Emerging Networks

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.


Arab Refugee Oral History
The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 launched a mass migration of Arabs out of their homes in order to escape violence. This has been exacerbated by foreign occupation, political instability and revolution, civil war, and Islamic extremism. Never before...Read More about Arab Refugee Oral History
Cinéma Numérique Ambulant and Social Change in Francophone West Africa
The history of filmmaking in Africa is rooted in the tradition of ethnographic representation of the peoples and cultures of the continent by Europeans. When sound came to film in 1927 or so, the French recognized the power of cinema to work both...Read More about Cinéma Numérique Ambulant
Creation and Re-Creation
Creation and Re-Creation: Great Works through a Prism (MUSIC 290S) will develop a class in which students study a dramatic work in its original form and then study reinterpretations of the work in other media. In the initial Spring 2016 offering of...Read More about Creation and Re-Creation
Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large
Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large is a departmentally based project in Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (AMES), where faculty are convinced that as the borders of the world open and the frequency and intensity of cross-cultural contact...Read More about Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large
Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large II
Of the 34 Level-1 Conflict Scenarios highlighted by a 2015 Council on Foreign Relations study, a staggering 32 are in Asia. Why do these conflicts persist despite seemingly endless and repeated interventions and negotiations? How do we educate...Read More about Culture and Conflict: Asia Writ Large II
Dante's Library: Rebuilding a Medieval Network of Knowledge
Although one would think that simple questions such as “What did Dante’s copies of Virgil and Aristotle look like?” and “What images of the Crucifixion had he seen?” have already been answered, they remain surprisingly unresolved. Indeed, how Dante...Read More about Dante's Library
Democracy and Law: Ancient and Modern
Classical studies is in some ways one of the first structurally interdisciplinary fields in the modern academy. For years, its productive ties to fields such as literature, philosophy, political science, or law were an automatic result of...Read More about Democracy and Law
Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative
Growing out of an ongoing international conversation about art markets, the conveners designed a team project to study the driving factors for the premium paid for the more significant works of art by period, geographical area, and clusters of...Read More about Duke Art, Law & Markets Initiative
Duke-UNC Archaeology Network
Professor Carla Antonaccio and PhD candidate Timothy Shea are collaborating with Professor Donald Haggis and PhD candidates Cicek Beeby and Catharine Judson of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill to implement the first Duke-UNC...Read More about Duke-UNC Archaeology Network
Environmental Arts & Humanities Network
Environmental Humanities (EnHu) is a cross-disciplinary approach that brings skills, methods, and theories from several humanities disciplines to the analysis of problems and issues of high relevance for society in the context of new science and...Read More about Environmental Arts & Humanities Network