• Individual consultations for researchers looking to start or further develop a project
  • Collaboration across campus, in the community, statewide and nationally
  • Public programs that highlight the work of researchers, as well as issues and developments in contemporary digital practice
  • Training through workshops and classroom visits
  • Support for public programs
    (e.g. sponsorship for  visiting researchers, presentations, etc.)
  • Public information and public relations support


Research Questions in
the Humanities

  • Are comparative research methodologies adequate to accommodate the sheer volume of information available to contemporary humanities researchers?
  • How can quantitative empirical data be used to formulate a qualitative analysis of cultural datasets?
  • Are analytical philosophical methods relevant to new modes of understanding?
  • How can we reframe contemporary issues in an artistic light to gain more meaningful insight?
  • What effects come from an artist labeling/defining their artistic work?
  • What are strategies involved when inducing empathy through art?
  • How is technology both expanding and limiting human interaction?
  • What are the impact of specific technologies on culture and behavior?
  • What trends can we identify in historical manuscripts using technology?
  • Is the idea of permanence in art obsolete in the digital age?
  • How relevant are traditional ideas of craft and materiality to a digital art practice?
  • The primary medium of digital art is computer code. Can truly original digital art be made by an artist who do not know code?
  • Who owns public art?
  • Is the accuracy of the assessment of a piece of art based on what the artist intends or what the audience experiences?
  • Is public art important because it enhances a location or because it questions it?
  • How can we construct complex, multi-faceted perspectives on contemporary issues through engaging contributors of diverse backgrounds and experiences?
  • What resources and knowledge exist in communities outside of the academy that can inform our understanding of history?
  • What does it mean to publish?
  • How does the digital component of public art contribute to access and interpretation of the work?
  • What kind of technological tools can be developed to best facilitate interactive public art?
  • Are mobile games more effective than data-entry apps in encouraging individuals to add their knowledge to a public history archive?
  • What different modes of interactive data visualization of a text corpus will engage different audiences who vary in expertise and interest?

  • CALL FOR APPLICATIONS Digital Bridges Summer Institute

    Digital Bridges Summer Institute
    June 15-19, 2015
    University of Iowa and Grinnell College
    Andrew W. Mellon-Funded Collaboration
    Applications Due: Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 5 pm

    We invite applications from faculty and advanced graduate students in the arts, humanities, and qualitative social sciences for participation in a weeklong institute that will occur at Grinnell College this summer dedicated to core digital humanities technologies with an emphasis on teaching.

    Each participant will receive a $500 stipend. During the week, institute participants will create a new course or reimagine an existing course, incorporating digital technologies from the institute in a pedagogically thoughtful way.

    Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry is a collaborative Mellon-funded project between The University of Iowa and Grinnell College to explore teaching, learning, and research in the digital liberal arts. The grant will support a weeklong Digital Bridges Institute each summer for four years. The 2015 summer institute-June 15-19-will introduce core digital humanities technologies, emphasizing how they can be integrated into undergraduate and graduate education. The Institute will feature guest speaker Ted Underwood, Professor of English at the University of Illinois-UC and author of Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies (Stanford UP, 2013) and a leader in the field of text mining and literary studies, along with faculty from Grinnell College and the University of Iowa.

    If you have questions, please contact the Digital Bridges Summer Institute UI organizer, Jim Elmborg, School of Library & Information Science, james-elmborg@uiowa.edu