Recasting the Humanities: Foundry Guest Editorship

UCHRI’s online publishing platform Foundry is dedicated to innovative work in the humanities. The platform is designed to foreground emerging trends and possibilities through experimental scholarship in form and substance. Foundry offers scholars from around the University of California system (and beyond) the opportunity not only to reconceptualize their scholarship for the public, but also to explore possible reconfigurations through diverse media.

“Recasting the Humanities,” our latest publishing call, supports UC faculty to apply for a guest editorship with Foundry. The aim is for faculty to curate a humanities-driven series inviting interdisciplinary reflections on sociopolitical and cultural challenges of our time, where humanistic expertise of all kinds, often relegated to the sidelines, can provide fresh insight.

Amplifying Foundry’s investment in work that shakes the fetters of traditional academic publishing, this grant intends to formalize our experiments with textual and audiovisual publications. We are interested in enabling intra-and-inter-disciplinary collaborations within and beyond the university—as exemplified by: Virushumans, Boiling Point/Coming Out of Covid , and Talkbits on Civil War. UCHRI encourages proposals that will result in series that push at the boundaries of what’s already been published on the site.

Recasting the Humanities will support up to four guest faculty editors to curate a series of their own design, with funding to commission 5-7 texts from scholars, activists, and artists representing a diversity of disciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches. Faculty editors will each receive an honorarium for their coordinating efforts and for designing and executing a communications plan (to be utilized on UCHRI’s social media channels, in addition to the series’ contributors’ social media). They will also be granted a budget for commissioning art, media, and/or writing from authors (see budget details below). As needed, the faculty editor will have reasonable administrative and technical support from UCHRI staff.

Recasting the Humanities will also involve two additional program opportunities, for interested faculty editors:

  • Access to an outside professional working in the field of publishing. Rachel Rosenfelt (whose experience in this domain traverses The New Inquiry, Verso Books, The New Republic, and Creative Publishing and Critical Journalism at the New School) will be a central consulting presence, supporting UCHRI and funded grantees throughout the program.
  • Participation in a short-term residency at the end of the grant program at UCHRI. This residency will be coordinated by faculty editors with invited guests. Topic(s) will be determined in collaboration with funded grantees.

Applications must be submitted online via Submittable by 11:59 PM (Pacific time) on the deadline date.


Application Details

Faculty organizers must be UC ladder rank faculty members who will be responsible for coordinating and commissioning work for the editorship, as well as detailing and executing a communications plan on UCHRI’s social media in collaboration with UCHRI staff. 

Prospective faculty organizers must apply online via Submittable. Required documents include:

  • Series Title and Abstract (200 words max)
  • Series Description (2,000 words max, see details below)
  • Proposed Budget (see details below)
  • Curriculum Vitae of the Faculty Organizer(s) (2 pages max)

Successful applications should clearly demonstrate how the series topic and contributions will advance research excellence in the humanities and how their intended series pushes at the boundaries of Foundry’s current material. Preference will be given to series that engage collaborators from three or more UC campuses, involve humanities graduate students, and incorporate broader and more diverse publics in the expressive or interpretive work of the humanities. All project activities must take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.

Series Description

The series description should be a maximum of 2,000 words and include the following elements:

  • Problem Statement, including a description of the topic or issue that the special series seeks to address as well as the ways in which the series will expand the reach of the humanities.
  • List of committed and proposed contributors, including each contributor’s name, professional affiliation, brief biography, and intended contribution to the special series project. Proposals that include graduate student collaborators are especially encouraged.
  • Creative direction of the series, with particular attention to how you see artistic media playing a role to enhance and guide the series’ central concern. We are less enthusiastic about art/media that are add-ons to the intellectual agenda of a project than we are about art/media that shape the agenda in question. 
  • Wherever possible, the project description should address the ways in which the series will engage multiple campuses, disciplines, and publics in their work.
  • Proposed timeline outlining the stages of development, outreach, and execution; to include a rough communications plan detailing potential audiences for the series, and strategies for publicity. 

Proposed Budget

The proposed budget is made up of two elements:

Budgets should reserve $1,000 research funding honoraria for the series faculty coordinator. Remaining funding (of up to $4,000) may be used to commission art, media, or writing, or to produce hard-copy printed materials. We anticipate stipends for faculty contributors will not exceed $250; for graduate students and adjuncts, there is some more flexibility. Budgets do NOT need to attend to the UCHRI-supported residence, which will be covered separately. 


For program related questions, please contact aannunziata@hri.uci.edu

For technical assistance, please contact Submittable at support@submittable.com.