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Shifting the Horizon: An Interview with Guest Artist Rebeca Méndez

Rebeca Méndez spoke to UCHRI Interim Director Julia R. Lupton about her work on migration and its place within the Institute’s Refuge and Its Refusals initiative. 

Refuge in Words | UC Authors Talk About Refuge

Refuge in Words is a series of conversations with UC authors who have published books on refuge this year. As part of UCHRI’s 2022-23 initiative, Refuge and Its Refusals, Refuge in Words considers refuge and its discontents in the self-understanding of the humanities and the formative place of refugee scholarship in the history and futures »

Queer and Trans Studies in Religion in the 2020s: An Interview with Melissa Wilcox

Melissa Wilcox spoke to UCHRI Research Grants Manager, Sara Černe, for a new Foundry series highlighting the work of the Institute’s recent grantees and the methods, unorthodox approaches, and challenges they have employed and encountered. 

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Refuge at Risk: Concepts, Infrastructures, Futures

Feb 16–Feb 17, 2023
University of California Humanities Research Institute, UC Irvine

Grants Session with UCHRI

Jan 17, 2023
Zoom Meeting

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Refuge in Words and Images: Call for Statements of Interest

As part of our 2022-23 theme, Refuge and Its Refusals, we plan to submit a Concept Note to the Luce Foundation in their Religion and Theology Program. We seek  University of California faculty interested in organizing project teams (working groups) that partner with community organizations around religion, refuge, and resettlement in California. Luce is committed »

Announcing UCHRI Grant Recipients for

UCHRI is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2022-23 grants, which support a wide range of collaborative and individual faculty and graduate student research projects, many of which engage with broader publics and explore new modes of collaborating with community partners. This year, we are especially excited for the Guest Editorship grants in our »

David Theo Goldberg: Keeping the Humanities Critical

After twenty-two years of transformational leadership, David Theo Goldberg stepped down from his position as Director of the UCHRI at the end of June, 2022. Born in South Africa and educated at the University of Cape Town in economics, politics, and philosophy and at CUNY’s Graduate Center in Philosophy, Goldberg is an internationally-recognized scholar of »