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.

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
“Deserts”
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 huminst@uic.edu.

Grant period: January 2022-December 2022

Directions for writing proposal:

The proposal should be no longer than 2 pages. Please include the following:

  1. List of applicants. Differentiate between the main applicant or PI and additional grant collaborators.
  2. 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.
  3. Description of participants and/or audience. Participants/presenters should be contacted in advance.
  4. Planned (approximate) dates of project
  5. 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.
  6. Proposals should be submitted via email to huminst@uic.eduby October 1, 2021.

 

Mark Canuel, Director, Institute for the Humanities and
Professor, Department of English
University of Illinois at Chicago

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