The American Institute for Philosophical and Cultural Thought (AIPCT) is pleased to announce the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity (FPC) Summer Dissertation Research Fellowship is now accepting applications for summer of 2022. We have suspended the fellowship in 2021 due to the pandemic, but we expect to resume the program in 2022.

The FPC Fellow must be in residence at the AIPCT in Murphysboro, IL, from June 1 until August 2, 2022, and will receive free housing and $1000 per month, plus a travel stipend of $200. The FPC Fellow will carry out research on the dissertation (the idea is to finish a chapter while there). The dissertation can be in any discipline in the humanities or social sciences, so long as the topic of the research relates to theoretical ideas about creativity, broadly construed. The dissertation need not be wholly concerned with creativity, but the portion of the research carried out at AIPCT must be related to creativity. Toward the end of residency the FPC Fellow will present the research at AIPCT in a public lecture, the William S. Minor Fellowship Lecture (the 2017-2020 dissertation lectures and other presentations sponsored by FPC can be viewed here). See the AIPCT website ( for more information about the research location, and visit the FPC website ( for information about the grantor. To apply, please send:

*Brief application letter


*1000-1500 word description of the project (and how it relates to themes of creativity)

* A letter of support from the dissertation director

Send all e-mail attachments to The deadline is February 15, 2021. Notification of results by February 28, 2021.


Jordan Kokot is the William S. Minor Fellow for 2020. Residency is adjusted for the pandemic. Mr. Kokot is a Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy at Boston University who is presently writing his dissertation on the Phenomenology of Time Consciousness in Art and Aesthetic Experience. His dissertation focuses on the writings of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and the foundational relationship between aesthetic practices and the phenomenology of temporality. This account is motivated by Alva Noë’s understanding of art objects as “strange tools,” providing us with the opportunity to catch ourselves in the act of “bringing the world into focus” by pushing us to engage with “the ways our practices, techniques, and technologies organize us and…[allow us to] reorganize ourselves.” Merleau-Ponty says that time does not exist for someone but rather that “time is someone…the temporal dimensions…never do more than make explicit what was implied in each one and each expresses a single rupture or thrust that is subjectivity itself.” In creating and appreciating works of art, we are inevitably and foundationally engaged in the practice of bringing time into focus for ourselves while also rebuilding the structures of our lived temporalities. Jordan also works and teaches in the phenomenology, aesthetics, and ethics of technology,  analyzing the deep connections between artificial intelligence and virtual reality. He is also a practicing artist and creative writer, presently focused on producing a curated multimodal volume called field|guide which is dedicated to exploring  the poetics of silence. You can learn more about Jordan here.


Gioia Laura Iannilli was in residence at AIPCT in June and July of 2019. She is a PhD candidate in Aesthetics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (Philosophical-Social Sciences). Her thesis addresses the modalities through which the implicit component of experience is constituted from a specifically aesthetic viewpoint. She holds a PhD in Aesthetics from the University of Bologna (Architecture), from which she holds an MA in Visual Arts and a BA in Philosophy. Since 2013 she has been a tutor for graduate courses in “Theory of Creative Processes” and “Everyday Aesthetics”in the Fashion Culture and Management program, Department for Life Quality Studies, University of Bologna. She has taught Aesthetics of Design at the University of Florence in collaboration with Tongji University (Shanghai). Her areas of expertise are Deweyan Aesthetics, Everyday  Aesthetics, Aesthetics of Design, Aesthetics of Fashion, Aesthetics of New Technologies. She has authored a book, L’estetico e il quotidiano: Design, Everyday Aesthetics, esperienza (2019) on these topics. She is currently book review editor of Studi di Estetica – Italian Journal of Aesthetics, and member of the editorial board of the “International Lexicon of Aesthetics.” Her residency lecture is here. Dr. Iannilli says of her experience: “During my fellowship at AIPCT I had the opportunity to access rich bibliographical resources and to discuss various aspects of my research with prominent scholars in philosophy. A valuable experience for anyone with an interest in American philosophical and cultural thought and in creativity. This fellowship not only allowed me to further develop my research, but also to get to know a scholarly environment which is both professional and extremely welcoming and human.”


Jennifer Marra was the 2018 William S. Minor Dissertation Fellow sponsored by the Foundation for the Philosophy of Creativity, in residence from June 1 until August 1. She is a PhD Candidate at Marquette University. Her areas of specialization include German phenomenology, carceral studies, and the philosophy of humor. Her scholarship is influenced by the work of Angela Davis, Ernst Cassirer, Richard Pryor, and Carol Burnett. Her current project focuses on Ernst Cassirer’s philosophy of symbolic forms as a means of informing metaphysical and normative understandings of humor. She is currently serving her fourth term on the executive board of The Lighthearted Philosophers Society. Her residency lecture is here. She defended her dissertation in spring 2019. Dr. Marra says of her experience: “The hosts are kind and generous, the town is quaint and welcoming, and if you ever get stuck on an argument there are plenty of books, scholars, and cats within arms reach for inspiration. The Institute itself is beautiful, located in a peaceful alcove within a ten minute walk of a local craft brewery and the best BBQ you’ll ever eat. The building itself houses a impressive library of resources, and if one is ever in need of a particular text, just ask – it will make it’s way to the Institute within days at most. This fellowship was the opportunity I needed to engage in dialogue and work with those rare resources I needed to breakthrough those final pesky complications of my dissertation.”

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