The purpose of the Institute is to bring together a cohort of 12 Humanities scholars and advanced graduate students across various disciplines to learn how to develop innovative publications and courses that harness the theoretical and practical approaches of the “geospatial Humanities.” By geospatial Humanities, we mean the centrality of place, geo-temporal analysis, and mapping for conceptualizing, investigating, and visualizing research problems in fields such as history, architecture, classics, literary studies, art history, as well as the humanistic social sciences (archaeology, anthropology, and political science). Situated at the intersection of critical cartography and information visualization, the Institute will combine a survey of the “state of the art” in interoperable geospatial tools and publication models, with hands-on, studio-based training in integrating GIS data into Humanities scholarship, developing spatial visualizations, and deploying a suite of mapping tools in the service of creating publication-ready research articles and short monographs with robust digital components.
Application Deadline: February 1, 2012
Institute Dates: June 18-July 3, 2012, with option to stay through July 6 @ UCLA
Given the extraordinary growth of the “Spatial Humanities” and the need to address the complexity of the technologies, methods, and research questions from multiple disciplinary angles, the NEH is supporting two Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities during the summer of 2012. Digital Cultural Mapping: Transformative Scholarship and Teaching in the Geospatial Humanities will take place at UCLA, under the direction of Todd Presner, Diane Favro, and Chris Johanson. This website describes the Institute and application process. The second Institute, Spatial Narratives and Deep Maps: Explorations in the Spatial Humanities, will meet in Indianapolis, June 18-29, in conjunction with the Virtual Center for Spatial Humanities. This Institute will be co-directed by David Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor Harris and will include leading scholars in the field of spatial humanities from the US and UK. While the Institutes have distinct curricula and deliverables, they will coordinate the selection process, and participants will have the opportunity to learn from one another through video-conferencing, project blogs, and digital publications. More information can be found on the NEH website.