Humanities Institute

Research Initiatives

The Humanities Institute, in addition to supporting interdisciplinary research projects across campus, is currently focusing on two research initiatives, one in the public humanities and one in the medical humanities

Our ongoing work in the public humanities includes support for community research through our Community Sabbatical Research Leave program. This grant enables directors and staff members of Central Texas 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations to apply to the University for paid flexible leave in order to pursue a question or problem related to their respective organizations and their organizations' constituencies. In addition to supporting community research, HI hosts and co-sponsors several community programs, primarily in partnership with the Austin Public Library.

Our research initiatives in the medical humanites began as part of a two-year inquiry into "Health, Well-Being, Healing," the them around which we have organized our 2016-2018 Faculty Fellows seminar and Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series. Following our 2016-18 inquiry, HI will continue to foster interdisciplinary research in the medical humanities through exciting new programs and events, both on and off campus, as a more permanent part of its operations.

HI will introduce a new research theme for its 2018-2020 inquiry in fall 2018.