Faculty seminars offer time for colleagues across disciplines to interrogate concepts integral to contemporary humanistic inquiry and to examine their strategic deployment in cultural and scholarly discourse.
The seminars engage scholars who draw on myriad humanistic perspectives to enrich teaching, conversation, and research at Haverford. Faculty members may apply to join a seminar that would enhance their own research and teaching interests and afford them rewarding collaborative and interdisciplinary interactions.
Seminars are open to all tenure track and continuing appointment faculty across all disciplines.
NOTE: the Hurford Center will now also accept applications from current visiting faculty members who will still be teaching at Haverford in 2023-24. Any visitors admitted to the seminar will receive a stipend of $5000 rather than a course release.
- Seminars convene regularly from September to May. The particular seminar’s meeting schedule is determined by the leader and seminar members, but all seminars are expected to meet approximately forty hours over the course of the year.
- In considering applications, the Hurford Center's Steering Committee will seek to honor specific interests while also providing the broadest opportunities for interdisciplinary faculty participation for each seminar. Recent past faculty seminar participation may be a factor in the process. Participants (usually no more than 7) include a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow whose expertise will directly contribute to the success of the seminar.
- The seminar presents opportunities for public exhibitions using College collections and other-sourced materials under the curatorial direction of the seminar participants and with the guidance of Matthew Seamus Callinan.
- Seminar participants receive a one-semester course release and a stipend for books or materials, and seminar leaders receive an additional stipend. For visitors participating in the seminar, they receive a course release stipend from HCAH instead.
- Financial and administrative support is provided by the Center for each seminar’s programmatic expenses, including books, videos, speaker fees, and refreshments.
- After the conclusion of the seminar, participants will fill out a seminar survey sent out by the program manager sharing their experiences.
- Upon completion of the seminar, each participant receives a $400 stipend that can be used for books or other research related expenses.
- Seminar leaders receive a stipend of $3000. This stipend is shared between the two leaders when co-led.
Join a Seminar
“Theorizing the Black Pacific: Race and Afro-Asian Connectivities from Past to Present”
As much as the Afro-Atlantic, the world(s) of the Pacific Ocean have birthed powerful ideas of race and difference: race as imposed hierarchy, as a compelling device of global imagination, and as the basis of social mobilization. This faculty seminar is interested in exploring the possibilities of the “Black Pacific” as an analytical and geographic category to interrogate contested formations of race, ethnicity, and gender across national, regional, and continental framings. Whether drawing on theorizations of “comparative racialization” or echoing recent calls to excavate indigenous genealogies of Blackness, we consider it intellectually enriching and politically promising to examine alternative modes of inquiry and new forms of antiracist solidarity which emerge out of rigorous research on the Pacific as a global maritime space. While the seminar's focus is on the theoretical prospects of the "Black Pacific," we too consider it essential to include works that deal with global Blackness and comparative racialization in other regions that deserve more scholarly and public attention (e.g., in Latin America). We welcome participants from any and all disciplines and those without or with numerous disciplines.
Apply to Join
Deadline: October 21, 2023
Open to all tenured, tenure-track, continuing, and visiting faculty. Contact Gus Stadler (gstadler [at] haverford.edu) with any questions.
Please send a detailed account (1-2 pages) to Gus Stadler (gstadler [at] haverford.edu) outlining how your research and teaching would centrally engage the theme and the ways you imagine contributing to this interdisciplinary dialogue.
gstadler [at] haverford.edu (Email Gus Stadler )
Propose a Seminar
Seminar plans should define the topic and articulate the object of study, along with relevant issues, traditions, or methodologies to be addressed. The nature of seminars will vary considerably, depending on faculty interest and expertise. Some may be closely related to the seminar leader's scholarly interests while others may arise from new directions in the leader's intellectual development; some may be organized around particular themes or content while others may begin from methodological or theoretical questions.
Call for Proposals
Via email to hcah [at] haverford.edu
HCAH invites Haverford faculty on tenure-track or continuing appointments interested in areas of humanistic inquiry across all academic disciplines to submit proposals to lead our 2024-25 and 2025-26 Faculty Seminars. Have an idea? Contact Hurford Center Director gstadler [at] haverford.edu (Gustavus Stadler).
“Technology & Justice: Mediating Communities”
Contemporary society and its practices have always been enmeshed in technology. The particular challenges that we face today are compounded by the digital facets of the tools and systems that are used to organize and mediate our everyday lives. This faculty humanities seminar will interrogate the role of technology across its various domains, including policing and surveillance, media and politics, labor and occupational structures, climate justice and community health. In particular, we will explore the effects of technology on communities, both how they are organized and the ways they are discriminated against. As we think through both existing and emerging technologies, we are especially aware of the importance of bringing different disciplinary perspectives to bear on their effects. Working with faculty from across the arts and humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the seminar will explore how various technologies are constructed and designed, how to identify coercive capacities and what values technologies reinforce and undermine, how different systems of value and ethics help us to identify and understand our communal obligations and missteps, and what we can do to push back against technological injustices.
The seminar welcomes participants from any number of departments, including but not limited to Health Studies, Environmental Studies, History, Political Science, Visual Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy, Computer Science, Peace Justice and Human Rights, Religion, African and Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, (and from elsewhere) Media Studies and Information and Systems Studies. In addition to theoretical discussions, the group will participate in workshops and may also imagine arts and exhibit possibilities. Please be in touch with seminar co-leaders Laura McGrane (lmcgrane [at] haverford.edu) and Sorelle Friedler (sfriedle [at] haverford.edu) with any questions.
For a more extended discussion of the questions the seminar plans to raise, download the full seminar description