Humanities Labs Course Development Grants
The application period for 2019-20 Humanities Lab funding has closed. Humanities Lab funding applications for 2020-21 are due October 15, 2019.
The Leslie Center for the Humanities and the Arts invites applications for course development stipends for Humanities Labs. Successful applicants receive a $5,000 grant. Many Humanities faculty have already imported to the humanistic disciplines the observation, hands-on experimentation, and skill-building perspectives that the general public tends to associate with the natural sciences laboratory approach. Through the Humanities Labs program, we now seek to popularize these rewarding practices more broadly across our disciplines, and to draw attention to their use.
Humanities Labs encourage us to move beyond the classroom and embrace the world as an ideal learning space. Museums and archives expand that learning space and offer new experiences, while our community or region can become a “classroom without walls.” The lab definition is flexible enough to incorporate a variety of contexts and approaches. Labs must move beyond the traditional classroom experience typically associated with the humanities to involve some combination of experimentation, observation, hands-on learning, creating new knowledge, public dissemination of that knowledge, and creative production. Labs are sometimes divided into the following groups:
- Object-centered: e.g. learning enriched by Museum collections;
- Archive-based: e.g. guided research in the Library’s special collections;
- Service Learning: e.g. teaching Philosophy/Arts to children;
- Fieldwork: e.g. on-site History of Native Americans in Maine/N.E.; or
- Arts-Centric: e.g. mounting a production in faculty-directed plays, performing in faculty-conducted concerts, or curating a faculty-initiated exhibition.
Proposals are invited from all departments and programs in the Humanities, and other humanistic disciplines broadly defined. Courses must be taught in the 2020-21 academic year. The proposal should include the following:
- your name and departmental/programmatic affiliation;
- proposed title and level of the course;
- a description of what makes the course a lab;
- (if the course is not completely new) a detailed description of how substantively it will be changed;
- the term in 2020-21 in which the course will be offered;
- goals and objectives of the course;
- a preliminary list of works or texts;
- a list of outside contacts or potential fieldtrips, if appropriat; and
- a statement of support from the museum, library, or other body, if appropriate.
The deadline for submitting proposals for 2020-21 Humanities Lab grants is October 15, 2019. Proposals will be reviewed and voted on by the Center’s Advisory Committee in the November meeting. Please email proposals, and any questions, to [email protected]