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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.
  • Dance, Theater, and Performance Studies

    Dance, Theater, and Performance Studies will offer events that apply a theoretical and critical lens both to the art of theatre-making and to the performative practices of everyday life.

  • Dissertation Writing

    The Interdisciplinary Dissertation Writing Seminar 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.

  • 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 and Society

    The Health & Society working group uses disciplinary perspectives to explore intersections of health, science, and knowledge.

  • Home Growing

    This Food Working Group explores food pasts and futures from the perspective of Chicago and with a focus on immigrant farming and gardening in the development of local food systems.

  • 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. (On hiatus for 2021-22.)

  • The Mesoamerican Worldview and Intellectual Tradition

    The goal of The Mesoamerican Worldview and Intellectual Tradition is to deepen our engagement of Mesoamerican philosophy in order to better understand the strength and endurance of this culture in the face of enormous social and cultural shifts.

  • 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.

  • Religion in the World

    Religion in the World aims to foster an interdisciplinary scholarly community dedicated to analyzing cutting edge developments in religious studies through common readings and speaker visits.

  • 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.