ASU humanities institute seeks book award nominees

January 12, 2015

The Institute for Humanities Research (IHR) at Arizona State University is currently seeking nominations for the 2015 Transdisciplinary Humanities Book Award. Potential nominees should be non-fiction books published in 2013 or 2014 and written or co-written in English by a tenured or tenure-track, full-time ASU faculty member whose work reflects the finest contemporary transdisciplinary humanities-based scholarship on any topic.

A book that is transdisciplinary in methodology and scope works between, among and within foundational models set up by disciplines, and transforms or transcends those disciplines by: restructuring conventional idea systems and practices; developing new knowledge frameworks or domains; or constructing new paradigms or focal concepts. In keeping with the mission of the IHR, the book should also focus on compelling topics of social or cultural importance. Download Full Image

The winning book will receive a cash award of $1,500, advertisement in IHR materials and an award certificate. The author(s) will be featured at an awards ceremony in the fall 2015 semester and asked to give a presentation and engage in a discussion of the winning book. Books may be nominated by the faculty author(s) or by their colleagues or publishers.

Nominations are due Feb. 2. For more information and for the nomination form, please click here.

Email Michelle Spiegel of the IHR with any questions, at

Emma Greguska

Reporter, ASU News

(480) 965-9657

Anti-violence project at ASU is finalist in digital media competition

January 12, 2015

A project by researchers at Arizona State University has been named a finalist in the Digital Media and Learning Competition 5, supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and administered by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) through a grant to the University of California, Irvine.

The Addressing Anti-Feminist Violence Online proposal submitted by Jacqueline Wernimont on behalf of FemTechNet, a feminist collaborative network, is competing for a share of $1.2 million that will be awarded as part of the “Trust Challenge” initiative. Jacqueline Wernimont, assistant professor of English at ASU Download Full Image

Alice Daer is also a part of the collaborative team that authored the grant. Wernimont and Daer are both assistant professors in the Department of English, within ASU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Public voting will determine three People’s Choice Awards of $5,000 each to be used for technology needs of the applying organization/institution. All of the finalists' proposals will go on to compete for full funding, independent of the public voting results.

“Building trust and resiliency for women and feminists online is a critical and timely project, and we are delighted that our proposal has progressed to the final round of the #‎dmltrust competition,” said Wernimont.

Wernimont, Daer and their collaborators propose to gather and develop “best practices” for responding to threats of online violence. They will publish tools and tips in a digital book format, and will host in-person, as well as virtual, events to produce and share the resources.

To view and vote for the ASU team’s proposal, visit:

“According to a recent Pew Study, one in four women have experienced online stalking or sexual harassment,” wrote Wernimont and Daer in their proposal. “Much of this violence has been perpetrated online, but threats like these can move into offline, ‘real’ life.”

More information is available on Wernimont’s blog and on the Digital Media and Learning Competition 5 Web site.

Kristen LaRue-Sandler

senior marking & communications specialist, Department of English