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Feb. 15, 2007

Obermann Center Seeks Proposals For 2008 Summer Research Seminar

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies and the Office of the Vice President for Research invite University of Iowa tenure-track faculty in all fields to submit proposals to design and direct the Obermann Summer 2008 Research Seminar.

One grant of $45,000 will be awarded. Applications are due April 9.

Obermann research seminars bring together about a dozen scholars for extensive discussion of draft papers on a particular topic. The group, which includes researchers from the UI and other institutions, interacts for one to three weeks at the Obermann Center on the UI's Oakdale Campus. The goal is to produce a collection of essays to submit to a press or journal.

The 2006 research seminar, "Comparative Archaeologies: The American Southwest (A.D. 900-1600) and the Iberian Peninsula (3000-1500 B.C.)," brought together scholars working in the American Southwest and archaeologists working in the Iberian Peninsula to discuss a common set of themes and problems.

In 2004, a diverse group of scholars met to discuss "Cinema, Law and the State in Comparative Perspective." A book based on the papers generated by that seminar is forthcoming.

For more information about the seminar, go to:

The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies is a place and a program dedicated to scholarship. It provides a uniquely supportive environment where scholars working individually or in collaboration can reflect, write, and meet in easy interchange. For more information, please visit

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