HRI Inquiry Research Blog

Research updates, observations, and opportunities from the Humanities Research Institute.

Latest Posts

  • Exploring the Representation of Time in Stories about Capitalism
    Eleanor Courtemanche (English) is a 2021-2022 HRI Faculty Fellow. Courtemanche’s project, “Fragile Capitalism: The Long Afterlife of Victorian Crisis,” consists of two parts: a re-reading of fin-de-siècle utopian and socialist thought in Britain and the United States, and a reconsideration of the fate of Victorian liberalism in the late 20th century, when it returned as “neoliberalism.” Learn more about HRI’s Campus […]
  • Art History Research Illustrates Paradox in Singular Viewpoint
    Anne Burkus-Chasson (Art History) is a 2021-2022 HRI Faculty Fellow. Burkus-Chasson’s project, “The Oddity of Chen Hongshou: A Telling Sign of Seventeenth Century China?,” examines painter and print designer Chen Hongshou’s engagement with the late Ming media revolution as a source of the oddity his contemporaries perceived in his work. Rather than delineate a crisis, oddity evidenced Chen’s engagement with […]
  • Queer Futurity Re-Theorized to Account for Climate Change
    Erin Grogan is a PhD candidate in English and a 2021–2022 HRI Graduate Student Fellow. In the post below, they share a glimpse into their fellowship research project, “Queer Futurity and Toxic Temporalities in the Anthropocene.” As a field, queer theory has long been preoccupied with questions of time and the future. Some theorists argue that queerness and futurity are […]
  • Planning Research Maps and Reconstructs Erased Places and Concealed Histories
    Magdalena Novoa E. (Department of Urban & Regional Planning) is a 2021 HRI Summer Faculty Research Fellow. Novoa used the summer fellowship to collaborate with the Agrupación de Familiares de Detenidos Desaparecidos de Mulchén (Association of Relatives of Detained and Dissappeared of Mulchen) in the Region of Araucanía in southern Chile, as well as local institutions and communities to conduct […]
  • Labor Education Research Illuminates “Long Arc of Resistance” Against Sexual Harassment
    Emily E. LB. Twarog (School of Labor and Employment Relations) is a 2021-2022 HRI Faculty Fellow. Twarog’s project “Hands Off: A History of Sexual Harassment Resistance in the US Service Industry, 1936–2020,” historicizes how women workers have resisted sexual harassment in service industry jobs: work that is gendered female, union and non-union, typically low-waged, and often requiring some form of […]