A New Center & Institute Initiative to Enhance Remote Learning and Teaching

August 6, 2020 – Call for Papers

A New Center & Institute Initiative to Enhance Remote Learning and Teaching, Columbia University


The Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity. In consortium with the Center for Science and Society (CSS), the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health (CHEPH), and the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL), we will offer funding for proposals that cultivate student engagement and enhance the online learning experience for Columbia students and instructors in 2020-2021. All Columbia and Barnard faculty, instructors, undergraduate and graduate students, TAs, research fellows and postdocs (if teaching or taking a class in the 2020-21 academic year) are eligible to apply. For detailed description, see the CSS application portal.


ICLS seeks proposals that focus on the cross-regional and cross-cultural study of the current pandemic, racism and its histories, capitalism and biosecurity, migration, health disparities, and social justice. We are particularly interested in proposals that demonstrate a strong commitment to comparative, multilingual, and cross-disciplinary approaches to literature, technology and society.


The Center for Science and Society and the Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health seek proposals that fall within the broad scope of understanding the relations between science and society, and histories and politics of health, disease, and environment in a local and global context. We particularly welcome proposals that involve science and social justice; access to knowledge; science and democracy; the interaction of capitalism, science, and disease; science, experts and evidence; health and racial disparities in COVID-19 times.


The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life (IRCPL) seeks proposals for projects that aim to understand the role of religion and secularism, both historically and in the contemporary world, and is particularly interested in programs that consider the intersection of religion with race and racism, climate change, and issues related to public health. IRCPL hopes that these funds will allow students and instructors to enhance and enrich the digital learning experience.



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