Columbia University

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Division of Humanities




Columbia University’s thirteen humanities departments are among the pillars upholding the stellar reputation of both the College and the University. Long known for housing a remarkable array of public intellectuals, Columbia humanities departments bring the world’s best art and ideas to the attention of those within the university and beyond. In 2014-15, the humanities faculty identified key areas for innovation. Some of these proposed changes will strengthen traditional areas of excellence; others will allow us to expand into important emerging areas. Our goal for the next decade is to make the humanities more digital, more public, and more global.


Global Humanities

The humanities are born global. Our mission is to teach and research the languages, literature, music, art, ideas, and beliefs of the world, and to understand how globalization affects not just markets and networks but also culture and everyday life.
Begun in 2014, the Global Humanities projects aim to make our teaching and research global in both form and content. Students and faculty become global by learning languages; by collaborating with thinkers from around the world; and by experiencing the linguistic and cultural diversity that exists within as well as across locales, nations, and regions.



Charles Armstrong (Art History and Archaeology) wrote about the need for UN-led multilateral talks in the current stand-off between North Korea and the US, in South China Morning Post.

Courtney Bender (Religion)  co-curated, with Nancy Levene, a special collection of works, "Is This All There Is," in honor of the 10th anniversary of The Immanent Frame.

Clémence Boulouque (Religion) wrote "A Thousand Worlds and This" in The Immanent Frame.

Antoine Marcel Compagnon (English and Comp Lit) was interviewed in the Spanish newspaper El Pais during this October's Frankfurt Book Fair.

Souleymane Bachir Diagne (French) delivered a talk titled "Decolonizing the History of Philosophy" for the annual Anton Wilhelm Amo Lecture at the Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg. 




The Italian Academy seeks candidates for the Weinberg Fellowships in architectural history and preservation for the 2018–2019 academic year. Deadline: December 4, 2017

The Precision Medicine and Society (PM&S) Program seeks workshop and seminar proposals aimed at encouraging the Columbia community to explore the issues critical to realizing the potential benefits of precision medicine in an equitable fashion. Deadline: December 15, 2017

Columbia's Dean of Arts & Sciences in the Division of Humanities and Paris Sciences & Lettres (PSL) seek collaborative proposals from Columbia University Humanities faculty, working together with faculty in any of PSL’s colleges and research institutions, for projects and exchanges including seminars and conferences in both Paris and New York.  Deadline: December 18, 2017.

The Trinity Long Room Hub (TLRH) and the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities (SoF/HCH) at Columbia welcome applications from tenured and tenure-track faculty for jointly-sponsored short-term visiting fellowships