|From online preservation and digital mapping to data mining and geographic information systems, new techniques not dominated by the written word are reshaping the study and teaching of humanities disciplines, turning once solitary practices into team-based endeavors, and enabling global communities of experts to work across old lines of division.
The DIGITAL HUMANITIES FORUM is a new hub for such efforts at Penn, supported by funds from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. During our start-up phase, from September 2012 through June 2014, the main areas of focus will be education, community building, and project incubation. Our goals are to foster interest, awareness, and debate about the various ways computer technologies are affecting scholarship and teaching in the humanities, and to build a collaborative network of humanists and technology specialists at Penn to develop innovative digital research projects. We welcome inquiries and proposals from faculty, students, and working groups in all humanistic disciplines as well as from scholars outside the traditional humanities who are interested in joining with humanists to form new interdisciplinary partnerships.
Each semester we sponsor a day-long symposium consisting of public lectures and discussion followed by small-group workshop sessions with leading DH researchers and administrators. We also host Tools and Techniques luncheons, where scholars describe and demonstrate some particular method of digital research.
We offer small grants for faculty and doctoral students to support their training and certification in digital research and teaching methods. Grants of up to $1200 may be used to offset travel, lodging, and tuition expenses incurred while attending classes at the DH Summer Institute and other programs.
Project Incubation Support
We provide support for digital humanities projects in the early stages of development, assisting faculty researchers to structure their projects soundly, identify existing digital tools and resources, coordinate with librarians and technology specialists on campus, estimate project costs and duration, and prepare effective grant proposals.