Mellon Foundation-Funded Collaboration with University of Witwatersrand

In March 2013, ASC received the excellent news that The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation had agreed to fund a five-year interdisciplinary research and teaching partnership between the University of Michigan and University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. The effort, titled “Joining Theory and Empiricism in the Remaking of the African Humanities”, will foster and strengthen innovative research in the humanities and closely affiliated fields in the social sciences with the objective of building a transcontinental community of scholars who addresses ambitious theoretical questions that resonate with local, regional, and global experiences. Over the five-year period, we will hold two two-week courses per annum alternating between Johannesburg and Ann Arbor, on significant questions that inform scholarship in the Humanities broadly conceived.

The workshops will focus on:

Theorizing from the South

May 7-16, 2014     |    Johannesburg, South Africa
Organized by Gabrielle Hecht, Anne Pitcher, and Martin Murray (University of Michigan); 
Keith Breckenridge and Sarah Nuttall (University of the Witwatersrand)

Digital Humanities

November 2014     |   Ann Arbor, Michigan U.S.A.
Organized by Daniel Herwitz  and Derek Peterson (University of Michigan); 
Keith Breckenridge (University of the Witwatersrand)