CHCI’s Mellon-Funded Project: Integrating the Humanities across National Boundaries

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation recently awarded CHCI grants totaling $2.55 million in support of a project titled “Integrating the Humanities across National Boundaries.”  The pilot program is designed to foster new forms of collaborative research among CHCI members and to advance innovative programmatic ideas across national, regional, and disciplinary boundaries.  This work will enable CHCI to identify new priorities and potential roles, and explore the ways in which a networked consortium can further scholarly innovation in the humanities on a global scale.  In addition to the Medical Humanities Network, there are three additional Mellon-Funded CHCI collaborations:  Religion, Secularism, and Political BelongingHumanities for the Environment ; and  Integrative Graduate Humanities Education Research and Training .

Established in 1988, CHCI is a network for the circulation of information, ideas, and best practices related to the programmatic and organizational dimensions of humanities centers and institutes. CHCI is currently comprised of over 180 member and affiliate organizations in 23 countries and 46 US states. CHCI members are engaged in a wide range of programs, including research support, public humanities programs, fellowship programs, activism and advocacy on issues of educational and cultural policy, digital humanities programs, partnerships with arts organizations, and the development and maintenance of research collections. Many CHCI members are powerful agents of growth, change, and transformative, interdisciplinary research on their campuses and within their communities. CHCI operations are based at the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. More information on CHCI can be found at http://chcinetwork.org.


The Projects section of this site is open to research participants collaborating on cross-disciplinary MedHum Network projects. Currently, the network's research focus is Aging and involves six institutions from around the world. Each MedHum project page on this site serves as a clearinghouse of shared documents and research, a venue in which participants can share ideas and advance discussion, and otherwise work toward project goals in real time from around the world. 

Project pages also include overviews of each of the annual Summer Institutes, whereby CHCI medical humanities scholars come together to share insights and research.

Registered members of the site will be able to access the Community Commons, nested beneath the "Projects" tab. The Community Commons is an area for all participants to join in discussions, upload documents, and share references on topics of general interest in the medical humanities.