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Session at NEH Summer Institute

Northeastern University’s College of Social Sciences and Humanities (CSSH) received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to host the NEH Summer Institute, which offers the opportunity for university educators to study a variety of humanities topics. This year, the summer institute at Northeastern is centering on “Space, Place, and the Humanities” in a three-week program immersed in the newly-emerging, interdisciplinary field of GeoHumanities, which focuses on the role that analytic methods take at the intersection of geography, history, literature, social justice, and the creative arts. The institute runs from July 24 to August 11, with sessions focused on a new topic every week, including “Understanding Space and Place in the Humanities,” “Topics in Space and Place: Doing GeoHumanitites,” and “Space, Place and the Digital Humanities.”

The NEH Summer Institute is unique in that it brings together cutting-edge work in the geospatial humanities, critical theories of space, and place-making practices in the arts and architecture. Northeastern’s particular strengths in both CSSH and CAMD make it the ideal place to foster meaningful conversations across the realms of digital technology, the humanities, and the creative arts. Many of the participants in this year’s institute come from CAMD disciplines, such as communication studies, landscape architecture, art, media studies, and art history.

“By using the city of Boston as classroom, this Institute introduces college and university faculty across the country to the experiential, place-based learning that is distinctively Northeastern,” explained Sarah Kanouse, CAMD’s Interdisciplinary Arts MFA Coordinator and the Associate Director of the Summer Institute. “Faculty in CAMD and CSSH are deeply engaged in research and creative work informed by the dynamic body of interdisciplinary scholarship on space and place. That such an accomplished group of scholars from across the country are here to learn to incorporate space and place in their research affirms Northeastern’s commitment to interdisciplinary and leadership in spatial thinking.”

To keep up with the NEH Summer Institute, follow their social media updates through the hashtag #spaceandplace17!

View more pictures from the institute here.