The Digital Bridges Interest Groups program provides meeting space, structure, and discretionary funding for groups of faculty, including lecturers and other instructors, digital humanities staff members, graduate students, community partners, and other collaborators with a shared intellectual interest in an area of the digital liberal arts. We also welcome you to join the Digital Bridges Interest Group–Theorizing the Digital Humanities. To join, or for more information, contact our Postdoctoral Fellow, Christina Boyles.
Objectives: This year-long program allows participants to build a shared understanding of current theories, practices, and technologies that comprise the diverse field of digital humanities. Therefore, we invite groups of six or more people to request support to create Interest Groups. Possible areas of focus might include:
- The broader field of DH–for example, DH as it applies to various disciplines or cross-disciplinary collaborations, DH in Liberal Arts Colleges/Research institutions, the history of DH, etc.
- Theoretical and critical questions about digital media and/or digital culture–examples might include DH and accessibility, postcolonial DH, digital cartography, theories and practices of visualization for the humanities, pedagogy for the digital liberal arts, etc.
- Particular technologies and their applications.
- Pedagogy for the digital humanities classroom.
- Planning events pertaining to DH.
Digital Bridges Interest Groups
- Have at least one faculty director.
- Have at least six members, including participants from both institutions.
- Meet a minimum of three times each semester for 90 minutes. (Applicants should indicate that they plan to meet at least once at each institution, but some may be virtual meetings.)
- Report on their activities at the end of the academic year (an evaluation form will be provided).
- May apply for up to $2,000 to support their activities.
- To purchase books, to arrange virtual or actual lectures or discussions with external scholars or practitioners, to support the group attending workshops or conferences together elsewhere, or to enrich the group in other ways.
- Include mileage reimbursement when traveling to the other institution.
Note: Groups that are working together successfully may reapply for a second year.
Who can apply?
At least one director of the group should be a faculty member from Grinnell College or the UI; we welcome lecturers, staff members, graduate students, community partners, and other collaborators to participate as co-directors and participants.
How do we apply?
Click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply. Application includes—
- Name, Department, Contact information of the director(s).
- Title of proposed interest group.
- One to two paragraphs describing the topic, its significance, and possible approaches and questions the group will explore.
- A 3-5 sentence biography for each director.
- A list of potential participants (including their names, affiliations, and institutions). Interest groups should have a minimum of six members including the director(s).
- A brief explanation of your plans for meeting (including how you would alternate meetings between the two institutions, balance live and virtual meetings, your willingness to hold one meeting at each institution over the course of the year, etc.).
DUE DATE: Friday, June 7th by 5pm