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The research in Comparative Global Humanities examines culture, history, and translation to consider the interdependency of peoples, societies, and economies, both throughout history, and in the current era of globalization. This scholarship requires that we build upon the traditional strengths of humanities – languages, textual interpretation, ethics and values – to rethink society, culture, art, religion, and civilization beyond the national unit that previously organized many studies. Comparative Global Humanities considers the longer history of contacts, exchanges and entanglements that link Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas today, and over the course of world history.

Culture, History, and Translation Funded Proposal

Address the longer histories of connection, exchange, and interdependency in ways that unsettle discretely bounded territories, recast received historical periods, and reconsider formerly studied “areas.” By creating a research and scholarship nexus that brings together research faculty strengths in Anthropology, Art History, English, Comparative and Romance Literatures, History, and Religion, to consider the transmission, and adaptation of cultures over the longer world history of contact, encounter, and exchange.

Develop and implement a model of global intellectual collaboration to renew humanities research, innovate curricula, and ultimately, support an ecology of academic study that will give rise to a new era for Tufts and for the next generation of humanists. 

Tufts has the will and capacity to link the local to the global by means of methodologies that employ cultural comparison, interpretation, and translation. The training and expertise in reading, interpretation, and analysis of culture and representation lie at the heart of humanities approaches to knowledge production, and are essential for innovation in the studies of religions, literatures, histories, societies, and cultures, as well as in the visual and musical arts.

Grow our public humanities connections with local libraries, museums, and communities. Advance the field of humanistic studies, making way for the education of global citizens who will have a meaningful impact on their world, and we must commit to educating our students to be linguistic, cultural, and historical “translators” in the fullest sense of the term.