Grant Awardees

Text: The Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme  invests in transformative research and creative practices that demonstrate the value of the  arts and humanities to better understand the  human condition and to address pressing  global concerns.


In addition to our continued support for Arts Creation Grants, Discovery Field School Grants and graduate fellowships, the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme is pleased to offer three new grants programs that will support centers and individuals in conducting cross-disciplinary collaborations and community-based research. We are also excited to introduce a special grants initiative in race, ethnicity and social justice, which will support cross-disciplinary projects that explore a wide range of social issues linked to structural injustices and cultural and political forms of resistance.

Our next grant cycle will take place in spring 2020. Visit our Opportunities page for more information.

Congratulations to our 2019-2020 grant awardees!


COVID-19 Special Grants Initiative


Audiences and Online Reception: Before and After COVID-19

Project Description: This project examines the impact of COVID-19 and quarantine experiences on artistic and cultural production and reception by examining historical precedents, situating audiences within their cultural and political milieu, and imagining possible futures based on how audiences are currently forming. Collaborators will deepen contextual understanding of the artistic and humanistic dimensions of the pandemic by forging interdisciplinary, intellectual communities and innovating mechanisms for developing and sharing research under current constraints. In so doing, collaborators will foster long-term, mutually-beneficial relationships that support the work of artists and scholars who are struggling in the current state of emergency.
Principal Investigators: Harmony Bench (Dance), Yana Hashamova (Slavic), Hannah Kosstrin (Dance), Danielle Schoon (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)


COVID Conversations: Life in a Time of Corona

Project Description: This project is a Center for Folklore Studies (CFS) 12-part monthly podcast series. Each episode will feature two individuals – one from Ohio and one from a different part of the world – who share a distinct arts- and/or humanities-related professional or personal identity. Created and hosted by BBC-trained radio producer and broadcaster Rachel Hopkin PhD, the contributors will discuss and compare how their parallel involvements in the arts and humanities have informed their experience of life during the Coronavirus pandemic in their respective homes. The series will be distributed as widely as possible including via the CFS’s podcast stream and local radio stations around Ohio.
Principal Investigator: Katherine Borland (Comparative Studies, Center for Folklore Studies)
Collaborators: Cassie Patterson (Center for Folklore Studies), Rachel Hopkin (Independent radio producer and folklorist), Paul Kotheimer (ASC Tech), Amy Shuman (English), David Staley (Humanities Institute, Center for the Humanities in Practice), Nick Spitulski (Humanities Institute), Luke Dennis (WYSO: the NPR affiliate station for the Greater Dayton area), Cristina Benedetti (Independent Folklorist, Ohio Arts Council), Patricia Williamsen (Ohio Humanities), David Merkowitz (Ohio Humanities), Robert Colby (Ohio Humanities)


Dance in the Time of COVID-19

Project Description: This project is designed for a group of dance art makers at The Ohio State University to partner virtually with dance art making students from The University of Cape Town in South Africa to create dance art in response to the COVID-19 global crisis. Both groups are diverse, with enrolled students from various parts of both countries, representing myriad life experiences. Together, they will engage, commune, learn and create a computer dance art project to be widely shared with the goal to transform their dance to a live dance performance once we can travel and meet in person.
Principal Investigators: Nadine George Graves (Dance), Nya McCarthy Brown (Dance)
Collaborators: Lane Czaplinski (Wexner Center for the Arts)
External Collaborators: Gerard Samuel (University of Cape Town)


Designing a Post-Pandemic Return to Campus

Project Description: In order to develop a post-pandemic approach to bringing students back to their campus community, it is important to study the individual journey of students from a diverse perspectives (majors/colleges/years/backgrounds, physical abilities). Through this, project collaborators will seek to understand the ways in which place and people interact, identifying the human, physical, and digital touchpoints along their journey, how COVID-19 has interrupted and put up roadblocks to that journey, and what solutions could be proposed to allow students to feel safe returning to their campus community. The proposed workshop and design sprint will include three activities (student survey, journey narrative exercises, and participatory design workshop) and the outcomes of these will be shared out with committees as they are completed.
Principal Investigators: Rebekah Matheny (Design), Stephanie Orr (Office of Distance Education and eLearning)


Designing for Public Health: Humanities and Arts Leading Transforming During COVID-19

Project Description: This project will see the creation an online library of innovative public health measures amplifying arts and humanities methods and practices to serve the public good and health needs of populations during the pandemic. The project proposes to source illustrative instances and exemplars of innovative solutions that address social and behavioral challenges involved in the COVID-19 pandemic, enter thick descriptions of these into a database, then analyze them to support informed development of further initiatives and public dissemination. With a mindset toward action during this rapidly evolving health crisis, the project will start as a monitoring of initiatives and will develop as the project progresses and the trajectory of the pandemic progress.
Principal Investigators: Sébastien Proulx (Design, DESIS Lab), Susan Melsop (Design, DESIS Lab), Rebekah Matheny (Design), Will Nickley (Design), Hazal Gumus-Ciftci (Design), Adam Fromme (College Nursing)
External Collaborators: Alessandra Bazzano (Tulane University), Laura Murphy (Tulane University)


Documenting of Latinas/os/x in Ohio Stories During COVID-19 Through Performed Storytelling

Project Description: As a publicly engaged project, Documenting of Latinas/os/x in Ohio stories during COVID-19 through performed storytelling seeks to collect oral histories of Latinas/os/x during COVID-19 in Ohio and to make them available to the public on a digital platform. In addition, stories will be performed live (or virtually), in order to model best practices for transformational community engagement through storytelling. The video recorded performances will be shown to students enrolled in coursework for the health professions to help future health care providers develop both a sense of cultural humility in working with Latinx patients and an understanding of health disparities for Latinx populations.
Principal Investigators: Glenn Martinez (Spanish and Portuguese), Elena Foulis (Spanish and Portuguese, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Ethnic Studies, Center for Folklore Studies), Palo Pinillos Chávez (Spanish and Portuguese), Elizabeth Fitzgerald (College of Nursing, Michael V. Institute for Teaching and Learning, Center for Ethics and Human Values, Center for Latin American Studies), Tatiana Friedman (Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures), Micah Unzueta (undergraduate student)


Investigating Human Dignity in Practice During the COVID-19 Crisis

Project Description: This cross-disciplinary project mobilizes the strengths and support of the GAHDT, OSU’s College of Medicine, and the Department of English’s MA in Medical Humanities to capture how human dignity is practiced — especially during global health crises. To do this, collaborators will collect and analyze first-person narratives from medical professionals who provide frontline care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Results from the study will help to suss out some of the creative ways medical professionals provide dignified patient care despite ongoing health inequities and a critical shortage of human and nonhuman resources. After documenting localized, quotidian tactics for enacting human dignity, collaborators hope to scale analyses such that they help to improve both patient care and medical education curricula.
Principal Investigators: Christa Teston (English), Melissa Guadrón (graduate student, English); Graduate Association of Mental Health Action and Advocacy)
Collaborators: Ohio State College of Medicine/Medical Humanities Program


Cultural Preservation and the Mardi Gras Indians of New Orleans

Project Description: This project explores the response of the Mardi Gras Indians, participants in a Black parading tradition in New Orleans, to the threats that the Coronavirus pandemic poses to this rich cultural practice. Since its origins in the nineteenth century, the parading tradition has been a creative, dynamic response to economic and social oppression built on a foundation of artistic and cultural African survivalisms. The pandemic, like the Hurricane Katrina floods, has disproportionately devastated the black community because of structural inequality, while limits on group gatherings cut to the heart of a practice that culminates in neighborhood parades that celebrate artistry and community. This project will capture the ongoing efforts of these culture-bearers to maintain this crucial tradition as well as the mutual aid work of its female practitioners, the Queens.
Principal Investigators: Virginia Cope (English-Newark), Tiyi Morris (African and African American Studies)


Measuring Artists' Challenges and Resilience After COVID-19

Project Description: Collaborators will develop survey questions to be included on the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey in spring of 2022 that will speak to COVID-related impacts on employment, creative practice, and resilience among artists, thus expanding what we know about the impact of COVID-19 on the art world. They will interview artists, arts practitioners and higher education arts leaders, consult scholarly literature, assess emerging policy and grey literature, and compare ideas to those captured in other alumni and higher education surveys about the impacts of COVID-19. These insights will be used to develop survey questions, conduct cognitive testing, and revise survey questions after fielding comments from the arts community.
Principal Investigators: Rachel Skaggs (Arts Administration, Education and Policy), Elizabeth Cooksey (Sociology, CHRR, Institute for Population Research)


Muted, Isolated and Displaced by Social Distancing

Project Description: The creative work of artists during times of crises have served as testaments to individual and shared interpretations of reality. Covid 19 and social distancing have isolated and muted musicians and other performing artists by destroying the common spaces they have used and shared for centuries. The proposal addresses the communal experience during the Covid 19 crisis from the viewpoint of the artist focusing on new methods of creating collaborative work, conveying meaning, and engaging the public in ensemble performances. The exploration of new creative methods to be used in reinvented shared rehearsal and performance spaces will be facilitated by the commissioning of new work to be composed for movement and/or music ensembles and that portrays the impact of Covid 19 on individuals, communities, culture, and humanity.
Principal Investigators: Eugenia Costa-Giomi (Music); Nadine George Graves (Dance)
Composers: Jan Radzynski, Thomas Wells
Music Ensemble Conductors: Marc Ainger, Sonic Ensemble; Russel Mikkelson; Wind Symphony: Jordan Saul, Women’s Glee Choir; Robert Ward, Men’s Glee Choir; Michelle Wibbelsman (Spanish and Portuguese); Andean Ensemble
Dance Composers and Studio Instructors: Eddie Taketa, Contemporary Movement Practices and Composition; Crystal Michelle Perkins, Africanist Foundations; Daniel Roberts, Contemporary Movement Practice and Composition; Susan Van Pelt Petry, composition and improvisation; Mitchell Rose, Dance Film; Norah Zuniga-Shaw, ACCAD
Ohio State Virtual Gallery: Michael Mercil (Art)


Ohio State Pandemic Collaborative

Project Description: This project will produce a series of virtual town halls titled “The Ohio State Pandemic Series” led by national and international thought-leaders who will address the current COVID-19 pandemic and global health crises more broadly through the role of the arts and humanities. These thought-leaders have expertise in some of humanity’s worst health crises, ranging from racism as a global health emergency to Black Death, HIV, and the COVID-19 pandemic, and all utilize the arts and humanities to frame an intervention, solution or greater understanding of the emergency. The pandemic series will span the academic year 2020-2021, with one speaker per month, culminating in two capstone events: 1) A nationally broadcast panel discussion (The Pandemic Series Retrospective) between the invited speakers on the role arts and humanities play in health emergencies in which traditional approaches have been stretched beyond their capacities and 2) A virtual summit (The Ohio Summit on Medical and Pre-Medical Education) for regional collaborators on how to change the current educational infrastructure in Ohio to foster more socially and intellectually diverse and resilient student populations in medical and health-science professional schools.
Principal Investigators: Diane Brogan-Habash (College of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine), Julia Nelson Hawkins (Classics), Tracie McCambridge (College of Medicine), Jennifer Olejownik (College of Medicine, Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services), Elizabeth Weinstock (EquitasHealth, Columbus Veteran’s Administration, Franklin Correctional Center)


Pandemic Pedagogies: Precursors, Paradigms and Portents

Project Description: Pandemic Pedagogies is multidisciplinary faculty collaborative. The project will work across the arts, humanities, and sciences to create a set of pedagogical tools that will inform and inspire students with questions about belonging, empathy, ethics, and stigma that are vital to understanding the social impacts of pandemics past, present and future. They will create a set of nested games/simulations to be used in high-school and college classrooms. These activities will look intently at pandemics in their bodily, historical, scientific, spatial, and moral dimensions.
Principal Investigators: PI: Thomas McDow (History), Co-PI and Project Coordinator: Jim Harris (History)
Collaborators: Dana Howard (Center of Bioethics (COM), Philosophy), Jesse Kwiek (Microbiology), Susan Van Pelt Petry (Dance)


Poetry and COVID-19: A Collaboration Between Creative Writers and Environmental Scientists

Project Description: This project represents a unique collaboration between five poets and environmental scientists creating writing related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Four Ohio poets and one from out of state will start discussions with scientists working in areas relevant to environmental concerns significant to this time of crisis. Writers will also reach out to different local Ohio communities through workshops on how to use writing to process the current crisis. The culmination of the project will be two panels featuring the scientists and poets discussing the outcomes of the project, and the writing will be published in a special issue of the international journal Magma Poetry. Bringing together creative and scholarly approaches, this project asks scientists and creative writers to work together to answer key questions related to the current pandemic: What does science tell us about the current crisis? How can we find new ethical ways of being, a world beyond this crisis? The findings will be published in a special issue of international journal Magma Poetry.
Principal Investigator: Zoe Brigley Thompson (English)
Collaborators: Kerry Ard (School of Environment and Natural Resources)
External Collaborators: Ruth Awad (Columbus Poet) and others forthcoming


Political Discourses During COVID-19 and the Impact on International Education

Project Description: As language, by itself and as an embodiment of culture, is a powerful symbolic system that people use to design, create and control discourses, linguistic, sociolinguistic and sociocultural investigations of political discourses should belong at the core of our understanding of the humanistic impact of the on-going COVID-19 crisis. In this project, collaborators take a multi-disciplinary approach to interpret American and Chinese political discourses about COVID-19, and explore how political language use and rhetorical framing during COVID-19 shape individual and collective experiences and perspectives in the context of international education. We intend our study to contribute to the understanding of how participants of international education comprehend and cope with COVID-related political discourses in both their home and host countries, which may be at odds with each other at times.
Principal Investigators: PI: Zhiguo Xie (East Asian Languages and Literature), Co-PI: Cindy Xinquan Jiang (Office of International Affairs)


The Quarantine Cookbook: Documenting Migrant Food Networks Under COVID-19

Project Description: The Quarantine Cookbook is a collection of critical and creative pieces addressing the intersection of migration and food during this time of crisis. Contributions will come from writers, chefs, restaurateurs and artists, as well as home cooks and local immigrant families in Columbus, Ohio, and around the country. Each essay will be accompanied by a recipe that has been important to the author during the COVID-19 pandemic. Collaborators will also build a companion website to The Quarantine Cookbook, where members of the public will be invited to submit their stories and recipes from the quarantine period. This site will include a dedicated page for The Ohio State University community, which will serve as a living archive of the experiences of students, faculty and staff in isolation during the crisis.
Principal Investigators: Philip Gleissner (Slavic), Harry Kashdan (French and Italian)


The Recovery Project: Actions of Survival, Archives of Resilience

Project Description: The Recovery Project will build a community-engaged archive of pandemic testimonies and make an immediate contribution for our collective mental health and critical well-being. Using rhetorical, discourse and narrative analysis, this project will use a combination of targeted interactive surveying, crowdsourcing via social media and correspondence, and scholarly analysis so that the energy and knowledge of thousands of people can be gathered — but also easily sifted through and used. The project will thus create a focused, scalable archive where information can be parsed and mental-health support shared. In its digital space, this project will provide a template to immediately address the mental-health needs and wellness of frontline workers, and also present a flexible best-practices model, global in scope, for understanding the role of media and social testimonies amidst a pandemic.
Principal Investigators: Amrita Dhar (English, Newark Campus), Sona Kazemi-Hill (GAHDT Postdoctoral Researcher, Disability Studies), Margaret Price (English)
Collaborators: Amy Shuman (English), Teri Murphy (Mershon Center), Lucille Toth (French and Dance), Hemachandran Karah (IIT-Madras, Social Sciences and Humanities)


Talking in the Clinic: Barriers and Facilitators of Chronic Disease Adherence

Project Description: In the absence of pharmacologic and preventive measures for Covid-19, what the healthcare system is able to offer patients at high risk for Covid-19 complications is management of chronic disease; yet, patients with complex chronic disease (multiple co-morbid diseases or hard-to-control disease) are more likely than healthy patients to have barriers to care adherence. Using methodological and theoretical approaches from sociolinguistics and academic medicine, this study aims to identify patient reported barriers to care adherence and the different ways that healthcare providers can encourage (or, conversely, thwart) discussion of those barriers during clinical encounters. There is little data from patients’ perspectives on their barriers, thus, in order to develop recommendations that may lead to improved care adherence, a detailed understanding of what those barriers are, especially from the patient perspective, is necessary. Barriers themselves and discussions about them are present in clinical encounters making it a rich site for revealing these problems and improving patients’ care adherence.
Principal Investigators: Gabriella Modan (English), Seuli Bose Brill (College of Medicine), Nathan Richards (graduate student, English)


Virtual Field Lab

Project Description: This project proposes the creation of a Virtual Field Lab, which mirrors the real‐life situations that social work students find themselves in during field experiences. Using arts-based research and development methods, VR simulations will be created to push the embodied experiences of field education into remotely delivered distance learning opportunities that address the needs of foundational curriculum content to first‐year Master of Social Work students. The Virtual Field Lab will provide realistic active learning opportunities for knowledge‐building and perspective‐taking and development and application of concrete social work practice skills.
Principal Investigators: Maria Palazzi (Design, ACCAD), Lauren McInroy (Social Work)
Collaborators: Katie Klakos (CSW), Alex Oliszewski (Theatre, ACCAD), Vita Berezina‐Blackburn (ACCAD), Jeremy Patterson (ACCAD)


What does Religion Sound Like in the Age of COVID-19?

Project Description: This project is a collaborative, sonic-based exploration of American religious life in the age of COVID-19. Building on a special initiative of the American Religious Sounds Project, collaborators will gather audio recordings documenting how religious practice is changing during a time of social distancing and church closings. These recordings will be integrated into an existing digital archive. Collaborators also plan to create an interactive digital exhibit based on what we learn, which will be featured on a website and in a sound installation at the Urban Arts Space in summer 2021.
Principal Investigators: Isaac Weiner (Comparative Studies), Lauren Pond (Center for the Study of Religion)
Collaborators: Alison Furlong (Center for the Study of Religion, ASC Tech), Katherine Borland (Comparative Studies, Center for Folklore Studies), Cassie Patterson (Center for Folklore Studies), Merijn van der Heijden (Urban Arts Space), Jeremy Stone (Urban Arts Space)


Centers and Institutes Grants 


CENTERS COLLABORATIVE GRANT | Asian Futures: A Collaborative Proposal

Project Description: Asian Futures brings together colleagues and constituencies across campus to develop a forward-looking framework for Asian Studies at OSU. The project will produce programming driven by key themes, at the participating centers, including guest speakers, workshops, and community engagement events. 
Principal Collaborators: The Humanities Institute (Dir. David Staley), Center for the Study of Religion (Dir. Hugh Urban), Center for Folklore Studies (Dir. Katherine Borland), Center for Ethnic Studies (Dir. Namiko Kunimoto) and the South Asian Studies Initiative (Pranav Jani and Mytheli Sreenivas), in partnership with East Asian Studies Center (Dir. Etsuyo Yuasa), Center for Urban and Regional Analysis (Dir. Harvey Miller), Office of International Affairs


CENTERS COLLABORATIVE GRANT | Living Well, Dying Well: Religion, Health, and Healing

Project Description:This inter and trans-disciplinary project will host a series of colloquia on key themes for the year 2020-2021, a major conference as well as a graduate student conference (2022) and a series of faculty workshops on curriculum development for new courses on religion and medicine. The long-term goal is to build stronger connections with the medical and nursing programs and to attract more of their students to classes and majors in Religious Studies, Folklore, English, and other fields in the Arts and Humanities.
Principal Collaborators: Center for the Study of Religion (Dir. Hugh Urban), Center for Folklore Studies (Dir. Katherine Borland), Humanities Institute (Dir. David Staley)


CENTERS GRANT | Experimental Archaeology and the Medieval-Renaissance Worlds

Project Description: CMRS will host a series of lectures, demonstrations, and events around the topic of ‘Experimental Archaeology.’ This year-long investigation will expand the traditional boundaries of ‘Experimental Archaeology’ beyond a focus on the recreation of buildings, technologies, things, and environments, to also consider ‘Food Archaeology,’ or the preparation of meals using past recipes; and ‘Digital Archaeology,’ or the reconstruction of aspects of the past with the aid of computer technology. 
Principal Collaborators: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (Dir. Chris Highley)


CENTERS GRANT | Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship

Project Description: This project will support the Intercultural Competence for Global Citizenship summer camp for middle school children in the Columbus area. In the affiliated service-learning course, undergraduates will be trained to teach language, cultural diversity, and global issues without essentializing, othering, or stereotyping. The course and camp increase awareness among the middle school students, their parents, and our undergraduates of the fundamental necessity of the qualities, skills, attitudes and knowledge associated with intercultural competence in order to function as a global citizen in the 21stcentury.
Principal Collaborators: Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures (Dir. Glenn Martinez); Department of French and Italian


CENTERS GRANT | Supporting Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Studies at OSU and Beyond

Project Description: The award will support honoraria for community speakers.
Principal Collaborators: Center for Ethnic Studies (Dir. Namiko Kunimoto)


CENTERS GRANT | Climate Changing: On Artists, Institutions, and the Social Environment

Project Description: Climate Changing is an exhibition featuring a multi-generational group of nearly 20 artists from across the globe whose work takes on urgent social and environmental issues. At the same time, it considers the role of institutions in navigating these tumultuous times. While the exhibition is the core project, it will spark related events, scholarly contributions, online content, free talks, and multidisciplinary programming before, during, and after the winter 2021 exhibition run.
Principal Collaborators: Wexner Center for the Arts (Dir. Johanna Burton)


SUMMER INSTITUTE GRANT | Voices of Franklinton

Project Description: This Summer Institute in Franklinton will facilitate university-community partnerships through co-designing workshops and demonstrate how project-based research and experiential learning can address real world challenges at a local level. It will illustrate the use of an ethical framework (based on the Principles of Inclusive and Equitable Civic Engagement).
Principal Investigators: Susan Melsop (Design), Sébastien Proulx (Design), Karen Hutzel (Arts Administration, Education and Policy)


Community Engagement Grants


Be the Street: Exiting Community Engagements Responsibly and Ethically

Project Description:This project will enact an intentional exit strategy for the Be the Street project. In doing so, it will transfer the intention of the spirit of the project to an organized, institutionally-supported group of community leaders who have indicated their interest in carrying the work forward in a way that aligns with their existing and ongoing community-based work.
Principal Investigators: Katherine Borland (Comparative Studies) and Moriah Flagler (Theatre)


Drug Prevention at High Schools in the Epicenter of the Opiate Epidemic

Project Description:This project aims to continue and sustain a drug-prevention program in two Columbus public schools located in the epicenter of the opiate epidemic in Franklin County: South High School and Marion Franklin High School, both on the Southside.   Funding will support a graduate student who will serve as facilitator as well as the purchase of materials for the in-class activities, so that the program can continue when the service-learning course is offered again in 2020 and 2021.
Principal Investigators: Linda Mizejewski (Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Alina Sharafutdinova (Department of Public Safety/ Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services)


The Exhibition and Education Lab at the Pizzuti Collection of the Columbus Museum of Art

Program Description: This project would enable the lower level of the Pizzuti building to become the home to an ongoing, public-facing educational collaboration between the Columbus Museum of Art and OSU. Graduate and undergraduate students taking courses in the History of Art and AAEP would be able to develop a range of skills doing hands-on museum work like budgeting, installation, lighting, catalogue writing and production and registrarial management.  
Principal Investigator (s):Kris Paulsen (History of Art & Program in Film Studies) 
Additional Collaborators:Tyler Cann (The Columbus Museum of Art) Lisa Florman (History of Art), Cindy Foley (The Columbus Museum of Art), Karen Hutzel (Arts Administration, Education and Policy), Dana Carlisle Kletchka (Arts Education, Administration, and Policy) and Daniel Marcus (Columbus Museum of Art, OSU History of Art)


¡Aquí se habla español! Public Outreach at COSI in Spanish

Program Description: The goal of this project is to develop a set of language science activities that both feature the Spanish language as their subject matter and also can be conducted in Spanish.  These activities will be integrated into the public outreach efforts of the Language Sciences Research Lab embedded within the COSI museum; moreover, this project will create the necessary infrastructure (including student training materials and museum advertising materials) to ensure that the activities continue to be used past the end of the project.
Principal Investigators: Anna Babel (Spanish & Portuguese), Kathryn Campbell-Kibler (Linguistics), Leslie C. Moore (Teaching & Learning), Laura Wagner (Psychology)  


Open Grants


A Collaborative Gaming Platform for Disabled Children and Their Families

Project Description: This project creates a collaborative gaming platform that provides disabled children with a better opportunity to connect with their parents, friends, and families using human-centered technologyand collaborative playThis game platform will give families a fun and constructive way to interact with their child while the additional visual and physical stimulation may result in increased cognitive and/or physical function.
Principal Investigators: Scott Swearingen (Design), Kyoung Swearingen (Design) Dr. Susan Thrane (Nursing) Dr. Asimina Kiourti (Engineering)


Bringing the Border to Columbus

Project Description: This symposium will bring art and scholarship about and from the border to the OSU and greater Columbus community. It will join academics, activists, artists, and immigrants from The Ohio State University and greater Columbus community to interrogate the politics of American south-to-north migrations in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico and the resulting death and disappearances in these borderlands.
Principal Investigators: Victor Espinosa (Sociology) and Danielle Schoon (Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)


Khasi Interfaces: Objects, Orality, Poetry, Place and Things

Project Description: This project will develop an OSU talk and workshop and AFS panel on the intersections between oral tradition, material culture, and contemporary indigenous poetry in North-East India, taking the Khasi situation as a touchstone. The events will be structured in the spirit of “trans-indigenous” engagement that will allow the creation of conversations that extend beyond Northeast India to situations and issues in other parts of the globe, including Ohio State and highlight the work of Professor Desmond Kharmawphlang.
Principal Investigators: Mark Bender (East Asian Languages and Literatures) and John N. Low (Comparative Studies)


How the Arts and Humanities Can Benefit Our Wellbeing

Project Description: This project will examine how the arts and humanities might play a key role in individual and collective well-being on campus. It seeks to spark immediate positive changes in higher education by exploring and pilot testing a wide range of small but powerful modifications or additions to course design and teaching practices.
Principal Investigators: Yvette Shen (Design), Elizabeth B.-N. Sanders (Design), Paul Reitter (Germanic Languages and Literatures)


The Global Mediterranean

Project Description: This award funds the continuation of a postdoctoral researcher position in Global Mediterranean. The Global Mediterranean project is a working group of the Humanities Institute at The Ohio State University that emphasizes community engagement, public programming, university events, and innovative coursework focused on the Mediterranean.
Principal Collaborators: Barry Shank (Comparative Studies), Dana Renga (French and Italian), Bob Holub (Germanic Language and Literatures and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures)


The Uses of Narrative Theory: Perspectives from the Project Narrative Summer Institute

Project Description: This award supports a two-day conference on “The Uses of Narrative Theory.” The 18 speakers at the conference will be participants from past Project Narrative Summer Institutes (which have been conducted over the past ten years), and each speaker will respond to the prompt, "How and why do you use using narrative theory in your teaching, research, or outreach?
Principal Investigators: James Phelan (English), Frederick Aldama (English and Spanish and Portuguese) and Katra Byram (Germanic Languages and Literatures)


Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice Grants


Transformative Access Project: Moving from Inclusion to Equity

Program Description:The purpose of this project is to re-imagine “access” as an intersectional process that centers race, ethnicity, disability, class, gender, and sexuality. Drawing upon community-based and interdisciplinary points of view, the Transformative Access Project will introduce innovative methods of gathering, researching, and making in order to amplify both Ohio State’s and participants’ collective knowledge.
Principal Investigators:Margaret Price (English), Nicholas Flores (Comparative Studies), Evelyn Hoglund (Speech and Hearing) Maurice Stevens (Comparative Studies)


The Ohio State University Prison Education Exchange Project

Program Description: This project aims to increase the number and disciplinary range of Inside-Out Prison Exchange® courses offered through OSU Columbus and Newark, and also to build a college-in-prison education program at OSU in collaboration with local colleges also participating in Inside-Out.
Principal Investigators: Mary Thomas (WGSS) Tiyi Morris (AAAS, Newark) Angela Bryant (Sociology, Newark)




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LARGE SPECIAL GRANTS ($5000-$50,000)
Arts Creation Grants Recipients


Project Title: Into the Void

Through partnership with a local Columbus orchestra, Ohio State student musicians, and the McConnell Arts Center in Worthington, Tom Dugdale (Department of Theatre), Paul Sutter (Department of Astronomy), and local composer, Jacob Reed, will create a new interdisciplinary journey into that most enigmatic of astronomical phenomena: black holes. Into the Void will combine astronomy, orchestral music, and elements of theatrical design in a performance that is educational and artistically compelling. Imagine the kind of presentation you and your children might have seen before in a science museum, but with the dramatic arc of a play and the emotional weight of a symphony. The interdisciplinary nature of the performance will embody the shared roles art and science play in how we understand the universe and our place within it.
Principal Investigators: Tom Dugdale (Theatre)

Project Title: #mentalhealthdance2U

This project will create cross-disciplinary community dialogue of the interconnectedness of mental illness and dance utilizing American-Jewish choreographer Anna Sokolow’s masterwork Rooms as a platform for campus-wide discussion about mental health. We will collaborate with students to reconstruct sections of Rooms, one of the iconic modern dance works of the 20th century. The sections entitled “Alone,” “Escape,” “Desire,“Panic,” “DayDream,” and “The End?” emulate, through movement, the often first signs of mental illness: personality changes, agitation, withdrawn behavior, poor self-care, and hopelessness.
Principal  Investigators: Nena Couch, (Thompson Library Special Collections) and Valarie Williams (Dance)
Executive Sponsors: Damon Jaggars, Vice Provost and Director University Libraries and Bernadette Melnyk, Vice President for Health Promotion, University Chief Wellness Officer, Dean and Professor College of Nursing
Internationally Recognized Visiting Artists: Lorry May and  Kirsten McKinney (Anna Sokolow Dance Foundation)

Project Title: On the Front Lines: Performing Afghanistan

Afghanistan stands at a critical juncture. For the first time in the 18-year American-led war, real prospects exist for a peace deal. The U.S. and (separately) Russia are openly negotiating with the Taliban, trying to chart a possible end to the war. This project offers an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the Columbus community to engage with one of the most critical issues of our time--women’s voices and the refugee crisis--through witnessing a range of performance events grounded in Afghan experience. This will create a unique learning opportunity that will be maximized by faculty in a number of departments.  Other featured artistic practices --photography and film --provide a sense of the layered, nuanced ways one can view and come to understand other cultures. While wars do not define Afghanistan, they are critical for understanding the country today, and for connecting to Afghan history.  The art events that inform this project explore these experiences through theatre making: scripted plays and immersive theatre. The Middle East Studies Center will interpret plays for students and the public by hosting discussions on politics, culture, and global issues related to war. 
Principal Investigators:  Lesley Ferris (Theatre),  Kevin McClatchy (Theatre), Janet Parrott (Theatre), Alam Payind (Middle East Studies Center).

Project Title: The Woods

The Woods’ is a mixed-reality, interactive installation that will address the perils of social isolation by promoting connections between people and actively engaging them through play. The narrative of ‘The Woods’ revolves around an elderly grandmother reaching out to her teenage grandchild through a telephone call. Together, the digital migrant and the digital native struggle to maintain their relationship which is crippled by the same technology designed to enable it. Using augmented reality (AR) apps and smartphones, players are joined by a virtual tether that visually connects their phones to one another, and serves as a metaphor of their own connectedness and to encourage collaboration. Throughout the experience, players are tasked with supporting the verbal exchange between the grandmother and grandchild while also avoiding distractions that are intended to sever the bond between them. The game culminates in a successful completion of the telephone call. By prompting an examination of human connectivity through the lens of contemporary technology, our artwork aligns with Global Arts and Humanities focus areas Livability and Community.
Principal Investigator: Kyoung Lee Swearingen (Design)
Collaborators: Marc Ainger, (Music), Scott Swearingen (Design), Rosalie Yu, (Columbia University),  Skylar Wurster, (Undergraduate Student Researcher, Engineering)

Project Title: Weather Reports You

Professor Daniel Roberts will make a choreographic work that is reflective of local and global perspectives on the effects of climate change and lead an artistic process that incorporates scientific and artistic research into a rigorous performance experience for an international group of professional dancers and OSU Dance students. He will create an hour-long site-specific dance performance at The National Concert House of Iceland (Harpa) in collaboration with Icelandic Composer Maria Huld Markan Sigfusdottir. Stemming from the perspective of livability in times of climate change, he will use text from Roni Horn’s book, Weather Reports You and the latest research gathered about climate/weather from discussions with an atmospheric meteorologist, as well as reflections from personal experiences of Iceland as inspiration for the development of choreographic movement material.
Principal Investigator: Daniel Roberts (Dance) and Jeanine Thompson (Theatre)

Indigenous Arts and Humanities Grants Recipients


Ancient Indigenous Monuments and Modern Indigenous Art

The Newark Earthworks Center (NEC) and the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise (Barnett Center) will collaborate to bring American Indian artists, writers, scholars, and activists for short residencies to explore the Hopewell Ceremonial Earthworks (HCE) of central Ohio and engage with students and faculty. Each five-day residency would include an inclusive and expansive tour of the HCE; two video interviews, one pre-and one post-HCE encounter; a public presentation; and a master class or other medium-appropriate masters experience.
Principal Investigators: Marti Chaatsmith (Newark Earthworks Center) and Christine Ballengee Morris (Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise)

Indigenous Ohio: OSU and Native Arts and Humanities Past and Present

This interdisciplinary program conceived of by the members of OSU’s American Indian Studies program that asks regionally-focused questions about indigeneity  across  the  Ohio  region.  Indigenous  Ohio  will  foster  interdisciplinary  inquiry  across  the  OSU  campus  and  broader  Midwestern academic  communities with  questions  impacting  indigenous  studies  and  practices  in the arts and humanities; highlight  the  depth  of  North  American  indigenous  studies  at  The  Ohio  State  University;  facilitate  and encourage  student  involvement  with  indigenous  North  American  arts  and  humanities;  and  explore  a  diverse range of ways that indigenous arts and humanities focused in the  Ohio region can engage global issues.
Principle Investigators: Cheryl L. Cash (Comparative Studies),  John N. Low  (Comparative Studies), Daniel  Rivers (History),
Collaborators: Matthew A. Anderson (Molecular  Biology),  Mark Bender (East Asian Languages and Literatures), Robert Cook (Anthropology), Shannon Gonzales-Miller (Office of Diversity and Inclusion), Kenneth  D.  Madsen  (Geography), Lucy  Murphy  (History),  Elissa Washuta  (English)

K’acha Willaykuna : Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration

K’acha Willaykuna: Andean and Amazonian Indigenous Arts and Humanities Collaboration, will bring together several strategic, interdisciplinary initiatives that affirm Ohio State’s commitment to the study of and critical engagement with Indigenous cultures of Abya Yala (the Indigenous denominator for the American continent in its entirety). Project collaborations center around a fundamental appreciation of material cultural production, oral traditions and performance practices as key sites of Andean and Amazonian Indigenous knowledge, memory and meaning making.
Principal InvestigatorsElvia Andia Grageda (Department of Spanish and Portuguese), Alcira Dueñas (History), Pamela Espinosa de los Monteros (University Libraries), Richard Fletcher (Arts Administration, Education and Policy),  Megan Hasting (Center for Latin American Studies), Guisela LaTorre (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), Michelle Wibbelsman (Spanish and Portuguese)

Field School Grant Recipients


Dancing Connections and Communities of the African Diaspora

This field school positions dance as a lifeline for human connection and dances of the African diaspora as a conduit for understanding traditions of moving a people together as a community. More pointedly, to understand the historical significance of dances of the African diaspora in communities and its relevance in the lives of people today in the United States, starting with the African dancing community in Columbus, OH. Through cross-cultural connections,students will embark on a two-part experience in Columbus, Ohio.    
Course leader: Nya McCarthy-Brown (Dance)

Defining the Color Line: Race, Democracy and the Enslaved Community at James Madison's Montpelier

Professor Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of History, will lead a field school to Montpelier, the restored plantation estate of U.S. President James Madison, the architect of the Constitution and a slaveholder, to explore the formation and evolution of  the color line in America. This course is in its second offering.
Course leader: Hasan Kwame Jeffries (History)

Experimental Cinema in New York City: Communities and Institutions

Today New York City is home to dozens of new institutions of all sizes provide a range of alternative venues for the production, distribution, and exhibition of experimental media. Spending three days immersed in this artistic community, students will experience the entire gamut of institutions that make up the film and art world in New York City, from small gallery spaces to major museums. They will meet the people who run sites of production like artist-run labs and residencies and gain access to major sites of exhibition, like the Museum of Modern Art and the New York Film Festival.
Course leaders: Roger Beebe (Art) and Erica Levin (History of Art)

Ohio Folklore Field School Course, Spring 2020

How do Ohians create a sense of place in a changing environment? Students enrolled in the spring 2020 Ohio Field School course will have the opportunity to answer this question by conducting service-learning projects in collaboration with community partners in Perry County, Ohio. The area is home to expansive forestland, rolling hills, incredible biodiversity, and rich and complicated histories of migration, labor movements, and social activism. It is a place where hardworking activists and grassroots groups struggle daily to create a future for their communities after the departure of coal companies and extractive industries.
Course leaders: Katherine Borland (Comparative Studies) and Cassie Patterson (Center for Folklore Studies)

Livability Postdoctoral Fellowship Recipients


Center for Folklore Studies

This postdoctoral position in public folklore will contribute to GAHDT’s livability focus area through a multi-year exploration of the role that individuals, organizations, and institutions can play in supporting and documenting the folkways of diverse populations in rural and post-industrial Ohio. 

Department of Music

This postdoctoral position in music will contribute to research and teaching in the area of immersive audio – in recognition of the integral role that sound plays in supporting livability.