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NEH Collaborative Grants: food for thought?

Collaborative Research Grants support interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars, for full-time or part-time activities for periods of one to three years. Support is available for various combinations of scholars, consultants, and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences. Eligible projects include research that significantly adds to knowledge and understanding of the humanitiesconferences on topics of major importance in the humanities that will benefit scholarly research; archaeological projects that include the interpretation and communication of results (projects may encompass excavation, materials analysis, laboratory work, field reports, and preparation of interpretive monographs); and research that uses the knowledge and perspectives of the humanities and historical or philosophical methods to enhance understanding of science, technology, medicine, and the social sciences.  (emphasis added)

National Endowment for the Humanities
Collaborative Research Grants


2014 Developments (updated)

Several events are planned for the first half of 2014, or may be of interest to network members. Please feel free to get in touch via this site or by e-mailing Randolph Head at UC-Riverside.

1. We are postponing plan for an online workshop in May, 2014 on the diverse material substrates of archival production, organization, and circulation in different regional and historical contexts. However, Filippo de Vivo’s group in London is holding a workshop on a very similar topic in June: see

2. The Sixteenth Century Studies Conference has just released its call for papers for the 2014 conference, taking place in New Orleans in late October. We would like to organize one or more panels if members of this network are interested. Please review the call (at sixteenth and e-mail Randy Head by March 30, 2014,  with proposed paper titles and themes. Please note that neither the GARN nor the SCSC has funds to support attendance, though we will be happy to write letters to campus administrator and others that might help anyone gain funding.

Finally, I want to reiterate the widespread notice about the conference on Transforming Information: Record Keeping in the Early Modern World, organized by Alexandra Walsham, Kate Peters, and Lieseth Corens and sponsored by the British Academy, in London, April 9-10 2014. See


Munich Discussion Dinner, September 14, 2013

The informal meeting we have been planning in connection with the Frühe Neuzeits-Tagung in Munich has been finalized. It will take the form of a working dinner on Friday evening, September 14, 2013, starting at 8:30 PM.

All interested in participating should contact Randy Head (randolph.head [at] for directions, etc. (Participants will be responsible for their own meals). Our agenda will be to consider possibilities for future grant applications, group formation and networking, as well as discussing our shared interests.

In December, we will be holding a (possibly slightly more structured) workshop in London, tentatively on Saturday, December 14th, in connection with the A.R.C.H.ives project workshop taking place on Friday.

NOTICE: presenters on Digital Humanities for the 16th Century (October 2013)

July 23, 2013

Prof. Colin Wilder at the University of South Carolina has organized several panels at the 2013 Sixteenth Century Studies Conference, taking place in late October in San Juan Puerto Rico. He is looking for one or two additional presenters who might be interested in joining a panel and the associated roundtable.

Anyone interested should contact Prof. Wilder directly, as soon as possible.

On “alities”

On “alities”

I just came across another case of burgeoning “-alities” — a lecture coming up at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies on ““Mirrors, Specularity, and Speculation in the Renaissance”
by Yves Hersant. If Specularity, why not Archivality…