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Working Groups

These 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.

Coasts, Climates, the Humanities, and the Environment Consortium

Professors Barbara Mennel of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Ken Sassaman of the Department of Anthropology, Jack Davis of the Department of History, Terry Harpold of the Department of English, and Cynthia Barnett of the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the College of Journalism are participating in the Coasts, Climates, the Humanities, and the Environment Consortium (CCHEC) funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Nicholas Allen, Abraham Baldwin Professor in Humanities and Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Art at the University of Georgia, leads the partnership of the University of Georgia, Louisiana State University, the University of Florida, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as an alliance of regional stakeholders. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded a $150,000 two-year grant and extended it for one year because of Covid-19 to pilot this consortium of research institutions and their public partners to study coasts, climates, and the environmental humanities. This award acknowledges the importance of collaboration for addressing urgent issues in environmental humanities, particularly as they pertain to the South-East region of the United States. Click here to learn more.

Digital Humanities Working Group (DHWG)

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. The DHWG also hosts the UF Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. For more information, visit the UF Digital Humanities Working Group.

Impact of Materials on Society (IMOS)

Kevin Jones, Mary Ann Eaverly, Marsha Bryant, Sophia Acord, and Pamela Hupp at the 2014 Materials Research Society Conference

The Impact of Materials on Society working group is a partnership of UF faculty from engineering, liberal arts and sciences, and education with the national Materials Research Society (MRS) to develop an introductory level course that combine studies in materials engineering with material culture. This team-taught introductory course is aimed at college freshman and 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. IMOS is taught each fall semester at UF, and at other universities worldwide. For more information about IMOS activities, visit the MRS Impact of Materials on Society Subcommittee 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.