Recovering the Humane in an Age of Dehumanization

Fellowship theme challenges the ‘Age of Dehumanization’


Lauren Whitby

How can the humanities restore humanity?

The Arizona State University Institute for Humanities Research asks this question with its 2020-21 fellows program theme, “Recovering the Human(e) in an Age of Dehumanization.”

The new theme invites scholars to explore what it means to be “human(e)” in a world where humanity is often forgotten. In topics such as technology, medicine, politics, gender, race and ecology, how can the humanities begin to lead the conversation?

Selected fellows will dedicate one year of research related to this theme. They will also be invited to share their research with the academic community and to produce a strong application for an external grant.

In addition to the fellowship, the Institute for Humanities Research is working with unit heads to develop undergraduate courses that will embed the theme of “Recovering the Human(e)” into humanities classes. 

The fellowship application is now open to all ASU tenured or tenure-track faculty as well as any faculty eligible for a research release.

Successful proposals for the fellows program will outline a rich scholarly project rooted in the humanities that has clear and feasible outcomes for the fellowship year (starting in May 2020) and that has the potential to be funded by outside agencies.

The IHR Fellows Program provides funds toward one course buyout (in the spring semester) for each faculty member as well as research funds of $2,500 per faculty member.

Applications are due Feb. 17, 2020. Learn more about the theme and application guidelines.