Mellon Foundation Just Futures Initiative - Call for Proposals from multi-disciplinary teams of scholars from the Humanities, Arts, Humanities-related Social Sciences

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Sep 23, 2020


Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

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The Mellon Just Futures Initiative Call for Proposals from multi-disciplinary teams that include scholars from the humanities, arts, and humanities-inflected social sciences

The Mellon Foundation’s Higher Learning program is particularly focused on:

  •  Improving equitable and broad access to higher education;
  •  Supporting humanities education that builds and centers more complete and accurate narratives to construct a fuller account of the human experience;
  •  Accelerating demographic transformation in the academy;
  • Elevating bold ideas and new knowledge that support the generation of just societies.

This open call thus seeks visionary proposals that begin with expertise based in the humanities and utilize a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing racial justice in ways that are in keeping with the Higher Learning program’s above-listed foci, asking questions such as (but not limited to):

  •  What might we learn from the study of past periods of crisis and disruption, and how might those lessons lead us to cultural and social transformation in the present?
  •  What are the future possibilities for structures that elevate, make visible, liberate, and help individuals and communities to thrive?
  • How might the humanities and higher education more generally be productively transformed to achieve greater and more equitable access, demographic transformation, and to support new ways of knowing and new modes of knowledge production? And how might those transformations be linked to the generation of a more just and equitable society?

This call for proposals is predicated on the Foundation’s belief that the voices of historians of all subjects, writers, linguists, philosophers, scholars of literature, of languages and cultures, of religion and of communication, of race and ethnic studies, of gender and sexuality, as well as artists, anthropologists, cultural and human geographers, political theorists and sociologists (to name just a few) are absolutely essential to the societal and cultural transformation we so clearly require.