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2020 CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institutes Awardees

We are thrilled to announce the awardees of the 2020 CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institutes: 

For this round of CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institutes, we received applications from seventeen countries across six world regions. We were impressed by the quality international collaborative research in the humanities.

In the coming months, we will post calls to participate in these workshops and encourage interested early career scholars to apply as participants.  For more information on the 2020 GHIs, please read the descriptions below.


2020 CHCI-Mellon Global Humanities Institutes

Chronic Conditions: Childhood and Social Suffering in Global Africa

Participating Institutions:

  • Hall Center for the Humanities, University of Kansas (USA)
  • Instituto de Humanidades, Artes e Ciências, Universidade Federal da Bahia (Brazil)
  • College of Humanities, University of Dar es Salaam  (Tanzania)
  • Institut Fondamental d’Afrique Noire, Université Cheikh Anta Diop De Dakar (Senegal)

This GHI explores the impact of slavery and colonialism on the health of children and young people in African and African-descended communities. In particular, the Institute will focus on the pervasiveness of chronic mental health conditions in Africa, South America, and North America and their relation to the structural inequalities resulting from anti-black racism and symbolic violence. This global partnership promises to attract scholars from across the humanities and humanistic social sciences and yield interdisciplinary insights at its meeting in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.


Migrant Workers, Global Logistics and Unequal Citizens in Contemporary Global Context

Participating Institutions

  • Institute of Social Research and Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)
  • International Center for Cultural Studies, National Chiao Tung University (Taiwan)
  • Institute for Culture and Society, Western Sydney University (Australia)
  • The Group for Inquiries and Social Theory, Ton Duc Thang University (Vietnam)
  • Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University (Thailand)
  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Malaya (Malaysia)
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Poland)

This Institute explores the origins and consequences of ambiguous citizenship in the context of global labor migrations. These migrations, and their effects, have become a widespread feature of the 21st century. Focusing on East Asia and the Pacific Rim, the Institute considers migrant laborers’ lived realities in host countries and their impact on them; examines the influence of political-economic initiatives on migration patterns; and analyzes the genesis and effects of unequal citizenship. Participants also plan to collaborate with emerging artistic movements and establish inter-institutional connections to raise the visibility of ongoing research and advocacy around citizenship and migration in Asia.