Society of Scholars
Society of Scholars
Society of Scholars

Society of Scholars

Fellowship (2009-10)

Simpson Center for the Humanities

Official Program Description

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community in which humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations contribute to and learn from one another’s work. Members are selected competitively and are awarded research fellowships from the Simpson Center in order to pursue individual projects. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their research in progress and is composed of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

What I Learned

As a Society of Scholars fellow in residence at the Simpson Center (during the academic year 2009-10), I was able to conduct a substantive amount of research and writing for my multimodal dissertation, How Text Lost Its Source. With advice from other scholars in the group (including faculty and graduate students in Geography, Art History, Comparative Literature, Women Studies, and History), that research dramatically altered the shape and tenor of my inquiry. It also broadened the scope of the materials from which I was drawing, while refining my methodology for approaching those very materials. During the biweekly meetings of the Society of Scholars, I also learned a tremendous amount about interdisciplinary research, how to translate a dissertation into a book-length monograph (and/or journal articles), and how to communicate my own investments to scholars who do not practice media studies, the digital humanities, or allied fields. Ultimately, the Simpson Center support not only augmented the quality and arguments of my dissertation; it also gave me the time, space, and community to pursue future opportunities (including NEH Vectors) for furthering my work.

(The first two images on the left are screen shots of the Simpson Center’s website. The third image is a photograph of the Simpson Center seminar room, where the Society of Scholars meets.)