Interdisciplinary research clusters

American Cultures Seminar

The American Cultures Seminar is an interdisciplinary group for faculty and graduate students working on any aspect of American history or culture, broadly defined. Each seminar meeting is led by a different member and can take a variety of forms. The leader can present work-in-progress, whether by pre-circulating a paper or giving a presentation with discussion; suggest a book or articles for seminar participants to read and discuss; or invite a visiting scholar to the seminar with support from the Humanities Center and seminar coordinators.

Coordinators: Andrew Hebard, Michele Navakas

Ancient World Heritage

This working group explores the significance, preservation, and destruction of world heritage sites in the Middle East and ancient world.

Coordinator: Anna Klosowska

Environmental Humanities

The Environmental Humanities group explores the intersections of ecology, environment and culture. The group holds regular seminars and invited lectures on topics such as energy humanities, ecocriticism, posthumanism, environmental philosophy and history, urban, and political ecology. Members won a Research Collaborative Award for a yearlong project entitled Approaching Extinction.

Coordinators: Iñaki Pradanos, Cathy Wagner

Film and Media Studies

The Film and Media Studies Research Cluster is a collaborative forum for faculty who are actively engaged in film and media studies teaching and scholarship. Group meetings take a variety of formats: seminar discussions of pre-selected monographs or papers; work-in-progress talks; working lunches with invited speakers; professional development workshops, etc. The group meets once or twice per semester.

Coordinators: Kerry Hegarty, Ronald Becker

Digital Humanities Working Group

The Digital Humanities Working Group assesses institutional capacities for new digital resources and projects, writes grant applications for external funding, and organizes public events related to digital humanities.

Coordinator: cris cheek

Early Modern Collective

The oldest and largest of Miami’s humanities research clusters, the Early Modern Collective offers faculty from all areas of the humanities the opportunity to receive critical feedback on their scholarship. It has been instrumental in advancing the research programs of scholars in English, French and Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Art History and History, among other disciplines. It remains a crucial vehicle for the exchange of ideas and for the cultivation of partnerships across disciplinary boundaries.

Coordinator: Cynthia Klestinec

Medical Humanities

This research group focuses on the development of research at the intersection of medicine and the humanities, involving not only the history of medicine and narrative medicine but also bioethics. Members also organized an Altman Program and created a medical humanities minor.

Coordinators: Kimberly Hamlin, Cynthia Klestinec

The Altman Seminar

The core of the Altman Program, this biweekly seminar convenes the 12-18 Altman faculty and student fellows involved in the program. The topic changes yearly and the format is decided collectively by the program faculty. Seminars are typically devoted to discussion of pathbreaking scholarship and the emerging work of participants.

Coordinator: Tim Melley

Museum Studies Working Group

The Museum Studies Working Group explores the changing role of museums in contemporary society. The group invites interested faculty, staff and community members to join an on-going conversation about museums, archives and collections as stewards of culturally and socially significant resources held in the public trust, as sites of memory, and as agents of community-building within the university and beyond. The Museum Studies Working Group is also developing an undergraduate minor in Museum Studies.

Coordinator: Robert Wicks

Political Economy

Exploring the intersections of economics, politics, and society, the Political Economy Workshop invites faculty to present and study scholarly work in political economy, broadly defined.

Coordinators: Lindsay Regele, Naaborle Sackeyfio

What the L?

The group brings together faculty and graduate students who conduct research on language. The group aims to bolster language research, exposing memers to new perspectives and critiques, and offering opportunities for new collaborations across different departments and fields. Members present works-in-progress in a lively and engaging forum.

Coordinators: David Beard, Amber Frankiln, Aaron Shield