“The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work” is a three-year multicampus research initiative devoted to exploring and assessing the critical historical and contemporary transformations in the meaning and experience of work. Globalization has profoundly impacted not just what work is available but how and where we work, what we think of as work, and what skills the humanities and interpretative social sciences must teach to prepare students for work.
This three-year multicampus research initiative, funded by an $800,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, seeks to comprehend and illuminate the changing conceptions and experience of work in the face of recent global economic, technological, and social developments, and to address the implications for the Humanities. It will explore also how humanities practitioners can prepare students for the work that awaits them in 21st-century global society.
The diverse projects of this initiative will take place on campuses across the University of California, drawing on and promoting the networking and research strengths of faculty and graduate students in the humanities and humanistic social sciences across the system. It supports an ambitious UC-wide program of research activities including competitively selected multi-campus working groups, graduate seminars, webinars and conferences, a summer institute and a residential research group at UCHRI. Each will bring together a diverse array of faculty and graduate students across the UC system to examine specific issues around the humanities and changing conceptions of work.
“The Humanities and Changing Conceptions of Work” research initiative is administered by the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) on behalf of the UC Humanities Network.
Funding Opportunities and Program Support
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