Our Goal:

Emerging Networks are a culture change mechanism intended to shift humanities research towards broadly collaborative, interdisciplinary engagements in contrast to the largely solitary efforts that tend to characterize traditional humanities research. Our goal is for nimble and opportunistic cross-disciplinary collaboration to become part of our ethos in realizing humanistic scholarly curiosity. Emerging Networks funding supports short term collaborative projects that must involve faculty, graduate students and undergraduates from multiple disciplines—across humanities departments and/or the social and natural sciences at Duke.

The Emerging Networks are meant to broaden the footprint of our traditional humanities departments, which abound in excellence in faculty research and doctoral studies. By providing small faculty/student groups access to modest funding, emerging ideas, projects, and networks may be launched, increasing the visibility of humanities efforts, giving faculty the incentives to be engaged in the creative and the experimental edges of their research, and generally fomenting humanities synergy across campus. These efforts will encourage innovative approaches to teaching and experimental collaborations organically arising within our humanities departments.

Presidential Rhetoric Comes to Duke

    • Jon Favreau at Kenan lectern
Jon Favreau, former chief speechwriter for President Obama, brought his incomparable experience to Duke on April 21. Favreau had his “stamp on all the great speeches from 2005 to early 2013,” according to former Obama chief advisor David Axelrod. Over the course of a full, productive day, he engaged…

Project Vox Travels the Internet

    • Philosophy's Gender website
Project Vox, a website associated with the Humanities Writ Large Emerging Network Philosophy’s Gender in Historical Perspective, is attracting attention well beyond the confines of academic philosophy. Most recently, it was the subject of a Washington Post op-ed written by Andrew Janiak and Christia Mercer, philosophy professors based at…

Finding Philosophy’s Female Voices

    • Philosophy's Gender website
The discipline of philosophy has a notoriously low rate of participation by women. The Emerging Network Philosophy’s Gender in Historical Perspective has just produced a website to help rectify the discipline's unfortunate distinction. The project, directed by philosophy professor Andrew Janiak, was recently the subject of a profile in…

Project Vox Video Introductions

    • Philosophy's Gender website
One of the outcomes of this project is a pair of videos that Andrew Janiak has recorded and made available through the Youtube Channel "Wireless Philsosophy." Wi-Phi's mission is to introduce people to the practice of philosophy by making videos that are freely available in a form that is…

Pictures from the Subnature and Culinary Culture dining event, September 17, 2014.


    • Two-Way Bridges Mural
    • Dancing the African Diaspora
    • harlem to hamburg symposium
    • Writing in a Digital Age logo
    • two way bridges
    • Photo Credit: Cornelio Campos
    • singingharlemrenaissanceposter
    • Rapping The Revolution
    • Course Poster Rivalrous Masculinities
    • Azoria
    • Photo Credit: Donald Haggis
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