Advancing the humanities with code, communication, and community.

We are a vibrant community of practitioners who use state-of-the-art digital tools to enrich education and research in the humanities. Our programs integrate digital and humanities education, teaching, and research.

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  • 1. Code Enhancing the humanities through programming.

    Code in the Mellon-funded programs in Digital Humanities centers on an undergraduate-focused Laboratory for Digital Humanities (dhmit) that creates computer tools for solving problems in the humanities. In the lab, students harness their skills in computer science and programming to advance the state of knowledge in the humanities and to help empower less technically adept researchers and enthusiasts to use digital tools on their own. All code from the project is open source and hosted on GitHub.

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  • 2. Communication Faculty & Student Research

    The Programs in Digital Humanities supports a DH-focused, collaboration-based seed grant program that allows Faculty and Staff to be in residence in the lab and work closely with undergraduate students, postdocs, and technical professionals to create projects related to their research and teaching. Faculty and students learn to speak each other's language, students learn the joys and difficulties of faculty research interests, and, by communicating at each stage of the research and development, avoid the pitfalls that plague so many DH projects.

  • 3. Community MIT, Boston, and graduate engagement.

    The DH programs at MIT host a lecture series and beginning in 2019 visiting scholar residencies and hackathons. Additional undergraduate and graduate courses in DH are planned, culminating in a graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. The community of digital practitioners reflects the rich diversity of the campus and the nation. Inclusivity is a core value of the Programs in Digital Humanities at MIT.

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Undergraduate Research: UROP

Join the Digital Humanities Lab for your UROP and create computer tools for solving problems in the humanities! Explore machine learning through coding, work with large and interesting data sets with a humanities focus, and build a community with your peers while bridging computer science with the humanities.

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A group picture of the entire Digital Humanities lab
Members of the lab working together on their computers

Faculty Research

In October of each year, the Projects in Digital Humanities at MIT invite Faculty and Teaching Staff of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences to propose projects in research and teaching to conduct in the lab the following year. Projects are chosen for student learning opportunities, feasibility, and faculty commitment. Once selected, faculty spend part time for a semester in the lab as a substitute for one class of teaching (the DH programs compensate department and section heads for replacement teaching). Faculty in the lab work closely with undergraduate students, postdocs, and technical professionals to create projects related to their research and teaching. Faculty and students learn to speak each others' language, students learn the joys and difficulties of faculty research interests, and, by communicating at each stage of the research and development, avoid the pitfalls that plague so many DH projects.

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