       to comment on the applicant's ability to undertake the work of the
                                       proposed fellowship .  The should clearly indicate the applicant's
                                       name and should be mailed by the referees directly to the Center for
                                       Ideas and Society no later than February 1, 2001.
                                       The Center will acknowledge receipt of completed applications,
                                       including the letters of recommendation, if a self-addressed,
                                       stamped postcard is sent with the application packet.

                                            U.C. Riverside Rockefeller Residency Fellowships
                                          Global Migration, Social Change, and Cultural Transformation
                                   2001-2002 Theme:  Migration, Immigration, and Social Transformations
                                               Application Deadline:  February 1, 2001
                                       "Global Migration, Social Change, and Cultural Transmission" is a
                                       four-year research project at U.C. Riverside funded by the
                                       Rockefeller Foundation.  The first year of the project, 2000-2001, is
                                       for planning.  During each of the next three years (2001-2004) the
                                       campus will host two, two-quarter Junior Residency Fellows (winter
                                       and spring) and several shorter term Senior Residency Fellows
                                       whose research addresses the themes of the project. Junior Fellows
                                       will be awarded a $35,000 honorarium and will have private offices
                                       at the Center, with up-to-date computer and internet facilities,
                                       access to a photocopier and scanner, and other office amenities.  By
                                       enabling the Fellows to further their work through participation in a
                                       weekly interdisciplinary seminar with U.C. Riverside faculty and
                                       graduate student Center Residency Fellows and a program of
                                       conferences, lectures, seminars and colloquia, performances,
                                       exhibitions, and more informal activities involving Riverside
                                       researchers and other scholars in Southern California, the Center
                                       hopes to advance our understanding of the experiences and cultural
                                       expressions of migrants, immigrants, and border workers of all sorts
                                       as they transform and are transformed by life in the United States.
                                       In a time of perceived increasing transnational flows of culture,
                                       people, and capital, "home" seems to have become a borderland for
                                       many people, where cultural traditions and values come together,
                                       clash, meld, and are transfigured.  Nowhere is this more true than in
                                       Southern California and the U.C. Riverside region, at the crossroads
                                       of Latin America and the Asian Pacific and home to many first and
                                       second generation immigrants from both, as well as from Africa, the
                                       Middle East, and the European nations once called home by those
                                       whose families have moved to California over the years.  U.C.
                                       Riverside is the most ethnically diverse in the U.C. system, serving a
                                       largely working class population of first-generation college students,
                                       many of whom are also first or second generation Americans.  It has
                                       attracted a significant number of faculty in the humanities, social
                                       sciences, and arts whose scholarly and creative work explores this
                                       diversity and how people learn to be "at home" with it, addressing
                                       issues of migration and immigration, cross-cultural exchange and
                                       transformation, and border work and border culture that are at the
                                       heart of the Rockefeller-funded project.
                                       U.C. Riverside is rich in resources for that work.  Faculty participating
                                       in the project are affiliated with a range of departments and
                                       interdisciplinary centers and programs on campus that foster the
                                       kind of innovation within and across fields that has produced the best
                                       work on these issues, often showcased at conferences the various
                                       centers have sponsored:  Border Studies, Ethnic Studies, The Center
                                       for Advanced Studies of the Americas, The Center for Asian Pacific
                                       America, The Rupert Costo Center for Native American Studies, the
                                       Ernesto Glaraza Public Policy Bureau, the Center for Social and
                                       Economic Policy, the Center for Social and Behavioral Sciences, the
                                       Institute for Research on World Systems, and the Center for Ideas
                                       and Society.  The collections of the Tomas Rivera Library and the
                                       U.C.R. California Museum of Photography have been the basis for
                                       major publications and exhibitions related to the themes of the
                                       grant.  U.C. Mexus, a multi-campus research unit supporting
                                       collaborative work on Mexico and U.S.-Mexican relations, is also
                                       housed at U.C. Riverside.  In addition, researchers here are within
                                       an easy drive of the research facilities of Los Angeles, Orange
                                       County, and San Diego, including those of several other U.C.
                                       Each year, the emphasis of work on "Global Migration, Social
                                       Change, and Cultural Transformation" will be slightly different, as the
                                       Center has identified three related themes of the multi-year project: 
                                            2001-2002:  "Migration, Immigration, and Social
                                            2002-2003:  "Cultural Diversity and the Arts"
                                            2003-2004:  "Social Change and Cultural Transformation"
                                       The Center welcomes applications from scholars in any field who are
                                       open to interdisciplinary perspectives on these themes.  We
                                       encourage work developing comparative global perspectives,
                                       addressing premodern as well as modern and contemporary
                                       migrations, and attending to the gendered character of transregional
                                       "traffic."  We interpret "migration" as broadly inclusive of a range of
                                       cognate movements of people:  pilgrimages, crusades, war and
                                       military postings, exile, forced resettlements, indentured labor,
                                       slavery, trade, marriage, the sex trade and sex tourism, travel, and
                                       colonialism.  Possible topics on a range of regions and peoples
                                            Comparative global migrations or diasporas
                                            Premodern migrations and social change
                                            Localizations and their transformations through transregional
                                            Exile, dislocation, and identity
                                            Migration, immigration, citizenship, and human rights
                                            Transregional or transnational imaginaries and communities
                                            Gender, sexuality, and migration
                                            Borders, mestizaje, and hybridity
                                        We are currently negotiating with several potential Senior Fellows
                                        who will be in residence next year, some for just a few days,
                                        others for as much as two weeks.  In addition, because the themes
                                        of the Rockefeller grant project are congruent with some of the
                                        themes of the two-year Ford Foundation Grant the Center was
                                        awarded last June for research and creative work on “Intellectual
                                        Diversity and Excellence” (a project that grew out of the Center’s
                                        1998 conference, “Aesthetics and Difference”), some Ford-funded
                                        activities also will be of interest to the Rockefeller Fellows, enabling
                                        U.C. Riverside to provide a rich program for them.
                                                 UNIVERSITY GRANT PRESS RELEASE
                                         National grant supports arts diversity research at UCR
                                       The University of California, Riverside has received grants from the
                                       Ford and Rockefeller foundations totaling $580,000 for projects
                                       that study the impact of cultural diversity on society and the arts in
                                       the United States. These are the largest foundation grants ever
                                       received by UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 
                                       The research projects to be funded by these grants reflect the
                                       debates about western culture in this time of changes brought about
                                       by global trade, travel and cyber communications.   The studies
                                       undertaken with these grants will focus on aspects of the social and
                                       cultural diversity of the United States. Professor Emory Elliott,
                                       director of the Center for Ideas and Society, will lead the research
                                       “We now live in a global society in which the diversity of the Unites
                                       States with its tensions and its social cohesion is for many the image
                                       of the future,” Elliott said.  “Latin-American, Native-American and
                                       African and Asian cultures are changing the social and cultural
                                       assumptions in this country, and those in other countries are very
                                       interested in what is happening here.  These foundation grants have
                                       made UCR ground zero for the study and practice of cultural and
                                       social diversity.”
                                       The boards of both foundations approved their grants in July. The
                                       center, founded in 1988 as part of UC’s major initiative in the
                                       Humanities, carries out multi-disciplinary collaborative research and
                                       hosts visiting faculty to work with UCR professors. The center shares
                                       its research findings with the community through conferences,
                                       seminars and lectures. 
                                       “Such recognition by these major foundations brings national
                                       attention and great prestige to our College,” said Elliott, a
                                       distinguished professor of English at UCR since 1989.  Elliott was a
                                       college master and chair of the English Department at Princeton,
                                       where he taught for seventeen years.
                                       “The support of these foundations will make a lasting contribution to
                                       advancement of research in social change and cultural expression,”
                                       said Patricia O’Brien, dean of UCR’s College of Humanities, Arts and
                                       Social Sciences, in a statement.
                                       The purpose of the $330,000 Rockefeller Foundation Grant is to
                                       establish UCR as a Rockefeller Residency Site where prominent
                                       researchers in the social sciences and humanities will come to do
                                       research and collaborate with UCR faculty. The grant will be paid
                                       over four years.  Each year will have a central theme:  global
                                       migration, cultural change, and social change, respectively. 
                                       The $250,000 Ford Foundation grant, will be paid over two years to
                                       support research and teaching in a new areas of study that the
                                       Center for Ideas and Society has been pioneering in the arts and
                                       In 1998, with seed funding from the Ford Foundation, the center
                                       hosted a three-day conference titled “Aesthetics and Difference:
                                       Cultural Diversity, Literature and the Arts.”   The gathering of artists
                                       and scholars established a national agenda for examining how the
                                       remarkable cultural diversity of the United States has been changing
                                       the forms of cultural expression here and around the world. 
                                       The focus is on new ideas and perceptions of beauty in literature and
                                       the arts that are emerging from the blending of cultural forms from
                                       Africa, Asia, and Latin America with those that had already evolved
                                       from the interactions of European immigrants and the indigenous
                                       peoples of North America.  Since the 1998 UCR conference, this
                                       subject has become the topic of major articles in national journals,
                                       such as “The Chronicle of Higher Education.”
                                       Among the activities the Ford grant will fund is a series of small
                                       conferences on the developments in the arts and writings of African,
                                       Asian, and Latino Americans.  The first of these, planned for
                                       October, 2001, will be a one-day conference titled “The Black
                                       Aesthetic: 1960-2001.” 
                                       The conference, which is open to the public, will join scholars from
                                       throughout the UC system and other universities with journalists and
                                       artists to discuss the roots of traditionally black art forms. They’ll
                                       consider how African art; dance and music were transformed by
                                       blacks in the Americas and how they relate to so-called
                                       “mainstream” art in western society.  A number of books will also
                                       result from the work of these conferences. 
                                       Obtaining such large and prestigious grants is in part possible
                                       because of several years of key recruitment efforts by the campus,
                                       Elliott said.  “With the support of the chancellor, executive vice
                                       chancellor, and our deans, the academic departments in our college
                                       have been able bring some the highest quality scholars and artists in
                                       the country to UCR.  The foundation program officers were very
                                       impressed with the cutting-edge research and social commitment of
                                       the faculty when they made site visits to campus.”
                                       The center’s conferences have attracted increasing national
                                       recognition, which brought it to the attention of the major
                                       foundations.   One such nationally prominent conference took place
                                       in January 1997:  “Frontline Feminisms: Women, War, and
                                       Resistance.”  It brought together scholars with survivors of violence
                                       in Kosovo, Vietnam and Northern Ireland; filmmakers; labor activists;
                                       journalists; and lawyers.
                                       In October 1997, U.S.--Mexico migration was the focus of a
                                       conference that touched on how the movement between the two
                                       countries affects their economies, labor markets cultures, and
                                       communities, especially in the border region.
                                       The center is known for teaming scholars from various disciplines for
                                       research. Social scientists may work with arts professors on center
                                       projects. Biologists or environmental scientists may work with
                                       anthropologists, or film scholars.
                                       Today’s scholars must rethink their assumptions and take a
                                       multidisciplinary approach to determining what makes a work of art
                                       important enough to preserve, catalogue and pass on to future
                                       generations, Elliott said.
                                       ·        Center director Emory Elliott can be reached at the Center for
                                          Ideas and Society (909) 787-3987.
                                       ·        The Ford Foundation’s office of Communications can be reached
                                          at (212) 573-4825
                                       ·        The Rockefeller Foundation’s Office of Communications can be
                                          reached at (212) 869-8500.
                                                          August 7, 2000

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