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Higgins School Of Humanities Research Collaboratives - Clark University

Humanities Research Collaboratives

With support from the Mellon Foundation, Humanities Research Collaboratives seed the formation of faculty and student groups working in emerging or evolving fields in the humanities. With a focus on curricular and program developments, groups build on the core strengths of Clark's humanities curriculum via the design of new, collaborative intra- or cross-disciplinary courses. They also support (and model for students) vital research engagement, both individual and collaborative. Two pilot groups spearhead the program: the Early Modern Studies collaborative and the Science Fiction Research Collaborative.

Early Modernists Unite (EMU)

Early Modernists Unite draws together faculty across the humanities (art history, music, philosophy, foreign languages, English and history) who study early modern Europe and America and the salience of those periods in our cultural consciousness today. The group's mission is to sustain the strengths of these core areas of humanities inquiry through curricular renovations and current research that investigates the distant past with fresh critical lenses and cutting-edge research technologies. To that end, the group offers a lecture series titled "The Roots of Everything." The series highlights various aspects of modern existence originating in the early modern world and teases out the connections between the two.

Science Fiction Research Collaborative

The Science Fiction Research Collaborative is a cohort of faculty and students working in the burgeoning fields of science-fiction literature and cinema. Because Clark has a high concentration of active science-fiction scholars in the humanities, the University is uniquely poised to trailblaze this emerging field. To explore and support science fiction's interdisciplinary ethos and capacities for imaginative cultural and political critique, the collaborative develops public and curricular programs fostering research and pedagogical communities among the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.