UCHRI Invites Faculty Proposals for Working Groups on the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work, 2012-13

UCHRI Invites Faculty Proposals for Working Groups on the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work, 2012-13

On behalf of the University of California Humanities Network, UCHRI invites proposals for Working Groups on the Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work, to be held during the 2012-13 academic year.

Who Can Apply: UC Faculty in humanities and humanistic social sciences (PI must be tenure track)

Level of Award: Up to $25,000

Funding Source: UC Humanities Network (Mellon Foundation grant)

Deadline: 5 pm PST on Thursday, March 22, 2012. FastApps opens on February 06.


Globalization has profoundly impacted not just what work is available but how and where we work, what we think of as work, and what skills the humanities and interpretative social sciences must teach to prepare graduate and undergraduate students for work in our 21st century global society. This three-year multicampus research initiative seeks to comprehend and illuminate the changing conceptions and experience of work in diverse historical and geographical contexts as well as in the face of recent global economic, technological, and social developments. A particular area of interest is changing conceptions of the work of the humanities within and beyond the university.

“The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work,” a three-year research initiative of the UC Humanities Network, is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The working groups, seminars, and other research projects of this initiative will take place on campuses across the University of California, drawing on and promoting the networking and research strengths of faculty and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences across the system.

Working Groups are designed to catalyze collaboration between individuals from different disciplines, locations, and UC campuses around a specific problem, theme, object or topic within the larger theme of the humanities and changing conceptions of work. Proposals should identify a specific question, topic, approach, methodology, etc. that addresses or amplifies larger questions around humanities perspectives on work, broadly understood. For information on the Working Groups selected for the 2012 calendar year, go to: http://uchumanitiesnetwork.org/Initiatives/Humanities-Work-Grantees.php.

Members of a Working Group will be expected to connect virtually for ongoing communication and to meet face-to-face at least one time throughout the year. Groups should expect to begin work in July 2012 and continue throughout the academic year.

Working Group participants will be expected to organize and participate in a webcasted public discussion in conjunction with a public intellectual or popular writer whose work has addressed the changing nature of work in ways that illuminate or engage with the topic of their Working Group. UCHRI will provide logistical consultation and technical support for this event, and webcasts will be archived online.

Each Working Group will be required to produce a collectively-produced outcome, which will be made publicly available online. Examples of possible outcomes may include a concept paper, curricular innovation, a digital project, essay collection, or a performance.

Working Groups should include a UC faculty PI (must be tenure track) and 4-8 other UC faculty participants (no fewer than 5 and no more than 9 total) from at least two UC campuses, selected for interdisciplinarity as well as expertise on the chosen theme. Proposals should explain how each faculty participant would contribute to the Working Group’s stated aims. Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss potential proposals with their home-campus humanities center director, and to work with the center to create a robust network of participants across other campuses. Applications with a diverse engagement of individuals and campuses will be more favorably evaluated.

Each Working Group must also include a graduate student working in a field and/or topic related to the intellectual project of the Working Group. The graduate student will be expected to attend and participate in all group meetings, provide basic administrative support for the group, and produce regular coverage of the work of the group via blog posts, short essays or reviews, interviews with faculty participants, and other written or visual material posted to the UC Humanities Forum. Graduate students in each of the working groups will be connected in a virtual network coordinated by UCHRI and the campus humanities centers. Graduate students should be provided $10,000 in support over the year, and are expected to support the Working Group across the full year of its engagement; the Working Group PI should coordinate with the selected student to develop a mutually agreeable work plan.

Up to four Working Groups will be funded at a maximum of $25,000 per group (including the $10,000 for graduate support). The remaining $15,000 of funding can be used for a wide variety of project-related expenses – travel and meeting costs, honoraria for invited visitors (including the required webinar participant), site visits to museums, archives or other research-related outings, and other expenses related to running the group and producing the final collaborative outcome. These funds may also be used for individual participant stipends, up to $1,000 per participant, which may be taken as summer salary or as research support funds. The Working Group should work collaboratively to determine the best use of these support funds for their proposed project.

Working Groups will be funded for the 2012-13 academic year (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).

All eligible proposals will be evaluated by the faculty directors of the UC Humanities Network, and will be assessed on the basis of intellectual merit, engagement with overall theme, diversity of multicampus network, and potential contribution to the humanities. Working Group grants will be for one year and are open to renewal. Awards will be announced in spring 2012.

Applications from prospective conference or seminar organizers are accepted exclusively online via UCHRI’s FastApps system. The PI must be a UC tenure track faculty member who will be responsible for the organization and execution of the proposed project.
Required documents include:
* Project Abstract (200 words max.) and Project Title.
* Proposal Narrative (2,000 words max.). The project description should address the Working Group’s research question or problem statement, and the short-term and long-term significance of the topic or issue to the theme of the humanities and changing conceptions of work. It should also clearly state the projected outcome and the intellectual justification for the proposed deliverable.
* List of Working Group participants, including graduate student, and short rationale for their inclusion in the group.
* List of possible visiting speakers, including the required webinar participant, and short rationale for their selection.
* Proposed Project Budget with a brief narrative. Proposed project budgets ($15,000 total) may cover travel, lodging and per diem expenses for workshop meetings of working group members, travel and honoraria for visiting speakers, other group-related research costs, and expenses for the collaborative product as well as stipends of up to $1,000 per faculty member for individual research support.
* Curriculum Vitae of the PI. The PI will coordinate, organize and monitor the progress of the working group. The PI will be responsible for submitting a research and budget report to UCHRI at the end of the grant period.

All materials should be submitted to UCHRI via FastApps no later than 5:00 PM PST on Thursday, March 22, 2012.

For general questions about the grant and proposal development, please contact the director or staff of your campus humanities center or Jennifer Langdon, UCHRI associate director, at jelangdon@hri.uci.edu .

Questions about the application process should be directed to Suedine Nakano, UCHRI program manager, at snakano@hri.uci.edu.