Humanities Innovation Grants
The Institute for the Humanities announces new Humanities Innovation Grants, designed to fund work in the humanities that explores new theories, archives, methodologies, interdisciplinary connections, applications, and public engagement. Funding is for short-term programs: examples include a conference, workshop, reading group, lecture series, or other event that involves students, faculty, and (when possible) the Chicago community. If you and your colleagues are exploring new approaches to historical materials, reaching out to new communities with humanities work, building new intellectual collectives, or forging new collaborations across humanities disciplines, this is a grant for you!
Humanities Innovation Awards 2021-2022
Alexander Eisenschmidt, School of Architecture
“At Home with the Collective: A Conference on the History and Future of Housing”
This interdisciplinary conference will convene historians, architects, and planners to address today's collective housing crisis.
Beate Geissler, Art
“The Anthropocene Lab: A Speculative, Exploratory Laboratory of Environmental Research at UIC”
A series of events will launch an exploratory laboratory that fosters innovative interdisciplinary research in the sciences, education, humanities, law, engineering, social sciences, planning, and the arts. On May 9th, 2022, there will be a special event connected to this project. Click here for more.
Anna Guevarra, Global Asian Studies Program
Gayatri Reddy, Gender and Women’s Studies
“Evicted! A Game of Affordable Housing”
An immersive gaming experience will explore the problem of affordable housing by allowing participants to engage in the complexities of Chicago urban planning.
Ronak K. Kapadia, Gender and Women’s Studies
Therese Quinn, Museum and Exhibition Studies
“New Directions in Comparative Ethnic and Indigenous Studies: Parallels Between the US “Indian Wars”
and the “Global War on Terror” - A Virtual Scholarly Seminar and Public Dialogue Series"
A series of events will feature new work in the humanities at the intersections of comparative ethnic studies, Native North American Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies that explores the parallels between the two longest military conflicts in US history--the "American Indian Wars" and the "Global War on Terror."
Francesco Marullo, School of Architecture
Focusing on the American Southwest, this symposium will debate the notion of the "desert" in its physical and mental dimensions, focusing on how it permeates the architectural imagination and collective intelligence.
Alyson Patsavas, Disability and Human Development
Margaret Fink, Disability Cultural Center
“Collectivity, Access, and Archiving: Crip Pandemic Life“
Two workshops that build on and contribute to a forthcoming special issue of Lateral: The Journal of the Cultural Studies Association, entitled “Crip Pandemic Life: A Tapestry.”
Humanities Innovation Grant Proposals
Dear UIC Humanities Colleagues,
The Institute for the Humanities announces new Humanities Innovation Grants, designed to fund work in the humanities that explores new theories, archives, methodologies, interdisciplinary connections, applications, and public engagement. Funding is for short-term programs—a conference, workshop, reading group, lecture series, or other event that involves students, faculty, and—when possible—the Chicago community. If you and your colleagues are exploring new approaches to historical materials, reaching out to new communities with humanities work, building new intellectual collectives, or forging new collaborations across humanities disciplines, this is a grant for you!
The Institute for the Humanities announces Call for Humanities Innovation Grant Proposals:
The Institute will sponsor 1-5 grants each academic year, supporting short-term programs such as conferences, workshops, seminars, readings groups, lecture series, off-campus events, or other activities that involve students, faculty, invited scholars, and the Chicago community. Funding ranges between $1000 and $10,000 per grant. Emphasizing “innovation” in the humanities, this grant initiative is designed to focus attention on a range of humanities work that advances humanities research, sparks collaborations, and boosts the public profile of humanities work. Humanities innovation can be interpreted as broadly as possible, from ground-breaking scholarship in traditional areas of study to the formation of new community partnerships. Individual projects are eligible for the grant, but the proposal should explain the impact of the project and how it can involve other students, faculty, or community members outside UIC. Because this is a grant that encourages collaboration, preference will be give to projects that involve multiple faculty members (TT and NTT) with student participation.
Due Date for proposals: October 1, 2021, submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant period: January 2022-December 2022
Directions for writing proposal:
The proposal should be no longer than 2 pages. Please include the following:
- List of applicants. Differentiate between the main applicant or PI and additional grant collaborators.
- Description of the project, approximately 300 words. Explain how the project advances research, collaboration, participation, or public outreach in the humanities (see above for more complete grant description). Be as specific about the project as possible: for instance, if you are planning a conference, outline the panels, talks, or other activities associated with it.
- Description of participants and/or audience. Participants/presenters should be contacted in advance.
- Planned (approximate) dates of project
- Proposed Budget. Costs can be approximate, but be sure to include all costs—honoraria, travel, food, digital assistance—associated with project. This grant does NOT cover equipment costs or course buyouts.
- Proposals should be submitted via email to email@example.com October 1, 2021.
Mark Canuel, Director, Institute for the Humanities and
Professor, Department of English
University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC Institute for the Humanities
Stevenson Hall MC 206
701 S. Morgan Street
Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
Chicago, IL 60607-7040
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Past Workshops Heading link
Please see below for the list of 2017 Humanities Frontiers (formerly known as Cutting Edge Issues in the Humanities) workshops.
“The Logistical City”
February 7, 2017 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Organized by Clare Lyster, School of Architecture
We live in an era where global mobility and systems of flow have become central to how we work and live. We now think nothing of dropping a priority package in a drop box in Chicago at 9:30pm knowing it will arrive in L.A. by 7:30am the next morning. Talking in real time with a friend in a remote location via video-‐telephony is taken for granted, using nanosecond transmission signals is fundamental in the financial industry, while ordering groceries with an app and having them delivered later the same day is the norm rather than the exception. Given there is so much material and information flow in and around the spaces we inhabit, one could argue that infrastructural systems and their associated procedures are now the primary shapers of the urban environment. Yet, there are few, if any, intellectual models in place for architecture to contemplate the city from this perspective, i.e., the city as a set of flows as opposed to an aggregate of figures: The Logistical City.
The one day workshop will review and discuss current research on the space of logistics (FedEx; Amazon; Uber; Netflix, among other freight and last mile delivery systems). It explores how logistics formats urban territory and projects how logistical intelligence can be deployed as a model toward the future design of cities in an era where flow has emerged as fundamental space in its own right.
“Early Modern Epistolary Culture”
Organized by Nina Dubin, Art History Department
In recent years, scholars across the humanities have brought new and critical attention to the subject of early modern epistolarity, and more specifically to the ways in which the growth of letter writing—with its attendant social, cultural and political implications—effectively changed the course of history. For decades, scholarship on this subject has been dominated by literary studies on eighteenth-century epistolary novels. What distinguishes the new wave of research is in part its focus on material practice: letters are not only texts but also objects—possessed of blotches of ink, signatures, folds and seals—whose histories often involve unintended readers, postal messengers, eventual inheritors, archivists, and others. The proposed workshop would gather the key authors of recent scholarship along with scholars working on epistolarity from a variety of disciplines and at various stages of research.
This growing body of scholarship attests as well to a new emphasis on the visual. Though paintings by the likes of Vermeer and Fragonard of women sending and receiving love letters attest to the aesthetic importance of epistolarity, only now has the subject begun to emerge as a “cutting edge issue” in art history. Art historians will comprise about half of the workshop’s participants, thus providing a rare opportunity for researchers to consider epistolarity through the lens of the visual arts.
“Political Ecology as Practice: A Regional Approach to the Anthropocene”
Organized by Ömür Harmanşah, Art History
Molly Doane, Department of Anthropology
This workshop will investigate the reciprocal relationship and the disjunction between the metropolitan theories of the Anthropocene, climate change, and the global environmental crisis on the one side; and the experience of local ecological conflicts in various micro-regions around the world, on the other. The central research question to be collectively addressed will be whether the current vibrant theories of the academic/metropolitan center derive from or get inspired by the multiplicity of regional ecological conflicts experienced today. Conversely we ask, in what particular ways, these theories impact various human communities in their relationship to their land, its resources, biodiversity, and heritage. The workshop will invite participants to discuss global theories of the Anthropocene and its new ontologies of time and materiality, while investigating their links to regional practices and discourses.
“Critical Theory, Psychoanalysis and the Politics of the Archive in Spanish Cinema”
November 10, 2017 from 9am-5pm
Organized by Steven Marsh, Hispanic and Italian Studies
This workshop will to bring a group of leading scholars currently working on contemporary Spanish visual culture and particularly film to UIC. Its intention is, firstly, to discuss and debate questions of national cinema in an age of globalization. However, it also seeks to defend a theoretical approach to film at a moment when such approaches are under attack within the disciplinary framework of Hispanic Studies. Precisely at a moment in history when the status of the moving image – its indexical relation to reality is being questioned, is when a complex engagement with the materiality of film seems most necessary. The technological changes in the evolution of the filmic image – the so-called digital revolution – raise all kinds of philosophical and political issues regarding filmic representation.
Furthermore, Spain is a country still experiencing the painful and unresolved aftermath of the lengthy dictatorship that followed a brutal civil war. This in turn has led to intense debate around the question of the politics of memory, as expressed through national cinema. These debates have extended to an interrogation of the value of trauma theory and psychoanalysis in ways that establish a division between the psychic and the social, between subjective and shared experiences. In Archive Fever, Jacques Derrida argues that history, tradition and culture already depend on the way the archive is inhabited by specters. Consigned to the spectral, the archive is never only a place of remembering, but is equally oriented towards modes of forgetting. The archive does not catalog history as much as “write” it, an unconscious impression. The archive perpetuates authority and questions it, monumentalizes the past and reveals haunting traces of the past that carry a promise in an unpredictable future.
This workshop seeks to explore the validity of such approaches to Spanish cinema in the context of post-dictatorship Spain and the legacies of political violence that the country has inherited.
Julián Gutiérrez-Albilla, U. of Southern California
Patricia Keller, Cornell University
Cristina Moreiras, University of Michigan
Camila Moreiras, New York University
Sarah Thomas, Brown University
Teresa Vilarós, Texas A & M University
Exact schedule will be posted.
Please see below for the list of 2016 Humanities Frontiers (formerly known as Cutting Edge Issues in the Humanities) workshops.
We envision these as focused discussions of cutting edge issues, theoretical problems, new research initiatives, or new methodologies. Each workshop will combine UIC faculty and advanced graduate students with invited scholars.
April 29, 2016
“Beyond ‘Free’ and ‘Unfree’ Labor”
Organized by Jeffrey Sklansky and Leon Fink, UIC Department of History
September 16-17, 2016
“The Relational Nature of Thought”
Organized by Aidan Gray and Mahrad Almotahari, UIC Department of Philosophy
October 14, 2016
“After Empire and Nation: Rethinking anti-colonial pasts and the future of democracy”
Organized by Rama Sundari Mantena, UIC Department of History
November 4, 2016
“Intersectionality and Embodiment in Game Studies”
Organized by Adrienne Massanari, UIC Department of Communication
November 12, 2016
“Kant and Leibniz on Substance”
Organized by Sally Sedgwick, Daniel Sutherland, and John Whipple, Philosophy