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The Humanities Center Fellowship program brings together scholars from various disciplines, both within the College of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as from other colleges of Northeastern University.  The Fellowship program provides a focused period of time for Northeastern Humanities Fellows to pursue research, to collaborate with others around a common theme, and to share their work with the Northeastern community. Both faculty and graduate students are selected to form a fellowship cohort for the following academic year.

2022 – 2023 Fellowship Theme: “Re-imagining/Re-forming”

Mindful of recent political, cultural, and environmental upheavals, the Northeastern Humanities Center invites proposals for the 2022-23 academic year on the theme of “Re-imagining/Re-forming.” We seek proposals that address how bedrock notions of social contract are being reconfigured by the disruptions of what some have called Industry 4.0, or the Fourth Industrial Revolution. What are the material implications of recent technological developments—broadly understood, including, for example, AI and biotechnologies—for the humanities, and for the laws and social ordering of what we have traditionally thought of as “the human”? Are we moving towards a digital social contract, and if so, who or what is determining its terms? We invite proposals connected to any dimension of this broad field of inquiry, including literary, artistic, historical, socio-political, economic, ecological, media theoretical, philosophical, linguistic, as well as technology-focused perspectives. Patricia Williams, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Humanities, will lead the year-long interdisciplinary conversation among fellows about their work.

Fellowship Archive

Throughout the year, fellows discuss topical readings and one another’s pre-distributed papers. Public presentations are held for fellows to discuss their work with the Northeastern community. In addition, the center provides support for web projects and a final event that showcases collaboration and research results.