UBC has established a new Public Humanities Hub (PHH) as a pilot project to provide support specific to collaborative research among humanists at UBC’s Vancouver campus, and to highlight and develop public-facing research in the Humanities.
Supported by UBC Excellence Funds, anticipated activities of the PHH include coordinating and organizing a core Humanities speaker series, providing support for groups pursuing thematic research interests, creating a fellowship competition for projects requiring dedicated release time, and developing an integrated events calendar and PHH blog. The PHH may also support a Humanities conference at UBC’s Okanagan campus and facilitate exchanges of Humanities speakers between UBC's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.
The Hub is the result of wide consultation with UBC Humanities researchers, and has been developed to complement the existing research clusters competitions to provide support fitting the nature of collaboration within the Humanities.
The development of this pilot was a result of collaboration between 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 the support of the offices of the President, the Provost and VP Academic, and the VP Research and Innovation. It will support a number of strategies identified in UBC’s Strategic Plan, including Research Excellence Strategy 6: Collaborative Clusters; Strategy 7: Research Support; Strategy 9: Knowledge Exchange and Strategy 10: Research Culture.
The PHH operates under the lead of Dr. Mary Chapman as academic director who will work alongside a steering committee.