The seed grant program is designed to provide support for projects that advance the IHR’s mission of fostering research that addresses or explores significant social challenges in the past, present and future, employing humanities or interdisciplinary methodologies.

The Institute supports projects that demonstrate intellectual merit, potential impact on scholarship and strong prospects of receiving external funding. Seed grants fund 12 months of work for ASU humanities faculty and staff at two levels: individual (up to $8,000) and team (up to $12,000). 

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Application: Due October 14, 2021

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Current seed grant projects

Funding Cycle: Spring

'The task is hers': Asian American Women, Literature and Reproduction

Tropes and narratives of Asian American female reproduction have circulated since the turn of the 20th century U.S., variously, as eugenics and Malthusian nightmare of being overly reproductive; as exemplary mothers and gendered model minority; and as “bad” and, at times, deadly mothers thro

A cardboard sign that reads "The climate is changing, why aren't we?"

A Third Act for Intergenerational Climate Activism: Using Narrative to Engage Climate Action

Aligned with the IHR’s Environmental Humanities Initiative, this project focuses on older adults’ narratives of their engagement in climate change activism, studying the ways they use a variety of media to share stories that compel others to action.

Students gathering in a circle.

Circles of Truth: Story Circles for Diversity and Inclusion

In a time of rising overt and covert racism, heterosexism, xenophobia and increasing inequity in the U.S., centering the lived experiences of marginalized people, including migrant/immigrant people, queer people and people of color, is imperative to increasing a diverse and inclusive educational

A screenshot of students in a Zoom classroom holding up their self portraits.

Future IDs Art and Justice Leadership Cohort

The “Future IDs Art and Justice Leadership Cohort” explores how academia through socially engaged art practice can embrace system-impacted leaders as community justice scholars/learners, to further their effectiveness as catalysts of social change.

A landscape photograph of Japan.

Sustainable Artisanship: Mapping Alternative Lifeways in Contemporary Japan

This project explores and maps extra-capitalist forms of self, community and political building among younger Japanese shokunin ‘artisans’ using the transdisciplinary lens of ethnography, linguistic anthropology and digital humanities.

An infographic showing current state athletic association guidance on inclusion of transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming students.

Transgender Youth & Sports: A Critical Inquiry into Narrating Self-Advocacy

States are requiring trans youth to participate in PE and sport based on their sex-assigned-at-birth rather than their gender identity. This project counters these efforts through a youth-driven, story-based public education campaign.

Funding Cycle: Fall

A Muslim woman looking down.

'What Happened Here is Not Right': A Critical Oral History of Post-9/11 Detention and Surveillance

This project presents the first-ever collection of oral histories of individuals who experienced the mass repressive government actions directed against Muslim Americans and minority immigrants from 2001 to the present.

Social media apps on an iPhone.

Conspiracy Pedagogies: QAnon, Social Media, and the Teaching of Far-Right Extremism

This project explores the emergence and “conspiratorial pedagogies” of QAnon, a right-wing conspiracy theory and social, political and cultural movement that has infiltrated mainstream politics.

Shore in Virginia with logs and depris.

Mapping Black Ecologies

This work is a collaboration between the Black Ecologies initiative’s J.T. Roane and printmaker and photographer Huewayne Watson to create a series of visual layers for a deep mapping project (Hosbey and Roane, 2019) in rural Tidewater Virginia.