Research Clusters

Faculty-driven collaborative research. 


The IHR facilitates and supports diverse Research Clusters at ASU. Our aim is to assist research and communication among scholars and to enrich the intellectual climate of the university. The Research Clusters frequently serve as an entry point for faculty engaging with the IHR. They should support activities related to the IHR mission to:

  • foster innovative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research
  • examine today’s most important issues from humanistic perspectives
  • promote and support excellence in humanities scholarship
  • engage the university community in meaningful dialogue and exploration

The Jenny Norton Cluster on Women

The Reverend Jenny Norton has provided funding to support an annual Research Cluster in the Institute for Humanities Research. The Norton fund is designed to stimulate research on women in any field and on any topic. Gender scholars are encouraged to apply for the Norton Award by proposing an appropriate topic for an IHR Research Cluster that will promote research and communication among ASU scholars and enrich the intellectual climate of the university. 


2007 to 2008

Migration Narratives: Bridges Across Peoples, Nations, and Disciplines

The Narrative Prisms of Women and Sustainability

Note: This cluster was also the first to receive the Jenny Norton award for a research project that focuses on women.

Cycles of Linguistic Change

In this research cluster, we will study the connection between internal and external factors and provide descriptions of certain cycles of change. Linguistic cycles are a perfect instance where external and internal reasons come together.

Migration and Belonging

This research cluster seeks to bring together scholars of migration from across the university to engage in discussion and presentation of research with the goal of developing a more transdisciplinary analysis of the human experience in migration.

Cultures of Urban Systems and Spaces: International Perspectives

This research cluster is devoted to investigating the interactions between urban values, urban systems and spaces, and inhabitants of the city by focusing on the cultural dimensions of urban planning, urban systems, and the experiences of urban life.

African Diaspora: The African Diaspora and the Idea of Pan-Africanism

This cluster will look backward from present debates to discussions of the African Diaspora as they occurred int the 19th and 20th centuries.

Controversy in Memory and Remembrance: Memorials, Monuments and Public Art

This cluster plans to bring together scholars in the discussion of situated controversies and their transdisciplinary roots.
2006 to 2007

Migration Narratives: Bridges Across Peoples, Nations, and Disciplines

American culture is frequently reconstituted as new populations continue to arrive to U.S. destinations with the intentions of staying. To claim that this experience is uniquely American, or even contemporary, is to close to our eyes to the historical, social, and global realities of migration that have constituted the diverse communities that have truly always been our human legacy.

Speaking Arizona

Speaking Arizona is a project designed to address major gaps in our understanding of the role of speaking and language in creating and reinventing the identities of different communities in Arizona.

The African Diaspora

The initial aim of this Research Cluster will be to study the experience of peoples of African Ancestry. However, the main focus will be to engage interested faculty with various debates concerning the African Diaspora and its various definitions.