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Research Workshops

Kaplan Research Workshops, interdisciplinary groups brought together by shared interests in a scholarly topic, are comprised of faculty and graduate students from Northwestern and other local institutions. Participants convene informal discussions of research and works in progress and also may present public talks and workshops with visiting scholars. Workshop conveners organize all meetings (at least two per quarter) as well as any special lectures and/or events.

2018-2019 Research Workshops

Environmental Humanities

Conveners: Corey Byrnes,  Keith Woodhouse and Sarah Dimick

The goal of the Environmental Humanities Research Workshop is to foster a community of scholars at Northwestern and in the Chicago area who are interested in what we have broadly termed the environmental humanities. Workshop participants share an interest in questions of nature, science, ethics, aesthetics, environmental policy, and the shifting relationships between the human and the non-human, as well as in refining our understanding of what "the environmental humanities" comprises. The workshop hosts informal discussions about provocative pieces of scholarship as well as works-in-progress, and organizes public talks by established scholars whose work has helped define and expand humanistic approaches to environmental issues.

Global Antiquities

Conveners: Mark McClish and Ryan Platte

The Global Antiquities research group brings together Northwestern scholars who specialize in the study of the literatures, histories, and cultures of the ancient world, regardless of discipline or regional specialty. Our interests range from Mesopotamian art to Greek philosophy, from classical Latin poetry to Hindu Brahmin law, and from Tang dynasty China to Syriac and Coptic Christianity. The group (formed in the summer of 2017) gets together once or twice a quarter for colloquia, field trips, or invited talks. The group's goal is to enliven both the scholarship and the teaching of its members, and to offer a fresh and exciting take – interdisciplinary and global in essence – on antiquity more broadly, in order to make a significant contribution to the humanities within the university and beyond it.

Global Humanities Initiative

Conveners: Laura Brueck and Rajeev Kinra
Co-sponsored by the Buffett Institute for Global Studies and Kaplan Humanities Institute

The Global Humanities Initiative focuses attention on humanistic traditions of the non-West and the relevance of those traditions for global development and public policy. In partnership with Northwestern University Press, the group sponsors a Global Humanities Translation Prize designed to encourage new translations of literary or scholarly works from non-Western languages. The award includes a cash prize and publication by Northwestern University Press.

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