KUDOS! Grants, Awards, Publications
Books from Faculty Manuscript Workshops, 2022-23
Harris Solomon is Fred W. Shaffer Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Associate Research Professor of Global Health. He also holds a secondary appointment in Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies.
Cecilia Márquez is Hunt Family Assistant Professor of History (UNC Press, 2023)
FHI by the NUMBERS
Average CCDGB Event Attendance
The newly launched Climate Change, Decolonization and Global Blackness Lab presented 10 hybrid public talks, attracting many series "regulars" who attended multiple events.
Story+ Undergraduate Researchers
In a transitional year, Story+, the FHI's primary undergraduate-focused program, fielded 6 project teams with 21 students. Working under the guidance of graduate mentors and faculty/staff/community PIs, the students were immersed in an intense 6-week experience in humanities research and public story-telling.
Funded Graduate Student Opportunities
We offered a broad array of academic year and summer opportunities for graduate students (primarily PhD, but also MFA and other Masters students): including research funding and graduate assistantships with our Humanities Labs, as well as opportunities in project management with Story+ and public scholarship with the Forum @ FHI.
Fellowship, Grant, and Book Proposal Consultations
The FHI Director in Scholarly Publishing and Research Development Sylvia Miller provides expert proposal consultations for Duke humanities faculty, postdocs, and in some cases doctoral students. The number of consultations have increased every year since the creation of this position in 2018.
IN FOCUS: Climate Commitments
How Humanists Grapple with Climate Change and Environmental Justice
Pedagogy for an Uncertain Planet
Using both [humanistic and scientific understandings of soil] we are seeing our acre more clearly as an archive of over two hundred years of plantation agriculture and enslaved labor, and also as a site of thousands of hours of regenerative practice, primarily by students and community members... More and more, we’re working with young people aching to feel some sense of self-efficacy in the wake of an uncertain planetary future. Offering an embodied sense that a reparative relationship with the more-than-human world is possible, even available, remains a key motivation for my work.
Saskia Cornes, FHI Assistant Professor of the Practice and Director, Duke Campus Farm
IN FOCUS: Dynamic Intellectual Communities
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There's a kind of collaboration involved in [a scholarly talk], the generative work of being in a room together and asking questions. There's a kind of dynamism to the live conversation; there's the possibility of speculation that leads us in another direction, opening things up for both the speaker and the audience.
Ranjana Khanna, FHI Director
The Amazon Lab Reading Group represented one of my ideals for what the university should be, which is a space where novel ideas can be explored in an environment that is non-hierarchical, collaborative, and truly welcoming of diversity of thought and experience.
Gustavo Furtado, Co-Director, Amazon Lab
The [Forum for Scholars and Publics] gave me the opportunity to show hospitality to some of the best public scholars in my field as I learned from them about how they do their work.
Elizabeth Schrader Polczer, 2022-23 Anne Firor Scott Public Scholarship Fellow
I am often asked what it means to be in a “humanities lab.” I of course speak to the inestimable value of working as part of such a collaborative and interdisciplinary team. Even more valuable in my eyes, however, is that our lab is not just a place that supports its research but a community that supports its people.
Michael Freeman, Graduate Coordinator, Manuscript Migration Lab
IN FOCUS: John Hope Franklin Legacies
An ever-evolving inspiration for FHI's scholarly and institutional projects
John Hope Franklin in the Archives
For the 2023 Franklin Legacies series, the FHI hosted radio producer/editor Tony Phillips in two companion events. In "Hope at the BBC," he shared the memories — and sounds — of his travels with Dr. Franklin for a BBC story in the 1980s. Phillips was then joined by archivist John Gartrell and media scholar/Left of Black host Mark Anthony Neal in a wide-ranging conversation on Black archives.
Duke-North Carolina Central University Digital Humanities Partnership
Inaugurated in 2016 in homage to Dr. Franklin's ties to both NCCU and Duke, the program moved into a new phase in summer 2023, with enhanced DH course development support for NCCU faculty, including summer assistance from Duke doctoral students.
Untethering Black Studies
Left of Black was intended as an intervention, another way to make the work of the mind – The Black Mind – accessible to those who would never have access to The Academy, a way to untether Black Studies from formal institutions and traditional notions of producing and consuming knowledge, and especially at a time when “Black Thought'' is under assault.
Mark Anthony Neal, Host and Creator, Left of Black and James B. Duke Distinguished Professor of African and African American Studies
IN FOCUS: Next Generation Humanists
Manuscript Migration & the Orientation of Bodies in Archives
In his article for the journal Studies in Late Antiquity, Maroun El Houkayem (PhD student in Religious Studies / Manuscript Migration Lab affiliate) asks his readers to confront the structural Orientalism of Western archives. "Orientalism," he writes, "is experienced haptically by certain scholars working with objects that come from the same place as they do" — but are now accessible only to an exclusive few in the Western academy.
Activating Human Rights Education for Prison Reform
Offered by the Duke Human Rights Center @ FHI, the Human Rights Certificate program offers thoughtful, engaging coursework focused on developing real-world skills. The 2023 Certificate seniors, led by History faculty James Chappel, focused their Capstone course on prison reform. Partnering with the North Carolina non-profit OurJourney, they organized a reentry simulation event to raise awareness of the challenges facing the formerly incarcerated, while also creating a reentry guide for newly freed people.