Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South

Thanks to generous funding from The Duke Endowment, the Office of the Provost is accepting research proposals to study “Reckoning with Race, Racism, and the History of the American South.” The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2021. We anticipate one- or two-year awards to range from $5,000 to $40,000 with funding available by August 1, 2021 for use through June 30, 2023.

Racism has indelibly shaped the history of the United States, and continues to influence American culture, social relationships, politics, educational systems, and the economy. Interrogating the history of racism and race as ideology is critical to a deeper understanding of the systemic inequities that persist in such areas as health, employment and economic security, education, credit, access to capital, housing, and policing and criminal justice.

As an institution located in North Carolina and the American South, Duke University is connected to the painful history of slavery, segregation, systemic racism, and violence that Black Americans have faced. As a major research institution, Duke is well-positioned to leverage its strong research expertise and resources to deepen our understanding of race and racism, and to apply that knowledge to redress past injustices and to produce more equitable social outcomes.

Areas of Interest

We invite proposals that engage any topic related to the history of the South with a focus on race, racism, anti-racism, and freedom/liberation/abolition struggles and the implications of that history for our contemporary situation and the paths that we might take now. There will be priority consideration of proposals that engage with the history of the American South, but we will also consider comparative analyses between the American South and other regions that focus on the history of race, racism, and anti-racism, and freedom struggles. Some of the themes may include:

• Environmental Justice and Racism • Race and Education/Economic Opportunity  • Race and Medicine • Race and Labor • Race and Politics/Policy • Race and Culture/the Arts • Race and Demographic Change • Racism and Native America • Native America and Black America • Racism and LatinX/Hispanic peoples • Race and Sexuality • Representations of Freedom/Forms of Freedom • Race, Racism, and the Law • Race, Research and Teaching and the Archive • Atlantic or Transnational Histories of Slavery and Freedom (separately or together) • Race, Racism and the Media

Eligibility Requirements

Duke faculty, of any rank; faculty with primary appointments in the Schools of Medicine and Nursing are NOT eligible to serve as Primary Investigator, but may participate as a research team member.

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