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The Quadrant Program, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and developed in cooperation with the Office of the Provost and the Graduate School, was a joint initiative with the University of Minnesota Press.  Quadrant provided research residencies and other opportunities for collaborative interaction in four areas, or Quadrants, of interdisciplinary research, with the objective of promoting the research, development, publication, and dissemination of critical work in areas of particular interest and activity at the University.

The Design, Architecture, and Culture Quadrant focused on sustainable development, design practices, uses of public space, and historic preservation. This Quadrant encouraged work on the built environment examining how architectural and design practices are inscribed with cultural and social meaning. The Environment, Culture, and Sustainability Quadrant considered the social and cultural aspects of environmental policy, land use, and ecological sustainability and is attentive to theoretical projects dealing with their visual and textual representations. Focusing on the historical roots, current processes, and cultural impact of globalization, the Global Cultures Quadrant examined such issues as human rights, economic development, immigration, displacement, and migration. With a focus on the social impact of infection, disease, and medicine, the Health and Society Quadrant examined works dealing broadly with medical ethics, genetics, disability, illness, treatment issues, and the end of life.

Providing Tools for Scholars

With the combined resources of Mellon, the Press, and the IAS, Quadrant provided tools for scholars to pursue interdisciplinary work and offers a new, more collaborative model of scholarly research and publication. Quadrant’s structure was designed to be a significant transformation of current models of scholarly publication and collaborative work and to be an equally significant relocation of the place of the press within the university itself.

Two Quadrant Fellows were in Residence at IAS, Spring 2013

 Gary Kroll, Department of History, State University of New York-Plattsburgh. Project title: “Caught in the Headlights: The Mangled Mobilities of Animals and Automobiles in Modern America.”
Nikhil Anand, Department of Anthropology, Haverford College. Project title: “Infrapolitics: Public Systems and the Social Life of Water in Mumbai.” 


Quadrant Books Series

The Quadrant Books series launched in fall 2010 with the publication of Rebecca R. Scott’s Removing Mountains: Extracting Nature and Identity in the Appalachian Coalfields and Rebirth of the Clinic: Places and Agents in Contemporary Health Care, edited by Cindy Patton. In spring 2011 two more Quadrant books were published: Laura Ogden’s Swamplife: People, Gators, and Mangroves Entangled in the Everglades and Lisa Anna Richey and Stefano Ponte’s Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World. For more information, visit the University of Minnesota Press’s Quadrant Books page.

About the Quadrant Fellowships

From 2007 through 2012, the Quadrant program held an annual, worldwide competition for fellowships that were awarded to sixteen interdisciplinary scholars. During their semester in residence at the IAS in Minneapolis, the Quadrant fellows receive a stipend of up to $30,000, depending on rank and experience. At the IAS, fellows participated in weekly lunches and public lectures with a lively interdisciplinary community that includes University of Minnesota fellows and other Quadrant fellows. They were also involved in at least one of Quadrant’s research and publishing collaboratives: Design, Architecture, and Culture ; Environment, Culture, and Sustainability ; Global Cultures; and Health and Society. Fellows gave a public lecture and presented a work-in-progress in a workshop setting with their Quadrant collaborative group or groups. In addition, they work directly with an editor from the University of Minnesota Press to develop their manuscripts for submission. Quadrant fellowship applications are no longer being accepted.

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