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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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 availablehere.
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.
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.