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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. 

Featured Events

Marxist Institute for Research Summer Seminar

Aug 11–Aug 15, 2023
Sagehen Field Research Station (a UC Natural Reserve location)

Refuge at Risk: Concepts, Infrastructures, Futures

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

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Reflecting on Refuge: Director’s Statement

When I came to the UCHRI as interim director in July 2022, I knew I wanted to use this transitional year to consider the humanities within the framework of hospitality. Questions around hospitality have engaged me as both a Shakespeare scholar and as the director of humanities centers and programs, and I was excited to »

Call for Graduate Student Participants for Refuge at Risk: Concepts, Infrastructures, Futures  

Call for Graduate Student Participants: for Refuge at Risk: Concepts, Infrastructures, Futures   We invite UC graduate students to register for the special graduate session of UCHRI’s Refuge at Risk conference on Thursday, February 16th from 1:00-2:30 pm. This session will bring together graduate and postdoctoral scholars working on the theme of refuge, broadly conceived. It »

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 as well as senior staff with PI status who are interested in partnering with each other and with community organizations around religion, »