Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies 2017-06-27T10:50:47+00:00

Mellon Advancing Intercultural Studies

Contested Histories: How to Write History

Call for Faculty and Graduate Applications
Deadline November 6, 2017

The Center for Ideas and Society invites applications from UCR faculty to participate in the last of four quarter-length seminars in its Advancing Intercultural Studies project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The seminar topic is “Contested Histories: How to Write History.” Awardees will receive funds to help offset one course release during the seminar quarter: Fall 2018.

Omissions and questions beset the study of the histories of marginalized groups. The subtitle of a 2003 article on the 1873 Colfax Massacre in which white southerners slaughtered a group of African American citizens who had assembled in a local courthouse after a contested election reads “Stumbling on a forgotten Reconstruction tragedy.” Yet this headline represents the fate of countless similar events in the United States not only during slavery and reconstruction but well afterwards. This seminar focuses on questions of historical scholarship as well as on still under-examined historical events and experiences as they affect contemporary intercultural relations in the United States.

Project Overview

From September 2017 through December 2018, the AIS project is hosting a series of four quarter-long seminars to explore key themes and topics surrounding economic inequality, diversity in education, religious heterogeneity and contested histories.

  • Each seminar includes faculty, graduate and undergraduate students.
  • Seminar members meet weekly on a formal basis to discuss research.
  • Each seminar participant generates an original paper.
  • Each seminar group hosts a public lecture and a film screening.
  • Each seminar group hosts a wrap-up meeting for the larger AIS project team.
  • Seminars are complemented by two summer film series and a final conference featuring and extending the work of seminar participants.

Project Dates

Summer 2017
Film Series at Culver Center of the Arts

Fall 2017
Seminar #1: Responses to Economic Inequality
Convener: Mathew Mahutga (Sociology)

Winter 2018
Seminar #2: Beyond Access: Diversifying Higher Education
Convener: Jennifer Nájera (Ethnic Studies)

Spring 2018
Seminar #3: Religious Identity: Harmony or Discrimination?
Convener: Muhamad Ali (Religious Studies)

Summer 2018
Film Series at Culver Center of the Arts

Fall 2018
Seminar #4: Contested Histories: How to Write History
Convener: Georgia Warnke (Political Science)

Spring 2019
Final Conference



Download faculty call
Download faculty application cover page

Graduate Students

Download grad call
Download grad application cover page