2014-2015 Northeastern Humanities Center Fellowship
…place is perhaps the key term for interdisciplinary research in the arts, humanities and social sciences in the twenty-first century.- Jeff Malpas
The present epoch will perhaps be above all the epoch of space. We are in the epoch of simultaneity: we are in the epoch of juxtaposition, the epoch of the near and far, of the side-by-side, of the dispersed. We are at a moment, I believe, when our experience of the world is less that of a long life developing through time than of a network that connects points and intersects with its own skein.
The 2014-15 theme recognizes recent wide-ranging and deeply resonant interdisciplinary conversations about “space and place,” from history to politics and from literature to architecture, including digital humanities’ embrace of Geographical Information Systems (GIS), mapping projects in biology and textual studies, and the recently coined “geo-Humanities” that highlights spatial thinking as an issue that transcends disciplines. From the micro-design of the spaces we inhabit to the urgent environmental concerns of the planet, from modes of embodiment and identity formation to global economics, from urbanization to globalization, spatial thinking has come to inform a startling array of disciplines as well as post-disciplinary agendas such as critical race, gender and sexuality studies. We invite scholars working in diverse fields and periods to consider how space and place informs their current research and practice.