MCSI Summer Institute
The MCSI Summer Institute is a five-day (Monday morning-Friday evening) program offering graduate students and faculty the opportunity to share their current research, as well as to engage in sustained discussions of key issues and methods in the study of modern and contemporary literature, art, culture, and critical thought in a global context.
Each day of the program will feature three plenary lectures from Institute Faculty, one faculty-moderated research seminar in which registered participants present and discuss their work-in-progress as 20-minute oral presentations, and a closing roundtable on the Institute theme. The plenary lectures offer sustained, cross-disciplinary models for new methodologies and approaches to scholarly research in the humanities, conceived broadly. The research seminars offer Institute participants the opportunity to engage in critical discussions of their own methods and approaches, in peer seminars moderated by institute faculty.
We welcome applications from graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early career scholars working in modern and contemporary humanities fields from a range of disciplinary contexts, approaches, and traditions around the world.
Tuition will be waived for the inaugural 2017 Summer Institute; enrolled participants will be responsible for lodging, travel, and some meals.
Announcing the first MCSI Summer Institute at Penn State University
Monday, June 12- Saturday, June 17, 2017
MCSI Institute Theme, 2017: Expertise/Inexpertise
**Tuition will be waived for the inaugural 2017 Summer Institute; enrolled participants will be responsible for lodging, travel, and some meals.
What do humanists know, and how are the forms, limits, and boundaries of this knowledge sustained? Featuring inter- and intra-disciplinary research by scholars of twentieth and twenty-first century literature, film, art, and philosophy, this inaugural MCSI Summer Institute at Penn State explores the parameters of “expertise” as a measure of humanistic knowledge. To what extent is expertise coextensive with disciplinary models of academic specialization or reducible to instrumental reason? How can inventiveness, experimentalism, and creativity reconcile the social and professional demands of expertise with something akin to “inexpertise” as a productive expansion of the limits of humanistic thought? The thematic portion of this inaugural MCSI Summer Institute will seek new definitions of engaged knowledge distinct from institutional and social pressures alone.
2017 Summer Institute Faculty:
Magalí Armillas-Tiseyra, Comparative Literature and Global Studies, Penn State
Michael Bérubé, English, Penn State
Marijeta Bozovic, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Film and Media Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Yale
Ebony Coletu, English and African American Studies, Penn State
Sabine Doran, German and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn State
Hoda El Shakry, Comparative Literature, Penn State
Michael Gillespie, Film, Media and Communication and Black Studies, City College of New York
Janet Lyon, English and Disability Studies, Penn State
Courtney D. Morris, African American Studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Penn State
Jeffrey Nealon, English and Philosophy, Penn State
Gabriel Rockhill, Philosophy, Villanova
Debarati Sanyal, French, University of California, Berkeley
Lisa Uddin, Art History and Visual Culture, Whitman College
Cynthia Young, African American Studies and English, Penn State
Applications for the 2016 MSCI Summer Institute at Penn State will be accepted until all slots have been filled, but applications received by April 1, 2017 will be granted priority. Applicants should send a brief description of their own projects (no more than 1 page) along with a current CV and a writing sample (10-15 pages). Projects need not address the symposium theme. Acceptances will be sent via email, so please make sure to include your email address in your CV.
Applications should be sent via email to:
The MCSI Summer Institute at Penn State
c/o Devon Johnson, Staff Assistant, Penn State School of Languages and Literatures
Office Phone: (814) 863-4288
For further information about the MCSI Summer Institute, please contact Jonathan P. Eburne, MCSI Director, at