Research

The Institute facilitates research on a broad range of issues that have to do with the social, cultural, political, economic, and religious dynamics of Europe. We are especially interested in promoting scholarly inquiry into ongoing debates about the dream of European unification and the sources of division among its peoples.

Research Statement:

The Nanovic Institute supports research on a broad range of issues relating to the social, cultural, political, economic, and religious dynamics of Europe. It is particularly interested in research that has implications for contemporary debates about European unification and division. Major topics include religion and secularization, the movement of peoples, social and political geographies, and patterns of European integration. The concept of unification is not restricted to any particular period. The Institute is especially interested in promoting interdisciplinary projects as well as those that transcend the focus on any one country, state, or people to stimulate new ways of thinking about Europe as a whole.

Faculty

Over time, the Institute has identified several major topics that draw upon the scholarly strengths and teaching interests of its faculty fellows. These topics include the impact of religion and secularization on culture, the movement of peoples across national boundaries, changing social and political geographies, and diverse and cross-cutting patterns of European integration. By design, the Institute does not seek to restrict the concept of "unification" to a specific period. Also it prefers to let the Europeans themselves decide what constitutes "Europe." In line with its Shannon Prize, the Institute's primary research intent is to promote interdisciplinary projects that transcend the study of any one country, state, or people and stimulate new ways of thinking about Europe as a whole.

To facilitate this research, the Institute offers

  • individual research grants
  • support for international collaborative projects
  • major grants for sponsored research symposia
  • ongoing forms of support for research clusters
  • and sponsored discussion groups
  • and an annual book reception to celebrate its Fellows' work.

Soon the Institute will begin to feature the many dimensions of faculty research on this website.

Graduate

At the graduate level, the Institute supports a broad range of research activities, much of it in the Humanities and Social Sciences. We make it possible for graduate students to conduct research in European archives, the acquisition of second and third languages, to present papers at professional conferences, and to organize international academic conferences that correspond to their interests. We also offer dissertation year fellowships which enable students to finish their research and writing in a timely fashion.

Undergraduate

The Institute is heavily invested in undergraduate research. At every point in a student's education, the Institute offers grant programs to encourage undergraduates to act on their intellectual curiosity in a serious and adventurous way.