Brown University is partnering with Stanford University and Northwestern University on a multiyear project that will fund postdoctoral fellowships and summer seminars designed to advance the field of dance studies. The initiative is supported by a $1,420,700 grant to Northwestern from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The project, “Dance Studies in/and the Humanities,” will fund fellowships at each school from 2012 to 2016. The week-long summer seminars will allow Mellon fellows to work alongside other recent Ph.D.s, advanced graduate students, and junior faculty to formulate strategies for interdisciplinary research and teaching in the field. “The summer seminars will engage rigorous thinking about the live body as archive as well as engage efforts to develop digital technology for teaching and research in dance,” said Rebecca Schneider, co-director of the project and chair of theater arts and performance studies at Brown. The summer seminars will rotate among the three schools, beginning with Northwestern in 2012.

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