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Central New York Humanities Corridor Call for Proposals

Due: October 19, 2020

The 2020-21 CNY Humanities Corridor proposal period is now open. We welcome proposals from faculty at Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Rochester, the schools of the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium, Le Moyne College, and the Rochester Institute of Technology for new and existing working groups in each of our eight research clusters.

A Working Group is formed by individuals from Corridor-affiliated institutions in different locales/cities who come together to organize collaborative activities centered on a key theme, concern, or issue in the humanities. Groups apply for Corridor funding to support their academic year activities. Many groups are open to new members, but proposals for new working groups are always welcome.

Working Group activities take many forms, and the possibilities are endless—from a deep dive into a discipline to broad interdisciplinary queries, from convening to form writing groups, develop manuscripts or explore humanities methods, to advancing community engagement and taking up key social issues. Visit the Humanities Corridor page for more information.

Proposal Categories

  • New Working Group: Funding for new groups is up to $1500. Once your group is established, you may submit proposals as a Continuing Working Group in categories 2 and 3, below.
  • Continuing Working Group: Ongoing groups with activities occurring in more than one Corridor location over time may apply for up to $5000 per academic year (up to $2500 per activity).
  • Signature Event: Established groups may propose a high-impact event (e.g., conference, exhibit, performance) needing more funding ($10,000 cap, availability varies annually). Signature Events require a public component and substantive involvement from 3 or more Corridor institutions. Cornell-based signature events are urged to submit a pre-proposal by October 8 to take advantage of Cornell's Conference Initiative funding.

How do Working Groups “Work”?

  • Each group needs Organizers who are faculty/academic staff from Corridor institutions. At least one Organizer in every Group must be from Cornell, Syracuse Univ., or Univ. of Rochester. Organizers form groups and coordinate WG activities. You can belong to (or organize) more than one group.
  • Each WG activity needs an Organizer who is from the “host campus” for that activity.
  • All groups and activities involve members from Corridor institutions in 2 or more locales/cities.
  • Each group selects an interdisciplinary Research Cluster: Archives & Media (AM); Digital Humanities (DH); Historical Studies (HS); Humanities Futures (HF); Inequality & Social Difference (ISD); Linguistics (LIN); Literature, Language & Culture (LLC); Musicology / Performance Studies (MP); Philosophy/Critical Theory (PCT); Visual Arts & Culture (VAC).

Deadlines

We have two annual deadlines (fall and spring) to submit Corridor proposals. Upcoming deadlines are:

  • October 19, 2020 is the current proposal deadline for activities in Spring 2021 and/or 2021-22.
  • March 29, 2021 will be the Spring deadline to propose activities during academic year 2021-22.

To Apply

Proposals will be accepted via our web-based portal. Proposals can be shared or edited after submission and up until the deadline. 

To view or download a printable PDF version of the CFP, please click here.

Contact Us

Questions? If you have questions about crafting proposals, creating new Working Groups, selecting Research Clusters, or to learn how your ideas could fit Corridor frameworks, contact the CNY Humanities Corridor Program Manager, Aimee Germain: aagermai@syr.edu.

Examples of Successful Working Group Activities

The examples below offer a reference to help generate ideas about what’s possible for Corridor working groups: They are neither exhaustive nor prescriptive. Please feel free to be creative in your proposals for Corridor collaboration and to reach out to us with any questions.

  • Writing Retreat: A weekend-long retreat for participants from four corridor institutions to develop and share feedback on current research and writing projects, facilitated by an invited scholar in the field. The retreat included two workshops on the writing process led by the invited scholar, a series of detailed feedback sessions, and individual writing time. Faculty participants came from a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. (MMH22)
  • Lecture with Invited Scholar: A senior scholar gave a talk on the intersection of cultural politics and digital humanities, tracing—among other things—the publication history of a canonical women of color feminist anthology through its unofficial digital edition that first circulated on the social blogging platform Tumblr and other informal social networks. (DH3)
  • Brainstorming Meeting: A new working group convened around shared interests in digital communication. Over the course of a year, they met to explore/summarize digital communication genres and scholarship, discussed ideas for autonomous activities for the next semester, and proposed/organized events for the next academic year. (AM1)
  • Poetry Reading, Roundtable, Class Visits: Internationally renowned poets visited two campuses as part of the working group's ongoing research project on classical influence in contemporary poetry. The event included a public roundtable with local scholars and visiting poets, class visits and a poetry recital. (LLC13)
  • Teaching Exchange: A working group organized a teaching exchange of guest lectures across three campuses. These guest lectures were either from Corridor institutions or invited guests. (MMH17)
  • Formal Lecture, Seminar, Class Visits on Multiple Campuses: An international scholar gave a formal lecture on one campus which was followed by a classroom visit and working group seminar on a second campus. (PHI6)

About the Corridor

The Central New York Humanities Corridor is a unique regional collaboration designed to enhance the profile, scholarly prominence, and impact of interdisciplinary humanities in Central New York.

Cornell community members with questions about the Corridor should contact Emily Parsons (elp25@cornell.edu), Program Manager of the Society for the Humanities.