The University of Maine Humanities Initiative aims to support University of Maine faculty by sponsoring excellent humanities programs, facilitating interdisciplinary dialogues and collaborations, and offering grants to support scholarship, teaching, and community engagement. Following is a list of faculty opportunities (and application instructions) for the 2013-2014 academic year.
The UMHI is pleased to offer faculty a “Public Humanities Grant” that will fund (up to $4,000) humanities research or scholarship that engages the public. Deadline: November 25, 2013. For more information and application instructions:
The UMHI is pleased to offer faculty an “Open Grant” that will fund (up to $4,000) any area of humanities research or scholarship. Deadline: January 20, 2014. For more information and application instructions:
The UMHI is pleased to offer faculty a “Next-Step Grant” that will fund (up to $4,000) humanities research or scholarship that promises to help the recipient take a “next-step” in his/her career. Deadline: January 20, 2014. For more information and application instructions:
The University of Maine Humanities Initiative (UMHI) welcomes applications for its Faculty Seminars program. Applications are welcome from all UMaine Humanities faculty, regardless of home department. The UMHI will sponsor two Faculty Seminars during the 2013-14 academic year and will award $500 stipends for each of the seminars—to be divided equally among all faculty organizers of the selected seminar(s). The UMHI Faculty Seminars are intended as “learning circles”: applicants should select two or three brief readings that will be distributed beforehand and then discussed during two-hour seminars composed of 10-12 registrants. The seminar readings should reflect a theme of historical and/or theoretical importance to the humanities, broadly construed. The UMHI will provide space for the seminar and light refreshments for the participants.
There are two deadlines for the Faculty Seminars program: November 1, 2013 (for a Fall 2013 seminar) and January 31, 2014 (for a Spring 2014 seminar).
Application Instructions & Forms:
Previous Faculty Seminars:
March 26, 2012: “Critical Theory and the Humanities”
Seminar Organizers: Steve Evans, Associate Professor of English; Michael Lang, Associate Professor of History; and Justin Wolff, Associate Professor of Art History.
Seminar Readings: Adorno, “Why Still Philosophy,” and Derrida, “The Future of the Profession or the Unconditional University (Thanks to the ‘Humanities,’ What Could Take Place Tomorrow).”
February 13, 2012: “The Meaning of Death and End of Life Care”
Seminar Organizers: Jessica Miller, Associate Professor of Philosophy, and Kirsten Jacobson, Associate Professor of Philosophy.
Seminar Readings: “Death in the First Person” by “Anonymous”; “Being–toward–death,” Martin Heidegger; “Body Medical Ethics,” David Schenck; and “Seeing the Difference,” Christina Marsden Gillis.