The Council provides funds, connections, and logistical support for faculty and research staff who wish to establish or maintain interdisciplinary reading and discussion groups. In some cases, the Council will publicize the opportunity by issuing a wide call for potential participants; other smaller, more focused groups may be formed by invitation only. Past initiatives have included the “Classical Literature Workshop” and the “Avant-Garde Workshop.” Current initiatives include discussion groups in comparative antiquity, textuality and reading practices, and medical humanities. Groups may invite guest speakers or periodically host interdisciplinary conferences and symposia.
These funds are intended to provide full support for new initiatives or sustain those that are not home based in a department or program. Requests for co-sponsorship of a reading group should be submitted through the “conference and project co-sponsorship” funding portal.
Faculty and graduate students may propose humanities-related reading and discussion groups. Graduate students submitting proposals should name a faculty sponsor and arrange for a brief email from their department chair(s) endorsing the project. Graduate students are encouraged to apply first to the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities (IHUM) for funding to support graduate reading groups.
How to apply
Faculty and graduate students who wish to constitute such groups are invited to email Kathleen Crown, Executive Director, with a proposal.
Proposals are accepted throughout the year and considered on a rolling basis. Priority given to proposals received by September 1, 2019.
See a full list of Humanities Council funding opportunities.