Exploratory Grants

These one-year grants help to spark new collaborations at Princeton and to develop multi-institutional collaborations and scholarly networks across South East Asia, Africa, Europe, China, Russia and Eastern Europe, and North and South America.

2021-22 Grants

Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Princeton (NAISIP)
Sarah Rivett (English, American Studies

This Exploratory Grant supports a new Native American and Indigenous Studies Initiative at Princeton (NAISIP), beginning with the formation of a working group consisting of faculty, staff, and students from across the disciplines and the University, while working to establish and maintain partnerships with Indigenous communities. The collaboration will host a lecture series for the 2021–2022 academic year, a Lenape/Lunape language symposium, an Indigenous Pedagogy workshop, and a conference on storytelling and environmental change in Siberia and the American Arctic.

In Fall 2021, the NAISIP working group will host its first seminar series, bringing leading Native scholars, artists, and activists to campus as a way of fostering cross-disciplinary dialogue in our community and beyond. The aim of the seminar series is to rethink the academic domains of knowledge and power in order to transform Indigenous-settler relationships. The full series schedule can be found here.

Art Hx: Visualizing the Medical Legacies of British Colonialism
Anna Arabindan-Kesson (Art and Archaeology, African American Studies)

Art Hx explores the historical, and ongoing, entanglements of art, race and colonial medicine through the curation of a digital database and research platform that brings artists, writers, health professionals and scholars into dynamic conversations around archival objects and art works.

2020-21 Grants

Organizing Stories: Toward a Scholarly-Activist Praxis
Autumn M. Womack (African American Studies), Monica Huerta (English, American Studies)

A student-driven project that will investigate the long history of anti-racist activism, racial justice organizing, and coalition-building as it relates to questions of narrative, storytelling, and humanistic study more broadly.

2019-20 Grants

African American Religious Studies Workshop
Judith Weisenfeld (Religion)

This workshop will bring together faculty and graduate students in African American religious studies to develop collaborative research projects, produce resources for teaching, mentor junior faculty and graduate students, and offer training and support for public scholarship and engagement. The project will create opportunities for scholarly engagement and collaboration across institutions and disciplines. Supported by the Humanities Council’s Stewart Fund for Religion

Bodies of Knowledge
Elena Fratto (Slavic) and Natalie Prizel (English, Society of Fellows)

A new phase in the Bodies of Knowledge workshop will enable interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives in three new directions: environmental studies, visual arts, and disability studies. The project includes a conference on environmental studies and the body in a global context, considering Russia, Japan, and beyond. Supported by a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant

Language, Power and Identity: A Community of Learning Project 
Christine Sagnier (Department of French and Italian)

In a collaboration with the University of Aix-en-Provence, undergraduates at Princeton and in France will discuss issues related to language in society via on line video. Both groups will enroll in an introduction to sociolinguistics in their respective institutions. The curriculum will include interviews and collaborative tasks, enabling students to gather data and present findings to other members of the “community,” benefiting from intercultural exchanges. Supported by a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant

Digital Humanities and Visual Resources: The Material and Digital Lives of Eastern European and Russian Artifacts
Thomas Keenan (Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Library); Katherine Reischl (Slavic); and Natalie Ermolaev (Center for Digital Humanities)

This September 2019 gathering at Princeton is a collaboration with the Herder Institute in Margburg, Germany and the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University. Combining short instructional sessions, keynote lectures, and works-in-progress presentations, the project will expand networks of scholarly exchange to include partners from American institutions and elsewhere in Europe (Russia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic). Supported by a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant

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