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MELLON RESEARCH INITIATIVES In 2012-2013, the Mellon Research Initiatives in the Humanities entered their second full year of programming with both groups, one in Early Modern Studies and the other in Environments & Societies, reporting larger crowds at their events and a broader disciplinary reach as each built on the momentum of its inaugural year. The Humanities Institute launched the Mellon Research Initiatives in the fall of 2011 with a generous $1.425 million award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Mellon Research Initiatives program will support four research collaborations over five years and is intended to explore and develop key ideas in the humanities and humanistic social sciences at UC Davis, strengthen graduate education by enabling UC Davis to recruit outstanding students and nurture their intellectual development, provide current faculty with opportunities for cross-disciplinary approaches, and provide vital experience for recent Ph.D.s in the midst of an unprecedented crisis in hiring. In fall 2013, two new research collaborations will join the Mellon Research Initiatives program: Digital Cultures; and Culture, (In)Security, and Social Justice in the 21st Century.


explore and develop key ideas in the humanities and humanistic social sciences


Left: Detail from Peasants Dancing and Feasting by David Teniers the Younger, (ca. 1660). © The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


An image from the title page of a 17th-century travelogue by Thomas Coryate (1616).


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