Annual Conference

Deadline: Proposals should be emailed to with subject line Faculty Invites, by 5:00 p.m., February 28, 2022

We invite University Park faculty to suggest a conference theme, with proposed speakers, schedule, partners, and budget. Applications that demonstrate coordinating collaboration between departments/fields will be given special consideration. Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the HI staff by emailing for help in developing the proposal. Only substantially planned proposals will be considered.

Suggestions on any humanities topic will be considered but special consideration will be given to those suggestions that link to next year’s theme. Please note: the theme for 2022-2023 has yet to be determined.

The purpose of this funding is to support the fruition of a modest conference held at Penn State under the rubric of the annual Humanities Institute Conference (i.e., 7-10 planned speakers, or a call for papers with keynote). The HI will consider requests up to $10-15,000 to support the conference, but we expect faculty hosts will solicit additional funding from their home department and other sources to support the cost of the entire event.

We will consider conferences proposed for 2022-2023 or for 2023-2024 if more advanced planning is needed or special anniversaries or dates mark the significance of the event.

Conference topics may be in any area of humanities research, including interdisciplinary collaborations with other fields. Specialized conference topics are welcome but special consideration will be given to those topics with broader community appeal, and may be selected according to semester/yearly themes as developed by the HI Executive Board.

HI Staff will support the conference planning by creating and disseminating publicity materials, and will work with the faculty hosts and their home department staff to arrange organizational details of travel/lodging, venue, and catering.

Proposal Requirements: Up to 5 pages; submit as one document

* Briefly explain the conference theme and importance, both to specialized faculty and the broader humanities (and university) community

* Provide a general outline of proposed schedule of events, possible speakers, intended audience, etc.

* Include an approximate budget of anticipated costs, as well as other possible sources of funding

Additionally: A brief statement of support from appropriate Department Heads should be emailed to with the subject line “Faculty Invites Support”