Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research logoWISER draws on a history of advanced interdisciplinary research at Wits that dates back to the late 1960s, but over the last decade, in particular, it has pursued five main objectives with distinctive energy and enterprise. These are: to foster independent, critical inquiry into the complexities and paradoxes of change in South Africa; to conduct this enquiry by drawing intensively on comparative international research especially from the African continent; to foreground the global theoretical significance of WISER’s research agenda; to combine aesthetic and social scientific analyses; and to provide an institutional space that strengthens the scholarly dialogue between South African researchers and academics in the rest of the world. For details and information about WISER click here...»

Brown University Center for the Study of Slavery logoThe Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) at Brown University is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. For more information, visit the CSSJ website...»


The mission of the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University is to encourage and enable serious humanistic inquiry, and to promote a heightened awareness of the centrality of the humanities to the quality of human life, social interaction, and scholarship in all fields. To these ends, we emphasize a broad conception of interdisciplinarity – one that encompasses all methods and approaches, and which acknowledges the importance of the core humanities disciplines – as well as scholarly work that examines issues of social equity, especially research on race and ethnicity in their most profound historical and international dimensions. In this ambitious mission, we are inspired by the late John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of History. Read more on FHI...»

At the center of our ambitions stands a Global Humanities Initiative. In partnership with faculty around the world, the Institute will assemble leading scholars to discuss the present state and future prospects of the humanities: methods of research and circumstances of teaching, institutional openings and constraints, self-assessments and proposals for new engagements. The Institute will generate a suite of programs to engage undergraduate students on one end of the participatory spectrum and the world’s leading researchers and creative artists on the other. While drawing on every kind of local expertise available, these goals will be informed throughout by a deep commitment to addressing pressing global issues that give new meaning to Thomas Jefferson’s founding vision for Virginia as ‘the future bulwark of the human mind in this hemisphere.’ Read more...»