Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory

A partnership between Duke University, the University of Bologna (UNIBO), and the University of Virginia, the Academy of Global Humanities and Critical Theory (AGHCT) is conceived as an intellectual space for scholars coming from different research fields and geographical regions to work together on the redefinition of the humanities in a global age. The Academy grew out of the Summer School on Global Studies and Critical Theory, which began in 2014 as a partnership between Bologna and Duke, and continues to be a focal point of the AGHCT's year-round activities. In its current expanded year-round form, the Academy also sponsors inter-institutional research groups, short-term faculty residencies, conferences and symposia, publications, and more. See a full description of the Academy's intellectual project here.

Duke graduate students in the humanities, arts, and interpretive social sciences are highly encouraged to apply to the annual Summer School in Bologna. Currently Summer School travel funds are provided by the Duke Graduate School and administered by the FHI. Year-by-year listings of previous participants from Duke and other universities around the world can be viewed at the Academy website. Summer School alumni are eligible for Academy funding for international graduate conferences - e.g. Rethinking the History of Political Concepts and Neoliberalism in the Americas, both co-organized by Duke PhD students.

Summer School faculty has historically included Duke scholars from across the humanities. The Academy facilitates one-week residencies of Duke and UVA faculty at the UNIBO, and of UNIBO faculty at Duke or UVA. In addition, Duke faculty are eligible to participate in the Academy's research networks.

We acknowledge the Office of the Provost, the Office of Global Affairs, and the Graduate School for their generous support of the AGHCT partnership. Contributions from the Department of Romance Studies and the Program in Literature were critical to the establishment of the Bologna Summer School.