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.


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.

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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UCF's History Department and CHDR received a National Cemetery Adminstration contract to memorialize veterans in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. Curriculum for K12 and a field trip for UCF and K12 students are part of this project. A interactive website for the project featuring veterans' biographies will be developed later in 2017.

Flickering Landscapes: Florida’s Landscape, History, and Identity on the Screen
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The conference examined three key components represented in films and television programs made in Florida, set in Florida, or both: Florida’s unique landscape, Florida’s filmmaking history, and Florida’s cultural identity on film. Participants were scholars from a broad range of disciplines and professionals working on the history and present of Florida film and screen experiences.

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.


ChinaVine's mission is to educate English-speaking/reading children, youth, and adults about China's cultural heritage. This mission is achieved through this interactive website along with a variety of social media platforms. We combined 'Vine' with China because of the fluid, ever changing and winding ways of culture.

Digital Archiving Resources
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The purpose of DAR is to gather items relating to digital archives in the humanities as part of an effort to provide access to the materials and awareness of the emerging field. The goal is to create social knowledge about digital archives and provide access to categorized items important to the study of digital archives.


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.

Resource List