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Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellowship Program

James Early or Carla Borden
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Institution
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Smithsonian Institution

Rockefeller Foundation Humanities Fellows at the Smithsonian Institution
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage will help expand and refine a
theoretical framework for cultural heritage discourse that reflects the
perspectives, activities, and participation of academic specialists, civil
society groups, and public cultural organizations and that can inform
dialogues across social, political, and disciplinary boundaries.

Cultural heritage is today a rubric of ever-expanding scope in the
international arena, and increasingly so in the United States.  Its meaning
largely determined by experts, cultural heritage is used as a basis for
multinational, national, state, and local programs.  Cultural heritage is
also the focus of ideas and programs generated by hundreds of
non-governmental organizations, ethnic, regional, and community-based

However, despite its growing popularity across official, community, and
even business sectors, the concept of "cultural heritage" is vastly
under-theorized.  It has lacked an academic, disciplinary base, has
generated only an attenuated theoretical literature, and has generally
failed to accommodate terminologies and narrative representations developed
by grassroots and advocacy groups.  This results in the curious
contradiction that cultural heritage discourse becomes a uniform globalized
mode of apprehending the diverse localized cultural expressions that are
ostensibly its subject, yet that elite discourse is insulated from the
diverse localized conceptions with which it converges.  The voices of the
bearers and stewards of cultural heritage-often, the poor, excluded, and
marginalized-are typically silenced in those very forums in which the
discourse of cultural heritage is articulated and realized.

The Smithsonian will host up to six humanities-oriented scholar/analysts
for each of three years to work on the theoretical development of the
concept of cultural heritage and its intersection with theories of culture,
class, race, ethnicity, gender, and globalization.  Fellows will be drawn
from three sectors of cultural engagement -- academic institutions, public
organizations, and cultural communities - and approximately half of the
fellows will come from outside the United States. The intention is both to
cross-fertilize sectors of cultural heritage work and to expose
international and U.S. thinkers to one another.
 The primary focus of 2004-2005 fellowships is the relation between
cultural heritage and political representation; of 2005-2006, between
cultural heritage and economic pursuits; of 2006-2007, between cultural
heritage and the arts.

Fellowships include a stipend in addition to an allowance for travel to and
from Washington, D.C., as necessary, for the residency. Applicants need not
be U.S. citizens to be eligible. These fellowships are not intended to
support undergraduate or graduate studies.

The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage-where cultural
heritage is the subject of ongoing, daily intellectual and practical
activity-will host the fellows.  Given the Center's location within the
Smithsonian and in Washington, D.C., and given its strong connections to
international and national institutions, service organizations, NGOs, and
community groups, fellows will partake of an incredibly rich environment and
find colleagues strongly interested in their work.

James C. Early
Director Cultural Heritage Policy
Smithsonian Institution
Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
750 9th Street NW, Suite 4100
Washington, DC 20560-0953
Telephone: 202-275-1576
Fax: 202-275-1119

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