I am proud to partner with the National Humanities Center, one of ten institutes for advanced study in the world and the only one dedicated to the humanities broadly considered, on developing a toolkit to support individual and institutional transformation in the academic humanities.
Drawing from the work of adrienne maree brown, whose book Emergent Strategy has been essential to the NHC / Digital Humanities @ SDSU Podcast Institutes we’ve co-hosted since 2019, I use the words emergent humanities to describe where we go next: towards more collaborative, courageous, public-serving, agile, beautiful work and towards greater confidence that it counts–not only to our careers, but also to our academic institutions, to the communities we serve, and to challenges facing humans everywhere.
We are looking to cultivate and share vocabularies, exercises, archives, histories, and models that move us there, drawing from and amplifying the stories of colleagues who have already made the jump. Can you help? Who are the most most forward-looking humanities practitioners in our midst? Nominate a colleague to be featured in the project (and on our substack). Or share your own story here.