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The fall 2016 deadline for Associate Professor Awards is
Friday, September 30.

For details, please visit our Awards for Associate Professors page.


Since 1981, the Institute for Advanced Study has been Indiana University’s leading center for the pursuit of new knowledge and new directions of inquiry in all fields of study. With gifts from friends and alumni and the support of the Office of the Vice-Provost for Research, the Institute has contributed to the university’s research mission by promoting intellectual exchange that is primarily collaborative and interdisciplinary and by fostering the exploration of ideas at an early stage of development.

As of spring 2014, the Institute has developed a specific focus on Bloomington’s associate professors, as they advance towards full professorship. Ultimately, the Institute’s ambition is to be a locus of intellectual vitality and community.

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IAS is pleased to welcome Michelle Ann Abate, 2016 Summer Repository Research fellow, from The Ohio State University. She will be presenting a talk on her research at the Lilly Library:

From Chapbooks to Comic Books:
Exploring the Children’s Literature Collections at the Lilly Library

Friday, August 12, 2 p.m.
Slocum Room, Lilly Library

Please see the event flyer for more information.

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IAS is pleased to welcome Deborah Cohen, 2016 Summer Repository Research fellow, from University of Missouri-St. Louis. She will be presenting a talk on her research with Lessie Jo Frazier of Indiana University:

Global ’68: From Imperialist Eugenics to the Erotics of Modernization

Wednesday, August 10, 4 p.m.
Wells Library, room E460

Please see the event flyer for more information.

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We congratulate the 2016 Summer Repository Research Fellows and look forward to welcoming them to the IUB campus!

Michelle Ann Abate from The Ohio State University will be collaborating with Heather Elizabeth Blair of IUB to work in collections of the Lilly Library.

Deborah Cohen from University of Missouri-St. Louis will be collaborating with Lessie Jo Frazier of IUB to work in the IU Archives collections.

Michael P. Gonella from the Myaamia Research Center, Miami University, will be working in collections of the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology and IU Herbarium.

Philip M. Novack-Gottshall from Benedictine University, Lisle, IL, will be working in the Indiana University Paleontology Collection.

Paul Tyler from Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago City Colleges will be working in the Archives of Traditional Music and Traditional Arts Indiana/Mathers Museum of World Cultures.

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Professor Rebecca Spang has been awarded the 2015-16 Louis Gottschalk Prize for the Best Book in Eighteenth-Century Studies for Stuff and Money in the Time of the French Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2015).

Professor Spang is the only person to have won this award twice.

Congratulations! While an associate professor, Prof. Spang received an IAS Research Award to help support her work on this book.



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Congratulations are in order for Eileen Julien, Director of the Institute for Advanced Study, on the publication of her newest book, "The Locations and Dislocations of African Literature: A Dialogue between Humanities and Social Science Scholars," which she jointly edited with Biodun Jeyifo.

To check out the book, please visit Africa World Press' site here: http://africaworldpressbooks.com/the-locations-and-dislocations-of-african-literature-a-dialogue-between-humanities-and-social-science-scholars-edited-by-eileen-julien-biodun-jeyifo/


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The IAS remembers former Visiting Fellow Umberto Eco, who passed away on February 19, 2016. Eco’s lecture “Drift and Unlimited Semiosis” was presented on July 19, 1989 while he was in residence at Indiana University Bloomington.


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The IAS hosted a series of roundtable discussions about the promotion process for associate professors on Mondays November 9, 16, and 30. A variety of speakers joined us for these sessions in Hazelbaker Lecture Hall. For additional information, please see the event listing.

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