June 18-30, 2017

Elon University
Elon, North Carolina
Ann J. Cahill, Director

This summer institute will gather emerging and established scholars to consider the philosophical questions surrounding the persistent social problem of sexual violence. Participants will explore the different meanings of sexual violence in distinct social contexts, diverse ways of framing the harms that sexual violence imposes, the relation (or lack of same) between sexual violence and other sexual acts, the meaning of various forms of individual and collective responses (including the role of the state), and other questions. Conversations will be grounded in contemporary philosophical scholarship and will address some of the most pressing themes in the humanities as a whole, including difference, embodiment, vulnerability, and justice. Informed by a wide spectrum of philosophical approaches, this institute aims not only to prompt deep, wide, and meaningful discourse in the moment, but to build the knowledge base and analytical approaches of the future.

Applicants who are selected to participate in the institute will receive a stipend of $2100 from the NEH  to help cover travel costs, books and other research expenses, and living expenses.

NEH Summer Seminars and Institutes are designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the project.

Adjunct faculty, community college faculty, and first-time participants are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline: March 1, 2017

Notification date: March 31, 2017