Due to the current closure of the Hatcher Graduate Library—and in order to support the University of Michigan’s ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus—access to the Collaboratory’s physical space is temporarily closed. We continue to support the research being done by our teams.

The COVID crisis underscores the importance of the humanities and the benefits of collaborative research. At this time, the Humanities Collaboratory does not anticipate that its upcoming grants cycle will be affected by the university’s recently announced financial restrictions, given that research is considered essential. However, certain components of grants are not allowed at this time (ie, travel, consultants, conferences) and we ask our applicants to apply with these restrictions in mind. For further information, please contact us by phone (734) 764-3766 or by email: collaboratory@umich.edu.


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


Virtual National Humanities Conference calls for proposals

The National Humanities Alliance (NHA) has circulated a call for late-breaking sessions and facilitated conversation topics on humanities work at the upcoming 2020 Virtual National Humanities Conference to be held on November 6, 10, 12, and 13.

Collaboratory Builds Ties with University of Iowa’s Humanities for the Public Good

Part of the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory’s mission is to build ties between programs and institutions with shared goals of advancing collaborative scholarship in the humanities. Read more about how the Collaboratory will build ties with Humanities for the Public Good.

Black Opera Research Network (BORN) celebrates launch with panel discussion

The Black Opera Research Network (BORN) celebrated its launch with an inaugural panel discussion on Friday, August 21. BORN is an international research collaboration committed to exploring operatic activities, both historical and current, that complicate the perceived whiteness of opera as a genre.

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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

Translating Anti-Racism

“Translating Anti-Racism” brings together scholars…navigating anti-racist discourses in various geopolitical contexts and observing anti-racist movements’ complex relationship with critical race theory.

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.

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