2014 Prize Winners
The undergraduate prize of $250 has been awarded to Janelle Zimmerman of Reading Area Community College for her paper "The Amish and Mennonites: A Unique Culture with a Unique School System."
The graduate prize of $500 has been awarded to Torang Asadi of Duke University for her paper "'Perfect Embodiments': The Corporeal, Communal, and Collective Bodies of the Twelve Tribes Community."
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 March 1. 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 March 1. The prize winner will be announced in April.
2014 Research Travel Grant Winner
The winner of the 2014 Grant for $2,000 is Robert Geroux, an independent scholar, for his project on "Towards a New History of Utopian Socialism: Economic Shatterzones and Alternative Currencies."
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, etc.).
The grant will fund research up to $2,000 to be used by June 30 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.
Send submissions as email attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Casey Harison
Director of the Center for Communal Studies
University of Southern Indiana
8600 University Boulevard
Evansville, IN 47712