University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Humanities Center

Fall 2015 Collegial Networks

  • Race, Gender, and Gamification
  • Well-being and Language
  • Interpreting the Anthropocene in the Burlington Social-Ecological System
  • Publicly-engaged Art and Design
  • Exploring the Intersection of Technology and the Performing Arts
  • Food Workers

2014-2015 Collegial Networks

  • Shakespeare 2016 (commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death)
  • Ontology Across Disciplines
  • Integrated Fine Arts
  • Book Studies (the history and evolution of the book as cultural object)

Multi-Disciplinary Collegial Network

Cultivating Multi-Disciplinary Collegial Networks

Do you work on a theme and have interest in getting together with colleagues from around campus to exchange ideas, discuss your research and teaching, or make plans for collaborative research and teaching on that theme? Then propose the creation of a Multi-disciplinary Collegial Network!

A central goal of the Humanities Center is to strengthen the humanities and fine arts by bringing colleagues from across campus together for discussion and critical reflection on important issues in public and intellectual life. These things can happen through formal means, such as through conferences, performances, shows, and talks, but also through less formal means, such as collegial gatherings, meals, and other informal activities. Recognizing the importance of these informal collegial relationships and gatherings in nurturing and inspiring our scholarly and creative activities, the Humanities Center is pleased to announce a new program aimed to support the creation of multi-disciplinary collegial networks and interest groups.

During the 2014-15 academic year, faculty from over a dozen disciplines have created four networks:

The Award:

Each academic year, the Humanities Center will provide up to $750 each for eight groups to support shared meals or other group activities.


Applicant cohorts must include at least five UVM faculty members (lecturers and adjuncts included) from a minimum of two academic disciplines or interdisciplinary fields. At least two of those members must come from traditional humanities or fine arts fields (Arts, Classics, English, German and Russian, History, Music, Philosophy, Religion, Romance Languages, Theater, and other programs centrally concerned with language and culture). Networks are encouraged to invite members from other departments and units across the university. There is no maximum size of a network; they can be as large as you can make them.

How to apply:

Send a letter of interest explaining 1) the theme of your network with a description of the issues and questions involved in it and its connection to the humanities or fine arts; 2) potential members and their affiliations, and the name of the primary organizer of the group; and 3) the kinds of activities you expect your network to undertake with a list of itemized anticipated costs. Proposals should be submitted on a first-come-first served to Luis Vivanco, Co-Director of the Humanities Center: Proposals will be due by 4:00p.m. on October 15, 2017 (for Fall Semester), Februrary 16, 2018 (for Spring Semester).


Program requirements:

  • Collegial networks must meet at least three times during an academic year.
  • Funds must be spent on joint activities. Suggested activities include meals, snacks at meetings, off-campus fieldtrips, conduct of a workshop, etc. Funds cannot be used to purchase hard goods. This program is meant to support collegial activities of faculty members.
  • Funds must be spent or committed by June 30, the end of the fiscal year awarded. Any unspent funds will not roll forward into the next fiscal year.
  • The network organizer is responsible for the management of these funds.
  • By June 30, the organizer will submit a report of the network’s activities to the Humanities Center.
  • Networks can reapply each year, with proposals due September 15. Awards will be given for up to three consecutive years.
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