Partnerships & Initiatives

Partner with the Institute

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.

...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

Current partnerships

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

More about the 2016 NEH Summer Institute

Translation Seminar

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. 

More about the Translation Seminar 

NEH Summer Institute 2016 recap

 

A group photo of the 2016 NEH Summer Institute participants. Institute for Advanced Study
At the Whitney Plantation, upriver from New Orleans. Institute for Advanced Study
The 2016 NEH Welcome Reception. The group was joined by Mandela Washington Fellows. Institute for Advanced Study
Jackson Square. NEH Participants took a tour highlighting the history of New Orleans, led by Mr. Leon Waters of "Hidden History Tours." Institute for Advanced Study
NEH Participants were able to learn about and explore the Whitney Plantation. Institute for Advanced Study

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. 

A Tokyo Anthology: Literature from Japan's Modern Capital, 1850-1920 University of Hawai`i Press

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.

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