• 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

  • notice on website redesign 9/23/2014

    The Studio is delighted to launch the beta version of our newly redesigned website. We hope you’ll find it informative and easy to navigate. We welcome your feedback – comments, glitch reports, suggestions and questions. Thanks!

    @TheStudio_UI on Twitter


    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?
    • STUDIO TALKS IC Red Week

      Our next Studio Talk will take place on Thursday, December 4th! Join us from 4:30-5:30pm in N150 Lindquist. Participants include: Dr. Paul Greenough (History and Global Health), Tami Haught (Iowa HIV/AIDS Activist), and Dr. Jeffery Meier (Internal Medicine). The dialogue will be moderated by Nikki White, Studio researcher and developer with the AIDS Quilt Touch project.

      IC Red Week is an annual collaboration between student organizations to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS, raise money for research and prevention, and to advocate on behalf of people affected by the virus. The events center around International World AIDS Day on December 1st. Stay tuned for a full schedule of events, including this Studio Talk and the ceremonial reading of names on the Pentacrest.

      For those who can’t make it, be sure to follow @TheStudio_UI on Twitter and watch the conversation at #studiotalks. We’ll be sharing updates and photos, and the event will be filmed by UI Student Video Productions.

    • PUBLIC PROGRAM Iowa History Connections Launches Workshop 

      teacher leader center

      Iowa History Connections, a new initiative by the Digital Studio to bring Iowa history into the classroom, is launching this week with a new website and a workshop designed for K12 social studies teachers across the state. Workshop participants, while earning one licensure renewal credit, will further develop Iowa history knowledge and digital humanities skills in sessions taught by University of Iowa professors and guest lecturers from around the state. In addition to developing an overview of Iowa history and exploring specific issues, teachers will work together with mentors in writing curriculum during class sessions.

      Visit the website, and consider joining us February 7th-8th at the Iowa History Connections workshop!

    • Announcing Studio Start-Up Grants Program

      The Studio is pleased to announce a Studio Start-up Grants Program to encourage and support public digital arts and humanities research and projects.  The program is intended to provide an opportunity for researchers to determine, at an early stage, the viability of developing a full research project. Up to $3,000. in consulting and development services will be made available to successful applicants.  For more information, please go to Funding and Support.