Funding for faculty members to engage in a year of research related to the annual theme.


The IHR ASU Fellows program provides funding for either individual tenured or tenure-track faculty or research teams to engage in a year of research related to the annual theme, share their research with the academic community (via lectures, a conference, or symposium), and produce a strong application for a large external grant.

The Institute for Humanities Research invites scholars from ASU to propose research projects related to the theme “Urban and Rural” for the 2018-2019 academic year. Fellows’ projects may focus on the urban, the rural, or the relationship between the two, and may approach the theme from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives in the humanities. Cross-disciplinary teams are also encouraged to apply.

The theme is purposely-broad in order to encompass multiple approaches. Read more about the topic [here]!

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Deadline: February 19th, 2018

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Current Theme: Health

What is health and what is disease? What institutions generate or impede health? Who has access to the healthiest environments and what makes those environments healthy? How do communities construct, maintain or discipline health in individual bodies? Humanities research often underscores the constructed and contested nature of categories surrounding health and how we define and attach value to those categories. Moving from the scale of the individual biological being outward to the community and the environment as it is shaped in the Anthropocene, health is physical, mental, spiritual, environmental, social and political. Drawing on scholarship in these areas, healthcare institutions and policymakers can benefit from a thorough humanistic questioning of the nature of health itself.


Fellows Projects

Queering the Apocalypse: Survival Politics, Zombies, and Popular Culture

Andrea Wood, Associate Professor of Media Studies, English Department, Winona State University

This project examines how apocalyptic settings and themes in transnational zombie films, graphic novels, television shows, and video games conceive of futurity and survival in queer terms.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Emotion in Early Modern England: A Proposed NEH Seminar and Collection

Cora Fox, Associate Professor, Department of English
Bradley J. Irish, Assistant Professor, Department of English

This collaborative Fellows project explores the ways emotions were lived and understood in Early Modern England.

Democratization and Emotionalization of Democracy in the USA and the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949-1990

Michael Mayer, Department of History, Political Academy of the State of Bavaria, Tutzing

Affects, feelings and emotions do not simply react to historical developments but rather emboss social interactions and rendering them historically potent.

Ecomomies of Feeling: Russian Literature, 1825-1855

Jillian Porter, Department of Modern Languages, Literature and Linguistics University of Oklahoma

Economies of Feeling offers the first sustained examination of the economic and emotional paradigms that structured Russian narratives during the reign of Nicholas I (1825-1855).

2014-2015: Affect and Reason
Across the Traumatic Divide: Affective Journeys that Restructure Reason

Xiaoqiao Ling, School of International Letters and Cultures

This research aims to illuminate how traumatic memories transmit across generations in a way that accentuates the ontology of affect to inspire moral reasoning.

The Sentimental Public: Emotion, Politics and the French Revolution

Victoria E. Thompson, School for Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies

This project will explore fundamental questions concerning the role that emotions play in forging politically conscious communities able to advocate for their own interests by examining the taking of the Bastille in 1789, an event that marked the beginning of popular participation in the French R

2013-2014: The Humanities and Home
Extreme Sensescapes: The Medieval Birgettine Environment, Fashioned through Art and Architecture, Music and Rituals

Corine Schleif, School of Art

Professor Corine Schleif will discuss the digital (re)creation of Saint Birgitta’s monastic sensescape as ideal “home” for late-medieval same-sex communities.

Lynching and the Making of a National Community: A Rhetoric of Civic Belonging

Ersula J. Ore, Department of English

“We the People”—that imagined collective brought into formation through a shared ideology and the set of social practices that affirm it—is bound by physical, symbolic, and discursive boundaries, boundaries that must be maintained, fortified, and policed if the community constituted through their

Making Home: People, Places, and Mediated Pieces of American Dreams

Desirée Garcia, The School of Transborder Studies
Bambi Haggins, Department of English

There is an element of gestalt to the place of home. It occupies myriad geographical, historical, ideological, and spiritual spaces. It is exclusively, yet simultaneously a hearth, a neighborhood, a city, a region, a nation, and a sense of belonging, community, purpose, safety, and solace.

“Blessed Are the Homesick”: Home in the Imagination of Russian Religious Exiles, 1700-1917

J. Eugene Clay, School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies

There are three kinds of home for religious migrants who face persecution or exile. There is the old home they are compelled to leave; the new home where they settle; and the home they await in the world to come.


2008-2009: Humanities and Political Conflict

This is the body text for the 2008-2009 Fellows Theme.

2007-2008: The Humanities and Sustainability

During the 2007-2008 academic year the IHR Fellows projects demonstrated an expansive understanding of sustainability beyond its technological challenges by involving the long-term thinking, sense of history, attention to language and human creativity.

2006-2007: Humanities in Times of Crisis

Fellows during the 2006-07 Fellows program analyzed essential humanistic topics such as values, agency, and subjectivity as they change or disappear during times of political, economic, and/or societal upheaval.