UCF's Center for Humanities & Digital Research

The Center for Humanities and Digital Research at the University of Central Florida was founded in 2007, and succeeded the Humanities Center Initiative, which has hosted conferences and speakers and supported research projects since 2005.

The mission of the UCF Center for Humanities and Digital Research (CHDR) is to serve as an engine for cross-disciplinary collaboration, multi-institutional partnerships, sponsored research and publication, community engagement, and public humanities programming. It facilitates the exchange of ideas and the sharing of knowledge through the co-hosting of workshops, consortia, and conferences.

The CHDR provides space, resources, expertise, programming, and digital research support both for individuals and scholars who seek to collaboratively address issues of central concern to our time and place, to connect history to the present, and to explore new ways of understanding, and educating others about, the diversity of cultures and ideas in our society and around the globe.

The “humanities” are understood in a broad sense to include the traditional disciplines such as History, Philosophy, English, and Languages, area studies such as Women's Studies, African American Studies, Latin American Studies, and Judaic Studies, as well as the fine and performing arts, and also scientific, social scientific, technical, and professional disciplines that have humanistic components within them.

Recent News

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UCF and the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium are hosting the conference, November 2-4.

Veterans Legacy Program

UCF's History Department and CHDR received a NCA contract to memorialize veterans in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.

Historical Agricultural News

This project won second place in the National Endowment for the Humanities 2016 Data Challenge.


A Sample of CHDR Projects

The projects listed below are affiliated with the Center for Humanities and Digital Research and share its goal of pursuing collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities computing research.

The work here is supported by a variety of public and private funding agencies, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Florida Humanities Council, the Veterans Administration, and the University of Central Florida. For a full list, please see the Projects page.

Charles Brockden Brown Electronic Archive and Scholarly Edition
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This project aims to identify, transcribe, organize, and ultimately edit Brown's uncollected writings, making them searchable. Access to these texts will cast new light on Brown as a novelist, editor, and historian, revise his stature among the intellectuals of the new republic, and enhance our understanding of authorship and the dynamics of print culture in his day.

Historical Agricultural News

This project explores Chronicling America for information on the farming organizations, technologies, and practices of America’s past. Newspapers were key participants in the spread of agricultural ideas, technologies, and practices, and a topic specific search tool like HAN could help illustrate the role newspapers (the social media of the day) played.


The Public History program at UCF links many projects under one initiative to promote the collection and preservation of Florida history. By facilitating research that records and presents the stories of communities, businesses, and institutions in Florida, RICHES seeks to provide the region with a deeper sense of its heritage.

Veterans Legacy Program
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In 2017 and 2018, UCF's History Department and CHDR received National Cemetery Adminstration contracts to memorialize veterans in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, St. Augustine National Cemetery, and two ABMC cemeteries in France. Curriculum for K12 and a field trip for UCF and K12 students are part of this project.

Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project (VDFLP)
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Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project (VDFLP) is a research program dedicated to the investigation of the historical development of fortress culture in a high alpine region of Armenia. The project is a collaboration of the University of Central Florida and the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, National Academy of Sciences, Armenia. The VDFLP is an interdisciplinary study that incorporates digital humanities techniques and anthropological theory to understand the spatial patterning of past human behavior. Drone-based remote sensing and digital storytelling were a particular focus of the 2017 field season.

Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive
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The archive provides a repository of biographical, historical, critical, and other contextual materials related to Hurston's life and work. The site also contains various resources so that both teachers and students can more fully appreciate the cultural and literary richness of Hurston's numerous writings. With time and funding, we hope to also develop a digital edition of Hurston's writings.

ELLE the EndLess LEarner
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ELLE the EndLess LEarner is a videogame designed to make language learning fun. ELLE is an endless-runner style (the avatar is always in motion), which results in fast-paced, engaging gameplay. Terms are easy to add to the game database through a user-friendly website, and the flexible game design affords it much opportunity for research on language learning and student study habits.

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“I Am UCF” is a cross-disciplinary effort to create digital stories representing the diverse narratives of the University of Central Florida campus body. Spearheaded by faculty in the Theatre, Digital Media, and Writing and Rhetoric degree programs and the Social Justice and Advocacy center, students share their unique story through digital storytelling, a medium that fuses together writing, audio, visual, digital, and performative elements. "I Am UCF" provides a comprehensive curriculum for the creation of digital stories emphasizing community, diversity, advocacy, and creative expression. This website serves as a platform for these projects in the form of a sortable campus map to celebrate the diverse and rich stories of our campus body.


CHDR Journals

The journals listed below are affiliated with the Center for Humanities and Digital Research and share its goal of pursuing collaborative, interdisciplinary humanities computing research. For a full list, please see the Journals page.

The Florida Review + Aquifer
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Editor: Lisa Roney
Twitter: @TheFLReview
Instagram: @TheFLReview

Published since 1972, The Florida Review produces two print issues annually with a mission to “publish the best poetry, prose, and graphic narrative produced by the world’s most exciting emerging and established writers and artists. ” Aquifer: The Florida Review Online was recently launched as a separate, online-only publication and publishes the same genres in addition to digital stories, visual art, short films, and book reviews. The Florida Review accepts submissions for its Leiby Chapbook Contest in the fall and its annual Editors’ Awards every spring, with the winners of each receiving publication and a $1,000 prize.

The Florida Historical Quarterly
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Editor: Connie Lester

The Florida Historical Quarterly has been published in some form continuously since 1908 and has been housed at UCF since 1995. FHQ, the leading scholarly publication and journal of record about Florida’s history, is peer-reviewed and released in print by the Florida Historical Society four times annually. The journal is broadly focused on research related to the peoples, places, and diversity of Florida’s past. The FHQ Digital Archives are available online through the Florida Heritage Collection, JSTOR, and PALMM.

Florida Philosophical Review
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Editors: Nancy Stanlick and Michael Strawser

Florida Philosophical Review is an online-only, peer-reviewed scholarly journal and is published by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Central Florida. Published continuously since 2001, their release schedule is dictated by the number of accepted submissions and is typically once a year. Each issue of FPR includes work presented at the preceding year’s meeting of the Florida Philosophical Association as well as new articles representing a variety of philosophical approaches.

Rhetoric of Health and Medicine
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Editor: Blake Scott

RHM: Rhetoric of Health and Medicine is a new journal focused on publishing studies of health and medicine from a rhetorical perspective. Articles employ varied methodologies—from cultural studies and ethnography to qualitative or quantitative analysis—through the lens of rhetoric. Occasionally, formats other than research articles may be published, including dialogues and review essays. These varied formats and perspectives seek to encourage interdisciplinary research whenever possible. RHM publishes four volumes annually, with one double issue in the fall, one special issue in the winter, and a single issue in the in the spring.

Stylus: A Journal of First Year Writing
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Editors: Matt Bryan and Megan Lambert

Published online by the First-Year Writing Program at UCF’s Writing and Rhetoric Department, Stylus: A Journal of First-Year Writing is an open-access journal showcasing the writing and research produced by students enrolled in UCF’s first-year writing courses: ENC 1101 and ENC 1102. The editors of Stylus publish two regular issues and one special issue annually, and all published articles are eligible for the Hitt Prize. The prize is awarded to one student whose work has appeared in the journal in the previous year and is $500 including a $250 book scholarship.

Convergence Rhetoric
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Editors: Marcy Galbreath and Dan Martin

Convergence Rhetoric is a peer-reviewed, open access research journal dedicated to the publication of undergraduate student research in writing and rhetoric and the digital humanities. The journal serves as a space to recognize that rhetoric is an integral part of lived experience, and the place where multiple areas of life converge. The articles published primarily represent work completed by undergraduate students in courses in the writing and rhetoric department at the University of Central Florida; however, work from undergraduates at other institutions is considered.

The Cypress Dome
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Editor: Laurie Uttich
Twitter: @CypressDome
Instagram: @CypressDome

Published annually by The Cypress Dome Society, The Cypress Dome is a literary and visual arts magazine that publishes the work of both undergraduate and graduate students at UCF. The editorial board of the magazine is made up of students at UCF, who receive valuable experience in the curation and production of a yearly magazine. Submissions are open to all UCF students every fall in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, scripts, plays, graphic narrative, or visual art, and the magazine is published in the spring.


Editor: Debbie Weaver
Twitter: @ucf_imprint
Instagram: @ucfimprint

A student publication, Imprint is an online magazine with the mission to entertain, empower, and evoke action through the student body of UCF. Issues are published three times annually—at the end of Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters—and are available for free online through the Imprint website. Work is written by UCF students of all majors who seek an opportunity to voice their ideas and opinions about the community in which they live and study.