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June 27, 2007

Networks and Boundaries


Call for Applications

Call for applications at the Getty Research Institute for the theme Networks and Boundaries. The Institute welcomes applications from established scholars, postdoctoral scholars, and predoctoral candidates, as well as writers and artists who wish to be in residence in 2008-2009 and whose projects explore cross-cultural exchange and the visual arts.

The study of the visual arts can and does cross cultural, civilizational, ethnic, religious, and geographic boundaries. Cultural exchange takes place through kaleidoscopic networks that are themselves dynamic and transformative. These exchanges are integral to the construction of boundaries, contributing to definitions of self and other. The contact zones within which they occur are marked by appropriations, hybridizations, and syncretisms-all of which remap cultural boundaries.

The study of the visual arts has its own networks and boundaries, including interdisciplinarity and divisions between national, area, and world histories. How freely have artists, art objects, and artistic concepts and practices moved across socio-political and cultural boundaries? And with what results? How closely do artistic crossings and their analyses map onto larger networks of power and economics? How do we negotiate the different demands of local cultural contexts with larger regional and/or global concerns?

Scholars in residence will find that the special collections of the Getty Research Library are especially rich in primary materials that bear upon this topic, ranging from nineteenth-century photographs by European travelers in Asia to the collection of the Association Connaissance de l'histoire de l'Afrique contemporaine (exploring the influence of French colonialism in Africa); from the papers of international architect Bernard Rudofsky to documentation of such global activities as Fluxus and mail art.

Eligibility: These grants are for established scholars, artists, or writers who have attained distinction in their fields. Applications are welcome from researchers of all nationalities who are working in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Grants For Scholars: Getty scholars are in residence for the entire academic year (from September 2008 to June 2009). A salary-replacement stipend is awarded equivalent to the applicant's current academic base salary, up to a maximum of $75,000. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute, research assistance, airfare to and from Los Angeles, an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex, and health benefits.

Grants For Visiting Scholars: Visiting Scholars are in residence for a three- month term. A monthly stipend of $3,500 is awarded, prorated to the actual dates of residency. The grant also includes an office at the Getty Research Institute or Getty Villa, research assistance, airfare to and from Los Angeles, and an apartment in the Getty scholar housing complex.

Application Availability and Deadline: Completed application materials must be received in the Getty Foundation office on or before November 1, 2007. We regret that incomplete applications, or late applications (those received after November 1, 2007, regardless of their postmark date or place of origin), cannot be accepted for consideration. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications hand-delivered to the Getty Center or those sent by e-mail or fax. Application material cannot be returned.

Posted by jo at June 27, 2007 12:26 PM