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Digital Humanities Initiatives

Digital humanities at the University of Tennessee is located at the intersections of computing science and humanities concerns. It spans disciplines and types of projects, with projects ranging from digitization of archival materials so that they can be more easily accessed outside of museums or libraries, to cultural analytics, to 3D mapping of archeological sites, to educational technology applications, to digital film studies, to game studies and gamification of learning. It includes data analysis as well as artificial reality technologies.

whitmoreMore a methodology than a subject area, DH brings the humanities into conversation with the digital world of computing science and opens new ways of doing humanities research.

As a world leader in computing science, with ties to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee offers unique opportunities to develop DH research. Aware of unique opportunities available at UT, the UT Humanities Center is overseeing a number of DH initiatives at the Knoxville campus:

  • Creation of a one-semester faculty fellowship in Digital Humanities. Funded by the UT Libraries, this fellowship offers one-semester free of teaching and service to a UT faculty member working centrally on a digital humanities project. See more information here: https://uthumanitiesctr.utk.edu/fellowships/digital.php

  • Oversight of the “Illuminate” Community of Scholars https://research.utk.edu/communities-of-scholars/.  Supported by the UT Office of Research, this group serves to inspire interdisciplinary collaboration, spark cross-campus creativity, build a community of practice, and raise the profile of digital scholarship support services on campus. Collaboration, networking, hands-on training, and cross-pollination among faculty, librarians, artists, technologists, and alternative academics are among the core work of this group, which seeks to advance arts, humanities, and social science research into new digital realms.

  • Graduate-student Internships in humanities media and communication. Ranging from one-semester to academic year appointments, these internships are conceived as “alt-ac” training that will broaden the experience of humanities graduate students into areas of media analysis and production and humanities communications.

  • The “Dialogues” lecture series, which is a mini-series within the UTHC Distinguished Visiting Scholars Lecture Series. For 2019-21, this series will bring in distinguished speakers excelling in digital humanities research and project funding.


Marisa Parham, professor of English and
director of Immersive Realities Lab for the Humanities at Amherst College.

In addition, the UTHC is working on funding and supporting a number of initiatives that will advance DH research and teaching at our UT Knoxville campus:

  • Creation of a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities through the College of Arts and Sciences

  • Funding for external postdoctoral researchers who can work with faculty on instructional design as well as oversee an annual “digital bootcamp” offering training in software and design for UT faculty and advanced graduate students.

To learn more about our digital humanities initiatives, contact us at humanitiesctr@utk.edu.

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