UBC has established Public Humanities Hubs (PHH) on each campus to support collaborative research among humanists. The PHH initiative was developed to complement existing research cluster competitions and provide support fitting the nature of collaboration within the humanities.
The Public Humanities Hubs are the result of wide consultation with UBC humanities researchers on both campuses, including the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Peter A. Allard School of Law, the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences with support from the Offices of the President, the Provost and VP Academic, and the VP Research and Innovation.
Supported by UBC Excellence Funds, the three-year pilot project will highlight and develop public-facing research in the humanities. Planned activities at the UBC Okanagan campus include:
- Hosting a major public humanities conference in Kelowna (July 8-11, 2020).
- Launching a joint-fellowship competition that will enable UBC Okanagan scholars to collaborate with fellows at other institutions on a year-long humanities project with clear potential for impact in the Okanagan Valley (application deadline: November 30, 2019).
- Implementing and adjudicating an annual research funding competition to support groups pursuing thematic research interests.
- Supporting a graduate research assistant to organize exchanges and explore the successes of other campuses that have achieved high international rankings in the humanities.
- Building new interdisciplinary research connections.
- Identifying best practices in international capacity-building within the humanities.
- Providing opportunities to promote and mobilize humanities research.
The Public Humanities Hub at UBC’s Vancouver campus operates under the leadership of Dr. Mary Chapman.
Ananya Mukherjee Reed
Provost and Vice-President, Academic
Vice-Principal, Research and Innovation
Dean, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies