Message From the President about the Post-Conference Survey for 2014 CHCI Annual Meeting

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

CHCI’s Annual Meetings provide opportunities for member directors and administrators to engage in scholarly discussions about current issues in the humanities. We also share knowledge about managing humanities organizations. We seek to create a balanced program that provides opportunities and suggests venues where these facets can be further explored. At our Annual Meetings we also include programming space for recent Mellon-funded cross-institutional international projects.

We have received largely anecdotal feedback from members about these Annual Meetings that we have taken seriously. To be more systematic in our approach, we decided to launch a post-conference survey for the 2014 Annual Meeting. The summary of findings is available here: Post-Meeting Survey Report of the 2014 CHCI Annual Meeting.

The 2015 CHCI Annual Meeting, hosted by the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been designed with your feedback in mind. This year’s theme, Humanities by the Numbers, explores the role that quantification, digitization, and mathematics have played, and increasingly play, in our fields. We have provided ample opportunities each day for you to connect with colleagues and discuss management and funding issues that humanities organizations face. We are also trying out a different approach for the Mellon-funded project presentations. Rather than formal talks, we have built in time for members to have informal conversations with members of these projects. This way, we hope more people can actively participate and engage with each other. Registration for the 2015 meeting is now open!

I look forward to seeing you in Madison!


Srinivas Aravamudan
President, Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI)
Professor of English, Romance Studies, and the Program in Literature, Duke University