HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER

Faculty Council

During the Faculty Council review process, faculty and graduate students can continue to apply for HRC support of research projects, lecture series, workshops, and conferences. The faculty research fellowships (one semester teaching release) remain unchanged with a call for applications in early fall and fellowship notification in November. The HRC offers two or three post-doctoral fellowships (depending on available funding), usually for postdoctoral fellows external to Rice who conduct research and teaching in conjunction with one of our interdisciplinary initiatives and programs. All applications for HRC funding are evaluated by the HRC Faculty Council. Further, the HRC Faculty Council also seeks to support public humanities engagement by Rice faculty and graduate students and to build meaningful ties to communities and partner institutions in Houston and the surrounding region.

Thus far the HRC Council has identified three key tasks for the future Humanities Research Center:

To envision and help shape the future of the arts and humanities as connective practices:

Practices that build partnerships, engagements, and understandings that transcend the disciplines. We aim to foster research and engagement in the arts and humanities that are both locally rooted and globally linked across languages, cultures, and forms. We see the HRC as an intellectual hub that will foster ground-breaking humanities research and arts endeavors and a multitude of approaches, including public, digital, comparative, multilingual, or theoretical.

To expand our visions of humanities graduate training for the twenty-first century:

Graduate training that builds partnerships, engagements, and understandings that transcend the disciplines. We aim to foster research and engagement in the arts and humanities that are both locally rooted and globally linked across languages, cultures, and forms. We see the HRC as an intellectual hub that will foster ground-breaking humanities research and arts endeavors and a multitude of approaches, including public, digital, comparative, multilingual, or theoretical.

To design a future structure for the HRC:

As a collaborative hub, as a place for students, faculty and the community to come together to pursue the big questions of our times; to establish an organizational and governance structure (director and support staff, plus an HRC faculty council) that is an integral part of the School of Humanities and reports to the Dean of Humanities; and to enhance the visibility and impact of scholarship and outreach taking place across the school.

Call for faculty input on this process:

We welcome the input of faculty from all disciplines and ranks on this process and on the HRC’s future goals and structures. As we (hopefully!) emerge from this last wave of COVID restrictions, the Faculty Council plans to hold listening or Q & A sessions for faculty and for graduate students (in early to mid-April). In the meantime, please feel free to direct any comments, concerns or questions you may have to us at hrc@rice.edu.


HUMANITIES RESEARCH CENTER

Faculty Council Members