| 23 September 2020

Making Sense of Memory

About the Cluster This Research Cluster will explore memory’s movements across the borders of geographic space, historical periods/events, generational divides, and the spaces between…


Border Regimes and Resistance in Global Perspective

About the Cluster Our goal for the “Border Regimes and Resistance in Global Perspective” Humanities Institute Research Cluster is to conceptualize connections between border…

| 18 September 2020

Memory of Forgotten Wars

About the Cluster In tandem with the new Center for Racial Justice (CRJ) and in order to boost the latter’s profile and reach across…

| 12 October 2019

The Body, (Anti)Narrative, and Corporeal Creative Practices

About the Cluster How do we story embodiment? The relationship between narrative and the body continues to trouble feminist, queer, critical race, and disability…


Drug Histories and Futures

About the Cluster The social and historical impacts of psychoactive drugs cannot be encompassed by a simple accounting of statistics, but the striking numbers…


Feminist Futures in the Indian Ocean

About the Cluster Since Fernand Braudel’s study of the Mediterranean, oceans have provided humanists and social scientists with heuristics through which to decenter the…



About the Cluster This research cluster on neo-authoritarianism aims to interrogate contemporary rightwing movements around the globe to pinpoint the continuities and discontinuities they…

| 11 October 2019

Speculatively Scientific Fictions of the Future

About the Cluster This research cluster focuses primarily on “fictions” of the future, that is, on creative “worldings” that take, as their premise, the…

| 19 June 2018

The Problem of California: Landscapes, Infrastructures, Ecologies

About the Cluster We have probably all heard the factoid that if California were its own country, it would rank fifth in the world…


Human and Environmental Networks in East and Southeast Asia

About the Cluster The main intellectual objective of the cluster is to discuss the historical depth and regional connections of what we have conventionally…


After Neoliberalism

About the Cluster Recent developments around the world, such as the rise of authoritarianism, the emergence of rightwing populist movements with strongly racist and…

| 16 June 2017

Syntax-Prosody in Optimality Theory (SPOT)

About the Cluster Syntax (from Greek σύνταξις, an abstract derivative of συντάσσω ‘put in order together, organize, arrange’), is the set of linguistic rules,…

| 2 August 2016

Narrative Building Blocks: Digital Resources for Linguistic and Literary Investigation

About the Cluster The study of narrative structure (and the imposition of narrative structuring) has been a fundamental question across a wide swath of…


The Language of Conservation Project

About the Cluster The Language of Conservation Project is a UC Santa Cruz, interdisciplinary initiative that seeks a radical change in how we talk…

| 28 June 2016

Reviving and Reimagining the Center for World History

About the Cluster This research cluster aims to revive and re-envision the Center for World History at UC Santa Cruz. We will focus on…

| 20 June 2016

Race, Violence, Inequality, and the Anthropocene

About the Cluster The contemporary moment is marked by global environmental change, the collapse of states and the reconfiguration of economies. This era, where…

| 2 September 2015

Computation, Culture, and Games 2016-17

About the Cluster The growth of digital humanities is making clear how computational technologies can augment many traditional humanities activities, from archival research to…

| 31 August 2015

Critical Leisure Studies 2015-16

About the Cluster While Leisure Studies as such is institutionalized as a professional training program for working with public recreation, children, disabled people, and…


Contemplative Pedagogy 2015-16

About the Cluster Contemplative Pedagogy in higher education is an integrated approach to teaching and learning that focuses attention on learning as a transformative…

| 13 June 2014

Directions in Digital Humanities

About the Cluster The Digital Humanities Research Cluster is a community of Faculty, Students, and Staff engaged in using technology to define new modes…

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