Facing the Anthropocene Farm Fellow, Summer 2020: Call for Applications

For the 2020 summer term, we are offering two fellowships in collaboration with the Duke Campus Farm. The fellowships are open to Duke graduate students from any school or division.

The Farm Fellows will work alongside farm faculty, staff, and interns and will engage in archival and/or field research. In some capacity, projects must engage the farm site or, where appropriate, the surrounding region, broadly conceived. This engagement is open to any number of (inter)disciplinary approaches. For example, fellows may focus on the Farm’s history and the history of the surrounding area, native cultivation of the land, enslaved labor at and around the site, the nineteenth-century tobacco boom, environmental justice and land justice, sustainable agriculture past or present, food systems, the question of what sort of historical memory must inform future land use, etc.

Note that projects do not require onsite presence – please make your proposals compatible with social distancing measures. 

Fellows will receive a stipend of $5000. They are expected to publish a piece on their research on the project website and on the Duke Campus Farm website, and to give a 15 minute presentation in the 202o fall term on how their work at the Farm has affected their research projects at Duke.

To apply, please send a 1-2 page c.v. and a completed application (see questions below) to saskia.cornes@duke.edu (subject line “Anthropocene Farm Fellows”). DEADLINE EXTENDED TO APRIL 5, 2020.  


Application: Facing the Anthropocene Farm Fellow, Summer 2020
Your Name:
Your Department/Program:
Which year will you be entering in Fall 2020?:
Please answer the following questions in a short paragraph:

  1. What is the topic of your current research project? How does this fellowship relate to or further your current or future research?
  2. What experience do you have in archival and field research?
  3. Describe how your project will put this particular landscape in conversation with Anthropocene concerns. How might you use the Farm or its surrounds as a text, archive or pedagogy?
  4. How will you make use of the farm site or its surrounds in your project?
  5. What do you hope to get out of this fellowship?