About

A project of the Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) at Duke University, Humanities Futures is a multi-faceted exploration of the states and directions of the humanities, in light of the interdisciplinary developments of recent decades. Supported by a general grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Humanities Futures is a 3.5-year initiative running from Fall 2014 through Fall 2017.

The centerpiece of Humanities Futures is a series of events and projects organized by Duke’s 18 humanities and interpretive social sciences departments in partnership with the FHI. In tandem with these partnerships, the “Academic Futurology” series invites Duke faculty to re-imagine the practice of departmental life through conversations on the “art of the faculty meeting,” “art of the pedagogy workshop,” etc.

Beyond the departmental framework, the grant also supports interdisciplinary working groups on global and/or emerging areas of studies in the humanities; historically-focused faculty seminars organized around major concepts, figures, and art forms (co-sponsored by Duke’s the Center for Philosophy, Art, and Literature, or PAL); and a digital humanities collaboration between Duke and North Carolina Central University.

As a key part of these programs, scholars from across the disciplines are invited to contribute position papers on disciplinary and interdisciplinary futures in the humanities. This website collects these papers, along with video and other multimedia documentation of public events supported by the grant.