UBC has established Public Humanities Hubs (PHH) to provide support specific to collaborative research among humanists. Supported by UBC Excellence Funds, the three-year pilot project will highlight and develop public-facing research in the Humanities.
The Hubs are 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 in Vancouver operates under the lead of Dr. Mary Chapman as academic director who will work alongside a steering committee.
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 PHH at UBC Okanagan is led by Dr. Brigitte Le Normand, Academic Director of the Public Humanities Hub at UBC Okanagan.
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.