MLA 2016 CFP: Developing and Sustaining Collaborative Research in the Humanities

How can humanities scholars establish partnerships and develop collaborative, cross-disciplinary research projects capable of attracting external funding?

This panel will provide an opportunity to share examples and discuss collaborative research in the humanities. We seek proposals that illustrate best practices, model projects, lessons learned, methods, tools, or outcomes related to projects that involve interpretive humanities research undertaken by a team of two or more scholars.

Proposals submitted by teams of two or more researchers are preferred.

What is collaborative research?

Collaborative research is more than cooperation, sharing of data, hiring of consultants or technology help, or even dialogue among researchers. For the purposes of this panel, collaborative research is the joint conceptualization, execution and/or dissemination of research by two or more scholars, preferably in different disciplines or sub-disciplines. Extending beyond the traditional lone-scholar model of humanities research, collaborative research involves at least two fully engaged partners in an endeavor to obtain results or achieve an outcome that neither investigator could easily accomplish alone. Collaborative research allows teams to investigate more complex questions than a single researcher could investigate, and can extend or transform our current models of humanities research.

Proposals must address or discuss actual research projects that meet or strive for the above characteristics. Projects with tangible research results (such as data, co-authored texts, or digital projects) or that may provide models for best practices in sustainable, collaborative humanities research, including the use of open access or other models of making resources publicly available for use and re-use, are particularly encouraged.

Proposals reflecting a range of types of collaborations are welcome, including but not limited to:

Please send 250-word abstracts to by March 16, 2015.

Brian Rosenblum (@blros) & Matt Menzenski (@menzenski)
University of Kansas