Funding

The UAHC will provide two summer research fellowships of up to $5000 for humanities faculty.

The UAHC adheres to the definition of humanities as specified by the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act, which defines humanities as including, but not limited to “the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” The National Endowment for the Humanities clarifies that performing and creative arts or empirical social science are not humanities.

  • Funds must be used for research expenses (not salary replacement).
  • Research expenses can include travel or materials
  • A research deliverable must be specified with a timeline.
  • Availability of research funds will be a consideration in selection.
  • Funds must be used w/in 2 years.
  • Awardees will acknowledge UAHC in all publications and provide copies to UAHC.
  • Faculty of all standing are encouraged to apply.

Interested parties should provide a proposal for consideration by the selection committee with:

  • A narrative of the project of no more than 1000 words including:
    • title and description of the project
    • Importance or contribution of the project to the field
    • work plan and intended deliverable with timeline
    • qualifications for the project
  • A curriculum vita
  • A detailed budget
  • A statement on current RIF funds balance

Applications are due to uahc@uark.edu by 11:59 on November 1, 2022 

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the UAHC Steering Committee

Please contact the UAHC director or a member of the steering committee for further information.

The UAHC will provide five grants of up to $1000 for publishing subventions for humanities faculty to help with the purchase or preparation of visuals, maps, or graphics for publication, to fund translations, to aid in distribution of research materials, or to serve as matching funds for outside publication or distribution grants (films, podcasts, etc.).

The UAHC adheres to the definition of humanities as specified by the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act, which defines humanities as including, but not limited to “the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” The National Endowment for the Humanities clarifies that performing and creative arts or empirical social science are not humanities.

  • Availability of research funds will be a consideration in selection.
  • Funds must be used w/in 2 years.
  • Projects should meet the definition of humanities forwarded by the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act and as clarified by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
  • Awardees will acknowledge UAHC in all publications and provide copies to UAHC.
  • Faculty of all standing are encouraged to apply.
  • Indexing costs are not eligible for the grant

Interested parties should provide proposal for the project including:

  • A proposal of no more than 500 words including:
    • title and a description of the work
    • importance or contribution of the work
    • a statement on how the funds would be used
    • depending on type of work provide: word count along with image, table, and map count, length of production, number of episodes, or applicable information
    • timeline for production of the work
  • A current curriculum vita
  • A statement from the publisher, distributor, or producer with their commitment to the work
  • A statement on current RIF funds balance

Applications due to uahc@uark.edu by November 1

Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the UAHC Steering Committee

Please contact the UAHC director or a member of the steering committee for further information.

FA2020

Professor Alison Place, Graphic Design

Feminist Design: Designing for Equity, Inclusion and Allyship,  Forthcoming MIT Press. 

FA2020

Professor Todd Cleveland, Department of History

Mobilities: African Labor, Social ascension, and Tourism in Colonial Mozambique, c. 1890-1975. Forthcoming Cornell University Press

Professor Fernando Riva, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

The Development of Magic in the Iberian Peninsula in the Middle Ages. Forthcoming University of Toronto Press.

Professor Yajaira M. Padilla, Department of English

From Threatening Guerillas to Forever Illegals: U.S. Central Americans and the Politics of Non-belonging. Forthcoming University of Texas Press.

Professor Richard Sonn, Department of History

Modernist Diaspora: Immigrant Jewish Artists in Paris, 1900-1945. Forthcoming Bloomsbury Press

The UAHC will provide five grants of up to $1000 for humanities faculty at the University of Arkansas to engage a consultant to help with grant, book, or other research proposals.

The UAHC adheres to the definition of humanities as specified by the National Foundation of the Arts and Humanities Act, which defines humanities as including, but not limited to “the study and interpretation of the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to reflecting our diverse heritage, traditions, and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.” The National Endowment for the Humanities clarifies that performing and creative arts or empirical social science are not humanities.

  • Funds can be for consultants for grant writing, book proposal, or field specific work

  • Funds must be used w/in 2 years

  • Awardees will acknowledge UAHC in all publications or research outputs and provide

    copies to UAHC

  • Faculty of all standing are encouraged to apply

    Interested parties should provide a proposal for consideration by the selection committee with:

  • A narrative of the project of no more than 1000 words including:
    o title and description of the project and expected research deliverable
    o reason for needing a consultant
    o specifics regarding consultant and their qualifications for furthering the work

  • A curriculum vita for the applicant

  • A budget detailing estimated fee

  • A statement on current RIF funds balance

    Due dates for applications are March 1, 2021 and 2023.
    Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the UAHC Steering Committee

Professor Erika M. Almenara-Avalos, World Languages, Department of Literatures and Cultures

Book manuscript: The Language of the In-Between: Travestis, Post-hegemony, and Writing in Contemporary Chile and Peru.

Professors Ryan Calabretta-Sajder, Kathleen Condray, and Linda Jones, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Grant Application: “Mapping Unheard Migrant Voices in Arkansas”

Professor Rachel ten Haaf, Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

Book Proposal: The Architecture of Cinematic Dissent: Critical realism and film on the Iberian Peninsula

Two grants of up to $2000 are available for University of Arkansas faculty to support humanities-focused, community-based events for the campus or the region.

These events should include humanities and interdisciplinary content, focus on outreach to a broad constituency, and include multiple streams of publicity (internal/external/online/print/radio).

  • Preference will be for events that engage the larger public.

  • Funds must be used w/in 2 years.

  • Awardees will acknowledge the UAHC in all publicity.

  • Faculty of all standing are encouraged to apply.

    Interested parties should provide a proposal that includes:

  • A description of no more than 500 words including o title for the event

    o participants
    o intended venue
    o intended audience
    o publicity plan with targets and timeline (please see Fulbright guidelines)

  • A detailed budget for all aspects of the event.

  • A current curriculum vita for organizer(s)

    Due dates for applications are March 1, 2021 and 2023.
    Proposals will be reviewed by a sub-committee of the UAHC Steering Committee

Professor Bryan Hurt, Department of English

This award will support two live-reading events that will coincide with the release of two issues of the on-campus, graduate-student-run literary magazine, The Arkansas International. These events, presented at both a local venue and livestreamed online, will reach to out the journal’s established national and international audience as a unique celebration of global literature.

Professor Valandra, School of Social Work and African and African-American Studies

This award will help support a speaker, choir, and refreshments for the May 15 Project Dedication and Award Ceremony at Fayetteville Public Library for the Washington County Community Remembrance Project. The project is a partnership with the Equal Justice Initiative to remember and memorialize victims of racial terror lynching and brings together interdisciplinary faculty from across the University.

Grants for Humanities Research on Systemic Racism - Faculty Research Grant Recipients

**Assistant Professor Manuel Olmedo Gobante of the Department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will use his grant funding for the preparation and eventual publication of a translation and critical edition of a seventeenth century play by Andrés de Claramonte (c. 1580-1626).  The play -- The Valiant Black Man in Flanders – was extremely popular and its importance reverberated into later centuries. The end product -- a bilingual critical edition -- will be valuable across disciplines and will shed light on the silenced and marginalized early history of Black resistance to systemic racism.

**With the project, “Structural Racism and Black Place Making: An Arkansas Story Rooted in a Legacy of Transgenerational Family Resilience,” Professor Valandra of the School of Social Work and the African and African American Studies program, traces the historical and contemporary intersections of systemic racism and Black placemaking. Using the transgenerational family journey of four generations of Black Arkansan women, Professor Valandra will create a compelling story of Black agency and resilience in the face of trauma and systemic barriers, which she will release in public talks, publications, and conference presentations. Dr. LaShawnda Fields, assistant professor in the School of Social Work will assist with the data collection, data analysis, and development of the manuscripts.

Grants for Humanities Research on Systemic Racism -- Graduate Student Research Grant Recipients

 

**Neba Evans is a masters students in Journalism working in the field of documentary film production. Her project, “A Song of the Bluff” will highlight the history of Pine Bluff Arkansas in a short documentary film that flips the narratives of historical trauma to share stories of a thriving, hope-filled community. Using the creation of a city history exhibition as the backbone, the documentary incorporates film, history, art, and music to address the roots of inequality in Pine Bluff and Arkansas more generally.

**The project “Whiteness in the early 18c Louisiana and Orinoco,” from Guillermo Pupo Pernet of the Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies program, brings together cartography with history, literature, power, discussions of whiteness, and the geography of the Caribbean from 1670-1770. Looking at the interplay between the French and Spanish empires, and utilizing techniques from Africana and Indigenous studies, Pupo Pernet intends to submit this work as an article as he completes his dissertation. 

Confronting Our Past/Interrogating Our Present Research Grants -- Faculty Awardees 

 **Professors T. Jake Dionne and Joe Hatfield of the Department of Communication will use webscraping, rhetorical analysis, and interviews for their project – “#BlackatUARK: Public Memories of Anti-Black Racism on Campus.” This research will contextualize the Twitter moment of #BlackatUARK against the background of students, faculty, and staff confronting anti-Black racism on college campuses throughout the United States. They anticipate sharing their research product with colleagues at the National Communication Association meeting and the University of Arkansas System Task Force on Racial Equality. They will also pursue a scholarly publication and a piece for the popular press. 

**Professor Brittany N. Hearne from the Department of Sociology and Criminology, and affiliate faculty in African and African American Studies, will use surveys and interviews with Black people in the NWA area and at the University of Arkansas to investigate the impact of social distancing practices in the region on feelings of community and their effects for mental health during the COVID-19 crisis. Respondents will be asked to share their thoughts about how race, gender, and socioeconomic class shaped their lives during the pandemic. Along with her co-investigator, Professor Brandon Jackson, she will produce a manuscript for publication in a scholarly journal.

 **Professors Valandra and Caree Banton, joint appointments in the African and African American Studies and in the School of Social Work and Department of History, respectively, will pursue a project to encourage humanities research on race in Washington county and at the University of Arkansas by regional secondary school students. They are joined by English doctoral student Katie Powell. This grant, along with their work on the Washington County Community Remembrance Project, is an important effort fulfilling the land-grant mission of the university, engaging future students, and increasing the profile in the region of university-driven humanities research.

Confronting Our Past/Interrogating Our Present Research Grants - Graduate Student Awardees

**Michael Anthony, a doctoral student in the Department of History, will be using his grant to research the Catcher Race Riot of 1923 with materials from the University of Arkansas special collections and regional archives and in interviews with survivors and their descendants. His larger analysis will engage the racial clashes and extrajudicial killings that characterized the river valley and northwest Arkansas in the early twentieth century and continue to influence views on the region today. He will use this research to develop an article for an academic journal.

**Whitney King, a master’s student in the School of Journalism and Strategic Media, will pursue research to showcase the stories of members of the University of Arkansas community from Black, Indigenous, and other historically underrepresented groups who have made significant contributions towards creating a more inclusive and diverse campus environment. Working with the David and Barbara Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History’s “Groundbreakers and Path Makers” project, King will conduct and record oral interviews that will further not just for her own research but that will be available to aid other researchers interested in the history of the University.

Confronting Our Past/Interrogating Our Present Research Grants - Undergraduate Awardees

**Erica Tempesta is completing a bachelor’s degree in nursing in the Elanor Mann School of Nursing. Her project is to investigate how ethics education among nursing students, as taught at the University of Arkansas and in schools around the United States, can be used to fight racial disparities in health care provision. She will use this research to produce papers for conferences in medical humanities and nursing.

**Daniel Webster is pursuing an honors degree in sociology along with majors in psychology and criminology. For his research project he intends to conduct in-depth interviews to find out how multiracial and biracial identities affect feelings of belonging among students at the University of Arkansas. Highlighting gender theorists’ work on intersectional identities, he hopes to understand how race and gender shape how students view and interact with the college environment. He will pursue a publication with his advisor Professor Brittany N. Hearne.

Diversifying Research and Curriculum Grants Awardees

**The project “Advancing Intersectional Racial Justice at a Predominantly White Institution through Interdisciplinary Dialogues and the Formation of Learning Communities” is a series of several workshops being organized by Professors Colleen Thurston of the School of Journalism and Strategic Media and Injeong Yoon-Ramierez of Art Education. Bringing together faculty from over a dozen departments, programs, and centers at the University of Arkansas, this series of workshops will deepen and strengthen the current conversations around campus on diversity, inclusion, and how to create long-term sustainable changes in curriculum, teaching, and research practices across and beyond humanities programs.

**Professor John Walch of the Department of Theater will organize an interdisciplinary, multi-day workshop on “Hip-Hop Theater: History, Critique, Practice, and Performance.” Elements of this workshop will appeal to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students from over half a dozen programs across campus by virtually bringing in experts from off campus -- Hip-Hop theatre artists Idris Goodwin and Kevin Coval – to discuss their craft’s history and practice. A hip-hop performance featuring work generated during the workshop and performed by Department of Theater students and broadcast through the Department of Theater’s online platform, will cap the experience.