Humanities Research Clusters
An exciting Faculty initiative is its sponsorship of research clusters as a way of cultivating a rich, interdisciplinary research and creative production environment in the Humanities. A cluster is an association of academics with shared research interests. The cluster aims to be inclusive. Clusters are encouraged to attract Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate students to join their group. If you are not already a member of a cluster but wish to join one (or more) please contact the relevant director(s) /coordinator(s).
These clusters provide means for collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, building expertise and developing innovative research initiatives. Clusters might stage open discussions or conferences; they might produce grant applications and collaborative writing. Broadly clusters are established to take advantage of strategic opportunities and to build on institutional strengths. A cluster can be developed into a research centre.
The Faculty provides financial support for clusters ($10,000) and centres ($20,000). Each year the Dean of Research and Graduate Studies will send out a call for applications (closing date 31 January). A cluster / centre may be renewed on an annual basis subject to the availability of funds and satisfactory annual reports and a future research program.
In 2012 there are nine research clusters to encourage and profile research and creative production in Humanities.