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Faculty Collaborative Research Projects

Faculty Collaborative Research in the Humanities

The Humanities Center aims to foster research projects that bring together faculty from different departments and/or from different institutions. We seek collaboration that enriches our campus intellectual activity and leads to results that can be specified. We will not support purchase of equipment or travel from Pitt. We are happy to help facilitate colloquia, especially as part of ongoing exchange. To the extent that our funds permit, we offer two types of support:

  • Smaller grants, maximum $2000. The organizer should submit a Cover Sheet with Budget, plus a narrative and proposal on the scale of 500 words, and not over 1000 words. Information should include: Who are the collaborators, what is the project, and what are the expected results.
  • Larger grants, up to $5000, for projects that are also drawing on other sources of support. The organizer should first submit a Cover Sheet, Budget, narrative and proposal not over 1000 words, including also the intended other sources of support. For those proposals that seem possible for us to pursue, the Center will request further information.


DEADLINE 1: Monday, September 29, 2014, for projects to be funded in AY 2014-2015

DEADLINE 2: Monday, February 2, 2015 for projects to be funded in AY 2015-2016. If you have any intention of a major project for next year, this is the time to let us know about it.

Applicants must have full time, continuing appointments in the School of Arts and Sciences, in a department in the humanities or allied social sciences.

To apply for a Faculty Collaborative Research grant in the Humanities:

Assemble a packet including:

  • This cover sheet
  • Budget
  • Proposal of 500 to 1,000 words
  • For projects also drawing on other sources of support, indicate the anticipated sources and amounts (intended or secure).


This packet should be sent digitally to:

and--if you wish--send physical copies to:

Humanities Center Grants
University of Pittsburgh

Department of English
526 Cathedral of Learning

4200 Fifth Avenue 

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Funded Collaborative Projects

AY 2014-2015

Joseph Alter (Anthropology), “Capturing the Ineffable: Wisdom in Anthropological Perspective”

Jacques Bromberg (Classics), “Class Acts II: Exploring Roman Comedy and Its Reception”

Elizabeth Monasterios (Hispanic), “De-decolonization, Indianity and De-patriarchalization: A Current Bolivian Debate”

Jeffrey Schwartz (Anthropology), “Race, Sex, and Human Evolution”

Giovanni Valente (Philosophy), “Climate Science: Philosophy, Public Policy and Risk Communication”

Sabine von Dirke (German), “Aesthetic Obstinacy in Transnational Literature, Film and the Performing Arts”

Jennifer Waldron (English), “Medieval and Renaissance Globalisms”

Mathew Rosenblum (Music), “Beyond: Microtonal Music Festival”


AY 2013-2014

Shelome Gooden (Linguistics), NWVA 2013 Conference: “New Ways of Analyzing Variation”

Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (Theatre Arts), “Public Praxis: Performing, Race, and History in Theatre and Dance”

Vladimir Padunov (Slavic), Russian Film Symposium 2014: “Gendering Genre: Recent Russian Romantic Comedies and Gritty Dramas”

Shanara Reid-Brinkley (Communication), National Debate Scholars Conference, Pilot for the Debate Scholar-in-Residence Program

Jackie Smith (Sociology), International Conference: “Social Movements and World-System Transformation: Prospects and Challenges”

Armando Garcia (Hispanic), “Mimicry and Decolonial Performance: A Transdisciplinary Symposium”

Andrew Weintraub (Music), “Voices of Asian Modernities

Todd Reeser (Women’s Studies), “Gender and the Global”

Bruce McConachie (Theatre Arts), Performing and Experiencing The Tempest: A Cognitive Approach”

Shalini Puri (English), “Theorizing Fieldwork in the Humanities”

Clark Muenzer (German), In support of a visit from scholar David Wellbery

Patrick Manning (World History Center), “Flying University of Transnational Humanities”

Gayle Rogers (English), Collaboration with the annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association

John Walsh (French) and Christel Temple (Africana Studies), “Afropean Narratives of the 21st Century”

Cynthia Croot (Theatre Arts), “Investigating Venus”

Piotr Gwiazda (Humanities Center Visiting Scholar) and Charles Legere (English), “The Poetry (-/+ Critical) Playlist”


AY 2012-2013

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French & Italian) and Bruce Venarde (History) “Crusade after the Crusades: Conquest, Colonialism, Contact Zones”

Holger Hoock (History) "Eighteenth-Century Studies at Pitt"

R.A. Judy (English) "Poetic Socialities of Radical Humanism"

James Lennox (History and Philosophy of Science) “Medicine, Philosophy, and the Scientific Revolution Initiative”

Dennis Looney (French & Italian) “Speaking in Tongues: The Rise of the Early Modern Vernacular”

Vladimir Padunov (Slavic, Film Studies) "Russian Film Symposium 2013: Re-Imag(in)ing Class: Recent Russian Cinema"

Gavin Steingo (Music) and Brian Beaton (School of Information Sciences) "Crowdsourced Music: Social and Aesthetic Implications"


AY 2011-2012

Susan Andrade (English) “Anglophone and Asian Novels, 1945 to the Present”

Mohammed Bamyeh (Sociology), John Markoff (Sociology), and Alice Mattoni (Sociology) “What is New About the Arab Revolts”

David Birnbaum (Slavic) “Visit of Short-term Fellow, Ruth Bottigheimer”

Seymour Drescher (History) and Giuseppina Mecchia (French and Italian) "The Idea of France: An International Conference"

Hannah Johnson (English) “Interdisciplinary Colloquium ‘Medieval Anti-Judaism in the Crucible of Modern Thought’”

Daniel Morgan (English) “Film and Novel: Major Forms of Imaginative Fiction”

Vladimir Padunov (Slavic, Film Studies) “Russian Film Symposium 2012: Other Russias / Russia’s Others: Films in and on the Margins ”


AY 2010-2011

Daniel Balderston (Hispanic) "Genetic Criticism and Latin American Texts: A Symposium"

Don Bialostosky (English) "Rhetorical Criticism of Literature"

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (French and Italian) and Adam Shear (Religious Studies) "Within the Boundaries: Jewish Literature and Identity in Medieval France"

Carol Mastrangelo Bové (English) "Collaborative Research in Translation Studies"

Colin MacCabe (English)  "Film and the End of Empire"

Bruce McConachie (Theatre Arts) "Culture and Politics in Asian Diasporas: Southern Asian Theater and Performance Across Frontiers"

Giuseppina Mecchia (French and Italian) “Successful Societies: An Experiment in Vision and Focus”

Young Rae Oum (Asian Studies Center) “Reframing Gender, Power, and Resistance in Latin America and Asia”

Vladimir Padunov (Slavic, Film Studies) “Russian Film Symposium 2011: Other Russias / Russia’s Others: Films in and on the Margins ”

Kirk Savage (History of Art & Architecture) “Imagining Planetarity: World Picturing, Placemaking, Connectivity”

Francesca Savoia (French and Italian) "Italian Studies and the Pitt Academic Community: The American Association of Italian Studies 31st Annual Conference"

John Twyning (English) "Keywords Project Website Launch"

Jen Waldron (English, Medieval and Renaissance Studies) “Early Modern Historicities”