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

October 7, 2018
Through her book, "Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier," author Rebecca J. Kinney explores the transformation of Detroit’s perception in the public...
October 7, 2018
Through her book, "Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America’s Postindustrial Frontier," author Rebecca J. Kinney explores the transformation of Detroit’s perception in the public...
September 26, 2018
Arizona State University Facilities Development and Management were busy in summer 2018, opening several new buildings and completing multiple facilities upgrades. Facilities Development and...
May 22, 2018
A human is more than bones, muscles, neurons and DNA: ASU to offer new Health Humanities Certificate, encouraging interdisciplinary and culturally-responsive study of health and wellbeing.

Upcoming events

Oct 23 2018 - 3:30pm
Join the Institute for Humanities Research for "Non-Binary Post/Colonialisms," a discussion with Professor Laura Chrisman, a Nancy K. Ketcham Endowed Chair in the Department of English at the University of Washington. About the Talk...
Oct 23 2018 - 6:00pm
Literature scholar Laura Chrisman gives the 2018–19 Ian Fletcher Memorial Lecture hosted by the Department of English at ASU. The Institute for Humanities Research at ASU is an additional sponsor. Laura Chrisman Laura Chrisman is the Nancy K....
Oct 24 2018 - 12:00pm
Research and Collaborate This workshop will offer participants a brief introduction to three “digital commons” platforms, or open digital spaces specifically designed for humanities academics to share research, collaborate with fellow scholars and...
Oct 25 2018 - 4:30pm
Rebecca J. Kinney, winner of the 2018 IHR Transdisciplinary Book Award for " Beautiful Wasteland: The Rise of Detroit as America's Postindustrial Frontier ," will be visiting ASU to give a talk about her work. Kinney is an...

        

                                                            

Programs

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

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Funding

Start your next humanities research project with support from the IHR.

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