Humanities Lab

Application due: April 5, 2021 for Spring 2022 Labs

CSREA invites all ranks of tenure-stream faculty (lecturer-track, tenured, and tenure-track faculty) whose scholarship focuses on race, ethnicity, and/or indigeneity in the United States or comparatively, to participate in the Humanities Lab Program. 


Humanities labs should augment and/or be connected to Brown courses. Labs are led by a Brown faculty member with up to 1 or 2 faculty co-instructors. Technological support and facilitation will be provided. 

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.


Complete this application form


Application deadline is Monday, April 5, 2021 by 5:00 p.m. EDT. Award notifications will go out in May 2021.

Questions? Please contact CSREA Program Coordinator, Saraya McPherson.

Application form