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.

The Digital Humanities initiative at the Institute for Humanities Research is a feminist, anti-racist and inclusive space. 


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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.

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