Sponsored Projects

Remembering YoU is a community-driven archival initiative created to preserve U Street’s rich history and empower local residents to retake control of the narratives shaping their histories and neighborhoods. This project is sponsored by the Georgetown University Humanities Initiative and HumanitiesDC. To learn more about the U Street archival initiative, please visit the Project Overview and History page.

The Georgetown University Buddhist and Silk Road Studies Initiative promotes teaching, learning, research, and public engagement on Buddhist traditions and the Silk Road at local, national, and international levels. At Georgetown, we support and enhance teaching and research in Buddhist Studies and the Silk Road at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We engage in community outreach through the Buddhist and Silk Road Studies lecture series (new window) and through shared events with our partners and stakeholders.

The Georgetown HyperHistory Hub integrates humanistic forms of historical inquiry with social and hard sciences approaches to history. The study of the human past has been a key area of collaboration across the social and natural sciences, but key concerns from the humanities about human agency, historical contingency, and culture are usually left out of such collaborations: either there is a lack of representation of disciplines like history, art history, archaeology, or folklore studies in ‘hard science’ research on the human past or such disciplines are involved only after the research questions and methods have been determined. Playing on the multiple meanings of the Greek prefix ‘hyper,’ we see ‘hyperhistory’ as a form of interdisciplinary scholarship ‘over’ or ‘above’ conventional history in its collaboration with the natural and social sciences but also ‘in defense of’ the contribution of humanistic questions and concerns (from art history, history, literary studies, etc.) in our interdisciplinary approaches to the human past. Rather than simply critique other fields for advancing instrumental or determinist interpretations of our shared human past, we create opportunities for cross-training for scientists and humanists alike. Under the auspices of the Georgetown Humanities initiative the HyperHistory Hub will offer two new courses for undergraduate and graduate students as well as interdisciplinary bootcamps for graduate students and faculty interested in the historical sciences. Our goal is to create opportunities for training and research that better integrate the particularities of humanities approaches to the past with those of other non-humanities disciplines.

Global Irish Studies at Georgetown University (GIS), established in 2016, is a faculty-led initiative supported by Georgetown College. (new window) GIS, which builds on a long tradition of Irish and Irish-American involvement at Georgetown University, has three core aims: engaging the communityinspiring students; and developing research. By staging exciting public events, supporting innovative teaching, and facilitating student and faculty research, GIS hopes to build the most exciting Irish Studies program in North America. Given both its Irish heritage and its global outlook, Georgetown University is the perfect home for a new kind of Irish Studies–-one that looks at Ireland in comparative perspective, understanding it as a place from which to ask innovative questions about the world we live in today.

Global Poetry in Performance: Poetry — the self-consciously aesthetic use of language for expressive purposes — certainly ranks among the oldest and most revered forms of human artistic activity across cultures. It still thrives in myriad forms that we might not generally identify as “poetry,” such as rap, slam and other “spoken word” genres. Our project answers 2011 Nobel Prize laureate Bob Dylan’s call for a rediscovery of poetry as literature to be performed. First and foremost, this project allows a cohort of Georgetown faculty members to work collaboratively with a comparative and contrastive approach to “performing poetry,” sharing their work in a series of symposia held on a regular basis over two years. Our project encompasses both a pedagogical dimension (involving student participation in course modules and stand-alone workshops) and the organization of public events featuring lectures and demonstrations by experts — Georgetown faculty as well as outside guests — showcasing performance practices and traditions from a variety of cultures and in a variety of languages. We are also going to create an on-line knowledge bank on Performing the Poetic Text, offering multi-media resources for performers, researchers and teachers: theoretical essays, practical guides, video and audio samples, bibliographical information and a directory of  other available resources. These materials will initially reflect what has been presented during faculty symposia, public events and workshops, but other materials will eventually be added as well.