Digital Humanities Initiative

The Digital Humanities Initiative officially began in the spring of 2016 as a response to increasing interest on the part of faculty, staff, and students in various departments, the library, and other entities on campus. Our activities focus around the exchange of ideas through a wide range of events, including a visiting speaker series, symposia, workshops, reading groups, and other opportunities. The Digital Humanities Initiative is funded by the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University. Many of our events are in partnership with the OSU Library.

Our primary goal thus far has been to create a community of scholars and educators interested in exploring new possibilities for our research and teaching. That might include expanding the reach of one’s research, using DH tools to find new insights, and providing greater opportunity for collaboration across disciplines, colleges, and universities. Incorporating DH into courses can get students more directly involved in original, interdisciplinary research. The digital humanities also have the potential to facilitate community engagement projects, public scholarship, and other socially-oriented research and pedagogy. The conceptualization of the Digital Humanities that we aspire to here at OSU is inclusive and accessible. In the words of Dr. Roopika Risam (visiting speaker in March 2019), “…the opportunity to intervene in the digital cultural record—to tell new stories, shed light on counter-histories, and create spaces for communities to produce and share their own knowledges should they wish—is the great promise of digital humanities” (Risam, 2018, p. 5). You can find a range of DH related resources on our Resources page.

 

DIGITAL HUMANITIES AT OSU

OSU has been hosting regular meetings of scholars interested in digital research and pedagogy for a couple of years now. The panel in this video was designed to highlight some of the DH Research already being done on campus, outline resources available to scholars interested in pursuing such projects, and identify undergraduates who might be interested in pursuing an undergraduate certificate in Digital Studies (currently in development). We'd like to expand the pool of OSU faculty and students engaged in such research, including those in the STEM fields who might be interested in collaborating on future projects.

 

CHCI MEMBERSHIP

As of January 2020, OSU’s Digital Humanities Initiative has become a member of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI). CHCI is a global network of over 250 humanities centers, institutes, research libraries, and related organizations. The organization’s key mission is to support the future of the humanities by nurturing new forms and methods of global interdisciplinary collaboration. OSU’s membership to CHCI is intended to foster continued momentum around the humanities on our campus, providing resources and networking that will help us build an even stronger future for humanities research on our campus and in our coommunities. For more information: https://chcinetwork.org/

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