We are a relatively young research Center on the University of Tennessee’s flagship campus. A committee of department heads and administrators began work toward the Center in 2009 and it was officially established in July 2011. The UT Humanities Center began its first full term of operation in academic year 2012-13.
We engage with the humanities when we love, when we sing, when we mourn. The humanities reframe old questions so that we can see them anew and question our presuppositions so that we can adapt, grow, and flourish in the world. They connect us to our ancestors and to the past, making time meaningful to us. They give us a sense of place in the universe. And they teach us to think critically about ourselves and our world.
--Amy Elias, Director
We represent nine units in the UT College of Arts and Sciences:
- Art, School of
- Modern Foreign Languages & Literatures
- Music, School of
- Religious Studies
We have grown our research and public programming each year, and now offer:
- six faculty research fellowships, that when combined with other leave offer faculty a full year of intensive research and study;
- four full-year graduate student research fellowships;
- research seminars;
- a faculty manuscript review program;
- book subventions;
- a graduate student internship program;
- graduate and undergraduate research travel awards;
- connections with other UT programs such as UT Honors and with local and regional arts and humanities-related organizations such as the Knoxville Museum of Art;
- public programming, including two lecture series.
As we enter the next phase of development, we are working to grow programs in Medical Humanities and Digital Humanities; to add an external postdoctoral fellowship to our fellowship offerings; to create a short-term summer humanities residential program for high-school juniors and seniors to explore “wicked” questions that bring the arts and humanities together with science and business in seminars led by distinguished UT professors; and to increase our media presence and advertise more fully the extraordinary research done by our UT arts and humanities faculty and students.
As an active regional, national, and international advocate for the value of arts and humanities research, we are a member of the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes) and the NHA (National Humanities Alliance), and an affiliate of Humanities Tennessee.
The Humanities Center’s organizational structure includes faculty appointments and full-time administrative staff as well as three advisory boards.
Our Funding AffiliatesAt UT, under the oversight of the College of Arts and Science, we have established ties with the Office of the Chancellor, the Office of Research and Engagement, the Graduate School, the Office of Undergraduate Research, the UT Foundation, the University Libraries, and other departments and units on the UT campus.
Through the monetary gifts from individual donors and charitable organizations, we support research in historical, philosophical, literary, linguistic, and artistic fields, as well as interdisciplinary work between the humanities and other areas such as digital computation, the health sciences, and the social sciences.