Ahmanson-Getty Postdoctoral Fellowships, 2021–2022
“Victorian Apocalypse: The siècle at its fin.”
Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies and William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles
To many commentators in the 1890s, the increasing circulation of the term “fin de siècle” as a means of characterizing an age in terminal decline intensified fears about the apocalyptic end of culture, whether through understandings of disease and epidemics, in literary narratives about the decay of the human species, or via troubled reflections on Earth’s finite resources. This program approaches each of these formations in turn. “Victorian Apocalypse” concentrates attention on materials that relate to several of the Clark Library’s fin de siècle collections, especially “Oscar Wilde and His Circle,” a large archive that encompasses many materials belonging to a range of artists and writers–not just to Wilde himself and his immediate circle, but also to publishers such as John Lane, with whom he developed a close relationship.
The theme-based resident fellowship program, established with the support of the Ahmanson Foundation and the J. Paul Getty Trust, is designed to promote the participation of junior scholars in the Center’s yearlong core program. Awards are for three consecutive quarters in residence at the Clark. Scholars must have received their doctorates in the last six years (2015–2021), and their research should pertain to the announced theme. Fellows are expected to make a substantive contribution to the Center’s workshops and seminars.
Further details and a link to our online application can be found on our website: http://www.1718.ucla.edu/research/postdoctoral/
The deadline for fellowship applications for the 2021–2022 year is February 1, 2021.