The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
          Obermann Fellowships for the Summer 2000 Research Seminar
                               The Usable Past
                 Historical Perspectives on Digital Culture
This interdisciplinary research seminar will address issues of digital
culture by examining histories of the social integration of previous new
technologies and linking them to present conditions. Precedents for our own
digital concerns might be found in technologies as recent as 30 or 100
years ago or as distant as the Industrial Revolution and the Enlightenment,
the invention of movable type and the Renaissance, or the invention of
paper and Classical Antiquity.

A distinctive focus on four inter-related fields of knowledge will provide
important touchstones: (1) audio-visual cultures' challenges or resistance
to print, (2) cultures and politics of new information technologies, (3)
perception and human experience, (4) the metaphysics of appearances and
artifice. By focusing on historical models, each seminar participant will
be able to contribute reflections on technology, ideology, and culture -
past and present.

Scholars from all fields - history, English, American studies,
communication studies, political science, art and architecture history,
cinema and media studies, sociology, philosophy, business, engineering, the
sciences - are invited to apply.

  - Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or comparable professional degree.
  - Applicants should be ready to produce original, previously unpublished
    work for publication in a volume and to participate in lively, fast-paced
    sessions on readings, individual papers, visitors' lectures, and special
  - Participants will be chosen in part to provide sufficient range for a
    published collection of essays. Some fellowships are reserved for
    University of Iowa scholars.

Director:    Lauren Rabinovitz, Professor, American Studies and Film Studies.
Time:        June 12-29, 2000.
Place:       The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies,
             Iowa City, Iowa.
Fellowships: Ten fellows to be selected. $2,700 stipends,
             plus $500 for travel/housing expenses for visitors.
Services:    Offices, personal computers, internet access, library service,
             technical support, copying, meeting rooms.
Objectives:  Discussion of readings, submitted papers, and presentations by
             keynote speakers. Revision of the papers for a published book.
Deadline:    January 26, 2000, including CV and a paper or prospectus.
             Notification by late February.

Funded by the C. Esco and Avalon L. Obermann Fund and by the Office of the
Vice President for Research.
                               The Usable Past
                Historical Perspectives on Digital Culture
             Fellowship Application Guidelines and Cover Sheet

Name: _____________________________________________________________________

Title: ____________________________________________________________________

Department: _______________________________________________________________

Institution: ______________________________________________________________

Address: __________________________________________________________________

Phone: _________________ (office) ______________ (home) _______________ (FAX)

e-mail: ___________________________________________________________________



All applications must contain:

1. Three collated copies of the following:
   * This application cover sheet and one-paragraph project abstract
     - A letter (maximum 2 pages) which explains how your proposed seminar
       -- relates to your on-going work and
       -- will be enhanced by the interdisciplinary seminar
   * A draft of the essay you would present in the seminar (maximum 35 pages)
     or a detailed prospectus of the essay or project you would prepare for
     the seminar
   * Your curriculum vitae (maximum 3 pages)
2. One copy of a completed project: a published journal article, book chapter,
   slides, video, CD-ROM, as appropriate.

Applications should be received at the Obermann Center on or before
         ********** Wednesday, January 26, 2000 ***********

Please do not apply by e-mail or FAX. Such applications will not be

Address applications and inquiries to:
Jay Semel, Director ([log in to unmask])
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies
N134 Oakdale Hall
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-5000

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