The Humanities Center at Northeastern University in Boston will host a three-week NEH Summer Institute on the theme “Engaging Geography in the Humanities” from July 6-24, 2020. The institute will explore the possibilities and productive tensions at the intersection of geography and the humanities by engaging with readings, lectures, discussions, workshops, and field visits. Over three weeks, 25 university and college faculty from the humanities and related disciplines will learn concepts and methods from geography and how to apply these approaches to their own research and teaching.
There are two unique features of the institute. First, the institute will take scholars outside of the walls of the academy. The program fosters an experiential understanding of space and place through workshops and field trips to Boston-area archives, historic sites, and public humanities initiatives, including Walden Pond, the Royall House and Slave Quarters, and the Black Heritage Trail. Second, the Institute will introduce participants to the field of digital humanities and some of its possibilities for spatial representation and analysis. Participants will receive hands-on training on tools such as 3D modeling, web mapping, and Geographical Information System (GIS).
The Institute will be co-directed by Cameron Blevins (History), Serena Parekh (Philosophy), and Liza Weinstein (Sociology) from Northeastern University. Visiting faculty will lead individual sessions and provide consultation for participant’s own research and teaching projects, and include leading geography scholars such as Tim Cresswell, Kate Derickson, and Shannon Mattern. A variety of Northeastern and Boston-area faculty will present on panels, lead workshops, and guide participants on site visits and walking tours.
We aim to bring together a diverse cohort of scholars in the humanities (and related fields) whose current or future work engages with themes of space and place. The Institute is designed for full-time or part-time college and university faculty who teach undergraduate students at U.S. universities, but advanced graduate students and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations are also eligible to apply. Please note that 5 of the 25 spaces are reserved for non-tenure-track faculty members. For more information and to submit your application, please refer to the institute website: http://geohum2020.org. Applications are due March 1, 2020.