Founded in 1999 under the auspices of the College of Arts and Humanities and the University Libraries with the aid of an NEH Challenge grant, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is an internationally leading digital humanities center that pursues disciplinary innovation and institutional transformation through applied research, public programming, and educational opportunities. The following report highlights some of our more particularly noteworthy achievements during the 2016–17 school year.
This year was eventful for MITH in terms of new curricular initiatives. Former Associate Director Matthew Kirschenbaum has taken on a new role as Director of the Digital Studies in Arts and Humanities (DSAH) Graduate Certificate, which offers graduate students a chance to combine the critical study of new forms of digital media with creative and analytical practices as well as the application of computational tools and techniques. MITH also hired Purdom Lindblad as the new Assistant Director for Innovation and Learning. Lindblad has been spearheading the integration of MITH’s research initiatives with DSAH’s teaching initiatives. In the Innovations in Teaching & Training section below, we’ve highlighted some of the more noteworthy achievements stemming from these developments.
At the core of MITH’s work as a research institute are our ongoing research initiatives. The African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities (AADHum) project, one of MITH’s most ambitious and large-scale projects to date, aims to develop intersections between the digital humanities and African American historical and cultural scholarship by actively incubating new scholarship and providing training and mentorship for new and existing scholars and projects. Alongside the Documenting the Now, which responds to the public’s use of social media for chronicling historically significant events (starting with a collection of tweets about the 2014 events in Ferguson, MO surrounding the killing of Michael Brown), MITH’s two largest current projects are either centered around, or include as a central component, a substantive discussion about the role of diversity in both society and higher education. Enriching MITH’s research portfolio is ongoing work on the Shelley-Godwin Archive (S-GA), and Citations: The Renaissance Imitation Mass (CRIM), which is expanding digital possibilities for the study and citation of musical scores. Last, but not least, in the Research Initiatives section below, you can read more about the individual research projects of MITH staff.
MITH prioritizes collaboration and openness across all of our work. To ensure that the broader public is able to engage with us, we’ve held a wide range of public programs, including our flagship speaker series, Digital Dialogues, a symposium on digital art history, a conference for textual scholarship, and two smaller events – one aimed at gathering social media data related to hate groups, and a pair of panels geared at discussion and training on how to approach endangered data. Read more about these public initiatives in the Public Events, Conferences, & Symposia section below.