Working Groups

These five faculty, staff, and student collaborative working groups meet regularly and host topical events.

Collective for the Interdisciplinary Study of Medicine and Culture (CISMaC)

The CISMaC facilitates projects that transcend disciplinary barriers and connect medical study with other fields, promoting work on the history of medicine, literature and medicine, medicine and the arts, health and ethics, intersections of health and gender, ethnicities and race, and, ideally, new inquiries not yet imaginable. For more information, visit the CISMac website.

Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG)

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The DHWG is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss specific projects and opportunities for the humanities in a digital age. For more information, visit the Digital Humanities funding page.

Environmental Humanities Initiative

The University of Florida Environmental Humanities Initiative was developed to provide scholars, teachers, and students in the humanities and related areas a community in which to forward, discuss, and promote research and teaching strategies about environmental issues. The University of Florida Environmental Humanities Initiative takes as its mission the imperative that humanistic scholarship must be central to environmental education and that environmental education must be central to all education. With this in mind, this initiative strives to galvanize diverse conversations across the UF campus toward the unified goal of increased awareness of and support for research and teaching in environmental humanities. For more information, visit the University of Florida Environmental Humanities Initiative website.

Impact of Materials on Society

The Impact of Materials on Society subcommittee partnered with faculty from engineering, liberal arts and sciences and education at the University of Florida to develop an introductory level course suitable for undergraduate and community college students. This course teaches students that engineering shapes and is shaped by social and cultural variables, and that a career in engineering is not only about math and science, but also about social problem-solving. This project aims to build creative thinking by giving students enough exposure to the cultural and physical dimensions of materials and materials science to enable them to see current engineering problems in new ways, and to think globally as well as locally. By targeting this class to first-semester students, it will enable students to draw lasting, creative connections between their general education requirements and core materials science and engineering curricula throughout their undergraduate careers. For more information, visit the working group website.

Science Fiction Working Group

Science fiction is the distinctive fictional form of late modernity. Bridging popular and elite cultures, engaging critics and enthusiasts, scientists and humanists, it is ideally suited to lively and productive debates on questions of fundamental concern to the humanities and the social, behavioral, and physical sciences. Since its emergence as a dominant form of cultural production in the 19th century, science fiction has served as a primary medium for forecasting effects of technology and science in the human world. In an era of increased academic emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, sf studies can be an invaluable site of intervention by and collaboration with traditional humanistic inquiry. For more information, visit the Science Fiction Working Group.