NEH Summer Institute at UCLA: Digital Cultural Mapping (June 18-July 6, 2012)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 (All day)

Directed by: Todd Presner, Diane Favro, and Chris Johanson

Fellowship stipends and housing support up to $4,100 provided for Institute participants

The purpose of this NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities is to bring together a cohort of 12 Humanities scholars and advanced graduate students across various disciplines to learn how to develop innovative publications and courses that harness the theoretical and practical approaches of the “geospatial Humanities.”  By geospatial Humanities, we mean the centrality of place, geo-temporal analysis, and mapping for conceptualizing, investigating, and visualizing research problems in fields such as history, architecture, classics, literary studies, art history, as well as the humanistic social sciences (archaeology, anthropology, and political science). Situated at the intersection of critical cartography and information visualization, the Institute will combine a survey of the “state of the art” in interoperable geospatial tools and publication models, with hands-on, studio-based training in integrating GIS data into Humanities scholarship, developing spatial visualizations, and deploying a suite of mapping tools in the service of creating publication-ready research articles and short monographs with robust digital components.  To learn more, please go to:

Application Deadline: February 1, 2012


Who can apply? 

The Institute targets scholars at all stages of their careers (faculty, graduate students, librarians, and staff researchers) who are actively engaged in digitally enabled research and who are currently preparing digital publications and/or teaching courses that rely on geotemporal analysis and argumentation.  The Institute is primarily focused on helping scholars bring mature research projects to a state in which they can be submitted to journals and presses for peer review and eventual publication.  A large component of the Institute will thus focus on evaluating digital scholarship through conversations with key representatives from university presses, professional associations, and leading journals.  The Institute is less an “introduction” to GIS and geospatial digital tools than it is a hands-on opportunity to work closely with faculty and staff affiliated with UCLA’s Digital Cultural Mapping program in order to prepare scholarly research in the geospatial Humanities for peer review and submission to presses and journals.  The HyperCities platform (, the Scalar platform, and various geo-visualization tools will figure centrally in the Institute.


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