The Humanities Collaboratory is featured in a new website from the Office of the Provost called “Engaged Michigan,” which brings together a range of resources and initiatives that are at the forefront of engaged, collaborative, and interdisciplinary learning and research on campus.
During his 2017 Leadership Breakfast, President Schlissel made note of the Humanities Collaboratory among a set of new campus-wide initiatives that are “helping to unleash faculty creativity in innovative ways.” Schlissel acknowledged the role and importance of project-based, faculty-led collaboration in positioning U-M as a leading site of new knowledge production.
2017 Leadership Breakfast (Remarks)
Our proposal development grant team, “Agentine Afrikaners Interrogating Hybridity in a Unique Diasporic Community,” with Nick Henriksen as the PI was highlighted in The Michigan Daily on June 12.
We are extremely pleased to announce the following recipients of our proposal development grants. These grants will support the planning and development of projects in May and June 2017.
Argentine Afrikaners: Interrogating Hybridity in a Unique Diasporic Community
This project will examine the practices of a unique settlement in Patagonia, Argentina, which presents an exceptional situation of cultural and linguistic contact between Afrikaans and Argentine-Spanish communities. By studying the archive of oral narratives both for their linguistic structures and in terms of their ideological content, the team will determine the nature and extent of linguistic hybridity between Afrikaans and Spanish in individual speakers. To preserve cultural history and language, the team will also create a multilingual archive and website (in English, Spanish, and Afrikaans) that would provide access to open-source applications containing video and sound clips, transcripts, and the history of the community.
PI: Nicholas Henriksen, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures
Team Members: Andries Coetzee, Associate Professor, Linguistics, Lorenzo Garcia-Amaya, Assistant Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, Ryan Szpiech, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures, Paulina Alberto, Associate Professor, History, & Romance Languages & Literatures, Katharine Jenckes, Associate Professor, Romance Languages & Literatures; Graduate students, including two close collaborators and one IT assistant (TBD); Undergraduate students: Mallory Fuller, Ella Deaton, Meghan Samyn
The Gabii Digital Publication Collaboratory
This project is grounded in the publication of a series of “next generation monographs” reporting the results of excavations in the ancient Latin city of Gabii led by Dr. Nicola Terrenato and sponsored by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology since 2007. Using these monographs as examples, the project will pair disciplinary experts with information scientists, scholars of rhetoric and composition, technologists, librarians and publishers from Michigan Publishing (including University of Michigan Press) to investigate the ways in which users engage with digital publications and improve the practice of digital publication in the humanities.
PI: Nicola Terrenato, Esther B. Van Deman Professor of Classical Studies
Team Members: Naomi Silver, Associate Director, Sweetland Center for Writing, David Stone, Associate Research Scientist, Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, Kentaro Toyama, W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information, School of Information, Charles Watkinson, Associate University Librarian (Publishing), University Library; Graduate students: Zoe Jenkins, Classical Studies, Matthew Naglak, Classical Studies, Tyler Johnson, Classical Studies, Adrienne Raw, English Language and Literature, and one member from the School of Information TBD)
On the Emergence and Development of Three Atlantic Creoles: A Linguistic and Historical Perspective on Haitian, Sranan and Cape Verdean
This project will examine a set of early creole texts written in the 16th and 18th centuries and the historical context in which they were written. Specifically, the team will bring together historians and linguists to study the earliest written records of Haitian Creole, (a French-based creole), Sranan Creole (an English-based creole) and Cape Verdean Creole (a Portuguese-based creole), and draw a fuller picture of the linguistic and historical insights that these texts have to offer in addressing the following questions: What did a given creole look like in the early stages of development? Who were the original founding populations and what were the languages in contact? Who were the early agents of creolization: adults and/or children? What was the socio-historical context in which the creole developed?
PI: Marlyse Baptista, Professor, Linguistics and DAAS
Team Members: Sarah Thomason, Professor, Linguistics, Jean Hébrard, Professor, History/Humanities Institute, Graduate Students: Ariana Bancu, Linguistics, Yourdanis Sedarous, Linguistics, Andrew Walker, History; Undergraduate Students: Naomi Gottschalk, Linguistics
The Karanis Project, funded by the Collaboratory, will summarize their study of the ancient village of Karanis in Egypt from multidisciplinary perspectives on Thursday, February 16, 2017 from 4:00-5:00 pm in Auditorium C, Angell Hall. For more information about this research project, please visit their website. FAST lectures are free and open to the public, and sponsored by the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.
Digital Scholarship 101: An Overview of Digital Scholarship Tools and Methodology
Thursday, 2/9, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Gallery Lab, 100 Hatcher Graduate Library
Clarity and Control: Project Management For Digital Scholarship
Thursday, 2/16, 1:00 pm-2:30 pm
Gallery Lab, 100 Hatcher Graduate Library
Copyright and Digital Scholarship
Wednesday, 4/19, 2:00 pm-3:30 pm
Gallery Lab, 100 Hatcher Graduate Library
Proposal Development Applications for Spring Term 2017 funding are now available. See the Proposal Development Funding page for guidelines, questions, forms and evaluation criteria.
The Humanities Collaboratory is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016 project grants. Funding of more than $500,000 has been awarded to “Hyecho’s Journey,” an interdisciplinary investigation of the travels of an eighth-century Korean monk, and “Precarity Lab: A Thick Humanities Collaboration on Digital Inequalities,” a study of the inequalities and insecurities generated by digital technologies in the contemporary world.
The Humanities Collaboratory supports intergenerational teams of faculty, librarians, graduate and undergraduate students over a two-year period as they conduct innovative research projects that will produce new knowledge as well as model new collaborative methods for humanities research. The project teams will publish their research results in a variety of media for multiple audiences, and the collaborative structure of the projects also suggests new ways of training graduate student in research and professional development.
“Hyecho’s Journey” explores the travels of a young Korean monk who traveled throughout the Buddhist world in the eighth century. Using the monk Hyecho’s travel journal, the project will follow in Hyecho’s footsteps virtually, mapping his journey’s trajectory through his encounters with Buddhist art and the material cultures of the regions he visited. The project models a new approach to the study of Buddhism, offering a picture of the entire Buddhist world at a single historical moment, seen through the eyes of a single monk. This view of Buddhism as a network of interlocking traditions that cross national and cultural boundaries counters a more traditional historical narrative that traces the development of Buddhism as a movement away from an original center. Team members plan to create an interactive map and app that will be featured at a three-year exhibition at the Freer|Sackler Galleries in Washington opening in October 2017; they also expect the research to result in a monograph, a new undergraduate course, a study abroad opportunity, and a graduate student conference on collaboration.
Donald S. Lopez, Jr., Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, is the project’s principal investigator, and the Hyecho’s Journey team includes Professor Kevin G. Carr (History of Art), Professor Carla Sinopoli (Anthropology and Museum Studies), Keiko Yokota-Carter (Asia Library), and graduate students Rebecca Bloom (Asian Languages and Cultures and Museum Studies), Chun Wa Chan (History of Art), and Ha Nul Jun (Asian Languages and Cultures).
Precarity Lab: A Thick Humanities Collaboration on Digital Inequality
The Precarity Lab team uses the notion of precarity to describe populations that have been disproportionately affected by the forms of inequality and insecurity generated, along with new affordances and possibilities, by digital technologies. Studying the way that precarity unfolds across disparate geographies and cultural practices in the digital age, lab members bring together a diverse set of sites and practices in their research, including the placement of Palestinian Internet cables, the manufacture of electronics by Navajo women, the deployment of drones on the U.S.-Mexico border, and the techno-cultural productions of Chinese makers. Using the notion of “thick humanities” to evoke a claim for central place of the humanities in large-scale and multi-sited research, team members will explore how these sites and practices are related to each other, interrogating the connections and frictions among them, and seeking to understand how they are configured by larger flows of capital, bodies, cultural practices, trade, and labor. Team members anticipate that the research will produce a multi-authored monograph and digital-born critical mapping project.
Lisa Nakumara, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture, is the project’s principal investigator, and the Precarity Lab’s research team includes Professor Irina Aristarkhova (Stamps School of Art and Design), Professor Anna Watkins Fisher (American Culture and the Residential College), Professor Tung-Hui Hu (English and the Zell Writers’ Program), and graduate students Iván Chaar-López (American Culture) and Meryem Kamil (American Culture).
Humanities Collaboratory Coordinator Peggy McCracken attended a meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington last week entitled “The Humanities Laboratory: Discussions of New Campus Models.” Inside Higher Ed posted the article “Labs are for Humanities, Too” summarizing the discussions and highlighting what various institutions are doing in collaborative humanities research.
The Humanities Without Walls consortium invites applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.”
The new research initiative seeks proposals for collaborative research in the field of environmental humanities, as well as the development of new humanities-centered paradigms for thinking through the limits and possibilities of climate change policy.
Full information is available in the Humanities Without Walls’ Request for Proposals (AMENDED 7/12/16).