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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.
  • Anthropocene Lab

    Anthropocene Lab 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.

  • 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.

  • Queer and Trans Studies

    Queer and Trans Studies engages transnational and diasporic analyses of gender, sexuality, queer of color critique, trans studies, queer liberation activism and abolition, race, disability, and their multiple intersections.

  • Global Middle East Studies

    Global Middle East Studies  provides a forum for UIC faculty and students interested in the Middle East and North African region and its diasporas to build programming and community grounded in critical area studies and critical ethnic studies frameworks that are attentive to race, class, gender, nationality, sexuality, empire, colonialism, ability, and their intersections.

  • 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.


    SEENEXT – Seminar: East European and Northern Eurasian Crosstalk. This group brings together scholars who 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.

  • South Asia Reading Group

    South Asia Reading Group aims to provide a space for interdisciplinary discussions on the emerging literature of South Asia.

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