Humanities Opportunities

The Simpson Center provides these outside listings as a service to UW faculty and students. Please note this list is not meant to be exhaustive, and that the information may be subject to change.


Deadline: 2014-04-25
Humanities Washington is seeking applications from qualified individuals interested in serving as presenters for its 2015-16 statewide Speakers Bureau program. The deadline for the application is April 25, 2014. The Speakers Bureau is one of Humanities Washington’s oldest and most popular programs. A roster of cultural experts and scholars provide low-cost, high-quality public presentations across the state, encouraging audiences to think, learn, and engage in conversation. These diverse and engaging speakers cover a variety of topics, including popular culture, photography, architecture, literature, food, film, and history. Speakers are carefully selected based on their subject-matter expertise and ability to offer fascinating content and insight on the topics presented.  Humanities Washington, in keeping with its mission to spark conversation and critical thinking using story as a catalyst, selects speakers who can engage communities in conversations that will deepen people’s understanding of the topics presented and broaden the audience’s perspectives.
Deadline: 2014-04-30
From November 14-22, 2014 the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) will host the Anthropocene Campus, a multi-disciplinary setting to probe an exemplary anthropocene curriculum for higher education that is designed to adequately address the challenges posed by a new “geological age of humankind.” Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in a wide range of seminars and public presentations that have been developed by a group of 27 renowned university teachers from science, the humanities, arts and design around the world. The goal of the campus is to explore new ways of seeing, understanding, and engaging with a world that is marked by an environmental crisis that challenges existing concepts of knowledge production and pedagogic creativity alike.
Deadline: 2014-05-01
From Helen of Troy to the Kardashian sisters, celebrities, or (in Joseph Roach’s definition) abnormally interesting people, have fascinated the public imagination over the centuries. This call for public lectures invites scholars and art practitioners across academic disciplines to consider why certain historical figures or fictional characters have possessed a special power to fascinate their public. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Call for Papers

Deadline: 2014-04-30
FRAGILE FUTURES: A special issue of The English Academy Review (Routledge/Unisa) Guest editor - Marc Botha (Durham University) The characteristic fragility of human existence has always been marked by a deep ambivalence regarding the future. On the one hand, ceaseless crisis and catastrophe appear to justify a pervasive pessimism, while on the other, it is difficult not to marvel at the seemingly boundless human capacity for novelty, invention and change. Literature, in particular, has the unique ability simultaneously to exemplify and critically examine the fragile co-existence of utopian and dystopian visions of the future. Indeed, the literary imagination negotiates the multiple valences of the past, the contingencies of the present and alternate visions of the future.
Deadline: 2014-06-01
The Relational Poverty Network welcomes abstracts for paper sessions during our public meeting taking place October 9-11, 2014 in Seattle, WA. The paper sessions will allow us an opportunity to discuss case studies, methodologies and theoretical engagements with doing relational poverty research.

Grants and Awards

Deadline: 2014-05-02
The Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest (CSPN) invites applications from UW faculty and graduate students for research travel grants to support scholarly projects related to the history and culture of the Pacific Northwest. The maximum grant will be $1,500; we anticipate making two to four awards, depending on funding. Priority is given to Ph.D. dissertation and book monograph projects. Although CSPN generally defines the Pacific Northwest geographically — the stretch of North America west of eastern Montana and north of California — we welcome applications that address the region’s national and transnational connections, as well as those that critique the idea of the Pacific Northwest as a regional and historical concept. We accept applications from any discipline or interdisciplinary field in the social sciences and humanities so long as the project has a historical dimension. Applications will be uploaded to Catalyst. Address inquiries and requests for the Catalyst URL to Application deadline: Friday, May 2, 2014