The Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University

The Institute for Humanities Research supports scholarship exploring human thought, expression and experience, and addressing many of the central challenges facing all of us. ASU humanities scholars of culture, language, literature, the arts, film, media, history, philosophy and religion work within their disciplines and in collaboration with scientists, social scientists, artists and others to advance research that makes a difference in the world.

Fund your next research project

The IHR's funding programs promote excellence and innovation in humanities scholarship at Arizona State University. The IHR encourages faculty from humanities disciplines, often in partnership with faculty from other fields, to take advantage of funded research opportunities. To further support faculty in the humanities, the IHR, in conjunction with the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has a team of experts to assist faculty in applying for external grants and fellowships.

Enhance your research

By facilitating collaboration among scholars in the humanities, social sciences and sciences, the IHR's programs expose faculty in many fields to what humanities research is, how it operates and why it's important. These programs bring ASU faculty together with faculty of other disciplines and with scholars across the world.

Get involved with the IHR's initiatives

Health Humanities Initiative

Health Humanities Initiative

The Health Humanities Initiative brings together academics, clinicians, caregivers and students to address grand social challenges in the areas of health and healthcare. 

Digital Humanities Initiative

Digital Humanities Initiative

The Nexus Digital Research Co-op aims to grow the digital humanities alongisde interdisciplinary collaborations that bring together humanities, science and technology. 

Humane Cities Initiative

Humane Cities Initiative

The Humane Cities Initiative seeks to make ASU a hub for innovative, transdisciplinary research focusing on cities that are created by and for humans.


Featured projects

Enmei (Long Life) Project

“Serendipity” is how Eileen Standley, dance professor at ASU, explains how Enmei (long life) came to be. Originating in April 2016, Enmei is a dance research initiative that began with three Arizona State University faculty: Mary Fitzgerald, Eileen Standley, and Rose Weitz. The project has been studying how different cultures value, or devalue, the aging body by working with mid- to late-aged artists in the US and Japan. Furthermore, they have been studying how aging and wellness affect the experience of a female dancer.

Recent news

March 14, 2019
Our phones, TVs, computers and tablets provide a constant stream of media reports on erupting civic unrest in other countries, while in the U.S., increasing polarization has left communities divided...
March 13, 2019
There are two narratives in climate change right now. One is the day-to-day drumbeat of news stories, usually a new scientific study, and usually put aside with the day’s second cup of coffee. The...
February 6, 2019
Afrofuturism is a long-emerging art and cultural movement that views music, literature, films and television through a black lens. Somewhat controversial, the term — an intersection of sci-fi, art...
January 6, 2019
Sir Jonathan Bate, a prominent British biographer, broadcaster, eco-critic and Shakespearean, is distinguished visiting professor in ASU’s Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability this...

Upcoming events

Mar 25 2019 - 1:30pm
The Colonial, the Postcolonial and the Decolonial Research Cluster, sponsored by the Institute for Humanities Research, invites you to attend a special event we put together in the wake of the New Zealand attacks. We hope you will not only attend,...
Apr 2 2019 - 2:00pm
Please join the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Institute for Humanities Research for an afternoon reading group in preparation for Donna Zuckerberg's visit. We will be reading and discussing Donna Zuckerberg's...
Apr 4 2019 - 4:00pm
In the 19th and early 20th century, the message to native communities in Bombay was largely, "protect yourselves." In contrast, the colonial government asumed to role of protector for the European community. The ASU Institute for...
Apr 11 2019 - 6:30pm
Urban spaces contain many overlapping layers of lived experience that define the city: personal memories, collective histories, cultural significance, generational traumas and community celebrations. We most often experience urban space individually...




The IHR offers a variety of programs that support humanities research at ASU.

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