Call for Applications

Now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Research Fellowships and one Research Assistantship on the topic of Choice. Applications due March 22, 2020.

ASL Interpretation Continues

Continuing our partnership with Penn's American Sign Language Program and the Deaf-Hearing Comunication Centre, ASL interpretation is provided at many live events in this year's Forum on Kinship, as well as in their online counterparts. More information on hearing as well as physical and visual access available on our Accessibility page.

Public events with ASL interpretation
• Event videos with ASL interpretation



Forging Kinships Symposium, Feb 21

How are the bonds of kinship created, lived, and realized? Join us for a day-long symposium organized by the Wolf Center's junior fellows. Guest speakers include Riché J. Daniel Barnes (Mount Holyoke), Amy Borovoy (Princeton), Margaret Bruchac (Penn), Bradley Ensor (Eastern Michigan), Angela Garcia (Stanford), Jake Nabel (Penn State), Rachel Sarah O'Toole (UC Irvine), and Mark Rifkin (UNC Greensboro).

Symposium Schedule

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?

Topics Archive

Humanities at Large

Humanities at Large

The collaborative Wolf Humanities at Large programs go beyond the Center's annual topic, showcasing events and people on and off campus making important contributions to our broader understanding of culture. Be sure to subscribe to our e-announcements and social media feeds for regular program updates.

Fellowship Opportunities

Fellowship Opportunities

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: