July 2012

This program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of materials such as collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, and...

As security-related issues, the fading role of the state and the gradual elimination of borders are central themes in both political and scholarly debates today. “Failing states” as a safe haven for terrorists, transnational organized crime, a loss of overall legitimacy, shrinking state authority in conflict-ridden regions are the relevant keywords in this context. There is good reason for a more fine-grained perspective, however. Current security issues are multi-faceted and dynamic, ranging from military protection to efficient public infrastructure and a viable social negotiation process. As a matter of fact, the state is not irrevocably losing ground in security-sensitive areas. In some areas of national and personal security, state authority and sound governmental practice are more important than ever.

The goals of this Fund are: to support innovative research on critical issues in craft theory and history; to explore the inter-relationship among craft, art, design and contemporary culture; to foster new cross-disciplinary approaches to scholarship in the craft field in the United States; and...