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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. A call for applications is announced each spring semester. Both faculty and graduate students are selected to form a fellowship cohort for the following academic year.

2021 – 2022 Fellowship Theme: “Reckonings”

The Northeastern Humanities Center invites proposals on the theme of Reckonings. The term reckoning suggests an intersectional, multidimensional process of truth-telling and accountability around all forms of systemic oppression, from the intimate and familial, to the social and political, to the planetary and cosmic. Reckoning calls for accountability through narration of harms, adjudication of rights, and acts of judgment, but it may also imply transformative possibilities of amnesty, forgiveness, reconciliation, and reparation. Reckonings may be literary, juridical, political, ethical, aesthetic, and/or emotional, expressed through imaginative as well as political consciousness. Reckoning-whether paying debts or cogitating-implicates questions of time and place. The year 2020 has been popularly described as a moment of racial reckoning. Other recent reckonings include those around misogyny; climate justice; social welfare and economic inequality; spiritual community, and global interconnection. We welcome proposals from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives.

2020 – 2021 Fellowship Theme: “Disruption and Displacement”

The Humanities Center invites applications on the theme of disruption and displacement. Displacement, a term in physics that evokes material dislocation, can also refer to political, emotional, and aesthetic disruptions. Literature and art can function as disruptive cultural or political interventions. Aesthetic innovations, such as new genres, and innovations in business may purposely disrupt. Mindful of the current refugee crises, displacements caused by climate change, cultural appropriations and re-appropriations as forms of displacement, and translation as one example of a strategy that might ease the effects of displacement, our goal is to encourage cross-disciplinary conversations that deepen our understanding of disruption and displacement.

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.