Elaine Ray, News Service (650) 723-7162; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanford Humanities Laboratory announces research projects for 2000-01
Four research teams have been chosen to head the pilot projects for the new Stanford Humanities Laboratory.
The laboratory, which was announced in April, is charged with funding collaborative research projects in the humanities, following the Silicon Valley model of venture capital.
"Our goal is to provide seed money, if you will, to scholars with promising ideas that don't fit neatly into the traditional institutional framework and that would otherwise go unrealized," said Jeffrey T. Schnapp, director of the laboratory and the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature.
The projects chosen to launch the initial phase of the laboratory all share several key features. They are based on collaborative work involving faculty, staff, postdoctoral and doctoral students, and undergraduates; all make use of technology in ways rarely seen in the humanities; and each research team proposes a tangible output complementary to but distinct from that of traditional humanities projects.
Schnapp said that the selection committee received a surprising number of applications. "Given the timing of our announcement, we expected far less response. That made the selection committee's task harder, as we were unable to fund a number of excellent ideas. The projects ultimately selected are the cream of the crop, to a level I had not anticipated," he said.
The projects range across a number of disciplines and approaches.
Each project will receive funding for computer equipment, research trips, technical support and other related expenses over the course of the 2000-01 academic year, with the possibility of a second round of funding in the following year. Further details about the laboratory's research teams and their projects, as well as details regarding two smaller-scale "seedlet" projects that the laboratory will sponsor, will be made to the community as part of the laboratory launch events in the fall.
By Elaine Ray