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Penn Humanities Forum–Call for Topics: November 5

October 12, 2010, Volume 57, No. 07

SAS standing faculty members in the humanities and related disciplines are invited to submit proposals for the Penn Humanities Forum’s 2012-2013 topic. All the Forum’s programming for that year will address the theme, which must therefore appeal to postdoctoral, faculty, and student researchers as well as to the public. Topics should be broad, interdisciplinary, historically deep, and yet of contemporary intellectual salience. Deadline for proposals: Friday, November 5, 2010.

The theme for the current year is Virtuality (topic director: James English), and in 2011-2012 will be Adaptations (topic director: Warren Breckman). Information on earlier topics and Forum programs is available online at www.phf.upenn.edu/topics.shtml.

In proposing a theme, you will be understood to be volunteering to be its Topic Director, collaborating with the Forum Director to select speakers and run the year’s events. The Topic Director receives a stipend.

Proposals should be brief: a description of the topic, an outline of problems and disciplines it encompasses, and a list of potential speakers. Submissions will be reviewed by the PHF Faculty Advisory Board, who have been known to select more than one topic from a given call to the faculty. Accordingly, topics may be submitted for years after 2012-2013, if you so desire.

Please send proposals or questions to the Director of the Forum, James English, jenglish@english.upenn.edu, or to Jennifer Conway, conwayj@sas.upenn.edu (215) 898-8220, associate director.

Almanac - October 12, 2010, Volume 57, No. 07