Residential Fellowships on the Marvellous at the JCB

Two-month residential fellowships on the Marvellous at the John Carter Brown Library

Deadline 15 December 2013

THE MARVELOUS ELEMENT IN THE NEW WORLD, 1492-1800

Mary, Princess of Orange, oil on canvas, c. 1655 by Adriaen Hanneman, Royal Collection (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Mary, Princess of Orange, oil on canvas, c. 1655 by Adriaen Hanneman, Royal Collection (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, the John Carter Brown Library (JCB) and the Grupo de Investigación de Siglo de Oro (GRISO) will co-sponsor two residential research fellowships a year at the JCB on the theme of the marvelous in the New World. The fellowships will each be for two months, and at the conclusion of the program in 2017, the two institutions will co-host an international conference on the same theme in Providence.

One of the most interesting aspects of the encounter between Europe and the New World was the perception of marvelous things, facts and living creatures in the New World. This started with Columbus himself, who in his first voyage thought he had a glimpse of the sirens and even suspected he could be near Paradise. Lacking any references from biblical or classical sources about the newly discovered lands, Europeans projected old Greco-Roman and local myths and legends into their perceptions of both the human and the physical environment. Frequently they let their imagination reign free by “seeing” things and creatures they wished to find, whether cities made out of gold, lands populated by giants and amazons, or lost continents.

The purpose of this project is to assemble a group of scholars who will advance our knowledge of the topic by analyzing literary, historical, cartographic and artistic production about the early Americas.

The stipend for 2014-2015 will be $2100/month. Funding for one of the fellowships each year will come from the JCB’s Jose Amor y Vázquez Fellowship Fund. Awardees will be expected to produce a scholarly article related to their research at the JCB within one year of the conclusion of their fellowship. They will also be invited to participate in the 2017 conference at the JCB. Otherwise, JCB/GRISO fellowships will be subject to all the same conditions that govern short-term fellowships at the JCB.The deadline for 2014-15 is December 15, 2013.

For further details, see:

http://www.brown.edu/academics/libraries/john-carter-brown/fellowships/jcb-griso-fellowship

 

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