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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) as an email attachment by 28 September 2018.
Director Casey Harison and University Archivist Jennifer Greene will host two sessions to introduce the new Prizes, the Communal Studies Collections and other resources of the Center for Communal Studies at the following times:
Both sessions will be held at the University Archives and Special Collections on the third floor of Rice Library. Everyone is welcome!
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 submission is 1 March. Submission should be sent as an email attachment to email@example.com. 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 submission is 1 March. Submission should be sent as an email attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. The prize winner will be announced in April. If sending a thesis or dissertation chapter, please include a short explanation of how the submission fits into the larger work.
2017 Prize Winners
The undergraduate prize of $250 was awarded to Summer Jones of Grinnell College for "Striving for Eden: Working Towards Equality in Two Virginia Communes."
The graduate prize of $500 was awarded to Gary Stein of the University of Southern California for "Building a Communal Environment: Back-to-the-Land in Mendocino."
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 this Research Travel Grant is announced annually in June.
2017 Research Travel Grant Winner
The winner of the 2017 Grant for $2,000 was Lauren Griffiths of Texas Tech University for her project on "When Does a Pilgrim Become a Resident?: Apprenticeship Pilgrimage and Yoga Communes."
Send submissions as email attachment to: email@example.com.
Or by mail to:
Dr. Casey Harison
Director of the Center for Communal Studies
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712