The Humanities Collaboratory is a bold investment by the university in collaborative, multi-generational, inclusive and transformational humanities scholarship that engages compelling questions for the academy and the world beyond. Born in the Office of the Provost, housed in LSA, and located in the Hatcher Graduate Library, the Humanities Collaboratory gives singularly generous grants to support innovative and ambitious forms of humanities scholarship. Our mission is to give humanists access to significant resources to enable new kinds of work on the remarkable diversity of human experience across the globe.

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“… work in the humanities is critical to living in a world that’s increasingly interdependent and complex and often mysterious.”

—Sara Blair, Patricia S. Yaeger Collegiate Professor of English Language and Literature, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs


High Stakes Culture: The Power of the Pronoun

September 24, 5:30-7:00 pm
in the Atrium, 202 S. Thayer

The current debate over gender-neutral pronouns plays out on college campuses, on social media, and in offices across the country. Why are we thinking about pronouns in new ways? What are the politics and the history of the pronoun? And what do the conversations we are having about them reveal about American culture in this moment? 

Collaboratory members invited to Demystifying Digital Scholarship

Has your collaborative scholarship necessitated digital tools? Are you looking for additional resources? Please join the Library and LSA Technology Services next Thursday, September 19th for its first ever Demystifying Digital Scholarship.

Collaboratory team’s successful “Book Sprint”: Precarity Lab members write book in less than a week.

In May, members of the Precarity Lab retreated to the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity in Alberta, Canada to participate in a Book Sprint, “an immersive adventure in group-collaboration and shared authorship.” Team members returned with accounts of an exceptionally productive experience and a manuscript for a book entitled Technoprecarious.

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I’m very excited to have that commitment from my own institution, from the University of Michigan, to do humanities research in a collaborative format.”

— Johannes von Moltke, Professor of Germanic Languages and Literatures and Professor of Film, Television and Media

5×5 Incubator Grants

Making Sense of Diasporas: Pedagogy and Public Engagement

“Making Sense of Diasporas: Pedagogy and Public Engagement” formed to “[tackle] the question of how to combine teaching, research, and public engagement in a collaborative environment.” Shared interests led the team to consider ways to conceptualize diasporas, diasporic identities, and issues of migration.

Trends in Premodern Media Studies

“Trends in Premodern Media Studies” has formed to explore an emerging field which addresses questions about how scribalism, oral transmission, visual culture, and embodied performance interacted in the formation of traditions in the premodern period.

Humanities and the Climate Change Crisis

The task that “Humanities and the Climate Change Crisis” has set for itself is to “engage in conversations about the role that the humanities can play in addressing [climate change] challenges and the responsibilities that academia should undertake in dealing with the worst crisis humanity has ever faced.”

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