The following is a list of research and funding opportunities for UW-Madison faculty working in the humanities and humanistic social sciences.
Faculty Development Seminars
Designed to enhance the quality of humanities research at UW-Madison and to promote sustained collaboration and dialogue across disciplinary lines, the Center for the Humanities and Institute for Research in the Humanities (with major support from the Dean of the College of Letters & Sciences) inaugurated Faculty Development Seminars in the Humanities in the spring of 2007.
The Center’s Workshops in the Humanities are working groups centered on an interdisciplinary topic, broadly conceived, drawn from any period, field, or method of research in the humanities. The workshops provide an opportunity for students and faculty to work together outside of the classroom. They are one of the Center’s most exciting programs, and have led to conferences, books, and teaching innovations. Recent and current workshops have focused on Comics, Science and Print Culture, Disability Studies and Activism, Digital Humanities, and Critical University Studies.
The First Book program is open to all tenure-track, junior faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences with manuscripts that are near completion, but still in a position to benefit from review. The goal is to turn solid and promising manuscripts into first-rate, field-shaping books.
The Global Midwest project is meant to reveal the Midwest as a key site in shaping global economies and cultures and a region informed by and connected to world. The project has two stages, both of which offer grants to support work that demonstrates the variety of ways in which scholars in the humanities participate in and drive thinking about problems of broad interest.
For tenured or tenure-track faculty in the humanities and interpretive social sciences at UW-Madison, Public Works supports the production of scholarly research that can reach audiences outside of academia. This program is designed to provide rigorous feedback to faculty who wish to find new outlets, venues, or media for their scholarship.
The OpEd Project
How can scholars in the humanities contribute to contemporary public debate about issues of cultural, political, social, and economic significance? The OpEd Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the range of voices and quality of ideas that circulate in public discourse, will lead a two-day workshop devoted ot the art and craft of writing powerful, convincing opinion pieces for online, broadcast, and print media. All humanities faculty are encouraged to apply.