Digital Humanities Initiative

Advancing research at the intersection of the humanities, science and technology

                                       

What are the Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities work is interdisciplinary, collaborative, and creative. It weaves new media tools and data and computational sciences with humanities methods, primary materials, and theoretical frames in order to address the complex challenges of 21st century digital cultures. The field includes a wide array of methods, including creating digital versions of archival and rare materials, large corpora, virtual recreations, and analysis of "born-digital" cultural materials. Research and teaching now incorporate data visualization, information retrieval and digital publishing with the traditional humanities fields of history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, art and more.

                                                             

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Digital Humanities projects

Counting the Dead: Arizona and the Forgotten Pandemic

Jacqueline Wernimont and Liz Grumbach created an interactive exhibit at ASU's Hayden Library, exploring the toll of the 1918 flu pandemic in Arizona, including the thousands of underreported Native deaths. “We’re interested in how you can take numbers and tell stories in ways that encourage affective and sensorial reactions,” Grumbach said. “How can you re-embody the data — take the numbers out of the table and return it to bodies in order to give it a lasting impact.”

Park Central Mall

The Digital Humanities Initiative created an interactive web resource that allows for the public to access historical materials found during the renovation of Phoenix's first mall. “We will be using all of our media tools to bring this great collection to life. One of the great features of a web-based collection is that past and present Phoenicians can help us build something that really captures what Park Central Mall has meant to our communities,” said Jacqueline Wernimont. “It’s an opportunity both to create a truly public history and to imagine a new future for this iconic space.”

Wound Person

Wound Person, based on the "Wound Man" illustration found in medical texts from the Middle Ages, helps you visualize how much and what kind of data you are sharing when you use a wearable and/or implantable device. Project leads: Nikki Stevens and Jacque Wernimont, with contributions from Soren Hammerschmidt and Elizabeth Grumbach.

Upcoming Digital Humanities events

Digital Humanities Coffee Hour

Digital Humanities Coffee Hour

September 6th, 2018 | 8:30 - 9:30 AM
ThinkerSpace, RBHL 197

Join the Institute for Humanities Research's Digital Humanities Initiative for a monthly morning coffee hour. We invite scholars working in the Digital Humanities and those who are curious about the Digital Humanities for informal introductions and conversations.

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Cathy N. Davidson

Collaboration, Humanities Style with Cathy N. Davidson

September 18th, 2018 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM
Ross-Blakley Hall 196

In this workshop, Cathy N. Davidson will orchestrate a collaborative workshop in leading, organizing, sustaining, and rewarding collaboration. The engaged methods she will demonstrate have proven successful (and inspiring) in the classroom, in research groups, in academe, in community organization, across disciplines, and in business. If you have a laptop, please bring it for collaborative notetaking and collaborative agenda setting and project management—although we’ll also be doing a lot with pencils and index cards.

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Faculty Development Workshop: Designing a Digital Humanities Project

Faculty Development Workshop: Designing a Digital Humanities Project

September 26th, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Ross-Blakley Hall 196

This workshop will offer participants an introduction to digital humanities fundamentals, specifically tools and methodologies. We will explore technologies and platforms that allow scholars of all skills levels to engage with digital humanities methods. Participants will not only be introduced to a variety of tools (including mapping, visualization, data analytics, and multimedia digital publication platforms), but also discuss how and why to choose specific applications, platforms, and tools based on project needs.

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