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



The IHR Fellows program provides funding for either individual tenured or tenure-track faculty at ASU 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.

In the 2018-19 academic year, IHR Fellows will be conducting research under the theme of "Urban and Rural." 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.

Information about applying for the 2019-2020 IHR Fellowships will be available in the spring of 2019.


2018-19 Theme: Urban and Rural

As long as there have been cities, they have existed in complex relationship to the countryside; bound together in networks of trade and migration, politics and warfare, they have also been pitted against each other. From Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s condemnation of cities as centers of female-led corruption to Karl Marx’s dismissal of the idiocy of rural life, city and countryside have been strategically defined with and against each other and have worked as complex signifiers in myriad social, cultural and political debates. Humanities research into urban and rural areas around the world has helped us understand how both urban and rural societies have functioned over time, the complex interactions between the two, the ways in which the “urban” and the “rural” have been mobilized to make larger comments about modern life, and the extent to which urban and rural geographies have generated sites of aesthetic experience and production.



Fellows Projects

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).

Fiction, Material Culture, and the Creation of a Mythic American Past

Harvey Green, Department of History, Northeastern University

Home is closely entwined with a culture’s historical consciousness — how ordinary people come to know and understand their history over time.

From Material to Virtual: The Power of the Imaginary

Julie Codell, Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

This project focuses on representation of Victorian material culture, its objects in their material and social signification and their representation in painting, ads, shop windows and exhibitions in Victorian culture from 1850 to 1890.

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.

Permanent Transients: Representations of Internal Migration and Community in U.S. Women’s Writing

Abigail Manzella, Department of English, University of Missouri

When Hurricane Katrina dispersed 500,000 people from the Gulf Coast region of the United States, the identity of these people — whether they were migrants, refugees, or a part of a new American diaspora — came into question.

2012-2013: The Humanities and the Imagination/Imaginary
Biology, Law, and Public Reason

J. Benjamin Hurlbut, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The project compares interactions between biology and the law in Britain, Germany, and the US. Combining expertise in biology, law, and political theory, the project clarifies how biology and the law conceptualize each others roles in regulating new biological entities that disrupt the boundaries between life and none-life, human and non-human, and persons and property.
Transforming Gender and Imagination: Butterfly Imagery in East Asian Culture

Sookja Cho, School of International Letters and Cultures, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Paying attention to the deep engagement with images of the butterfly in Chinese and Korean culture, this project traces back and explores the cultural associations and meanings of butterflies in both countries at the various levels of engagement, ranging from the elite literary discourse, to popular vernacular storytelling, and to local religious texts.