Global Popular Music Undergraduate Research Fellowships
Platform: A Research Laboratory in the Arts and Humanities
Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Application deadline: November 20, 2020
Decisions announced: December 20, 2020
Submit letters of application to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Platform is a research laboratory committed to dynamic collaborative work in the arts and humanities. Funded by the Mellon Foundation and IU, it brings faculty artists and researchers together with graduate and undergraduate students to produce innovative projects on two topics: Indiana Studies and Global Popular Music.
Charge: The Global Popular Music team is seeking applications for research and creative activity fellowships that relate to next year’s focus, Musical Bodies. In our theme for 2021, the Global Popular Music Team of Platform asks after the status of the body in the production and reception of musical sound.
Projects should have some interest in bringing to light the following questions: What is a “musical body”? Is it organic or technological, individual or collective, affective or discursive? How do the dynamics of embodiment—where gender, age, race, and sexuality play defining roles—affect popular music, and how does music address such issues of embodiment? In what ways do "musical bodies" sound? Musical bodies are also free or incarcerated, migrant or rooted, enduring or ephemeral. Musical bodies are bodies of work—an artist or ensemble’s known corpus; but also, what’s in the vault, or cast off as an “alternate take.” Global Popular Music represents a uniquely variegated prism through which to ask questions about the transformations of embodiment through the ages and as experienced today.
Selected applicants must commit to attending monthly meeting of the Global Popular Music team and present a portion of their work at a symposium to be held in Fall of 2021
The Fellows will be paid on an hourly basis for their work.
- A letter of application, including a description of applicant’s research or artistic interests, relevant skills and knowledges, and available weekly work hours.
- Resume that includes coursework and work experience.
- Letter of support from an advisor or professor. Please instruct your letter writer to send their letter directly to email@example.com.
Eligibility: All IU-Bloomington undergraduate students currently majoring in the arts & humanities. For us, that means any major in College of Arts & Sciences, The School of Art, Architecture and Design, Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies, The Media School, and Jacobs School of Music.
Criteria: We are looking for highly motivated undergraduate thinkers and artists with solid research and communication skills, capable of establishing schedules and goals for both individual and teamwork.
If you have questions about your eligibility, what should be in your letter of application, or Platform, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.