Forum on Kinship Opens 9/25!

This year's Forum on Kinship opens on September 25th, when UCLA Anthropologist and 2014 MacArthur Fellow Jason De León will be installing a prototype of Hostile Terrain 94 at Penn Museum. HT94 is a global participatory political art project that memorializes and bears witness to the thousands of migrants who have died as a result of Prevention Through Deterrence, the U.S. immigration policy between Mexico and the United States.

Volunteer now to be a part of creating HT94 at Penn!

At 5 pm on the 25th he will also give a talk, "Work is Work," on the human smuggling economy in Latin America, followed by a 7 pm screening of his ethnographic film Border South. Join us!

Call for Applications

The Wolf Humanities Center is now accepting applications for five 2020-2021 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships on the topic of Choice. 

Book Manuscript Workshops

The Wolf Humanities Center offers funding for one book manuscript workshop each semester to support pre-tenure humanities faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn who have a complete or near-complete book manuscript that has not yet been sent out to a press.

Annual Topics

2019-2020 Forum on Kinship


We always understand kinship to mean many things. It can be biological, adopted, geographical, intellectual, religious, or spiritual. It organizes some of our most significant relationships, defining our affections, loyalties, and allegiances. Kinship can also pose obstacles to ways of being individuals and making community.

Today, in many societies around the world, broader understandings of kinship as community are being deliberately erased or forgotten, replaced by parochialisms and hatreds. How do these current sectarianisms challenge us to remember and reimagine other, more progressive forms of kinship and community?

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Fellowship Opportunities

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Research Fellowships

Each year, the Wolf Humanities Center provides fellowships for Penn students, Penn and regional faculty, and postdoctoral scholars conducting research related to our annual topic. Fellowship opportunities are available in the following five categories: