Institute for Humanities Research Initiatives represent ongoing transdisciplinary collaborative research at the cutting edge of humanistic inquiry that addresses compelling social issues.
Drawing on the talents and energies of ASU faculty and students from across the university the IHR supports and encourages initiatives promoting cross-disciplinary research that examines essential and timely topics. The work of IHR scholars advances humanistic knowledge, methodologies, and skills that are central to the analysis and resolution of the world’s many challenges. For example, IHR scholars investigate the concept of human origins as both description and prescription for human purpose. They study immigration, migration, and movement as interconnected rather than isolated human desires and challenges, both historically and in the present moment.
Please read on to learn more about the IHR’s initiatives.
The 2011-12 Institute for Humanities Research Fellows program engages humanities scholars from various disciplines in addressing and analyzing the role of the humanities in illuminating the interrelated concepts of immigration, migration, and movement, broadly conceived.
Today’s politically charged attention to immigration suggests that it is primarily a matter of protecting borders and controlling the entry of “aliens.” Other aspects of the concept are typically ignored, including the fact that the history of the human race is in some sense a history of movement—of ideas, resources, goods, and political and economic activities, as well as of populations. Indeed, it may be that migration and movement lie at the core of what it means to be human. Read more about this initiative.