Summer Institute: NON/HUMANITY (Revisioning the Centrality of the Human in the Humanities)

deadline for submissions: 
April 1, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Jeremy Chow / Bucknell University
contact email: 


Revisioning the Centrality of the Human in the Humanities


Bucknell Summer Institute

June 6-June 17, 2022

(Hybrid: In-person & Virtual Options)

Bucknell Humanities Center

Bucknell University  


Application Deadline: April 1, 2022

Decisions by May 2, 2022


NON/HUMANITY is a two-week summer institute that highlights interdisciplinary approaches to the nonhuman by inviting intellectuals from all humanistic fields to workshop writing and works in progress. This seminar-style institute explores the centrality of the human in the humanities and invites reconsiderations of how the nonhuman is vital to constructing and deconstructing humanistic inquiry. The institute will be hosted in hybrid form; individuals may select to attend in-person or virtually.


We employ “non/humanity” as a term that is deliberately broad and discipline-inclusive so as to envision embodiment, theory, interconnection, and identity. We invite our participants to further explore historical, narrative, artistic, philosophical, and filmic relationships with non/humanity.


Over six days—Monday, Wednesday, and Friday for two weeks—participants will engage with four plenary speakers: Teresa Castro (Sorbonne), Serenella Iovino (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Hil Malatino (Pennsylvania State University), and Bénédicte Boisseron (University of Michigan). In addition, participants will be placed in small, interdisciplinary groups to workshop articles, essays, conference talks, or book proposals in progress. The institute will close with a reflection on pedagogy.


To foster an intimate atmosphere that includes rigorous and constructive feedback, participation is limited to 32 individuals. Ladder faculty, adjuncts, independent scholars, and graduate students advanced to candidacy are welcome to apply. We are mindful of the care work and additional stressors that have accompanied scholarship in the pandemic, and as a result, we will offer each participant a $250 stipend upon completion of the institute. 


To apply, please upload the following materials to the online application form:


Application Form (


○      CV (no more than 3 pages)

○      250-word project abstract of work you will workshop in correspondence with the summer institute’s theme

○      250-word response detailing how the summer institute will serve your needs


NON/HUMANITY is made possible by the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Bucknell Humanities Center, Bucknell’s Dean of College of Arts & Sciences, and Bucknell’s Environmental Humanities Working Group.


For questions or comments about NON/HUMANITY, please contact Prof. Jeremy Chow (