Humanities Center Directors to Meet at the Simpson Center

The Simpson Center hosts a CHCI workshop on international collaboration.

This month, directors from humanities centers worldwide will convene at the Simpson Center for a workshop on international collaboration sponsored by the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Established in 1988, CHCI is an international network of institutions devoted to innovation in humanities research, advocacy, and the exchanging of ideas and best practices. At the workshop, to be held January 8-10, 2012, directors will explore models of collaboration in the humanities and social sciences with a focus on four areas: medical humanities; humanities for the environment; religion and secularism; and Integrative Graduate Education and Research Training in the humanities.

In addition to hosting the meeting, the Simpson Center is participating in the initiative on the medical humanities, along with centers from King’s College London, Columbia University, the University of North Carolina, and four other universities. Simpson Center Director Kathleen Woodward says, “This is an exciting opportunity for us to develop connections with these universities and design models of collaboration across the humanities, social sciences, and medical school faculties.” Along with Woodward, UW faculty members involved in the medical humanities initiative are Matthew Sparke (Geography) and Janelle Taylor (Anthropology).

Currently based at the Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University, CHCI has a membership of over 180 centers and institutes, diverse in size and scope, that are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Korea, Finland, Taiwan, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other countries. The president of CHCI is Srinivas Aravamudan, Dean of Humanities at Duke University and a former member of the UW’s English Department. Woodward served as president of CHCI from 1995 to 2001.

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