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Progam for the Arts 2012-2013 Call

Announcement: Call for Proposals, The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts, 2012-13

The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts supports a range of events from small (up to $3000) to larger (up to $10,000)  designed to enhance, improve and raise the profile of the Arts at the University.

Activities may include distinguished visitors, lecture series, symposia, artist in residence or other imaginative and arts initiatives, which will serve to foster the work of the Jackman Humanities Institute and to represent the leading scholarship of the humanities at the University of Toronto.

Each year there will be a priority for at least one event that engages the wider public.

The Program gives priorities to activities that range across multiple units and across more than one campus. It does not support activities that are routine matters of the sort that individual academic units would normally fund (e.g. departmental colloquia, learned society meetings, …) .

The Program also has a preference for activities that are related to the 2012-13 theme— Food—but will consider proposals with other foci.

Food is a basic human need. It shapes desires and yields many kinds of enjoyment. The humanities explore food from diverse perspectives seeing it both as an object produced and consumed and also as the means and symbol of our human relations. The diversity of what we eat (and don’t eat) and of how food is produced and shared shapes cultures, communities, nations, and empires. Refracted through literature, religion, and art, food is a central lens for exploring human history and the patterns of our interaction. Hunger, as an index of poverty and of environmental disaster, provides a reversed lens with which we can explore justice and ethics. How humans get what they eat, from near and far, is basic to ways of inhabiting places on the earth and relating to other species. From hunter-gatherers to communal gardens, feudal farming to agribusiness, food and the systems that provide it are matched by a diversity of the tables at which we eat--food for celebration, sustenance, display, competition, joy and sorrow.

Applications are invited from members of the teaching staff at the University of Toronto.

To apply:

A.    Register with a profile on the JHI website

B.    Complete the online application form (scroll to the bottom of the page, click Apply Now, starting 27 February 2012)

C.    Upload a description and rationale including fit with 2012-2013 theme (500 words)

D.    Upload a proposed budget outline showing all known sources of support

To clarify some of the preferences of the Program the following guidelines will normally apply:

1.    Funding will be awarded from $1,000 to $3,000 (small), $3000-5,000 (medium) or up to $10,000 (large). Projects with total budgets
over $30,000 will not be supported.

2.    Interdisciplinary activities that reach across units, and across campuses are given priority.

3.    Subventions for academic publishing will not be considered at this time; catalogue
 exhibitions that are part of a larger academic event are the only publication that will be 
considered for funding.

4.    Significant costs (over $3,000) for performers will not be funded.

5.    Events of an annual or continuing nature that have previously been funded through the 
Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts are normally eligible for one repeat year of funding; this need not be sequential.

6.    Preference will be given to projects that will use a recording of the event for teaching or research.

The JHI provides basic publicity package (on-campus mailing of in-house produced colour flyers, website posting, email announcement to departments and relevant EDU’s), and will make available the first-floor multipurpose room (which seats 100) to all funded events. The JHI will also make a digital record for any Program for the Arts event, provided that this record is to be used for teaching or research purposes, and will arrange broadcasting of events. We also offer restricted virtual space through our website for each event for conversation and shared research.

7.    Costs for publicity, space rental, website development, and AV work that would fall into these categories will not normally be accepted as fundable budget items.

Questions? Please contact Director Robert Gibbs  at JHI.Director@utoronto.ca

Applications open: 27 February 2012

Applications due: 11 April 2012

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