Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes Consortium de Centres et Instituts des Humanités
CHCI / Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes
Year of Foundation: 1988 Year of Affiliation to CIPSH: 2015
President: Prof. Sara Guyer
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as an arena for the discussion of issues germane to crossdisciplinary activity in the humanities, and as a network for the circulation of information and best practices related to the organizational and management dimensions of humanities centers and institutes. CHCI currently has a membership of over 230 organizations and affiliates in 23 countries and 46 US states. Our membership is extremely diverse and includes small, university based humanities centers to major Institutes for Advanced Study, and from large independent organizations to research libraries. Our members are engaged in a wide range of programs, including research support, community-based programs and public humanities, internal and external fellowship programs, activism and advocacy on issues of cultural and educational policy, digital humanities programs, and the development and maintenance of research collections. CHCI produces a major Annual Meeting of its membership, maintains a directory of member organizations, and supports multiple research initiatives with a focus on the global humanities.
Members of the CHCI International Advisory Board are directors of member organizations selected both for their individual qualifications and the need for intellectual, regional, and institutional representation within the Consortium. Beyond their administrative responsibilities—including the supervision of CHCI finances, grants, staff, and meetings—Board members provide the intellectual leadership that is key to identifying emerging opportunities for international collaborations with a transformative effect on scholarly inquiry and conversation on major issues of public concern in the 21st century.
CHCI operations are based at the Center for the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which provides operating and staff support.
(by Prof. Rosi Braidotti)