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Humanities faculty in the media, including articles, interviews, and recent awards.
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Charles Armstrong (EALAC, Weatherhead) published "UN-led multilateral talks offer the best hope for peace in Korea" in the South China Morning Post.

Courtney Bender (Religion) co-curated, with Nancy Levene, a special collection of works, "Is This All There Is?" in The Immanent Frame.

Clémence Boulouque (Religion) published "A Thousand Worlds and This" in The Immanent Frame.

Antoine Marcel Compagnon  (French) was interviewed in the Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French)
delivered the annual Anton Wilhelm Amo Lecture at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. 

Shamus Khan (IRWGS) published "Unholy Alliances" in Public Books.


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Faculty Books

Dennis Tenen (English & Comp Lit)
Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation (Stanford UP, 2017)


Jenny Davidson (English & Comp Lit) 
Reading Jane Austin (Cambridge U Press, 2017)

Jack Halberstam (English & Comp Lit)
TRANS* A Quick and Quirky Account of Gender Variability (UC Press, 2018)

Brinkley Messick (MESAAS)
Shari'a Scripts: A Historical Anthropology (CU Press, 2017)

Jeremy Dauber (Germanic Languages and IIJS)
Jewish Comedy: A Serious History (WW Norton, 2018)

Colm Tóibín (English & Comp Lit)
House of Names (Scribner, 2017)

Brent Hayes Edwards (English & Comp Lit)
Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination (Harvard U Press, 2017)

Bruce Robbins (English & Comp Lit)
The Beneficiary (Duke U Press, 2017)

Branka Arsić (English & Comp Lit) and K. L. Evans
Melville’s Philosophies (Bloomsbury, 2017)


Deadline: December 4, 2017

The Italian Academy seeks candidates for the Weinberg Fellowships in architectural history and preservation for the 2018–2019 academic year. Two to four Fellowships will be awarded. Applications are encouraged from all countries; candidates must be at the post-doctoral or faculty level. Devoted to the understanding and conservation of architecture in any geographic area and period, the Weinberg Fellowships are funded with generous support from the Sidney J. Weinberg Jr. Foundation in conjunction with the Academy's new International Observatory for Cultural Heritage.

Deadline: December 15, 2017

The Precision Medicine and Society (PM&S) Program was established as part of the University’s overall Precision Medicine Initiative to address the ethical, legal, economic, social, and humanistic issues relating to precision medicine and advances in genomics. As part of this effort, the PM&S Program is pleased to issue a request for workshop and seminar proposals aimed at encouraging the Columbia community to explore the issues critical to realizing the potential benefits of precision medicine in an equitable fashion. Workshops and seminars may focus on a specific topic, a broader exploration of PM&S issues or a set of intellectual questions. We encourage workshops and seminars that are collaborative and interdisciplinary, and that provide structured opportunities for graduate student training and development.

Deadline: December 18, 2017

Columbia's Dean of Arts & Sciences in the Division of Humanities and Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) seek collaborative proposals from Columbia University Humanities faculty, working together with faculty in any of PSL’s colleges and research institutions, for projects and exchanges including seminars and conferences in both Paris and New York, faculty travel (to or from Columbia) for collaborative research, short-term faculty visits, or other joint projects which bring together a diverse group of scholars. The aim of the collaboration is to facilitate collaboration between Columbia and PSL, as well as the world more broadly. Proposals which include faculty from other institutions are welcome; each proposal must include at least one faculty member from both Columbia and PSL. Full details available at through Columbia or PSL.

December 15, 2017

The Trinity Long Room Hub (TLRH)—the humanities center of Trinity College Dublin—and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities (SoF/HCH) at Columbia welcome applications from tenured and tenure-track faculty for jointly-sponsored short-term visiting fellowships. Fellowships are awarded to allow at least one member from each of our respective communities to take up residence (normally, for a period of four to six weeks, excluding the months of June, July, and August) at the other’s institution. Tenured and tenure-track faculty in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences are eligible to apply. See or for more information.

Deadline: January 21, 2018

The Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) invites the global research community to submit proposals for new programs that address complex, fundamental questions of importance to the world. Ideas must be novel, bold and potentially transformative to warrant the creation of a long-term, interdisciplinary and collaborative research program. Proposals will be accepted from all areas of research. Letters of Intent can be submitted starting November 15, 2017, with the LOI deadline of January 21, 2018. More details can be accessed here.

Deadline: November 30, 2017

The Dan David Prize (sponsored by Tel Aviv University) has announced three themes for its 2018 competition: History of ScienceBioethics, and Personalized Medicine. Each year, at least one awardee in each of the three categories receives $1M. The Prize recognizes individuals who have "made a singular achievement or a series of achievements and continues to make a unique, profound contribution to humanity, on a global scale." Nominations must be submitted to the Prize's website, and candidates must be nominated by others (i.e. self-nominations are not accepted).