Working Groups

The UIC Institute for the Humanities encourages interdisciplinary research and intellectual exchange by sponsoring a variety of faculty working groups each year. The format for working groups is flexible and is determined by the faculty coordinators who must represent at least two departments. The Institute supports working groups by circulating materials, funding outside speakers, publicizing events, and providing modest refreshments for meeting and lectures.
  • Central & Eastern European Jewish Studies

    Central & Eastern European Jewish Studies will identify and discuss theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of Jewish history and culture in the modern period in its diverse intersections with European and global socio-cultural and historical trends.

  • Dissertation Writing

    The Interdisciplinary Dissertation Writing Workshop is open to ALL students and faculty, and we are eager to hear from all graduate students in the humanities who are at a point in their writing when a congenial audience of fellow scholars would be helpful in the writing process.

  • Empire & Modernity

    Empire & Modernity proposes to study a theme across multiple chronological periods, namely that of empire, which arguably is the defining component of our companion term, modernity.

  • Engaged Humanities

    Engaged Humanities is connected with the Mellon-Funded Engaged Humanities Initiative. At regularly scheduled meetings, all interested faculty and students discuss readings, propose speakers, and address future goals for the initiative.

  • Global Migration

    A follow-up to the Immigration Working Group, The Global Migration Working Group will debate and explore from within an interdisciplinary lens important aspects of migration affecting the life and well-being of migrants, refugees and stateless persons in the United States and, more broadly, the overall dynamics of migration in the Western Hemisphere.

  • Health & Society

    Health & Society aims to foster an interdisciplinary community of   scholars who work on issues of health, disease, disability, and medicine. The goal is to encourage exchange and collaboration across the humanities, social sciences, and health fields.

  • Imagining Peace in the 21st Century

    Imagining Peace in the 21st Century seeks to engage in a reflection on the social and historical relevance of peace processes. Our goal is to develop a broad debate that captures discussions both at the academic and political level. Faculty and students from any disciple are most welcome to join this conversation.

  • Institutions

    Institutions explores the status of institutions in different areas of contemporary public life, in the face of forces of privatization as well as political and artistic trends that have disfavored conventional modes of power and practice.

  • Political Ecologies: Nature, Place, Heritage

    Political Ecologies: Nature, Place, Heritage offers a cross-disciplinary platform for faculty and students interested in social movements, biodiversity, ecological activism, human rights, cultural heritage, environmental justice, and public humanities. It responds to a desire for engagement and collaboration with local communities in the global contexts of development.

  • Race & U.S. Empire

    Race & U.S. Empire focuses on the ways that racism and capitalism inform the logics and practices of the contemporary U.S. empire both within the U.S. and across the globe. Much of our scholarship revolves around two themes: the expansion of the security state and struggles against imperial racism.

  • Reimagining Femininity in Postwar Film & Multimedia

    Reimagining Femininity in Postwar Film & Multimedia gathers scholars from Music, Art History, Film, and Gender Studies to engage in the discussion of femininity in postwar film and multimedia.

  • See Next

    SEE NEXT – Seminar: East European and Northern Eurasian Crosstalk. This group brings together scholarswho study history and culture of Eastern Europe and Northern Eurasia.  Invited speakers will frame particular cases within wider methodological, disciplinary, and geographical contexts relevant for a broad community of students of diversity, complex societies, imperial formations and postcoloniality.

  • Truth (LCSL Forum on 15)

    Truth (LCSL Forum on 15) explores the broad and pertinent theme of truth  in literary traditions and also in linguistics, political science, philosophy, religious studies, art history, and film.  Activities include LCSL Forum on 15 presentations.