GLOBAL HUMANITIES UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH LAB (GHURL)
What is a Humanities lab?
While the interactive space of the lab dominates in the so-called hard sciences, humanities research has tended to be carried out in a more solitary fashion. The growth and diffusion of technology, and the interconnectedness that it can foster, is one factor that has promoted a shift to a laboratory approach in humanities research, as has the prohibitive cost of some technological hardware that makes a shared space with shared resources a more practical approach. Digital Humanities, however, is not the only area that warrants the use of the lab format in the Humanities. The lab is a site where undergraduates and faculty together can engage with each other, with external resources, and potentially with technology, to address grand challenges and other pressing questions of our time, and discover novel ways of understanding and explaining the world. The lab is the ideal site for teaching Humanities research methodologies, fostering collaboration between faculty and undergraduate students, and engaging the public. (For more information about Humanities labs, see the links below.)
Members of the working group
• Ann Zimo and Scott Smith, Department of Classics, Humanities, Italian Studies
• Sandhya Shetty and Sam Seal, Department of English
• Casey Golomski, Department of Anthropology
• Dana Chirila and Scott Weintraub, Department of Languages, Literatures, & Cultures
• Burt Feintuch and Katie Umans from the Center for the Humanities
Cora Fox, Associate Professor of English and Interim Director of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University
"Centers for the Resurgence of the Humanities: the Imagining Health Project and the Humanities Lab at ASU"
Deborah Jenson, Director of the Franklin Humanities Institute and co-director of the Haiti Lab at Duke University; Professor of French, Romance Studies, and Global Health
"The Humanities as Collaboratory: 'History Embedded in Amber' in the Haiti Lab".
"Teaching and Research in the Cognitive Science of Religion"
Paul Robertson (Classics, Humanities, Italian Studies)
Edward O'Brien (Psychology)
Leslie Curren (Biology)
Our proposal links a Spring 2018 course (HUM 526: Humanities and Science, taught by Robertson) to the GHURL through a combination of collaborative, interdisciplinary student and faculty research projects around the cognitive science of religion that will regularly occur at the GHURL. Our project will unite interdisciplinary specialties to deepen student learning, co- research with students around recent findings in the cognitive science of religion, and to involve students in collaborative faculty research around language, beliefs, and the brain. The pedagogical outcome will be for every student to perform original, language-based research that engages existing findings in the cognitive science of religion. The research outcome will be for the faculty collaborators to submit findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals after the conclusion of the term. This application is for Spring 2018 indexed to this specific course offering, but ideally this work would continue into the 2018-2019 academic year and beyond, with multiple iterations that offer this course, bring together these three faculty, and work with/at the GHURL. Faculty data collection and research authorship would continue throughout.
Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
"Puerto Rico Se Levanta: An Interdisciplinary Lab"
Holly Cashman, LLC and Women's Studies
Daniel Chávez, LLC
Tom Haines, English (Journalism)
Lori Hopkins, LLC and Women's Studies
Mary Stampone, Geography
Scott Weintraub, LLC
Puerto Rico Se Levanta: An Interdisciplinary lab (or, the "Puerto Rico Lab" for short) proposes to study the island's recovery from Hurricane María within a broader cultural, socio-historical, political, geographic, and linguistic context. Several themes or threads will tie together a diverse collection of classes and disciplinary approaches, allowing undergraduate students from different majors/departments to carry out original research under the lab umbrella:
Sustainability: This thread will address questions of climate, climate change, and the interaction between humans and weather/geography, including an examination of institutions and infrastructure—particularly around natural resources, public health, and local (vs. globalized visions of) arts/culture.
Citizenship: This thread will explore questions of belonging and identity, colonialism and sovereignty, and migration/brain drain, including an examination of civil society in Puerto Rico before the hurricane and the political relationship between Puerto Rico and the U.S. This theme will specifically focus on questions of democratic participation, social justice/equality, decoloniality, civil discourse, and ethics of economic development, recovery and investment.
Communication: This thread will explore questions of discourse and power, with particular attention to intercultural communication, bilingualism and translation, as well as journalism, digital storytelling and travel writing. The relationship among social and political structures, language and power, and media will be at the heart of this theme.
Select press/media about Humanities labs:
Humanities labs at other institutions:
Duke University http://www.fhi.duke.edu/labs.html
Arizona State University https://humanities.asu.edu
American University http://www.american.edu/cas/humanities-lab/
Humanities Action Lab https://www.humanitiesactionlab.org