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

2006-2007: Humanities in Times of Crisis
Trading Values: Money and Culture in Early Modern Europe

Juliann Vitullo, Languages and Literatures
Diane Wolfthal, School of Art

Scholars in the Humanities are searching for new directions as universities, especially public urban ones like ASU, seek to establish deeper and more direct relationships with external communities by researching issues that affect their quality of life.  One question that is of immense importance

Approaching Refugee Experiences from a Transcultural Societal Studies Perspective

Dirk Hoerder, Full Professor, Department of Social Sciences, Universitaet Bremen, Germany, and Distinguished Visiting Professor, ASU North American Center for Transborder Studies

From a state-side perspective, refugees and displaced persons have been considered in the 20th century as objects of special admission programs and as targets of support and rehabilitation measures.

The Revolutionary Museum: The French Revolution and the Foundation of the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle

Paula Lee, Assistant Professor, Humanities and American Studies/Art & Art History, University of South Florida

The Revolutionary Muséum: The French Revolution and the Foundation of the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, addresses the origins of the museum as a public institution, a modern type that was the unlikely product of the French Revolution.

Walter Benjamin: A Humanist in the Crisis of Interwar Years

Patrick Hutton, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, The University of Vermont

I am writing an intellectual biography of Walter Benjamin (1892-1940), a Jewish-German essayist, literary critic, and philosopher of history who came of age during the interwar years.