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Call for Proposals: Humanities Institute Working Groups and Pilot Working Groups

The Humanities Institute would like to invite colleagues to submit proposals for collaborative working groups that will pursue topics of interdisciplinary interest.  Working groups will be supported for at least one year with: funding, meeting space in Knight House, and administrative assistance.  Renewal of support for a second year will be based on an evaluation of the group’s activities during its first year. Groups should be led by two (or more) faculty members, preferably from different departments, with at least one in Arts & Humanities, and group participants are encouraged to come from across the university and possibly the local community as well.  Collaborative work can take a variety of forms, which include public lectures, workshops, and seminars.  A minimum of three scheduled events is suggested.  Participation by graduate students is encouraged.  Groups are asked to write brief annual reports, and to define an appropriate outcome (conference, print or digital publication, new course or outreach initiative) for the conclusion of their work. 

Proposals for working groups (1-2 pp. max.) should briefly describe the topic, explain how collaborative work in this area will be productive, sketch the activities planned, describe the anticipated outcome, and include a tentative budget (for up to $4,000 per year, though groups that want, after two years, to expand the scope of their collaboration with a larger research or outreach project will soon be able to apply for a working group implementation grant).  Proposals should also name the faculty who would organize and lead the group.  Groups led by faculty from two (or more) different departments are preferred.  

The Humanities Institute would like, as well, to invite colleagues to submit proposals for semester-long pilot working groups whose function is to facilitate collaboration on the formulating of topics for a working group: ideally, then, a pilot working-group will lead directly to the formation of a working group.  Pilot groups will be supported with funding, meeting space in Knight House, and administrative assistance.  Proposals should identify the group’s shared area of interests, explain why collaboration in this area seems desirable, and outline planned activities.  Proposals should also include a tentative budget (for up to $1000), and name the faculty who would organize and lead the group.  Here, too, groups should be led by faculty from two (or more) different Arts/Humanities departments. 

Please send proposals electronically to Elizabeth Lantz (lantz.38).