Deadline for Faculty Research Proposals for 'Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South' is Feb. 1

As part of the university’s anti-racism efforts, Provost Sally Kornbluth is offering a new funding opportunity to support faculty scholarship on “Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South.”

The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2021. Funding from The Duke Endowment will support awards of one to two years in duration ranging from $5,000 to $40,000.

The research grants will support projects by groups of faculty that engage any topic related to the history of the South with a focus on race, racism, anti-racism and freedom/liberation/abolition struggles and the implications of that history for our contemporary situation and the paths that we might take now. The grants will initially support up to two years of research.

More information is available below.  The full Request for Proposal can be found on the provost’s website. Questions can be sent to the Faculty Advancement office.

 

Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South 

Background

Racism has indelibly shaped the history of the United States, and continues to influence American culture, social relationships, politics, educational systems, and the economy.  Interrogating the history of racism and race as ideology is critical to a deeper understanding of the systemic inequities that persist in such areas as health, employment and economic security, education, credit, access to capital, housing, and policing and criminal justice. As an institution located in North Carolina and the American South, Duke University is connected to the painful history of slavery, segregation, systemic racism, and violence that Black Americans have faced. As a major research institution, Duke is well-positioned to leverage its strong research expertise and resources to deepen our understanding of race and racism, and to apply that knowledge to redress past injustices and to produce more equitable social outcomes.

 

Themes

We invite proposals that engage any topic related to the history of the South with a focus on race, racism, anti-racism, and freedom/liberation/abolition struggles and the implications of that history for our contemporary situation and the paths that we might take now. There will be priority consideration of proposals that engage with the history of the American South, but we will also consider comparative analyses between the American South and other regions that focus on the history of race, racism, and anti-racism, and freedom struggles. Some of the themes may include:

  • Environmental Justice and Racism 
  • Race and Education/Economic Opportunity
  • Race and Medicine
  • Race and Labor
  • Race and Politics/Policy
  • Race and Culture/the Arts
  • Race and Demographic Change
  • Racism and Native America
  • Native America and Black America
  • Racism and LatinX/Hispanic peoples  
  • Race and Sexuality
  • Representations of Freedom/Forms of Freedom 
  • Race, Racism, and the Law
  • Race, Research and Teaching and the Archive
  • Atlantic or Transnational Histories of Slavery and Freedom (separately or together)
  • Race, Racism and the Media