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About the Program

The Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaborations (CHHC) place a premium on interdisciplinary collaboration, on opening new areas of research and scholarly inquiry, on taking original approaches to archival resources, and, above all, on supporting ambitiously conceived projects with the capacity to transform how humanities research is imagined and practiced.  

The Partners

The Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) at Caltech fosters a unique humanities research program driven by faculty who work at the leading edge of their fields. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens (The Huntington) offers an extraordinary resource for research scholars in the humanities. These two neighboring institutions launched the CHHC program in 2016. 

Each partner brings distinct institutional strengths to CHHC: HSS offers a research division free of departmental boundaries, with evidence-based collaborative research methods shaped by the natural sciences; The Huntington provides a rotating community of international scholars across a range of disciplines, all materially engaged in archival research in the library collections. 

The Research Modules

Coordinated by Caltech faculty, CHHC brings a group of scholars together across and between the two institutions to work closely on a rigorously defined research problem over the course of a two-year research module. The CHHC program directors and module coordinators select two successive year-long research fellows and one two-year postdoctoral instructor to facilitate collaboration through workshops, conferences, and visiting faculty, among other joint efforts.

The 2016–2018 CHHC module is titled “Violence and Order Past and Present.” Learn more about the inaugural CHHC module here

CHHC draws its inspiration from the Materialities, Texts and Images (MTI) program, which Caltech and The Huntington established as their first formalized joint research collaboration in 2013. CHHC builds on the success of the MTI program, with its thematically linked series of postdocs, workshops, and conferences. Learn more about MTI here.