Madison Institute for Research in the Humanities (IRH)
University of Wisconsin-Madison
The main mission of the Institute for Research in the Humanities is to foster research in the humanities by creating a stimulating, interdisciplinary community in which fellows can pursue their work, share it with other fellows and members of the campus, and benefit from intensive discussion with scholars from diverse disciplinary backgrounds, fields, interests, and perspectives. We also promote greater understanding of the humanities on campus and build bridges between the humanities and the arts, social sciences, and sciences. Working closely with the Center for the Humanities and other campus centers and institutes, we encourage innovative, broad-ranging, and collaborative research in and thinking about the humanities for the twenty-first century.
The Institute is an intellectual community housed in the historic University Club Building at the foot of State Street and across from Memorial Library and the Wisconsin Historical Society. As part of a hub for humanities centers and institutes, the Institute has generous and newly renovated space for seminars, fellow offices, and a library. The College of Letters and Science sponsors the Institute and invests heavily in it as part of its commitment to the humanities. Some 40-45 fellows are associated with the Institute each academic year, with about 12-15 present during the summer. These include about 23 UW-Madison faculty and graduate students and some 18 external fellows from all over the world; 4-5 Solmsen Fellows; 1-2 Kingdon Fellows; 6 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellows; 4 UW-System Fellows; a Madison College Fellow; and a variable number of Honorary Fellows who come with their own funding, often from abroad. The Institute is a member organization of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) and serves as a potential residency site for ACLS Fellows as part of the CHCI partnership with the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS).