2019-2020 Forum on Kinship

At a moment when, in many societies around the world, a more capacious imagining of community is being deliberately erased or forgotten, to be replaced by parochialisms and hatreds, the Wolf Humanities Center topic for 2019–20 calls for a reappraisal of the myriad possibilities for remembering, challenging, and reimagining kinship.

Kinship events and fellows coming soon!

ASL Interpretation at "Stuff" Events

In partnership with the American Sign Language Program in Penn's Department of Linguistics, the Wolf Humanities Center provides ASL interpretation at many of the live events in our 2018-19 Forum on Stuff, and in their online counterparts. 


Event Footage

Bill Brown (11/28/18), Re-Stuffing Theory, Re-Thinking Assemblage – Video / Audio

Wendy Chun (10/17/18), Segregation: The Stuff Social Media is Made Of – Video / Audio

Gail Steketee (10/24/18), Buried in Treasures: When Stuff Takes Over – Video / Audio

Annual Topics

2018-2019 Forum on Stuff

Stuff. It's all around us. We buy, sell, trade, design, collect, hoard, preserve, and trash it. From sacred relics to space debris, things define us and remind us, making tangible our beliefs, anxieties, and values. Join the Wolf Humanities Center in 2018-2019 as we explore the materiality and meaning of stuff.

In partnership with Penn's American Sign Language Program in the Department of Linguistics, the Wolf Humanities Center is delighted to provide ASL interpretation at many of the live events in our Forum on Stuff, and in their online counterparts.

Public Events

Topics Archive

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 that make important contributions to our understanding of culture. One such effort is the Wolf Humanities Center's partnership with the Chicago Humanities Festival, which began in 2012 with Penn Provost Ezekial Emanuel speaking on The Ethics of American Health Care. Other collaborations have featured the award-winning cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the premiere of the comic opera Biennale at Philadelphia's Barnes Foundation, and HAIKU, an international conference on the role of the humanities within the creative research university.

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 for the Wolf Humanities Center's 2019–20 Forum on the topic of Kinship are available in the following five categories:

The Wolf Humanities Center is also accepting applications for a 2019-20 Graduate Research Assistantship on the topic of Kinship.