Founded in 1970, the Folger Institute is a center for advanced study and research in the humanities, sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library and a consortium of 38 universities, including Brown. The institute offers a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural program of seminars, workshops, symposia, colloquia, and lectures.
The Folger Institute also houses the Center for Shakespeare Studies and the Center for the History of British Political Thought. The Center for Shakespeare Studies, established in 1986, is committed to a wide range of approaches to the texts of the early modern period, with emphasis on historical context, critical theory, research skills, and interpretive models. The Folger Institute Center for the History of British Political Thought offers a series of seminars, conferences, and publications that seek to re-map the main patterns of discourse in a major political culture over three seminal centuries, 1500-1800.
Unless otherwise specified, enrollment in all Folger Institute programs is by application, with priority in admission accorded to postdoctoral scholars and advanced graduate students from the consortium universities. Registration fees are waived for consortium affiliates (with the exception of conferences). Those who are not consortium affiliates must pay a $200 fee for single-session weekend seminars and symposia or a $500 fee for all other programs, including semester-length seminars and skills courses, multi-session weekend seminars, and multi-session colloquia.
Consortium grants, available to faculty members and graduate students from institute-affiliated universities, are offered to reimburse travel and some lodging expenses in support of participation in Institute programs. A limited number of fee waivers are available to independent scholars by application.
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