The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has been awarded a grant of US$900,000 by the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. The grant will support a major new initiative within LSE Cities exploring the intersection of architecture, urbanism and the humanities.
The programme, which will run for approximately four years, will have two components: a Fellowship Programme to be based at LSE Cities (The Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities) and a new project to launch a network of urban scholars (the Urban Research Network), which will be extended to centres on a global basis, including the USA, Asia and Latin America.
The intellectual objective of the programme is to connect humanities scholars from literature, philosophy, anthropology, film studies, art and architectural history more closely to urban research and teaching at the heart of LSE. It also aims to create an international network of institutions embedded in cities in rapidly urbanizing regions of the world that exposes a new generation of humanists to the social science urban culture.
The Mellon Fellows will be invited to spend nine months at LSE, to engage humanists in the study of urban life - as pursued by LSE CIties - and to become involved in postgraduate teaching and research. The posts will be advertised in spring 2013, with the first Fellowships starting in autumn 2013. The project will be overseen by Professors Ricky Burdett and Richard Sennett and involve key teaching and research
Professor Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE, said: "As an institution concerned with the social sciences and their real world impact, we welcome the transformative partnership of LSE and the Andrew W Mellon Foundation. One of LSE's strategic interests is urbanisation; as such we are honoured that the Trustees have chosen to support our endeavours in this area."
Professor Ricky Burdett, professor of urban studies and director of LSE Cities, said: "LSE Cities has pioneered research and teaching that link the physical to the social in cities. The Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities will take our work to another level, engaging those who design and manage cities with a new generation of scholars and practitioners who focus on fundamental humanistic questions on what it means to inhabit the contemporary city across the globe."
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14 February 2013