2016-17: Mapping the Humanities

2016-17 Faculty Fellows Theme

Beginning in Fall 2016, CCHS will be organized around an annual theme that provides the foundation for the academic year's scheduled events and for a Humanities Research Lab, involving a bimonthly colloquium.  The theme for the first year will be Mapping the Humanities.

vintage map of Kentucky

Powerful metaphors for critical method; means of data visualization, orientation and navigation; tools for thought, understanding and learning; archival objects of intricate beauty and literary, historical and scientific importance; maps are, as Johanna Drucker notes, “a rich part of the cultural record.” This theme invites the disciplines to engage with new thinking about maps and mapping.


Untangling each crisis of the humanities is “like drawing up a map, doing cartography, surveying unknown landscapes, and this [is called] ‘working on the ground.’  One has to position oneself on [cartographic] lines themselves, these lines which do not just make up the social apparatus but run through it and pull at it, from North to South, from East to West, or diagonally.” – Gilles Deleuze


“Maps are a rich part of the cultural record. They show how we think about space, nations, and features of the natural and cultural worlds. They express our understandings of the spatial dimensions of experience, and they are fascinating documents in their own right, filled with historical and social information.” – Johanna Drucker


“Maps are often an abstraction of the physical or conceptual world — a symbolic depiction of a space or idea that allows one to understand and navigate an unfamiliar topography or complex topology. But while most conventional charts, plans and diagrams claim to offer an accurate, even objective picture of the world, each one is bound by the specific agendas of its creators and users.” -- Hans Ulrich Obrist


CCHS invites applications for up to 6 CCHS Internal Faculty Fellows* around the selected theme for2016-2017: MAPPING THE HUMANITIES**. At this time, the Faculty Fellows program is only available for tenure-stream faculty.

  • Fellows will receive at least one course release with the possibility of an additional release, as CCHS funding permits.
  • Fellows will also receive a modest supplemental research/travel stipend from CCHS.
  • Fellows are required to reside in Louisville, to present one lecture or one workshop, and to participate regularly in the activities and organization of the Humanities Research Lab for the entire academic year, while working on completing their own research projects.
  • Fellows also agree to generate a new undergraduate or graduate course driven by the themes of their research and the scope of the CCHS theme within two years of the end of their fellowship period.

Applications are due November 20th, 2015 and require a current CV, a proposal of up to 1000 words stating the project to be pursued while a Fellow and a letter of chair’s endorsement.

Please email all materials to the CCHS Program Coordinator, Tracy Heightchew, tracy.heightchew@louisville.edu. Fellows will be appointed by the Dean, as recommended by the CCHS Director and CCHS faculty advisory committee and named at the end of the Fall semester.***

*In addition to Humanities divisional faculty in A&S, CCHS seeks 1-2 fellows from Social Sciences and/or Natural Sciences.  CCHS Advisory Board members are not eligible to apply.

 **The 2016-2017 theme is intended to complement A&S Initiatives in Digital Humanities but applicants to the Faculty Fellows program do not need to have a DH project or approach.

***The advisory board will evaluate each application carefully, giving weight to the merits of applicant's proposed contribution to the research theme; the significance of the proposed research in its discipline; the applicant’s record of regular scholarly activity and potential; the likelihood the fellowship will aid the advancement of the research project; as well as and the diversity of projects across the slate of fellows.