Indiana Humanities is embarking on a new thematic initiative, launching late first quarter 2019, looking at how we relate to each other across rural, urban and suburban lines. We wish to uncover the current state of relations and the longer history of how Americans have thought about urban, suburban and rural differences. We also hope to spark conversations about how the futures of urban, rural and suburban Hoosiers are linked, and what might be preventing us from working together.
We believe the humanities can help individuals and communities make sense of the real and perceived differences between urban, suburban and rural Hoosiers. They can provide context and lenses for analysis, as well as create space for critical inquiry, open-ended consideration and reflection. We welcome proposals for talks by scholars working across the humanities and humanistic social sciences. We’re also open to proposals that take the standard scholar talk and flip it on its head, i.e., creative writing or performance workshops, text-centered conversations, or whatever else you can imagine.