• Remaking the technological world

    As part of its broader mission of supporting arts and humanities research on campus, the Institute of Arts & Humanities is launching initiatives that support faculty and students in critically engaging with emerging digital technologies for their research and teaching.

  • Resources for the 21st Century Arts & Humanities Scholar

    We provide support to faculty, researchers, and students in the form of consultations, training, talks, co-sponsorship, digital tools, and website building kits.

  • A collaborative and inclusive digital research community

    Our initiatives are dedicated to expanding the channels of participation to emerging digital technologies and practices for a broad set of interests and uses. Read more about our newly-launched digital commons, digital humanities research group, and more.

  • Inspiring digital scholarship

    We bring scholars, educators, and practitioners to talk about their work in digital arts and humanities. Ask us about co-sponsorship opportunities and stay tuned for future events.

  • Digital tools and methods training

    Participants of all skill levels are invited to attend our workshops on new digital tools and methods. We also strive to keep the community updated on related training events across campus.

  • Campus Digital Projects

    Interested in engaging with digital arts & humanities but don't know where to start? Check out these digital arts & humanities projects on campus for inspiration.

Digital technologies are changing the way knowledge is produced, shared, and accessed both within and beyond the university. Read more below about how projects, resources, events, and training are helping guide this transformation on campus.

Transformative Projects

Experimental publishing

Literature Ph.D. Candidate Jeanelle D. Horcasitas is producing a multimedia, non-linear dissertation companion piece entitled “The Utopian/Dystopian American Dream: Immigration and Labor in Latina/o Science Fiction” on the publishing platform

Cyber-Archeology Lab

Anthropology Distinguished Professor Thomas E. Levy and his team of researchers use three dimensional artifact scanning, immersive virtualization of excavations, and ultra-high resolution imaging to facilitate archaeological research and education

Computational Dreams

Visual Arts Ph.D. Student Gabi Schaffzin collaborated with Zachary Kaiser, a professor of Graphic Design and Experience Architecture at Michigan State University, and artist and educator Sofie Hodara on a performance exhibition that investigated the limits of algorithmic thinking.

Digital Philosophy Lab

Philosophy professor Clinton Tolley organizes the DPL, which experiments with various Digital Humanities techniques and critically discusses issues concerning the usefulness of Digital Humanities methodology in philosophy in particular.

Amazonia Mapping Project

History Professor Christine Hunefeldt and History Graduate Student James Deavenport use GIS and big data methods to help support the cultural and ecological preservation of the Amazon.

Have a project to share?

Let us know if you have a digital arts & humanities project you’d like to share with the campus community. Email Erin Glass at erglass@ucsd.edu.

Conceptions of Nature in Public Discourses

Razvan Amironesei, a postdoctoral scholar of the Center on Global Justice, is using computational methods to illuminate underlying conceptions of nature in contemporary public discourses about water scarcity in California.

Nonlinear history

Communication professor Stefan Tanaka’s project “1884” experiments with the possibility of a nonlinear history of Meiji Japan through electronic forms of publication.

Transformative Resources by the Institute of Arts & Humanities


The IAH provides one-on-one consultations on implementing digital components into student and faculty research, teaching, or funding proposals. Write Erin Glass to learn more about digital humanities/pedagogy methods at erglass@ucsd.edu.

Talks, trainings, & discussion groups

The IAH regularly hosts or collaborates on digital arts & humanities talks, trainings, and discussion groups to educate students, faculty, and staff on emerging research. All are welcome!

Digital arts & humanities community building

The IAH is dedicated to cultivating a collaborative and inclusive digital arts and humanities community on campus by hosting regular events, providing digital publishing and networking tools, showcasing research, and connecting practitioners across disciplines and programs.

KNIT, a digital commons

The IAH is proud to present KNIT, a digital commons for UC San Diego that offers numerous digital publication tools to all campus members. Use KNIT to create customizable websites for research, courses, and professional websites, create topic-based groups, and network with other campus members.

These signature initiatives of the Institute of Arts & Humanities are dedicated to expanding the channels of participation to emerging digital technologies and practices for a broad set of interests and uses.

Digital Arts & Humanities Discussion Group

All are welcome to join our bi-monthly discussion group where we discuss readings related to digital arts & humanities, workshop digital projects, and share information. Stay tuned for Fall 2017’s reading list.

Unlimited, self-serve, customizable websites, groups, & networking tools

Use the newly-launched digital commons, KNIT, to create websites for your research projects or classes, create topic-based discussion groups, and network with the UC San Diego community.

Race and Oral History in San Diego

History Professor Luis Alvarez and Ethnic Studies Professor Yen Espiritu are designing a course where students will produce digital oral histories with local residents as a public resource.

Mellon-funded digital pedagogy

As part of the Mellon-funded “Activating the Humanities” collaboration with the San Diego Community College District, IAH is providing resources and training for digital pedagogy, multimodal publishing, student networking and professional student presence online.

Transformative partners

Research Data Curation

Supports campus needs for data management, discovery, sharing, and preservation.


The future of Research Communications and e-Scholarship

Feminist Media

USC Professor of Cinema + Media Studies Tara McPherson gave on a talk on “Ambivalent Designs: Feminism, Race + the Digital Humanities.” Co-sponsored by the Race, Gender, Nation, & Empire in Digital Scholarship research group, IAH, and the Library. Check out her article “Designing for Difference” on the freely-available, non-linear digital publishing platform Scalar that she co-founded. 

Doing Digital Wrongly

Hip hop scholar group We Levitate gave a collaborative talk on “The Asylum: Alternative Sonic Registers of Black Girlhood,” hosted by the Critical Gender Studies Program at the Cross Cultural Center. Check out their music on Soundcloud.

Teaching fake news

USC Director of Humanities and Critical Code Studies Lab and Associate Professor of Writing Mark Marino gave a netprov-inspired talk on “How to Teach a Fake News Course: Journullism in the Age of Trump.” Co-sponsored by the Library and the IAH. Read more about the course and find teaching materials here.

Digital Humanities community

San Diego State University Digital Humanities Librarian Pam Lach shared information on emerging digital knowledge practices in her talk “Cultivating Community: Building Support for Digital Humanities in Academic Libraries.”

Co-sponsorship opportunities

Interested in bringing a scholar to campus to talk on research related to digital humanities/scholarship or new media? For possible co-sponsorship opportunities, contact Erin Glass at erglass@ucsd.edu.

Podcasting the humanities

Assistant history professor Chris Gratien gave an introduction to scholarly podcasting based on six years of experience with the Ottoman History Podcast.

Teaching + Learning Commons

A network of resources to improve how we teach and learn.

Writing + Critical Expression Hub

Dedicated to supporting all writing on campus, for any project.

Research IT

Helping UCSD faculty, staff, and student researchers to navigate the complex IT environment for successful research outcomes.

Library Carpentry

UC San Diego hosted the very first Library Carpentry workshop in the United States! Library Carpentry is part of the Carpentry movement, whose mission is to train researchers and librarians in the technological tools and computational skills needed in today’s research environment.

Digital Scholarship Uncamp

The Library held a half day series of interactive presentations and discussions devoted to introducing and exploring a broad array of topics and methods in Digital Humanities (DH) and emerging DH opportunities on campus.

Data science for everyone

Data science can lend fresh perspective on virtually any scholarly discipline, but its practice is often limited to those who have been trained extensively in its methods. In this workshop, Ilya Zaslavsky, Director of Spatial Information Systems Laboratory at UCSD, gave a tutorial on SUAVE, a platform-based tool he’s helped build for exploring data sets as varied as Salvador Dali’s paintings to responses from the General Social Survey.

FORCE11 Scholarly Communication

The FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Institute at the University of California, San Diego is a week long summer training course, incorporating intensive coursework, seminar participation, group activities, lectures and hands-on training. Participants will attend courses taught by world-wide leading experts in scholarly communications.

Future Workshops

Stay tuned for future digital humanities and digital scholarship workshops. And let us know what sort of workshops you’d like to see by writing Erin Glass at erglass@ucsd.edu.

Still here?

Stay updated by joining our Digital Humanities discussion group on KNIT. Students, faculty, and staff from all areas of campus are welcome to post relevant news, events, resources, and questions to the group forum. Don’t forget to first create an account with KNIT by logging in with your Active Directory credentials.

Online Readings, Tutorials, & Tools

Online Readings

1. Debates in the Digital Humanities, Volumes 1 & 2 provide an overview of critical topics in the digital humanities, including those pertaining to race, gender, labor, and accessibility. http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu

2. Digital Humanities Quarterly is an “open-access, peer-reviewed, digital journal covering all aspects of digital media in the humanities published by the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations.” http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/

3. Published in 2004, A Companion to Digital Humanities, is one of the first volumes to explore practices and theories within the digital humanities.

4. Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy “promotes open scholarly discourse around critical and creative uses of digital technology in teaching, learning, and research.” https://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu

5. HASTAC Pedagogy Project has more than 80 digital or collaborative student projects submitted by instructors. https://www.hastac.org/pedagogy-project

6. The Journal of Cultural Analytics is a “is a new open-access journal dedicated to the computational study of culture.” http://culturalanalytics.org/about/

7. The DHCommons Journal aims to “make visible the important, developmental work that often goes unseen in the midst of a DH project and to help DH scholars claim departmental, disciplinary, and institutional credit for that labor.” http://dhcommons.org/journal/about

8. Kairos “is a refereed open-access online journal exploring the intersections of rhetoric, technology, and pedagogy.” http://kairos.technorhetoric.net/

9. Digital Literary Studies is a “is an international peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication with a focus on those aspects of Digital Humanities primarily concerned with literary studies.” https://journals.psu.edu/dls

10. Communication professor Stefan Tanaka’s chapter “Pasts in a Digital Age” explores the way digital media are altering the practice of history. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/d/dh/12230987.0001.001/1:4/–writing-history-in-the-digital-age?g=dculture;rgn=div1;view=fulltext;xc=1#4.2

11. George H. Williams argues for accessibility in DH work in his article “Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities.http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/44

12. The Los Angeles Review of Books produced a series of engaging interviews with digital humanities practitioners. https://lareviewofbooks.org/feature/the-digital-in-the-humanities/

Online Tutorials

1. The Programming Historian offers an extensive set of free tutorials for humanities scholars looking to improve their technical skills. Learn digital methods for exhibitions, text analysis, mapping, web scraping, and more! http://programminghistorian.org/lessons

2. Code Academy offers free, interactive online tutorials for everything from HTML and CSS to Ruby and Python. https://www.codecademy.com/

3. HASTAC Scholars Sarah Evans and Richard Snyder lead this video tutorial on using Twine, a digital storytelling tool, for teaching for reaching. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0d8m6rZ2M0

4. Ted Underwood’s “Where to Start With Text Mining” is a great short introduction the computational analysis of text. https://tedunderwood.com/2012/08/14/where-to-start-with-text-mining/

Web-based Tools

1. KNIT is UC San Diego's digital commons, which provides website creation and digital communication tools to campus members. https://knit.ucsd.edu

2. Voyant Tools "is a web-based reading and analysis environment for digital texts." https://voyant-tools.org/

— Check out Hermeneuti.ca, a companion piece for Voyant Tools> that guides humanities scholars in computer-assisted interpretation. http://hermeneuti.ca/

3. Omeka.net "is a web-publishing platform that allows anyone with an account to create or collaborate on a website to display collections and build digital exhibitions." http://info.omeka.net/

3. The DiRT Directory "is a registry of digital research tools for scholarly use." http://dirtdirectory.org/

4. RawGraphs is a powerful web browser tool for turning spreadsheet data into a range of data visualizations without needing to know any code. http://rawgraphs.io/

5. Scalar, "is a free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required." http://scalar.usc.edu/scalar/

6. Esri Story Maps Esri Story Maps let you combine authoritative maps with narrative text, images, and multimedia content. They make it easy to harness the power of maps and geography to tell your story." https://storymaps.arcgis.com

7. Historypin "is a place for people to share photos and stories,
telling the histories of their local communities." https://www.historypin.org/

8. The Google Public Data Explorer "makes large datasets easy to explore, visualize and communicate." https://www.google.com/publicdata

9. SUAVE is an online tool developed at UC San Diego for visualizing and analyzing survey data, visual collections, and more.