Below is a listing of CHCI news and announcments.
The Public Humanities Network is planning to hold a one-day mini-conference on Monday, August 14 immediately after the close the CHCI meeting in Cape Town. While the program for the event is still in process we know that two areas of focus will be "Public Humanities in Illiberal Times” and “The University and the City.” The conference is likely to be primarily if not entirely devoted to discussion, rather than to paper giving. We are seeking expression of interest from those planning to attend the CHCI meeting and able to stay for the extra day.
Registration is now open for our 2017 annual meeting in Cape Town, taking place from August 10-13, 2017. Under the theme "The Humanities Improvised," the annual meeting aims to gather together artists, art commentators, and humanists from member institutions to reconceptualize the relationship between art and the humanities against the backdrop of rapidly changing world. Our hosts at the Centre for Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape have put together a fantastic array of events, from conference panels to a major art exhibition to a performance by a highly regarded puppetry company. More details can be found here.
Registration is now open for the 2017 Medical Humanities Summer Institute, taking place May 19-20 at the Newman Alumni Center at the University of Miami.
The Trump Administration released its budget blueprint yesterday, and the dire situation about which we speculated in January now has become a reality. The budget proposes the elimination of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The proposed defunding of these organizations, along with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the foreign language and international studies programs authorized under Title VI, and others, would harm humanities centers, institutes, and researchers across and beyond the United States.
CHCI is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the third of three Summer Institutes in Chinese Studies and Global Humanities funded by the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF) and CHCI. Any CHCI member organization in good standing may apply to host the 2018 Summer Institute. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2017 for institutes that should take place between June 1 and August 31, 2018.
In response to the news that the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts may be at risk of elimination under the new U.S. Administration, the National Humanities Alliance has sent out a call for action. Because the implications of U.S. Administration’s supposed plan are not purely budgetary and would affect humanities centers, institutes, and researchers across and beyond the United States, I share the NHA’s call with you here.
At their most recent meeting, the Board of the Mellon Foundation approved our proposals for $1.3M for the CHCI Global Humanities Institutes and $500,000 for the CHCI Africa Initiative.
The CHCI Medical Humanities Network is pleased to announce that its third annual summer institute will be held on May 19-20, 2017 at the University of Miami in Florida. Full program details will be available by mid-February, at which time registration will be opened. The links for the program and for registration will be provided on here on the CHCI website as soon as they are available.
The 2017 Annual Meeting of the Consortium for Humanities Centers and Institutes will include presentations from renowned artists Issac Julien and William Kentridge as well as curator Alya Sebti. Julien will deliver the inaugural Srinivas Aravamudan Lecture.
CHCI's membership dues have been unchanged since at least 2007. During this period, CHCI has become a truly international organization that represents humanities centers and institutes, while also generating and actively supporting new areas of research in the humanities. At its most recent meeting, the CHCI International Advisory Board approved new membership fees, beginning at $200.