Global Humanities Institutes

An Initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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Since 2012, CHCI, supported by the A.W. Mellon Foundation, has advanced multiple forms of international, collaborative research designed to foster new knowledge and new networks. Building upon the first phase of this project (2012-2017) and with the support of a new grant from the A.W. Mellon Foundation, the CHCI Global Humanities Institutes represent the second generation of international collaborations, implementing a structure that refines strategies tested during the past five years in which CHCI took on the transformative project of supporting collaborative research.

CHCI Global Humanities Institutes are multiyear projects devoted to a research theme, method, practice, or problem in the humanities that would benefit directly from an international, collaborative approach to it. Research will be undertaken by a team of scholars representing at least three humanities centers or institutes, preferably located in three different world regions. The apex of each collaboration will be an in-person meeting of the Institute, flexible in format, that will last approximately two weeks and include both members of the convening research team and approximately 15 additional participants affiliated with CHCI member centers.  Participants in the institute should include scholars across career stages, including graduate students and early-career scholars.

Pilot Phase (2017-2019)

CHCI will support 1-2 pilot Institutes designed not only to cultivate collaborative research but also to establish the model for future projects.  CHCI expects that core members of the research team will convene at least once during the planning period, during which they also may receive funding for local programming and will organize a two-weeklong summer/winter meeting. Participants will continue their exchange beyond the meeting through the shared project of collaborative publication. Participants will be encouraged to explore publishing in different formats and regions with the understanding that publication projects will focus on journals and publishing houses in more than one region and in multiple languages, as a means towards sustaining the international spirit of the projects. 

In the pilot phase of this new program, CHCI has requested expressions of interest from member centers and institutes from all parts of the world who wish to undertake projects related to two broad themes: “Challenges of Translation” or “Crises of Democracy.” The full call for expressions of interest can be found here.