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.


Associate Professor of English Rob Mitchell, who heads the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Science and Cultural Theory, and the Center Advisory Board, have received support from Humanities Writ Large to engage in significant outreach to...Read More about Neuroeconomics
One Person, One Vote
In a pilot initiative that is part of a longer-term collaboration, Duke University and the SNCC Legacy Project plan to chronicle the historic struggles for voting rights that youth, converging with older community leaders, fought for and won.   In...Read More about One Person, One Vote
Performance and Integrated Media
The goal of the Performance and Integrated Media working group is to redefine our understanding of possible relationships between live performance and integrated media in the humanities in undergraduate education. The integration of advanced...Read More about Performance and Integrated Media
Performing Culture: Live Arts and African & African American Studies
As Duke continues to enhance its offerings in the arts, faculty in African & African American Studies (AAAS) and the Dance Program are working to solidify and advance their humanities-based coursework and research by creating two new courses: "...Read More about Performing Culture
Project Vox
Most humanistic disciplines underwent a profound transformation during the challenges to the academy associated with second wave feminism, between the early 1960s and the early 1980s. The canon in many fields was overturned, pedagogy was rethought,...Read More about Project Vox
Rights Connect
Human rights fires the imaginations of peoples around the world struggling for greater political, social and cultural space even as the phrase escapes a one-fits-all definition, with activists constantly reinterpreting and reimagining what...Read More about Rights Connect
Rivalrous Masculinities
This project put together an international network of scholars and students based in German departments to provide the opportunity to build strength in linguistic fluency, cross-cultural literacy, and deep historical knowledge.  Specifically, a...Read More about Rivalrous Masculinities
Sound Studies
John Supko, Hunt Family Assistant Professor of Music, provided the impetus for the Sound Studies Project. He sees the two courses included, Audio Technology and Sound Studies Seminar, as a laboratory in which to test what they believe will be...Read More about Sound Studies
Staging Cultural Networks in the Language Classroom
For Staging Cultural Networks in the Language Classroom, the entire group of Italian Language Lecturers and Lecturing Fellows will redesign the third semester of Italian toward a student-centered pedagogy based on collaborative and experiential...Read More about Staging Cultural Networks
Subnature and Culinary Culture
“Subnature” is a word coined by architectural historian David Gissen for aspects of nature that the architectural discipline has traditionally shunned, such as dankness, darkness, mud, weeds, smoke, puddles, dust, debris, crowds, and pigeons....Read More about Subnature and Culinary Culture