University of Southern Indiana

Prizes & Travel Grant

NEW: Communal Studies Collections Prizes

WHAT: Two $250 prizes: one to assist a USI student (undergraduate or graduate) and one to assist a USI faculty or staff member in presenting a paper at a conference.

PURPOSE: To encourage research in the USI Rice Library Communal Studies Collection. Winners must use research materials from the Collection to present a paper at a conference within one year of receiving the prize.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: All USI students (undergraduate or graduate), faculty (current, retired, fulltime, part-time) and staff (fulltime and part-time).

APPLICATION: Send a one-page application – including collections used, research completed, your name and whether you are faculty, staff or student – to Casey Harison (charison@usi.edu) as an email attachment by 28 September 2018.

Undergraduate and Graduate Prizes

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites submissions for its prize competition for the best undergraduate and graduate student papers on historic or contemporary communal groups, intentional communities and utopias. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to communal groups or utopias.

Undergraduate Paper or Thesis

Author of the best undergraduate paper or thesis will receive $250. The annual deadline for submissions is 1 March. Submissions should be sent as an email attachment to charison@usi.edu. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to communal groups or utopias. The prize winner will be announced in April.

Graduate Paper or Thesis or Dissertation Chapter

Author of the best graduate paper or thesis or dissertation chapter will receive $500. The annual deadline for submissions is 1 March. If sending a thesis or dissertation chapter, please include a short explanation of how the submission fits into the larger work. Submissions may come from any academic discipline and should be focused on a topic clearly related to communal groups or utopias. Submissions should not be longer than 35 pages and should be sent as an email attachment to charison@usi.edu. The prize winner will be announced in April.

2018 Prize Winners

The undergraduate prize of $250 was awarded to Matthew Champagne of Kansas State University for "Our Mother of Maricones and Marimachas: Examining the Surrounding Context of Gloria Anzaldua's Guadalupe/Coatlicue as the Mediatrix of the Queer Borderland Culture and Community."

The graduate prize of $500 was awarded to Rahima Schwenkbeck of George Washington University for "Doing Business in Utopia: The Invisible, but Sometimes Acknowledged, Hand of the State."

Research Travel Grant

The Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana annually invites applications for a Research Travel Grant to fund research at the Communal Studies Collection at USI's David L. Rice Library. The Communal Studies Collection's rich archival materials hold information on over 600 historic and contemporary communal societies, utopias and intentional communities. A complete listing of communities can be found on the library website.

Strengths include materials on the Harmonists and Owenites who settled nearby New Harmony, Indiana, but the breadth of the collections covers American communalism more broadly. Applicants may be graduate students or established scholars in the United States or abroad from any discipline that involves the study of communalism (such as history, English, anthropology, economics, sociology, American Studies and others).

The grant will fund research up to $2,000 to be used by 30 June of the subsequent year. All applications must include a letter detailing the project and its significance to communal studies, a proposed budget and a vita. 

Applications are due annually by 1 May. The winner of the Research Travel Grant is announced annually in June.

2018 Research Travel Grant Winner

The winner of the 2018 Research Travel Grant is Damien Rousselière of the Agrocampus Ouest (France) for his project on “An Institutionalist Economics Analysis of Icarian Communities: A Comparison with Other Communes.”

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