The Institute for the Humanities is now accepting applications for its Spring 2024 Institute for the Humanities Fellowship. The Fellowship comprises of one course release for Spring 2024 and $1000.00 in discretionary funds. Any faculty member working on a humanities-related project may apply, but priority will be given to professors at the Associate rank who are in the process of completing an on-going project. Applications are due August 25, 2023.  You can access the full RFP and begin the application process here: For questions, please email Julia Osman at

Current IH Fellows


IH Fellows 2022


We are happy to announce that Dr. Alix Hui, Associate Professor in Mississippi State University's Department of History and Co-Editor, Isis, the journal of the History of Science Society and Dr. Pete Smith, Associate Professor of Communication in Mississippi State University's Department of Communication are our Institute for the Humanities Fellows for Spring 2021! Congratulations! 

Both Fellows gave a presentation of their work at an event in May. To view the presentations, please click here:

Prior to the Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, the Institute ran an Interdisciplinary Forum that invited  faculty to discuss their works in progress in a friendly, academic environment, perhaps with a refreshing beverage on Friday afternoons at Moe’s Barbeque.  At the beginning of each semester, the Institute sent out a call for papers on a broad theme and invites faculty from all disciplines in all parts of the college to apply.  The authors of the accepted papers then presented their work briefly to faculty from around the University, leaving plenty of time for questions and discussion.  Past topics and themes included hording in rural areas (sociology), racist distortion in space (philosophy), and nature reclaiming man-made objects (studio art).

This year’s theme is “Mississippi Matters”—we have had to postpone our Spring papers until a later date

Spring, 2020

Garrett Torbert, “Mississippi’s Black Swan: Insight into “Black Swan Records” and the Representation of Mississippi African-American Classical Musicians in the early 1900s.”--TBD

Michael Murphy, “White Supremacy in Medicine”—TBD

Gregory Martin, “Developing a Process for Creativity and Problem Solving in introductory Art Courses”--TBD

Portal:  This portal links you to papers that Forum participants have decided to pre-circulate before their presentations.  These papers are DRAFTS, please do not share the papers beyond the Forum.  [link]

Call for Papers for Fall 2020

              Call for Papers coming soon


Past Forums


February, 08, 2018, “After Nature” [link to: Mark Clark (CMLL) - "Gaia Theory in the Homeric Hymn to Earth"

Sally Hatch Gray (CMLL) - "On the Organism and Freedom: Revisiting Goethe’s Problem with Objectification in Natural Science"] 


February 22, 2018  “The Anthropocene: The Beginning of the End?”

Peter Corrigan (CMLL) - "Fourth Century BCE Greece and the Beginning of the Anthropocene Epoch"

Keith Moser (CMLL) - "Mastering the Human Predator-Parasite Within at the Advent of the Anthropocene Epoch: Michel Serres's Ecocidal Vision of the World of Tomorrow"


March 29, 2018 “Excess/Access and Inequality”

Gregory Martin (Art) - "Dissonance: Art and Inequality through Visual Language"

Christopher Fuhrnmann and Vasileios Sassanis (Geosciences and Engineering) - "Are We in a State of Climate Confusion? Moving Beyond Uncertainties in Climate Science to Ensure Accessible and Sustainable Sources of Energy"


October 19, 2018

Dr. Robert Harland (CMLL), “Catalonia: Nationalism as a Performance” 

Dr. Karen Williams (Anthropology and Middle Eastern Cultures), “The ‘Everydayness’ in the Reentry Classroom: Making Ethically Sensitive Citizens.” 


November 30, 2018

Dr. John Woody, “Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program Recipient Data Integrity”

Dr. Scott Rush, “Change in governance of ecological systems through climate change and human modification”


February 22, 2019 [link to flier]

March 1, 2019 [link to flier]

October 4, 2019 [link to flier]

October 25, 2019 [link to flier]

November 8, 2019 [link to flier]