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Faculty Fellowship Competition

The Humanities Center sponsors an annual Faculty Fellowship Competition on a specific theme. Fellowships provide Wayne State University faculty with summer funding to help pay for expenses related to their research projects including travel, research assistance, salary and fringe benefits. All WSU full-time faculty in the humanities, arts, and related disciplines are eligible to submit proposals, except those who have received funding from the Center within the last two years.

Please note that if you are an applicant from CLAS must have the Dean's and Chair's signature on your coversheet.

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2017 marks the centennial of the Russian Revolution and the fifty-year anniversary of the Detroit Revolution. It is a time to reflect on the causes and lasting impacts of these events locally and worldwide. But what makes a revolution? A revolution can be a dramatic political upturning—the French Revolution, the Chinese Revolution, and the global revolutions of 1968 and 1989 are but a few. It can be a change of a scientific paradigm (the Scientific Revolution), an intellectual breakthrough (advances in quantum physics and genetic biology), a literary or cultural explosion (the Reformation, new art forms), a musical landmark (a signature Beatles album), or an economic change (the Industrial Revolution). Revolution describes everyday changes in how we relate to each other, from the Sexual Revolution to the development of the Internet and wearable technology. Revolution is also a mathematical and physical concept of movement (turning around), whether performed by a wheel, a planet, or a dancer. Who makes a revolution? Is it people against authority, or authority against its people? Is it a new philosophy? What constitutes a revolution? What are its lasting impacts? The 2017 Faculty Fellowship welcomes proposals that interrogate the concept of revolution in its broadest sense.

Congratulations to the Faculty Fellows in the Spring of 2016 - 2017 for their proposals on "Revolution"

Flatley, Jonathan - - Professor, English

"What is Communist Design?"

Gottfried, Heidi - Associate Professor, Sociology

"Olympian Aspirations: The Nation's Global Designs"


Stine Eckert - Assistant Professor, Communication

" – A radical women journalists’ initiative to revolutionize German newsrooms"

Jessica Robbins-Ruszkowski - Assistant Professor, Institute of Gerentology and Anthropology
Tam Perry - Assistant Professor, Social Work

"Care and Abandonment in Neoliberal Times: Older Adults Experiences and Understandings of the Flint Water Crisis "

Michele Ronnick & Professor - CMLLC

"Putting the World on Wheels: classical Elements in the Creation of Michelin’s Bibendum and the Marketing of the Pneumatic Tire "

Jasmine Ulmer - Assistant Professor, Education

"Revolution as Love as Methodology"

Barrett Watten - Professor, English

"Reading Occupy: The Poetics of Radical Democracy"