Voices and Visions: Islam and Muslims from a Global Perspective is a public scholarship project at Indiana University working to increase intercultural dialogue and understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims. Voices and Visions has been realizing this through its podcasts, videocasts, public conversations, scholarly resources, art exhibits and public events. We now have the opportunity for the Indiana community at large to help sustain our local public outreach. This is a chance for other organizations to build upon the infrastructure Voices and Visions has already put in place.
Projects will pursue the goals of Voices and Visions by providing public scholarship that will work to bridge not only the Muslim/non-Muslim divide but also the campus-community divide. These projects will create and engage in dialogue that challenges stereotypes and encourages mutual respect and understanding. The Voices and Visions Project defines ‘public scholarship’ broadly. We encourage innovative and creative programming that engages the public and promotes an understanding of Islam from a variety of perspectives. Ideally programs funded by Voices and Visions would be accessible to, not only scholars, but members of the general public as well.
We are holding an open grant competition to support our public scholarship efforts in the local communities of Central Indiana. Applicants are required to submit an online application with name, contact information, an itemized budget proposal and a one-to-two page narrative describing and explaining your funded goals, objectives, and timeline. Voices and Visions can fund projects with budgets of up to $2,000, but projects with smaller budgets are also encouraged to apply. Likely expenses covered by these funds will include speaker honoraria, travel, promotional materials, mailings, film rental, and other programmatic needs. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and will be reviewed by a panel made up of Voices and Visions staff as well as members of the project advisory board. Proposed projects and programs must occur before October 15, 2010.
Following the established criteria set forth by the Social Science Research Councils’ Academia in the Public Sphere: Islam and Muslims in World Contexts program funding is not available for projects focused solely on K-12 audiences. However, projects that work to bridge the campus-community divide and plan to reach a broad public audience are encourage to apply – as are projects involving universities, businesses, governments or the media.