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Jackman Humanities Institute - Funding Opportunities

Program for the Arts 2018-2019

Application Start Date: Feb 20th, 2018, 12:00 am
Application End Date: Mar 20th, 2018, 11:59 pm

Call for Proposals
The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, 2018-2019

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small (up to $3000) to larger (up to $10,000) designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University. Activities may include visitors, lecture series, symposia, or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto. Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public. The Program gives priority to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. It does not support activities that are routine matters of the sort that individual academic units would normally fund (e.g. departmental colloquia, learned society meetings, etc.). The Program also has a preference for activities that are related to the 2018-19 theme—Reading Faces -- Reading Minds—but will consider proposals with other foci.

2018-2019    Reading Faces -- Reading Minds
What does it mean to read—a face, a text, an object, another mind? Human beings use a variety of intuitive and deliberate techniques in an effort to gauge what others feel, want, mean, and know, a sort of ‘mindreading.’ But are the faces we see and voices we hear always representational? While face-to-face encounters have exceptional social significance, the ways in which people encounter each other on stage, in print, and on screens are not transparent. What access to other minds do the humanities afford, and how do the humanities connect to developments in cognitive science and neuroscience? How do notions about reading minds transform what we think we do in reading texts? What is it to recognize the face and to know the mind of another?   

Applications are invited from appointed members of the research and teaching staff at the University of Toronto.
To apply:
A.        You must have an active userID account on the JHI website.
B.        Complete the online application form (scroll to the bottom of this page to Apply Now! -- applications will be accepted starting on 20 February 2018).
C.        Upload a description and rationale including fit with 2018-19 theme (500 words—FIRM limit on length)
D.        Upload a proposed budget outline showing all known sources of support
To clarify some of the preferences of the Program the following guidelines will normally apply:

  1. Funding will be awarded from $1,000-$3,000 (small), $3,000-$5,000 (medium) or up to $10,000 (large). Projects with a total budget (including all sources) over $30,000 will not be supported.
  2. Interdisciplinary activities that reach across units, and across campuses are given priority.
  3. Subventions for academic publishing will not be considered at this time; catalogue exhibitions that are part of a larger academic event are the only publication that will be considered for funding.
  4. Significant costs (over $3,000) for performers will not be funded.
  5. Events of an annual or continual nature that have previously been funded through the Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are normally eligible for one repeat year of funding; this need not be sequential.
  6. Preference will be given to projects that will use a recording of the event for teaching or research. The JHI provides basic publicity package (on-campus mailing of in-house produced colour flyers, website posting, email announcement to departments and relevant EDU’s), and will make available the first-floor multipurpose room (which seats 100) to all funded events. The JHI will also make a digital record for any Program for the Arts event, provided that this record is to be used for teaching or research purposes. We also offer private web space for each event for conversation and shared research.
  7. Costs for publicity, space rental, website development, and AV work that would fall into these categories will not normally be accepted as fundable budget items.

Questions? Please contact JHI Director Professor Alison Keith at
Applications open: Tuesday 20 February 2018
Applications due: Tuesday 20 March 2018

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