Humanities Lab

Application due: April 5, 2021 for spring 2022 Labs

CSREA invites tenured and other long-term faculty whose scholarship focuses on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the U.S. and work that connects the U.S. to related transnational contexts, to participate in the Humanities Lab Program. 


The Humanities Lab is an open and experimental humanistic inquiry-based initiative designed to facilitate unexpected connections and “what if” based explorations of central and complex issues and topics related to race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity, that potentially generates new ideas and perspectives. Humanities Labs are intended to reconsider how humanities research is put into practice, how students are trained to approach research topics, and  should ideally augment and/or be connected to Brown courses centered on a theme, keyword, or social issue. Labs are led by a Brown faculty member with up to 1 or 2 faculty co-instructors. 
Lab leader(s) will receive a total stipend of up to $7,500 to design, lead, direct, and present the lab project. Additional funds for visiting speakers of up to $2,500 may be provided with approval. In addition, up to $3,500 for books and other learning supplies and modest travel funds (of up to $1,165, where applicable and in accordance with university guidelines) are available upon approval. 
Labs may be focused on a single important issue – such as reparations, migrations, borders and boundaries, debt, literacy, language etc., or they may also take up an examination of particular historical moments, figures or events, or an existing archive or expressive practice. Examples of funded projects have centered around chronicling the everyday facets of social life in and around jails through a publicly accessible archive documenting the consequences of mass incarceration through the eyes of defendants, their families, and the community. Other recent labs focused on COVID-19’s impact on magnifying labor markets, healthcare, and housing inequalities by studying mutual aid in Rhode Island, culminating in a digital archive of a spontaneous moment of collective action. 
Labs will be expected to produce accessible and innovative outcomes with a public-facing dimension in the form of a presentation including websites, infographics, blogs, short films, essays, poetry, podcasts, graphic novels, etc. A final report on the lab is required.


For all members of the Brown University faculty interested in working on issues of race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the U.S. and work that connects the U.S. to related transnational contexts


Applicants must complete this application form to be fully considered. Applications will be reviewed by the CSREA Faculty Advisory Board (FAB). Other relevant faculty within or external to Brown may be consulted at the discretion of the FAB. 


Applications for spring 2022 labs are due by Monday, April 5, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Awardees will be notified in May 2021.

Questions? Please contact CSREA Program Coordinator, Saraya McPherson.

Application form