• 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 Post-Doctoral Scholar

    The Obermann Center for Advanced Studies at the University of Iowa welcomes applications for a full-time, twelve-month Postdoctoral Scholar. The two-year residency will begin on August 10, 2015. The position is funded through the generosity of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is part of a four-year initiative, Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry: A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership.

    The purpose of the grant is to develop humanities-centered collaborations in the digital liberal arts that build on the complementary strengths of a liberal arts college and a research university. We seek to weave the digital humanities more deeply and thoughtfully into the curriculum at both institutions while also building cross-institutional bridges to connect Grinnell College and the University of Iowa intellectually and pedagogically. Our shared mission is to create knowledge with our students, learn what forms of collaboration best serve the humanities, and to share that knowledge, along with emerging scholarly digital projects and digitally energized pedagogy, with colleagues across the country. Therefore, we are especially interested in candidates with demonstrated expertise in using digital technologies and digital pedagogy to enhance teaching and learning.

    Applications will be reviewed beginning April 13th.