About the Institute for Humanities Research

Our mission

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. (Image provided by Anne Schutte)

Letter from the Director

Welcome to the 2017-18 academic year. This will be my second year as our Interim Director, and I am sure I share the sense with others that in these times when the culture wars are so visible and their effects are so much the focus of American media and discourse, our commitment to promoting engaged humanities research feels even more urgent and important.

What are the humanities?

Humanities. The word brings to mind history, art, language, literature, philosophy, and religion – the traditional humanities fields. But in the 21st century, the humanities are playing an increasingly vital role in society by tackling the social, cultural, technological, and scientific changes facing the world.





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