Humanities Projects Invited for Summer 2022 Story+ Program

Story+.

Deadline: November 1, 2021

Faculty are encouraged to link a Story+ project proposal to a 2022-2023 Bass Connections project team. Those wishing to do so must submit a joint proposal through the Bass Connections RFP process.

About Story+

Story+ is a six-week summer program that immerses interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty and staff in humanities research and public storytelling. Story+ promotes inquiry-based learning and vertically integrated collaboration through projects that may be driven by archival research, oral history, textual analysis, visual analysis, cultural criticism or other humanistic research methods.

Small teams of undergraduates, supervised by graduate student mentors, collaborate on focused projects that contribute to the broader research, teaching, scholarly communications, and/or public engagement agendas of Duke faculty, Duke librarians, nonprofit organizations and other University or non-University project sponsors. Story+ final projects have taken the form of writing, exhibits, websites, annotated archives, short films/videos, podcasts, social media content and other genres.

A typical Story+ team consists of a project sponsor, a graduate student mentor and three undergraduate researchers. Project sponsors benefit from the opportunity to engage a team of students, who are provided with appropriate guidance and mentoring through Story+, in producing a tangible product that may further their work. Story+ undergraduate students learn how to conduct rigorous interpretive research in a team setting, connect academic knowledge to broader social issues and communicate their research stories with diverse audiences – within and outside the University – in a complex media environment. Graduate mentors get the distinctive pedagogical and professional opportunity to manage a complex collaborative project and facilitate the network of relationships that such projects entail.

Call for Proposals Story+ 2022

The Franklin Humanities Institute invites proposals from Duke faculty, archivists, artists and other campus and community members for the Summer 2022 edition of Story+. We anticipate we’ll gather again full-time, fully in-person for Story+ Summer 2022. In order to provide options for our diverse student population, though, we are interested in accommodating proposals for projects that are full-time and fully remote. Please indicate your preferred format in your proposals.

We seek projects of any topic that are anchored in humanities research methods and questions, with well-defined project goals that can be feasibly completed in six weeks. Outcomes of past Story+ teams have ranged from finished products (e.g., a completed curatorial plan a physical exhibit or a published research report), prototypes or pilot projects (e.g., a prototype online teaching module or a proof-of-concept audio podcast), as well as preliminary, exploratory research that contributes to a larger ongoing project (e.g., oral histories, translation, transcription or archival discovery).

We encourage proposals that build upon or towards course offerings, Humanities Labs, or Bass Connections teams during the regular school year. As possible points of reference, please see our Story+ website for descriptions and outcomes from previous teams. P.I.s or projects previously supported by Story+ are eligible to apply, but note that priority may be given, in these cases, to projects that demonstrate a significantly new direction or outcome. Individuals are strongly encouraged to consult with Amanda Starling Gould about interest and available opportunities.

Story+ is built upon the foundational values of care, inclusion, and community. Our primary objectives are to enable undergraduate and graduate students to participate in rigorous, hands-on humanities research, to facilitate collaborative and creative research transmission and to promote teamwork and interdisciplinary as humanities modes of work.

Our values also animate how we reach out for partnerships across Duke and beyond Duke, in the projects we solicit and select, in the ways we recruit and support students, and in our common programming throughout the summer. We understand that our work is done with and within a privileged institution of higher education that has a historically complicated relationship with research subjects, objectification and positivism. To generate humanistic research means paying attention to how structures and systems influence the collection of evidence, methods of analysis and communication of results and to our particular identities and contexts as researchers.

This embrace of situated knowledge does not require that Story+ projects adhere to certain topics, modes of work; or presentation practices; it does however, require a self-awareness about the choices any particular project makes from subject matter, to methodology, to communication with the public, to divisions of labor and supervisory authority. As such, we ask all potential and participating partners to consider how, following our Story+ Code of Conduct, they and their projects will contribute to a research community where inclusion, consensus and reciprocity are at the heart of practice and communication.

Project sponsors should plan to be accessible to their teams on at least a weekly basis and are expected to be regularly available to collaborate with their full team. The most successful and highly ranked of our projects are those with dedicated sponsors and clearly articulated goals. All project leaders will be asked to oblige the Story+ Policies and Expectations for Story+ Team Leaders and the Story+ Code of Conduct included therein.

Please submit proposals via Qualtrics by November 1 at 5:00 p.m.

The application form will ask for the following components:

  • Brief description of the overall project. This year, we are inviting proposals for full-time, fully in-person and fully online projects. Please indicate your preferred format in your proposals.
  • Description of the specific project goal(s) and output(s) you hope to accomplish through Story+. Please include here a basic timeline (approximately May 11 to June 24), project milestones, expected outcome(s) and how/why this work is important to your research/your unit/your organization.
  • Description of how your project aligns with the mission and goals of Story+ to offer a rich humanities research and public storytelling experience for graduates and undergraduates
  • Workplan: this is optional but ideal. This might include a sketch of methods, methodologies, weekly schedule, opportunities for students, campus/community partners who might collaborate, post-Story+ afterlives of the research.
  • List of essential skills undergraduates will need to contribute to the project
  • Do you have a graduate student in mind for the role of your graduate mentor? If you would like us to help match you with a mentor, please list essential skills you would like this person to have.
  • Any funding from external sources or other Duke units that can support the work of the team

For queries about the program and/or to discuss specific project ideas, please email Amanda Starling Gould.

Story+ is co-directed by Amanda Starling Gould and Jules Odendahl-James. Story+ is funded by Together Duke and administered by the Franklin Humanities Institute in conjunction with Bass Connections, with additional support from the Duke Libraries.

Download a PDF of this call for proposals.

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Manuscript Migration Lab Seeks Graduate Student Projects

Migration Lab logo.

Deadline: September 30, 2021

The Manuscript Migration Lab invites proposals for graduate student projects related to the theme “manuscript migration.” The Lab investigates the lives and afterlives of manuscripts-as-artifacts, with particular attention to the Rubenstein Library’s remarkable collections.

Graduate Affiliates are active participants in the broader work of the Lab, conducting independent research, participating in Lab-sponsored workshops, symposia, and consultations. Affiliates also meet regularly to discuss progress, goals, and challenges.

Selected proposals will receive $500 in research funding.

To Apply

Call for proposals.Using this application form, please send a 500-word description of your proposed project to Lab Directors J. Andrew Armacost, Jennifer Knust, and William Johnson, indicating the collection that will serve as the focus of your work and Affiliated Faculty with whom you would like to collaborate.

Recipients will be announced by October 8. Research Grants and Graduate Affiliate Status are renewable (by application) for the duration of the Lab.

Learn More

The lab is administered and funded by the Franklin Humanities Institute, with support from the Office of Global Affairs’ Mellon Global Studies Endowment. See the lab’s website.

Propose a Faculty Working Group in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Deadline: September 24, 2021

The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute seeks proposals for faculty-led Working Groups in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences for the 2021-22 academic year. We are interested in interdisciplinary projects that bring together Duke faculty, as well as graduate students and academic staff, across multiple departments. Humanities-centered projects that connect Arts and Sciences faculty with colleagues in Duke’s professional schools are also welcome. Each group may apply for up to $5,000 in financial support. Funds may be used for meetings, speaker visits, books, film and video streaming/rentals, and other materials or activities that further the group’s collective intellectual work. Expenses for meetings, travel, and in-person events are contingent upon University permission.

We will consider proposals in two rounds over Summer and Fall 2021. For the Summer round, please apply by Friday, June 18, 2021; for Fall, by Friday, September 24, 2021. Each proposal should include the following:

  • Names and affiliations of the working group’s conveners: an interdisciplinary group of 2 to 3 recommended; may include non-Duke faculty, as long as project is primarily Duke-facing;
  • A brief narrative (1 to 2-page) describing the group’s intellectual project and proposed activities;
  • A provisional budget for up to $5,000.

Please send your proposal as a single PDF by the Summer (6/18) or Fall deadline (9/24) to FHI Associate Director christina.chia@duke.edu.

Working on a Book? Apply for FHI’s Faculty Book Manuscript Workshops in Spring 2022

Deadline: October 1, 2021

The Franklin Humanities Institute seeks proposals for Faculty Book Manuscript Workshops to take place in Spring 2022.

View or download this CFP in PDF format

Overview

The Franklin Humanities Institute’s Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Program provides support for the development and completion of scholarly monographs. It provides a structure for generating constructive, informed criticism on near-final book manuscripts, at a moment in the writing process when authors can most effectively utilize feedback. The aim of the program is to transform already excellent scholarly projects into superior published works.

The FHI introduced the Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Program in 2008 and developed it with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 2011 to 2015. In recognition of the support that the program provides for faculty research, it is now funded by the Provost as part of the university’s academic strategic plan, Together Duke.

The Book MS Workshop award includes funding for the workshop as well as logistical support from FHI staff. (Note that it does not include fellowship or course-release funding.)

Eligibility

All regular rank faculty in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences, regardless of seniority, are eligible to apply, but Assistant Professors will receive priority consideration. Single-author monographs are our focus, but we are also interested in translations, collaborative projects, and innovative major publications in a variety of formats and platforms, along with ideas for altering the workshop format to suit these projects.

Timing and Leave

Junior faculty are strongly advised to apply for the workshop in advance of their junior leave. While the award does not include funding for additional leave, the FHI commits to assisting workshop recipients with their applications for externally funded additional leave in order to support the final revisions of their manuscripts.

When applying, applicants should consider carefully their anticipated writing schedule. The FHI will work with each awardee to schedule their workshop, based on a realistic due date for a complete draft of the book manuscript, which will be sent to participants at least one month prior to the workshop date.

For digital or multi-modal projects, a workshop earlier in the research and writing process might be more useful; feel free to consult the FHI about timing at fhi@duke.edu.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 1, 2021.

Workshop Details

Each workshop convenes two senior scholars whose work is relevant to the subject of the book in question, an acquisitions editor from a major scholarly press, and a select group of local faculty from Duke and area universities.

The faculty member whose project is the focus of the workshop will select each participant. The FHI will handle all logistics related to the workshop, including sending formal invitations to workshop participants, making travel arrangements for external guests, scheduling the workshop, reserving a room, printing and distributing manuscripts to workshop participants, providing catered meals, and issuing honoraria. This allows faculty to focus on finishing their manuscripts in the months approaching the workshop.

The half-day workshop begins with presentations from the invited guests, each of whom will be asked to make a formal presentation of their thoughts on the strengths of the draft and areas for further development. The author responds, and an open discussion with the group follows, continuing over a working lunch.

Workshops are closed, and groups are limited to 15 total participants, selected by the author.

Note About COVID-19 Arrangements

Spring 2022 workshops will be planned on Zoom until further notice. Since Spring 2020, we have hosted ten Book Manuscript Workshops on Zoom; participants valued the stimulating and substantive discussions, and authors found them rewarding. If you have questions about workshop arrangements during these unprecedented times, please contact Sylvia Miller at sylvia.miller@duke.edu.

Proposal Requirements and Selection Criteria

Proposals should focus on scholarly manuscripts being produced with the aim to secure a publishing contract. One workshop per year may be dedicated to digital or multi-modal projects.

Authors and their projects will be selected based on the potential significance of the finished work to the field in question, and the potential impact of the work on the author’s career. The applicant’s academic accomplishments will also be taken into account. Workshop proposals must include the following components:

  1. A one-page summary of the project in development, including a schedule for completion. In this summary, applicants should also include a statement indicating whether the work is under contract with a publisher, a list of publishers who have expressed interest, or a list of publishers the applicant feels would be ideal for the project but who have not yet been approached.
  2. A one-page narrative explaining why and how this opportunity will be important to the process of completing the work. If appropriate, applicants should include a brief statement specifying their tenure and/or promotion timelines in this narrative.
  3. A list of prospective invitees to the workshop, to include: (1) two scholars external to Duke; (2) one acquisitions editor at a major scholarly press (not necessarily an editor who has been approached); and (3) a list of general invitees to the workshops from Duke and area universities. The list may include no more than 15 people, and should be divided into areas of relevance, with each prospective participant in each area ranked according to preference. Please note that this list is intended to give the review committee a sense of the proposed workshop and will not be considered final. Applicants should not make advance commitments to anyone on their list beyond confirming the general interest of the prospective participant, if this is deemed necessary. Applicants should be sure to include more than one scholar in each category.
  4. A current curriculum vitae.
  5. A firm date for completion of the book manuscript.
  6. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 1, 2021 via email attachment to fhi@duke.edu. Please include the phrase “Book MS Workshop Proposal” in the subject line. Please minimize the number of attachments; a single document for the proposal and a second for the CV is acceptable.
  7. Applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been successful approximately six weeks from the submission deadline.

Questions?

Email fhi@duke.edu or sylvia.miller@duke.edu.

Faculty Can Tap FHI Support for Interdisciplinary Working Groups

Faculty Working Groups.

Deadline: June 18, 2021 (Summer) or September 24, 2021 (Fall)

The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute seeks proposals for faculty-led Working Groups in the humanities, arts and interpretive social sciences for the 2021-22 academic year. We are interested in interdisciplinary projects that bring together Duke faculty, as well as graduate students and academic staff, across multiple departments. Humanities-centered projects that connect Arts & Sciences faculty with colleagues in Duke’s professional schools are also welcome.

Each group may apply for up to $5,000 in financial support. Funds may be used for meetings, speaker visits, books, film and video streaming/rentals, and other materials or activities that further the group’s collective intellectual work. Expenses for meetings, travel and in-person events are contingent upon University permission.

We will consider proposals in two rounds over Summer and Fall 2021. For the Summer round, please apply by Friday, June 18, 2021; for Fall, by Friday, September 24, 2021. Each proposal should include the following:

  • Names and affiliations of the working group’s conveners: an interdisciplinary group of 2 to 3 recommended; may include non-Duke faculty, as long as project is primarily Duke-facing
  • A brief narrative (1 to 2-page) describing the group’s intellectual project and proposed activities
  • A provisional budget for up to $5,000.

Please send your proposal as a single PDF by the Summer (6/18) or Fall deadline (9/24) to FHI Associate Director christina.chia@duke.edu.

FHI Offers Support for 2021-2022 Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Working Groups

Graduate Student Interdisciplinary Working Groups.

Deadline: March 5, 2021

The John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute seeks proposals from graduate student-led working groups organized around any topic of cross-disciplinary concern in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences. We are especially interested in projects that relate to the FHI’s 2020-21 Annual Theme WORLD ARTS or the 2021-22 Theme RIGHTS, but will be happy to consider proposals on any subjects. To be eligible for an award, a group needs to be convened by two or more PhD students in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences. Conveners may also include MFA students in Experimental and Documentary Arts or Embodied Interdisciplinary Praxis. Group members may include faculty, staff, and other constituencies, but conveners need to be graduate students.

Selected groups will each receive up to $1,000 in financial support. These funds will be available from the time the groups are officially selected, i.e. March/April 2021, through June 30, 2022. As long as the University’s Covid policies remain in effect, working group funds cannot be used for meals, in-person meetings, or guest travel. Expenses that are permissible at present (Feb 2021) include books, media rental/streaming fees, and speaker honoraria for virtual events. The FHI will apprise working groups of any policy changes.

To apply, please complete the online application by March 5, 2021, 11:59 p.m. You will be asked to provide these materials:

  • Basic information and CV (1-2 pages) for each co-convener
  • A brief description (maximum 3000 characters or ~500 words) of the Working Group’s intellectual project. In addition to describing the WG topic, please include brief discussions of the group’s likely format (e.g. reading group meetings, viewing/listening sessions, speaker visits, etc.) as well as your sense of who will likely be interested in participating.
  • A simple, preliminary budget proposal (e.g. $250 x 4 for virtual speaker honoraria)

Questions? Email Christina Chia.

Apply for FHI’s Fall 2021 Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Program

Book Manuscript Workshop.

Deadline: March 23, 2021

Overview

The Franklin Humanities Institute’s Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Program provides support for the development and completion of scholarly monographs. It provides a structure for generating constructive, informed criticism on near-final book manuscripts, at a moment in the writing process when authors can most effectively utilize feedback. The aim of the program is to transform already excellent scholarly projects into superior published works.

The FHI introduced the Faculty Book Manuscript Workshop Program in 2008 and developed it with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation from 2011 to 2015. In recognition of the support that the program provides for faculty research, it is now funded by the Provost as part of the university’s academic strategic plan, Together Duke.

The Book MS Workshop award includes funding as well as logistical support. (Note that it does not include fellowship or course-release funding.)

Eligibility

All regular rank faculty in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences, regardless of seniority, are eligible to apply, but Assistant Professors will receive priority consideration. We are also interested in translations, collaborative projects, and innovative major publications in a variety of formats and platforms.

Timing and Leave

Junior faculty are strongly advised to apply for the workshop in advance of their junior leave. While the award does not include funding for additional leave, the FHI commits to assisting workshop recipients who plan to apply for additional leave in order to support the final revisions of their manuscripts.

When applying, applicants should consider carefully their anticipated writing schedule.  The FHI will work with each awardee to schedule their workshop, based on a realistic due date for a complete draft of the book manuscript, which will be sent to participants at least one month prior to the workshop date.

For digital or multi-modal projects, a workshop earlier in the research and writing process might be more useful; feel free to consult the FHI about timing at fhi@duke.edu.

Deadline to Apply

The deadline for proposals is Tuesday, March 23, 2021.

Workshop Details

Each workshop convenes two senior scholars whose work is relevant to the subject of the book in question, an acquisitions editor from a major scholarly press, and a select group of local faculty from Duke and area universities.

The faculty member whose project is the focus of the workshop will select each participant. The FHI will handle all logistics related to the workshop, including sending formal invitations to workshop participants, making travel arrangements for external guests, scheduling the workshop, reserving a room, printing and distributing manuscripts to workshop participants, providing catered meals, and issuing honoraria. This allows faculty to focus on finishing their manuscripts in the months approaching the workshop.

The half-day workshop begins with presentations from the invited guests, each of whom will be asked to make a formal presentation of their thoughts on the strengths of the draft and areas for further development. The author responds, and an open discussion with the group follows, continuing over a working lunch.

Workshops are closed, and groups are limited to 15 total participants, selected by the author.

Note About COVID-19 Arrangements

Since Fall 2020, the workshops have taken place via Zoom; participants value the stimulating and substantive discussions, and authors find them rewarding. In Fall 2021, we hope to resume in-person workshops if health and safety guidelines allow; nevertheless, please note that travel may still be restricted for health or budgetary reasons, and non-local guests will probably continue to participate virtually.  If you have questions about workshop arrangements during these unprecedented times, please contact Sylvia Miller at the email below.

Proposal Requirements and Selection Criteria

Proposals should focus on scholarly manuscripts being produced with the aim to secure a publishing contract.  One workshop per year may be dedicated to digital or multi-modal projects.

Authors and their projects will be selected based on the potential significance of the finished work to the field in question, and the potential impact of the work on the author’s career. The applicant’s academic accomplishments will also be taken into account.  Workshop proposals must include the following components:

  1. A one-page summary of the project in development, including a schedule for completion. In this summary, applicants should also include a statement indicating whether the work is under contract with a publisher, a list of publishers who have expressed interest, or a list of publishers the applicant feels would be ideal for the project but who have not yet been approached.
  2. A one-page narrative explaining why and how this opportunity will be important to the process of completing the work. If appropriate, applicants should include a brief statement specifying their tenure and/or promotion timelines in this narrative.
  3. A list of prospective invitees to the workshop, to include: (1) two scholars external to Duke; (2) one acquisitions editor at a major scholarly press (not necessarily an editor who has been approached); and (3) a list of general invitees to the workshops from Duke and area universities. The list may include no more than 15 people, and should be divided into areas of relevance, with each prospective participant in each area ranked according to preference. Please note that this list is intended to give the review committee a sense of the proposed workshop and will not be considered final. Applicants should not make advance commitments to anyone on their list beyond confirming the general interest of the prospective participant, if this is deemed necessary. Applicants should be sure to include more than one scholar in each category.
  4. A current curriculum vitae.
  5. A firm date for completion of the book manuscript.
  6. Proposals must be submitted by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 via email attachment (Word and PDF) to fhi@duke.edu. Please include the phrase “Book MS Workshop Proposal” in the subject line.
  7. Applicants will be notified whether or not their applications have been successful approximately six weeks from the submission deadline.

Questions?

Email fhi@duke.edu or sylvia.miller@duke.edu.

 

Student Applications Are Open for the 2021 Story+ Summer Program

Story+.

Deadline: February 19, 2021

Interested in exploring interdisciplinary humanities research topics and methodologies? Student applications are now open for this summer’s Story+ research program. The application deadline is February 19, but applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis, so students should apply as soon as possible.

Story+ is a six-week summer research experience for undergraduate and graduate students who work in small teams to bring academic research to life through dynamic storytelling. In 2021, the program will be offered remotely during Summer Session 1, from May 12 through June 25. Undergraduate students will receive a competitive stipend for participation. Graduate students can receive a stipend or travel support up to $2,500. Please see details and application information.

Explore the 2021 Story+ Projects

Story+ is administered by the Franklin Humanities Institute in conjunction with Bass Connections, with support from Duke University Libraries.

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