Call for Papers: Gloria Naylor in the Archives Symposium - November 5 and 6, 2021

Deadline for submission: July 1, 2021 

To Submit: go.lehigh.edu/naylor

The Gloria Naylor Archive invites paper and panel proposals for a symposium on Gloria Naylor’s public and private writing and on Black feminist archival methodologies more broadly. 
From her award-winning The Women of Brewster Place (1982) to her fictionalized memoir 1996 (2005), Gloria Naylor’s literary production spanned more than two decades. In her nuanced portrayals of the survival strategies through which Black women build and sustain community and her attentiveness to racism, sexism, homophobia, and capitalism as forms of structural violence, Gloria Naylor has long been recognized as one of the most important U.S. writers of the late 20th century. Naylor’s collected papers—donated to Sacred Heart University in 2009 and recently made more accessible through a partnership with Lehigh University—offer a fresh perspective on her published and unpublished work. 
The symposium seeks proposals that explore new directions in Naylor scholarship and/or explore how recently accessible archival materials open up new avenues for understanding Naylor’s published work and unpublished plays, screenplays, correspondence. 
The aim of the symposium is to create a dynamic space for scholars to share work in progress and to learn more about Naylor’s collected papers. Potential topics include, but are not limited to: Read more...

Summer Research Grants


The Humanities Center welcomes proposals for one research grant of $4,000. The grant will support an advanced ABD student in English or History, ideally for the completion of his/her dissertation project during the 2020-21 academic years.  One grant will be awarded for the summer of 2020.

Click here to link to the PDF for Graduate Summer Research Grants

Reading Groups

The Humanities Center provides resources to support reading groups on any subject related to the humanities. The purpose is to bring people together with similar interests to read and discuss a specific book, author or topic.

Submit requests to humanities@lehigh.edu with the name of your group, the book(s) you plan to read, the approximate costs, and the number of participants who will receive a copy. Please provide additional information such as how often the group will meet, where they will meet and if it is open to everyone at Lehigh or only faculty, graduate students, undergraduates or a specific department.

The group leader buys copies of the book for everyone in the group and, if there is any money left, it can be used for light refreshments for your meetings. Send all receipts to Amanda Webb, amw313@lehigh.edu, Coordinator of the Humanities Center. Submit receipts for books as soon as they are received and for any refreshments immediately following the meeting.

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Humanities Center Symposiums

The Humanities Center invites proposals from faculty interested in facilitating a 2020-21 seminar. Humanities Center seminars offer Lehigh faculty, staff, and graduate students an opportunity to investigate a topic or methodology related to research and/or teaching in the humanities. Seminars meet once a month over the course of the academic year for discussion of recent scholarship, research-in-progress, practical workshops, and meetings with invited speakers.

The Humanities Center seeks proposals that will draw participants from a wide range of humanities, arts, and social science disciplines. We will give special consideration to proposals that support a collaborative research or pedagogical initiative. For instance, this year’s Trans* Studies seminar was designed to incorporate trans* perspectives across WGSS curricula; the 2017-18 Public Humanities seminar built up to Lehigh’s hosting of the Northeast Public Humanities Consortium meeting; and the 2018-19 Digital Humanities seminar capitalized on the momentum from the Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative.

We invite proposals from individual faculty members as well as from teams who wish to co-facilitate a seminar. Proposals must include at least one faculty member (tenure-track, POP, or adjunct) or graduate student from a humanities department (MLL, English, Religion Studies, Philosophy, History) as a co-facilitator.