• 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!

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    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 Expanding the Climate Narrative

      Our next Studio Talk will take place on Thursday, November 6th! Join us in our new time and new place, from 4:30-5:30pm in N150 Lindquist. Speakers include faculty and graduate students representing three different projects happening at the University of Iowa: Dr. Barbara Eckstein (The People’s Weather Map), Sarita Zaleha (The Climate Quilt), and Erica Damman (The Climate Narrative Project). The dialogue will be moderated by Mark NeuCollins.

      The world today is climatically vastly different than the one we grew up in. Our past experiences will only continue to become more estranged from this new climate reality. Until recently, scientific discourse has held a near complete domination of the climate narrative, resulting in knowledge of climate change divorced from its lived experience. But today researchers in the arts, humanities, and sciences have begun applying the traditional tools of narrative and storytelling to build a deep comprehension of the world we now face. With “Expanding the Climate Narrative,” we hope to promote a cross-disciplinary dialogue leading to new connections and breakthroughs in thinking. All students, faculty, and staff and invited to join in on this public dialogue.

      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.

    • INFORMATION SESSION New Public Digital Humanities Certificate

      invitationPerhaps you’ve been using digital technologies in your humanities work, or you want to but don’t know how. Perhaps you’re a researcher in computer science or engineering who has been thinking about applying your skills in humanities fields. If so, the new University of Iowa certificate in Public Digital Humanities is for you!  Over the last decade, Digital Humanities have been growing, creating new forms of scholarship and allowing for new methods and forms of publication in the humanities. This certificate is designed for graduate students who want formal structure and credit for developing expertise with digital technologies in humanities disciplines, allowing them to dive more deeply into their fields and forward their academic careers.

      On October 31st, come to the Studio from 2:00-3:00pm to learn more about the PDH Certificate with Director Jim Elmborg, Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies. You will hear about who is involved, what courses constitute the certificate, and how to apply, and have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

    • DH@IA Keeping Up with UI Research
      dh@IA IconIt’s that time of year again – the time when we are updating the Studio’s directory of campus DH projects!

      (“DH at Iowa”) showcases research projects in the public digital humanities at the University of Iowa.  Topic categories, project status, and connections to the researchers working on projects allow people to see who is doing what and how they can get involved in the Iowa DH community.

      We aspire to give a current and comprehensive view of the DH landscape here on campus, so if you are working on a digital humanities project that is not listed on dh@IA or see some information that is out of date, let us know!