We will use the definition given in the National Foundation for the Humanities charter as the basis for determining the eligibility of proposed projects:
"The humanities include, but are not limited to, the following fields: history, philosophy, languages, literature, linguistics, archeology, jurisprudence, history and criticism of the arts, ethics, comparative religion, and those aspects of the social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches. This last category includes social and cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, international relations, and other subjects concerned with questions of value."
The Center maintains the following programs to promote the humanities at UF and beyond:
The Center website maintains extensive lists of graduate, postdoctoral, faculty, digital humanities, and public humanities funding opportunities and resources. With support from the CLAS Dean’s Office and UF Office of Research since 2010, the Center also runs grant-writing events and proposal review opportunities. The Center is proud to list winners of grants and fellowships in the humanities on its "In the News" pages.
UF is a member institution of Imagining America, a national consortium that promotes the civic role of the arts, humanities, and design. The Center is developing collaborative programs with communities on and off campus to build, support, and publicize humanities initiatives that foster public scholarship and civic engagement. In 2010, the Center began collaborating with the Alachua County Library District and entities at UF to organize public and guest speaker series. To date, these series have explored higher education (Rehumanizing the University: New Perspectives on the Liberal Arts), rebuilding Haiti (Haiti’s Challenges: Rebuilding Lives & Nation in the Earthquake’s Aftermath), the future of libraries (Imagining the Library: Books in Public Life from Late Antiquity to the Digital Age), and technologies of surveillance (Tracking Citizens and Subjects: Evolving Technologies of Identity). Current resources available to support public humanities work are listed on the Center's Public Humanities Grants & Resources webpage.
These five faculty, staff, and student collaborative working groups meet regularly and host topical events.
Collective for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medicine and Culture (CISMaC)
The CISMaC facilitates projects that transcend disciplinary barriers and connect medical study with other fields, promoting work on the history of medicine, literature and medicine, medicine and the arts, health and ethics, intersections of health and gender, ethnicities and race, and, ideally, new inquiries not yet imaginable. For more information, see www.humanities.ufl.edu/cismac/
Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG)
The DHWG is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss specific projects and opportunities for the humanities in a digital age. For more information, see http://www.humanities.ufl.edu/digitalhum-funding.html
Environmental Humanities Initiative
The University of Florida Environmental Humanities Initiative was developed to provide scholars, teachers, and students in the humanities and related areas a community in which to forward, discuss, and promote research and teaching strategies about environmental issues. The University of Florida Environmental Humanities Initiative takes as its mission the imperative that humanistic scholarship must be central to environmental education and that environmental education must be central to all education. With this in mind, this initiative strives to galvanize diverse conversations across the UF campus toward the unified goal of increased awareness of and support for research and teaching in environmental humanities. For more information, see the University of Florida Environmental Humanities Initiative website: https://sites.google.com/site/ufenvhum/
Impact of Materials on Society
The Impact of Materials on Society subcommittee partnered with faculty from engineering, liberal arts and sciences and education at the University of Florida to develop an introductory level course suitable for undergraduate and community college students. This course teaches students that engineering shapes and is shaped by social and cultural variables, and that a career in engineering is not only about math and science, but also about social problem-solving. This project aims to build creative thinking by giving students enough exposure to the cultural and physical dimensions of materials and materials science to enable them to see current engineering problems in new ways, and to think globally as well as locally. By targeting this class to first-semester students, it will enable students to draw lasting, creative connections between their general education requirements and core materials science and engineering curricula throughout their undergraduate careers. For more information, visit http://www.mrs.org/impact-of-materials-on-society.
Science Fiction Working Group
Science fiction is the distinctive fictional form of late modernity. Bridging popular and elite cultures, engaging critics and enthusiasts, scientists and humanists, it is ideally suited to lively and productive debates on questions of fundamental concern to the humanities and the social, behavioral, and physical sciences. Since its emergence as a dominant form of cultural production in the 19th century, science fiction has served as a primary medium for forecasting effects of technology and science in the human world. In an era of increased academic emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, sf studies can be an invaluable site of intervention by and collaboration with traditional humanistic inquiry. For more information, visit http://sciencefiction.group.ufl.edu/.
The Center also oversees the following granting programs:
To help sustain some of the best and most exciting work taking place within the humanities and to build bridges between the humanities and related fields, the Center awards roughly $30,000 yearly from the Rothman Endowment, Jerome A. Yavitz Foundation, the Humanities Fund, and the Yulee Endowment to faculty and graduate students for the purpose of inviting innovative faculty from outside the University to participate in public workshops, speaker series, and other collaborations that promote interdisciplinary themes. More information can be found here.
First given in 2009, this grant program allows faculty to expand the existing University of Florida library and archival collections in areas in and related to the humanities that are currently under-served. Resources may include print, digital, or audio-visual media that enhance scholarly research and teaching in the humanities and related disciplines. Requests that address the needs of broader constituencies of the University beyond the immediate applicants are judged especially favorably. The Center expects to be able to award three grants of up to $5000 from the Rothman Endowment on a yearly basis. More information can be found here.
The Center has worked since 2010 in conjunction with the University of Florida Honors Program and with support from the Rothman Endowment to encourage and permit faculty members in the humanities to team-teach an innovative undergraduate course with a colleague in a different department or college. This program aims to catalyze relationships between faculty in separate disciplines, and encourage faculty members across the university to explore potential collaborative research or creative projects in and related to the humanities. The program currently sponsors two to three courses per year. More information can be found here.
With the objective of supporting faculty to advance their careers, the Center has created fellowships for ranked and other faculty in the humanities. These grants, given since 2010, will allow recipients to make significant progress on existing creative/research projects. Although the competition for Summer Fellowships in the Humanities is open to all faculty, special consideration is given to ranked faculty whose projects will support their bids for promotion to associate or full professor status. The Center generally awards four to six fellowships of $1500-$3000 yearly from the Rothman Endowment. More information on the faculty fellowships can be found here, and more information on the doctoral fellowships can be found here.
To support dissertation-level graduate students at the University of Florida, the Center has created two to three grants of $2000 per year with support of the Tedder Family Endowment. Given since 2012, these awards permit doctoral candidates to travel to archives, field sites, and libraries, or to acquire resources for their research projects that are otherwise unavailable at the University of Florida. After receiving the award, recipients present their research to the university community. More information can be found here.
In order to encourage and enhance collaborations between the University of Florida and off-campus individuals, groups, and institutions, the Center has offered grants up to $3,000 to support public programs rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines since 2013. The Center intends to foster, support, and publicize humanities initiatives that engage the public in thoughtful and informed dialogue outside of the UF campus. These programs will draw on the human expertise of both UF and community partners as co-applicants to this program. More information can be found here.
Since 2013 and in recognition of the growing need for humanities publication support, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere (CHPS) spends up to $10,000 per annum from the Robert and Margaret Rothman Endowment to fund a program for UF faculty publishing research in the humanities. In the case of subvention requests from CLAS faculty, it will do so with support from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (which will match up to $5,000 in funding per annum). Faculty in the College of the Arts will be directed to apply for a $1000 College of the Arts Research Funding award, available three times yearly, overseen by the COTA Research Committee, after which their applications will be forwarded to CHPS for supplementary funding. Faculty in the College of Design, Construction and Planning will be able to apply for half of the amounts listed. More information can be found here.
Center for the Humanities
and the Public Sphere
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
200 Walker Hall
P.O. Box 118030
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611