IAS is interested in partnering with faculty members, departments, and institutions on research projects, special programs, and initiatives. We are particularly interested in interdisciplinary projects.
Partnerships & Initiatives
...I loved engaging in a sustained conversation with the wonderful faculty leaders and participants from a wide variety of disciplines and institutions. It was a most productive and enriching experience!Karen Bouwer, NEH Summer Institute Participant
National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute
In 2016, IAS hosted the “Arts of Survival: Recasting Lives in African Cities” Summer Institute for College and University Faculty, supported through a National Endowment for the Humanities Grant. The Institute brought together twenty-one faculty and three graduate students from universities across the United States with five faculty conveners for discussions of life and art in Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; post-Katrina New Orleans; Lagos, Nigeria; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
We hope to host similar programs in the future.
Deadline: February 17, 2016
The Translation Seminar hosts four to six speakers each year, who are co-sponsored by various departments. This long-running seminar series has a dedicated following of faculty, students, and community members.
NEH Summer Institute 2016 recap
The Institute brought together twenty-one faculty and three graduate students from universities across the United States with five faculty conveners for discussions of life and art in Nairobi, Kenya; Accra, Ghana; post-Katrina New Orleans; Lagos, Nigeria; and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The goal was to examine how art engages the political and social hierarchies embedded in these cities and often recasts marginal or precarious lives into lives that exceed their constraining structures.These cities share African roots but are distinctive because of the unique paths that subsequently shaped them: landscapes and histories; multiple languages; waves of immigrants who brought and continue to bring their labor, culture and creativity; and the sometimes tragic events, both “natural” (hurricanes and earthquakes) and man-made (legacies of colonialism and slavery, political violence, and negligence), that these cities have undergone. The Institute included a short trip to New Orleans to explore these ideas firsthand.
Additional partnerships & initiatives
Luce/ACLS: Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs
IAS is collaborating with Media School Professor of Practice Elaine Monaghan on Perceptions of Religion in an Uninformed World: Helping Journalism Do its Job. The project, funded by the Henry Luce Foundation/American Coucil of Learned Societies Program in Religion, Journalism & International Affairs, will bring journalism practitioners and religious and international studies scholars together in Bloomington for a symposium in summer 2018. Together they will examine best practices for journalism when it shines its light on complex stories that would benefit from scholarly context.
Japanese literature anthology
IAS is delighted to collaborate with Dr. Sumie Jones, Professor Emerita of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Comparative Literature as she directs a collaborative project on translating early modern Japanese literature. An Edo Anthology: Literature from Japan's Mega-City, 1750-1850 (2013) was the first volume of the project, coedited with her colleague, Professor Kenji Watanabe, a former IAS fellow. The following volume, A Tokyo Anthology: Literature from Japan's Modern Capital, 1850-1920, coedited with Professor Charles Inouye of Tufts University, was released in February 2017. Jones has now begun the third and final volume of the anthology.