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Volume 2, issue 4, February 2022

Welcome to the HRC Monthly!

A preview of the February newsletter:
  • HRC Staff: Meet Rani Sisavath
  • Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Crislip, Blake Chair in the History of Christianity, Dept. of History 
  • February 2022 Events at the HRC
  • Events Co-sponsored by the HRC
    • VA Humanities Conference at VCU: Call for Submissions
  • Writing Productivity
    • The HRC has launched The Second Book Writing Group
  • Funding Opportunities
    • 5x5 HRC Collaborative Grants
    • SRPP Funds (Accelerate, Breakthrough, Quest)
    • HRC Travel Grants
    • 2022-23 Residential Fellowship Announcement Coming Soon
  • HRC in the News
    • Meet our Spring 2022 Residential Fellows!
  • Community Learning Opportunities

Let's welcome Rani to the Humanities Research Center!

Please join us in welcoming Rani Sisavath to the HRC as our new Administrative/Communications Assistant. She has a background in visual arts, with a Graphic Design BFA from SUNY New Paltz. She hopes to strengthen the HRC's visual presence and ties with local art groups and museums.

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Andrew Crislip, Blake Chair in the History of Christianity, Department of History

Written by Dr. Ryan Smith, Professor of History

A great number of people care about the origins of Christianity. Yet there is only a tiny fraction in the world who can parse the original scripts on which that religious tradition rests. Andrew Crislip, the Blake Chair in the History of Christianity in the VCU Department of History, is one of those experts...

Read more

Upcoming Events at the Humanities Research Center

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Envisioning Afro-Indigenous Futures with Dr. Kyle Mays on Feburary 3, 6PM
FEBRUARY 3, 2022 at 6:00PM: Envisioning Afro-Indigenous Futures: Land Back, Reparations and the Aftermath of Colonialism and White Supremacy with Kyle T. Mays, Ph.D. Register here.
Meet VCU's Authors: Danielle Dick on February 7, 4PM
FEBRUARY 7, 2022 at 4:00PM: Meet VCU's Authors Danielle Dick, Ph.D., Commonwealth Professor of Psychology and Human and Molecular Genetics and author of "The Child Code." Register.
Meet VCU's Authors: Massa Lemu on February 28, 4PM
FEBRUARY 28, 2022 AT 4:00PM: The Material and Expressive Aspects of Articulage with Mass Lemu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Sculpture + Extended Media at VCU. Register.

Spring 2022 Events at the HRC

Save the Dates!
Spring 2022 Events List
Click here to view all the HRC events on our website

Co-Sponsored Events

The Virginia Humanities Conference at VCU 2022 has launched its call for submissions

Submissions are open for the VA Humanities Conference ( March 31-April 1), Plot Points: Data, Humanities and Transformation, co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center. The deadline for submission through the conference portal is February 22.
The Virginia Humanities Conference invites proposals for presentations, panels, and creative arts that address the transformational possibilities at the intersection of arts and humanities, texts and data, and the digital and computational sciences. Transformation is not a purely data-based process; it’s also about experiences, emotions, and stories. When looking for just solutions to our most critical social issues, humanities and the arts interact with collective data to lead to more equitable choices. For more information or to submit a proposal: Click here.



The Humanities Research Center is launching The Second Book Writing Group for mid-career faculty.

This writing group provides a supportive and rigorous forum for mid-career faculty to work on second (and third or fourth) monographs. This interdisciplinary book writing group will schedule meetings occurring regularly enough that each member can present work-in-progress once during the semester. Such sessions will offer substantive group discussion of each individual chapter or work-in-progress. Groups may schedule other, optional activities, as desired. Faculty from all schools and colleges at VCU are welcome.

Contact: Cristina Stanciu,

Funding Opportunities

5x5 HRC Collaborative Grants
5x5 HRC Collaborative Grants

The Humanities Research Center is offering a number of 5×5 Collaborative Grants to encourage faculty in the humanities, humanistic social sciences, natural sciences, and the arts to organize around a topic of common interest. This can include a set of readings, an activity, or just an idea which could lead to future research/projects.

Find out more here.
One VCU Research
Strategic Priorities Plan Funds, 2021-2022 

One VCU Research is committed to improving the human condition through a culture of collaboration that facilitates discovery and creative practice. The One VCU Research Strategic Priorities Plan funds 2021-2022 request for applications outlines the priorities, proposal requirements, deadlines and application processes for each opportunity: VCU Accelerate Fund (Accelerate), VCU Breakthroughs Fund (Breakthroughs), and an expanded VCU Quest Fund (Quest, formerly the Presidential Research Quest Fund). The OVPRI would like to bring these funds to the attention of scholars/researchers in the humanities.

Find out more here.
HRC Conference Travel Grants

With support from the VCU Office of Research and Innovation and the College of Humanities and Sciences, the Humanities Research Center is pleased to continue supporting travel by VCU faculty in the humanities to present their scholarly findings at major domestic and international conferences. More information about the application process is available here.

Stay tuned for an announcement of our annual Residential Fellowship program for 2022-23.

Our residential fellowships for the 2022-23 academic year will engage the theme "Environmental Humanities." More information and application criteria will be announced in mid-February.

HRC in the News

The Spring 2022 HRC Fellows

Meet the 5 interdisciplinary scholars who will be residential fellows this year at VCU’s Humanities Research Center

The VCU Humanities Research Center fellowship program has broadened its reach with its spring cohort of fellows.

Community Learning Opportunities

Humanities Events around Richmond  January – February 2022

January 27 – February 26 | GABRIEL at Firehouse Theater, a new musical based on the true Richmond story. More info here.

January 28 | Exhibition Opening at the ICA: Aquí Me Quedo/Here I Stay featuring the work of Sila Chanto and Belkis Ramírez. More info here.

February 3 | Lecture and Book Signing: The Life and Legacy of Enslaved Virginian Emily Winfree by Jan Meck and Virginia Refo at the VMHC. Tickets here.

February 8 | Disparities in Diagnoses and Service Access for Black Autistic Youth and their Families (Webcast). Register here.

February 8 | VCUarts Faculty Lecture Series: Black AS/IS. Tickets here
February 9 | The Library of Virginia presents Research Stories from Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative (Webinar). Register here.
February 10 | The Record of Murders and Outrages: Racial Violence and the Fight over Truth at the Dawn of Reconstruction at the VMHC. Tickets here.
February 11 | Exhibition Opening at the ICA: Forgotten, Nudes, Landscapes, Gideon Appah. More info here.
February 24 | Weinstein Author Series: Living Queer History: Remembrance and Belonging in a Southern City with Dr. Gregory Samantha Rosenthal. Register here.
Would you like to propose an event, workshop, grant application or working group for the HRC in the future? Email Cristina Stanciu at
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