The COVID crisis underscores the importance of the humanities and the benefits of collaborative research. With this in mind, the Humanities Collaboratory continues its ongoing support of humanities scholarship in ways that are consistent with the recommendations from the University of Michigan’s Department of Environment, Health & Safety.


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.

“… 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

Praise for Being Human During COVID (2021):

“Highly recommended… Instructors in many disciplines, but particularly those interested in digital humanities, may want to use selections from the book in their classes. General readers may find comfort and inspiration in these authors’ varied responses to the global pandemic.”

— Review in Choice vol. 59, no.10 (June 2022), by A. White, Grand Valley State University



The Humanities Collaboratory is pleased to announce Dissemination Grants to two project teams: “Documenting Criminalization and Confinement” and “Expanding the Reach of the Global Feminisms Oral History Archive.” Both teams launched Collaboratory Project Grants in 2019 informed by earlier phases of development. Project Grant teams are eligible to apply for up to $25K to disseminate research outcomes during the final year of their Project Grant.


As the fall semester gets underway, we share a brief medley of summer 2022 activities by our Project Grant teams. Teams engaged locally and across the globe in working retreats, a range of research methodologies, conference presentations, and collaborations.


We join the “From Africa to Patagonia” Project Grant team in commending team member Ellie Johandes on her graduation from U-M and her move to the University of Notre Dame where she is now a Laboratory Technician. Johandes will begin to pursue a Ph.D. in Bioengineering at Notre Dame in spring 2023.

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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

Narrative Cartographies of Migration

A 5×5 Incubator Grant has been awarded to Narrative Cartographies of Migration. This 5×5 project, which bridges cultural studies and humanistic legal studies, will investigate new methodological approaches to the team members’ shared research interests in migration, mobility, and movement.

Environmental Activism and Minoritized Languages on Social Media

A 5×5 Incubator Grant has been awarded to Environmental Activism and Minoritized Languages on Social Media. This 5×5 project investigates how environmental activism and marginalized languages intersect in three distinct geographic sites–Cabo Verde islands, Nigeria, and Japan.

Illuminating a Manuscript in the Age of Print

A 5×5 Incubator Grant has been awarded to Illuminating a Manuscript in the Age of Print, a team which has formed to study an impressive new manuscript acquired by U-M Library.

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