Each year the CHR will organize research around a broadly conceived theme, and fellows will be selected accordingly. The Symposium, also on this theme, will convene a larger group of scholars (internal and external) as well as students to further explore this topic.” 

Residential Faculty Fellowship Program

These semester-long fellowships provide two course releases and will require residency at the Center. Fellows will be required to give a talk at the Center. We aim to accept faculty from as wide a range of disciplines, departments and programs as possible, so that all disciplines feel that they have a stake in the Center, and in its work and activities. Call for Applications for Fall 2021 will appear in January 2021. 

Dissertation Completion Fellowship Program 

These semester-long residential fellowships will allow doctoral students nearing completion of their programs the time necessary to focus on dissertation writing, and the opportunity to present and discuss their research with faculty outside of their own thesis committees and departments. Graduate fellows will be required to give a talk (formal or informal) at the Center. Call for Applications for Spring 2021 coming soon. 

Annual Symposium  

These symposia, organized around the Center’s theme, will feature a keynote address, and will draw scholars from both Mason and beyond. Towards our goal of engaging the public in the intellectual and cultural activity of the humanities, the symposia will also feature outward facing programming, such as a public talk or a thematically-related performance or reading. 

Symposium Seminar 

The Center will run a “symposium seminar” for advanced undergraduates. Students will apply to participate in a brief seminar leading up to the symposium, focused on its theme and on the research work of the keynote speaker. In preparation for the symposium, the seminar will convene to discuss the scholar’s work and related texts, and at the symposium, the seminar will have its own private session with speaker.  

Small Research Grants 

The Center will award small grants for GMU faculty conducting research in the humanities (small research trips, book publishing costs, image permissions, etc). All who receive funding will be required to give a talk (formal or informal) at the Center. Call for proposals for summer funding 2021 will be open in January 2021. 

Wine and Cheese Talks 

The Center will host regular talks by both fellowship and research grant recipients, and other interested faculty. If you are interested in giving a talk, please let us know! 

Informal Lunch Talks  

The Center will host a robust schedule of informal lunch talks/discussions. While some will be research talks, other will be on the topic of research itself. If you have ideas for topics or would like given an informal lunch talk, please let us know! 

Reading Groups and Working Groups 

The Center will foster, support, and provide space for topical and thematic Working Groups and Reading groups for faculty and graduate students. 

CHR Queer Studies Reading Group

CHR Technology and Society Reading Group

CHR Space and Place Reading Group