DH@UT: Building a Digital Humanities Ecosystem for Innovative Research in the Liberal Arts

The Digital Humanities Pop-up Institute will develop infrastructure for digital research in the liberal arts. This Institute will gather researchers throughout campus, including those from the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Information, and UT Libraries, who are engaged in scholarship that is collectively referred to by the term “digital humanities” and who are interested in the creation of a research unit to bring together, catalyze, support, and promote work in this area.

The Digital Humanities Pop-Up Institute will consist of two parts: a national digital humanities training institute open to both UT and external participants, followed by an intensive planning session carried out by an interdisciplinary group of UT staff and faculty, with consultation by recognized experts in the construction and maintenance of digital humanities infrastructure.

In June 2017, UT will host an established, national digital humanities training workshop. The classes and lectures offered by this workshop, led by international experts in computational approaches to the liberal arts, will help UT researchers, as well as external participants, acquire new skills in the field.

The three weeks following the workshop will be dedicated to an intensive series of small colloquia involving UT faculty and staff as well as a small number of field leaders external to UT. The Institute’s objectives are two-fold:

  1. to develop grant proposals for support from sponsors such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and Institute of Museum and Library Services;
  2. to develop an Organized Research Unit (ORU) proposal; create a strategy and timeline for applying for external funding for the ORU; and obtain faculty commitments to the ORU.

Pop-Up Institute Leader:

Tanya Clement, Assistant Professor, School of Information

Principal Team:

  • Matt Cohen, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Lars Hinrichs, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
  • Adam Rabinowitz, Department of Classics, College of Liberal Arts
  • Aaron Choate, UT Libraries
  • Katie Pierce Meyer, University Libraries

HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning & Teaching) is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture.

HILT 2017 will meet from Monday, June 5 to Friday, June 9th on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Registration is now open through May 15. Space is limited, so sign up early to ensure you sign up for your first course choice. Visit HILT 2017 website for more information.

For more information, visit the Institute's website.