The Bard Center for the Study of Hate has established a fund to support Senior Project research that examines human hatred and its manifestations. By hatred we refer to the “working definition” of hate studies: “the human capacity to define, and then dehumanize or demonize, an ‘other,’ and the processes that inform and give expression to, or can curtail, control, or combat, that capacity.” Hatreds can be visceral (such as white supremacy, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or other ideologies and theologies that target groups for violence or discrimination), or normative (such as historical analyses of hatreds that were viewed by many at the time as just how things were, like slavery before the Civil War, or the tolerance until recently of racist sports team mascots).
Applications should include a detailed proposal (up to 500 words) and a budget (up to $1,000), which can include travel expenses (meals, lodging, transportation) to archives, libraries, museums, conferences, and similar research venues, and research expenses (photocopies, films, books, etc.). Contact BCSH director Kenneth Stern ([email protected]) for more information. Applications are usually due each year by the beginning of December.