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FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (CHIIRS)

The FCHI Interdisciplinary Research Seminars (CHIIRS), funded by an NEH Challenge Grant, are clusters of Emory University faculty and graduate students who meet monthly to discuss collaborative humanistic studies on interdisciplinary topics such as time periods or geographical areas.

These seminars range from traditional areas of study, such as time periods or geographical areas, to the emerging cross-disciplinary and cross-theoretical structures. CHIIRS typically meet once a month during the academic semester in the Seminar Room of the Fox Center. Programming will be a combination of individual presentations on research in progress, group discussions of specific research topics in the given areas, occasional outside speakers, and whatever other academic formats each seminar may find useful in furthering its particular intellectual mission.

If you would like to participate in one of the seminars, please contact the moderator. If you would like to propose a seminar, please contact the Fox Center at phone 404-727-6424 or by email at

2023-2024 Seminars

GALACSI (Georgia Atlantic, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies Initiative)
Moderator: Lia Bascomb, Associate Professor, Department of Africana Studies, Georgia State University
A group of scholars in Georgia engaged in pedagogical and research collaborations focused on the historyof the Atlantic World, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

Contemporary Women Novelists Reading Group
acilitator: Dr. Sandra J. Still, Woodruff Library, Librarian (Retired)
Faculty and graduate students come together from a range of disciplines interested in reading and discussing novels by contemporary women writers.

El Club/Latin American Association
Facilitator: Aixa Pascual, LAA
A monthly reading group held in Spanish on novels written by authors of the Hispanic diaspora.

Europe and Beyond
Moderator: Elizabeth Goodstein, Professor of English and the Liberal Arts
The principal goal of Europe and Beyond is to foster a research-centered, cross-disciplinary
intellectual community among faculty and graduate students at Emory University, Georgia State University, and Agnes Scott College working on Europe and Europe-related topics.