From: Center for Humanities Research <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Center for Humanities Research <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Monday, February 8, 2021 10:25 AM

Subject: CHR news and opportunities
Dear Colleagues, Students, and Friends,

Please plan to attend our upcoming events! Also: we will be announcing funding opportunities later this semester (see below):

Faculty Fellow Research Presentation: Wednesday, February 10th, 12-1pm
Sam Lebovic (History/Art History) on “The Espionage Act and the Policing of American Dissent” — In this informal presentation, Lebovic will discuss his project and welcome feedback, questions, etc from the group.
Join Zoom Meeting

Faculty Book Talk: Tuesday, February 16th, 4:30-5:30pm
LaNitra Berger (Art History and Office of Undergraduate Education) on her recent book Irma Stern and the Racial Paradox of South African Modern Art: Audacities of Colo
Her book considers one of South Africa’s most enigmatic modern figures. Stern held conservative political positions on race even as her subjects openly challenged racism and later the apartheid regime. Using paintings, archival research, and new interviews, Berger's book explores how Stern became South Africa's most prolific painter of Black, Jewish, and Colored (mixed-race) life while maintaining controversial positions on race.

Join Zoom Meeting  Meeting ID: 961 0055 6986 Passcode: 456816

Panel DiscussionFriday, February 26th, 1:30-3pm "Chronic Crisis: The Humanities Contextualize 2020” featuring Andrew Peterson (Philosophy) on COVID19; Tehama M Lopez Bunyasi (Carter School) on Black Lives Matter; Jessica Mack (RRCHNM) on the Pandemic Religion project; and Meredith Lair (History/Art History) on the teaching the election of 2020 in real time. Flyer below!


CHECK OUT READING GROUPS—it’s never too late to join!

Our first undergraduate workshop will run this spring — it’s called “What is Humanities Research?” Over the course of four Friday afternoons, students will learn about the value of humanities research, the kinds of questions it addresses, the forms its analyses take, and the kinds of knowledges it produces; they will meet more than 12 faculty members, many of whom will speak about their own research projects; they will be introduced to OSCAR; they will learn about fellowship opportunities and also about the value of the humanities and humanities research skills to a broad range of professions. I’m thrilled that we have so many students signed up already.

If you have any ideas for workshops that we might run for graduate students or undergraduates, please let me know.


Stay tuned for funding opportunities — calls for funding will appear in late February/early March:
Small Research Grants: The Center will award small grants for GMU faculty (tenure-line and term) conducting research in the humanities. Funds might be used to support small research trips,  book publishing costs, image permissions, etc. All who receive funding will be required to give a talk (formal or informal) at the Center. 

CHR Residential Fellowships for Faculty and Graduate Students: These semester-long fellowships provide two course-releases (for faculty) and tuition and stipend (for grad students) and require residency at the Center. We will accept fellows from as wide a range of disciplines, departments and programs as possible who are working on projects related to our theme (TBA). Call for applications for Fall 2021 will appear later this month.


I hope to see you all at our events this semester!

Take care,

Alison Landsberg
Director, Center for Humanities Research (CHR)
Professor of History and Cultural Studies
George Mason University
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Alison Landsberg
Director, Center for Humanities Research (CHR)
Professor of History and Cultural Studies
George Mason University
Email: [log in to unmask]