The humanities play a vital role in society, ensuring the well-being of individuals, communities and our democratic institutions through a deep understanding of how human beings have shaped their lives, traditions, customs and cultures to forge futures that foster human dignity and agency. The Institute for Humanities Research provides a platform for research and conversations about those issues fundamental to us all.

The Institute:

  • Facilitates, supports and advances new thinking and leading research in the humanities.
  • Fosters inquiry in emerging and established areas of study.
  • Encourages cross-disciplinary conversations and initiatives.
  • Enhances the recognition and impact of humanities faculty and their scholarship.
  • Furthers individual and collaborative teaching, research and public outreach.

This year we are pleased to announce new and continuing programs supported by the Institute for Humanities Research. We are incubating Desert Humanities and Humane Technologies as new initiatives and continuing to foster the Health Humanities, Digital Humanities and Environmental Humanities initiatives. In support of faculty development, we are hosting relevant talks and workshops. These include Bill Germano on publishing and Russell Wyland from the NEH on grants as well as workshops on writing for the public and grants writing developed by our own IHR staff.  

We continue to fund seed grants for research projects, faculty fellows around an annual theme (currently Borders and Boundaries), research clusters, subventions and visiting faculty micro-residencies. We are excited to have faculty activate our ThinkerSpace with a weekly gathering for research writing. The ThinkerSpace remains open for a range of activities, and we invite faculty to work and collaborate in this space in ways that will advance humanities research.

Because they are important to our ongoing mission, the Institute for Humanities Research welcomes diverse communities. Our hospitality to various communities and modes of thought strengthens humanities inquiry and cultural understanding. We hope you will join us in conversation in Ross-Blakley Hall or over email. Please send us suggestions, ideas, concerns and possibilities. We hope to work with you in strengthening the IHR with the goal of advancing the humanities at ASU and abroad.