Collaborative Research Institutes


USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute (EMSI) 

USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies InstituteEMSI supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute’s range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.

The Institute is composed of a community of scholars based in the Los Angeles region and supplemented by short- and long-term visitors. EMSI strives to provide a suitable setting for nourishing intellectual achievement, advancing interdisciplinary research, and sharing path-breaking discoveries. The Institute aims to promote new avenues for research in the humanities and social sciences.

Positioned in a city that is intellectually vibrant and demographically diverse, the Institute will combine the strengths of a major urban university with a world class independent research institution. The Institute’s programs contribute to the development of a range of traditional disciplines (primarily but not exclusively history, literature, and the history of art) by bringing together the insights and techniques of scholars who share an interest in early modern peoples and cultures.


The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West (ICW)

Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West The Huntington-USC ICW is a collaboration begun in the summer of 2004 between the University of Southern California and The Huntington. The ICW is focused on the exploration of the history and culture of California and the American West. ICW utilizes the remarkable resources of The Huntington (its collections, curators, and scholars) as the foundation upon which to build programs, courses, and public outreach through the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences (and its first-rate collection of scholars and students) at the University of Southern California. Visit for more information.

Caltech-Huntington Humanities Collaboration (CHHC)

mti_logo Following on the success of the Caltech-Huntington program in “Materialities, Texts, and Images” (MTI) which will end after the academic year 2015-16, CHHC will put in place a series of specific interdisciplinary research projects or “modules”—each of which will be coordinated by a small group of Caltech faculty and Huntington residential research fellows and will run for two years.


Two one-year research fellows will divide their time between The Huntington and Caltech; one two-year postdoc will have teaching responsibilities at Caltech but will have a presence in the scholarly community at The Huntington. The first module, focusing on the theme of “Violence and Order: Past and Present”, will run from 2016-18 and will be coordinated at Caltech by Professors Warren Brown and Jennifer Jahner. The CHHC scholars coming into residence for the module are Professor Bettina Koch of Virginia Tech (2016-17) and Professor Rory Cox of the University of St Andrews (2017-18) and Dr. Leah Klement from Princeton University (for the full two years 2016-18).


NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650

The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on continuity and change in the production, dissemination, and reading of Western European books during the 200 years following the advent of printing with movable type. They will pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the Protestant Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which adherents of different religious faiths shared common ground in exploiting elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries) in order to inspire reading, but also to restrict interpretation. Employing key methods of the History of the Book, the investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the Renaissance and/or Reformation, the History of the Book, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.


This seminar will be held June 18 - July 15, 2017 at The Huntington. Those eligible to apply include US citizens who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2017 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,300. Up to three spaces will be reserved for adjunct faculty.


For further information, please contact The deadline for application is March 1, 2017.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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