Intellectual Rigor

Characterized by creativity, knowledge, curiosity, aesthetics, critical thinking, and wisdom

Diverse Collaboration

Characterized by the intentional inclusion of all kinds of people and ideas, as well as respect, empathy, trust, and civility

Fearless Innovation

Characterized by bold ideas and a willingness to fail often on the way to discovering new knowledge

The Center for Digital Humanities is a research and innovation incubator for the computational study of the human condition.

Transforming the Humanities Through Technology

The UA Center for Digital Humanities is helping faculty and students embark on wide-ranging research projects applying cutting-edge technology
 
Imagine being able to walk around a Buddhist temple in China without leaving your desk. Or observe with the click of a button how African dances evolved. Or read ancient scripts with real-time translation.
 
Those are just some of the ways digital technology is creating new opportunities to study who we are, where we came from and ultimately what it means to be human.
 
The UA College of Humanities’ new Center for Digital Humanities exists at the intersection of advanced computational technology and the world’s most enduring questions about the human condition. Projects already underway apply technologies like data visualization, digital storytelling, 360-degree immersive video, digital mapping, and virtual and augmented reality to subjects including traditional African dances, Buddhist temples and rituals, ancient writing and languages, and religious expression in social media.
 
That combination of technologies and humanities, a synthesis of different modes of thought and exploration, can spark exciting new opportunities and unexpected directions for research, says Bryan Carter, director of the Center for Digital Humanities.
 
“With digital humanities, when you start a project, new questions are spawned because you’re visualizing them in a new context,” Carter says. “There are all these ways you can see the world differently and experience it differently.”
 
Carter describes the Center as a “dedicated research and innovation incubator,” purposefully structured with a unique collaborative framework to support research projects by faculty members.
 
“Often, faculty and students don’t have the necessary coding skills, so it’s farmed out to some entity. What we’re trying to do is eliminate that uncertainty for faculty members and students by integrating both the content and technology development in-house," Carter says. "This makes it much easier for faculty and students to understand and drive their digital projects in their entirety.” 

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