Center for Humanistic Inquiry

Located at the heart of campus in Frost Library, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry (CHI) provides space and resources for Amherst faculty and departments to engage a broad vision of the role humanistic thinking can play in scholarly and public life. Each year we invite several fellows into residency at the Center to conduct research and collaborate with each other under the rubric of a resonant theme. The Center also hosts performances, forums, exhibitions, digital interventions, conferences, and workshops designed to foster humanities inquiry.

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New theme for 2019-21: Home

Over the course of two years, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry will engage a wide range of humanities-oriented scholarship as we take up a number of questions addressing the theme of Home.  What is home’s force or energy as a thing and an idea?  How is home imagined, deployed, and conjured as an object of desire?  How is home simultaneously a mechanism of protection and of exclusion?  Who can have a home, and what are the conditions of its possibility?  How has the home evolved historically and manifested differently across cultures?  What is home’s relation to language and identity, exile and migration? 

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Call for Proposals: National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipends

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has announced its 2020 Summer Stipends competition. Amherst College may nominate up to two faculty applications for consideration.

NEH Summer Stipends support individuals pursuing advanced research that contributes to scholarly knowledge or to the public’s understanding of the humanities. Recipients usually produce scholarly articles, monographs on specialized subjects, books on broad topics, archaeological site reports, translations, editions, or other scholarly tools.

These stipends provide $6,000 for two consecutive months of full-time research and writing. Recipients must work full-time on their projects for these two months and may hold other research grants supporting the same project during this time. Summer stipends normally support work carried out during the summer months, but arrangements can be made for other times of the year.

Submit an electronic version of your proposal along with a copy of your current curriculum vitae to the Office of the Dean of the Faculty by Wednesday, August 28, 2019, so the Committee of Six can determine whom to recommend. For those nominated, the NEH deadline for the full application, which is submitted electronically, is Wednesday, September 25, 2019.

Applicants teaching part-time or with teaching or postdoctoral fellowship appointments that terminate by the summer of 2020 may apply without nomination.

Please contact Lisa Stoffer or 542-2724, director of the Grants Office, for more information or guidance about preparing competitive NEH applications.