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.
UCF and the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium are hosting the conference, November 2-4.
UCF's History Department and CHDR received a NCA contract to memorialize veterans in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
This project won second place in the National Endowment for the Humanities 2016 Data Challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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) 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.
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 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.
“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.
Humanities Project Resources
CHDR has a particular focus on the digital humanities. The resources accessible through the link below are excellent places to start, both for the person who just wants to know how the humanities can be digital, and for the more experienced scholar looking for some specific help on a project. As well, there are documents that discuss the future of the humanities in the digital age.
The center seeks to partner with on-campus, Research Park, and off-campus entities in an effort to promote humanities research, especially with digital technologies.