The Center for Humanities at Tufts fosters interdisciplinary humanities work in comparative literature, comparative religion, world history, philosophy, anthropology, theory and cultural criticism, and the arts, to innovate new research and reflection. The Center hosts public lectures, seminars, conferences and colloquia by visiting artists, writers, and scholars, and brings together faculty, postdoctoral, and dissertation fellows. Fellows participate in a research seminar and attend monthly public events with distinguished visitors.

Each year, the Center selects a theme around which to organize some of its central activities. The Center’s theme for 2018-2019, Culture, History, and Translation considers longer histories of connection, exchange, and interdependency in ways that unsettle discretely bounded territories and recast received historical periods. It does so by reconsidering formerly studied “areas” by recasting the global study of Europe, transoceanic studies, hemispheric American studies, global Black diaspora studies, and global Asia studies. Specifically, we critically engage translationas interceding on settled notions of culture and history and as imbricated in constructions of colonialism, race, empire and diaspora. To this end the Center will be working with the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism and Diaspora in initiating a series of conversations titled "Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora Studies: Envisioning Interdisciplinarity for Today's University" which will feature speakers such as Vivek Bald, Zachariah Mampilly, Kēhaulani Kauanui, Alyosha Goldstein, and Josie Saldaña. Additionally, we will be organizing and co-organizing talks by Tarek El Ariss, Nicholas Mirzoeff, Sharad Cheri, and others to still be confirmed.