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The Leslie Center for the Humanities
Dartmouth College
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Hanover, NH 03755
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Matariki Humanities Network

The Leslie Humanities Center is pleased to announce that, with support from the Office of the Provost, we continue to participate in the Matariki Humanities Network that we launched in September 2013 here in Hanover. The Matariki Humanities Network consists in its first phase of annual meetings, each on a different area of humanities scholarship. For an account of the first, highly successful symposium that was hosted by Otago, New Zealand in 2014, see http://now.dartmouth.edu/2015/02/matariki-humanities-colloquium-seeds-global-collaboration

 

For the second meeting, we are soliciting self-nominations from Dartmouth professors whose work is in or related to the study of religions. The conference will take place at Queens University in Canada from 1-3 October, 2015. Dartmouth will cover travel costs and accommodation costs at the specified rate; Queens will provide meals. For a full description, that includes the shape of the conference and the kinds of presentations we are soliciting, see this announcement from Queens. Colleagues interested in participating should send an email with a current C.V. and a one-paragraph description of qualification and interest to the Leslie Humanities Center at humanities.center@dartmouth.edu by June 14, 2015. Please specify what kind of paper you wish to present.

 

Background

On September 9-10, 2013, Dartmouth hosted representatives from its Matariki partner institutions for a conference on "Research and the Humanities."  Over two days, we had a tremendously productive meeting of humanities scholars and librarians.  This was the first meeting of its kind, unique in its focus on advancing the humanities component of the Matariki network and in its paired focus on library research and resources.  We shared information on current best practices in humanities research and teaching, which reaffirmed the key role that the humanities play at the heart of these like-minded teacher-scholar institutions.

The gathering was not only oriented to discussing the status quo, but to articulating a shared approach to supporting humanities faculty, professionals and students at these institutions.  The Matariki network not only provides unique opportunities for cross-institutional and cross-disciplinary research, but also for thinking about individual disciplines in an international frame: how we approach for instance the study of American literature might differ significantly between the English-based institutions and the non- English based institutions.

We developed a plan for holding a series of colloquia that will enable scholars to share insights about the current state of their specific disciplines in an international setting, to make connections with other specialists in their fields, to examine the resources and best practices at other Matariki institutions, and to advance cutting-edge scholarship in the humanities.  These meetings will culminate in a larger exchange about the humanities as an engine of not only scholarly but also social innovation.

We identified the focus of each gathering based on our understanding of shared research strengths and interests of our faculty and our institutions.  We wish to organize the following colloquia:

The fifth convening in 2018 in Uppsala, Sweden, has two purposes: to bring this inaugural phase of network development to a conclusion, and to develop a plan for the Matariki Humanities Network's next phases.  Present at these meetings should be four (4) people from each institution, namely:

  • One university administrator with Matariki decision-making power
  • The moderators from the previous colloquia
  • One humanities-based academic
  • One high-ranking librarian

 

The First Matariki Humanities Colloquium

Premodern Studies in the Matariki Network of Universities

Hosted by the Division of Humanities and the Library, University of Otago

December 8-10, 2014

On September 9-10, 2013, representatives of humanities and libraries from Matariki partner institutions met at the conference on Research and the Humanities hosted by Leslie Humanities Center and the Library at Dartmouth College.  The two-day event led to a plan for holding a series of colloquia that will enable scholars to share insights about the current state of their specific disciplines in an international setting, to make connections with other specialists in their fields, to examine the resources and best practices at other Matariki institutions, and to advance cutting-edge scholarship in the humanities.

The first Matariki Humanities colloquium aimed to bring researchers and librarians from the seven Matariki partner institutions in dialogue with one another about the current state of research and teaching in premodern studies: studies in the human life and thought before c.1800. There were two streams of sessions: one for academics who engage in premodern studies and the other for librarians.

In the academic stream, three academics represented each Matariki partner institution, each presenting a paper on one of the three key topics.  The papers were circulated prior to the Colloquium so that the session focused more on discussion than on presentations.

The academic stream discussed three key topics:

  1. The current state of the discipline as it is practiced at specific institutions
  2. Showcasing an example of research within that discipline
  3. How our discipline generate research-informed teaching

The library stream included senior executives and those involved with managing special collections and heritage resources from across the Matariki partner institutions. These sessions contained a practical component, with the sharing resources, expertise and experiences.

The library stream's key topics were:

  1. Library engagement models to support the disciple as its practiced
  2. Showcasing support for the humanities in the digital environment
  3. How the Library supports user centric approaches to collections

After the Colloquium, the University of Otago produced the conference proceedings which include all the papers and a synopsis of discussions in each session.

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