UTM / Jackman Humanities Institute Annual Seminar

Updated: January 16, 2023 

Program Purpose:

The aim of the UTM / JHI Annual Seminar is to create an intellectual community that vigorously addresses a topic of scholarly importance, and which includes a public humanities component. For one academic year, the Jackman Humanities Institute and University of Toronto Mississauga will support a focused series of activities to be led by a UTM faculty member.

While the shape of the seminar’s activities is open, past applications have proposed a series of monthly workshops over the course of the academic year, with some complementary public programming, described below. Past seminar themes have focused on topics such as “Mediating Race, Reimagining Geopolitics,” “Dealing with Fragmentary Evidence from Greco-Roman Antiquity,” “Culture and Critique in South Asia,” and “Digital and Mixed Reality Performance.”

Eligibility Guidelines:

To be eligible for these funds, the lead applicant must be a full-time UTM faculty member in the humanities or interpretive social sciences (tenure or teaching stream). 

Successful applicants will be eligible to reapply for funding 24 months following the competition deadline in which they were successful.


While the seminar must be convened by a UTM faculty member, we encourage faculty leads to develop a seminar group that is drawn from other divisions and disciplines from within the University of Toronto, as well as researchers from other institutions, whether university or community based. Contributors may include graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and we encourage involving advanced UTM undergraduates in the work of the seminar. The seminar may be interdisciplinary in nature, to fully explore the chosen theme or problem, but it need not be.

The seminar will organize at least two public events relating to its activity: a Distinguished Lecture and one other activity, such as a reading, symposium, screening, exhibition, roundtable, performance, etc. We encourage the use of the Collaborative Digital Research Space (CDRS) for seminar activities and encourage collaboration with our Senior Research Associate for CDRS in developing programming.

The UTM campus will be the host site of the Seminar activity, including the Distinguished Lecture, but some events may be held at other locations or online if appropriate.

As this is a seminar, it is not required that applicants produce specific research outcomes as a condition of funding. That said, we encourage applicants to consider how this grant fits into a larger research program that might yield scholarly and funding results, including collaboratively written articles, special issues, or grant applications to (for example) SSHRC’s Connection or PDG program. That said, this is not an expectation for this opportunity.

One Annual Seminar will be sponsored each academic year. An itemized budget proposal, up to $15,000, must accompany the application. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of arms-length colleagues and the Director (or delegate) of the Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI). Participation in a UTM-JHI joint program does not preclude UTM faculty from participating in other JHI programs.

Post-Award Details:

Final Report: Recipients must submit a 3-page final report describing what was accomplished, and how the funds were expended, to the OVPR by June 1 of the fellowship year. Failure to submit a final report could result in funds being withheld in a subsequent internal competition for which you are applying.

Acknowledgment: The UTM affiliation of researchers and support from the OVPR and the Jackman Humanities Institute should be acknowledged in any event publicity and research outputs arising from this award.

Unspent Funds: Unspent funds cannot be carried over into the next academic year and must be returned to UTM/JHI.

How to Apply:

A complete application package includes the following material:

  1. Completed Cover Sheet
  2. Proposal: 4 pages maximum (single space, 12pt New Times Roman), in clear non-specialist language, under these headings:
    Title of Seminar
    Description of Research and Scholarly Activity to be undertaken by the seminar. Discuss the focus for the seminar, including a discussion of the topic’s importance and research questions. Situate your description in relationship to relevant scholarly literature and/or emerging developments in creative or community praxis. Explain what public humanities endeavors your seminar will include, and how they relate to the seminar’s research focus. Describe how often the seminar will meet, and how your discussions will be organized, and how the seminar will be organized and convened. Provide a timetable of events and activities for the year.
  3. List of Participants in the planning group and their affiliations, which can include anticipated participants (1 additional page maximum for the participant table) with the following columns:
    ·  Name
    ·  Affiliation: Division and Unit of Undergraduate Appointment
    ·  Role: Faculty/Postdoc/Grad Student/Undergraduate
  4. Itemized budget and justification (additional 1 page maximum).

Please submit proposals in one SINGLE PDF to Rong Wu (funding.ovprutm@utoronto.ca) by Friday, April 28, 2023.

Notifications of award will be made in June and the funding period will be from July 1-June 30. 


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