As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, it is appropriate that the ISI turns to the theme of ‘Emancipation’ for its 2013-2014 seminar. Yet in keeping with our traditions, we wish to explore the topic in broad, interdisciplinary, and multidirectional terms. The concept has been closely connected with notions of democracy, universal human rights, social and economic justice, gender and sexual equality, and the freedom from any constraint that might inhibit our capacity for self-determination. For the ISI seminar on emancipation, we would like to invite participants to explore issues and conceptions of human autonomy and freedom as inspired by your own interests, whether they be from historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological, anthropological, scientific, or cross-cultural angles. All fellows will receive a $1500 research allowance. Proposals for our year-long seminar should be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 1st, 2013.