The Digital Studio for the Public Humanities -- DSPH -- encourages and supports public digital humanities research, scholarship and learning.  In collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Research, DSPH presents the following 2013-2014 grant awardees:

Blaine Greteman
Blaine Greteman, Assistant Professor, English
Shakeosphere: Mapping the Early Modern Social Network

"Shakeosphere: Mapping the Early Modern Social Network" will create a digital resource for teaching and research. In graphic form, this resource will document the "communications network" of Shakespeare's England, including books, manuscripts, and the people who wrote, printed, and published them. Users will be able to add biographical information, upload images, or add new nodes when they discover a resource that has not been documented. Researchers and students will be able to use network analysis to achieve a new understanding of Shakespeare's world and the texts that facilitated it.

Catherine Hale
Catherine Hale, Curator, UI Museum of Art
Art and Life in Africa/UIMA Mapping Project

The University of Iowa Museum of Art (UIMA), working in partnership with Prof. Christopher D. Roy of the School of Art and Art History, proposes to develop a website to host Prof. Roy's landmark Art and Life in Africa (ALA) project and integrate it with our online UIMA Mapping Project. In doing so, we will facilitate the research, teaching, and learning objectives of the faculty and students across the university, serve communities around the State of Iowa, and provide worldwide access to the Museum's collections and related African educational resources.

Thomas Keegan
Thomas Keegan, Lecturer, Rhetoric
Project Director, On Purpose





Matthew Gilchrist
Matthew Gilchrist, Lecturer, Rhetoric
Project Co-Director, On Purpose

We propose a collaborative project in support of our research and writing of a digital text outlining first principles for digital assignments in the disciplines of English, rhetoric, and composition. Titled "On Purpose" the project will demystify the value and application of digital humanities for teachers who remain curious or confused about the merits of technological innovation in the face of older modes of writing. We will spend the summer researching how and why instructors in higher education have made pragmatic use of the digital humanities in achieving course objectives. Our summer research will be complemented by outreach to collaborators, and will be followed by the production of a freely available e-text by the start of the 2014 fall semester.

Jesse McLean, Assistant Professor, Cinema & Comparative Literature
Headroom Screening Series

Jesse McLean
This proposal outlines the Headroom Screening Series, a series that offers a different kind of cinema programming than what already exists in Iowa City. Headroom Screening Series supports experimental forms of cinema and new media while also redefining contemporary cinematic and media-related experiences. The Iowa City public community will be provided with access to new and innovative developments in contemporary cinema and new media through this series. Headroom Screening Series will curate screenings but also lectures by visiting artists and other invited guests and will develop community involvement with the series through participatory events.

William Whittaker, Research Scientist, Office of the State Archeologist
Digitally Preserving Iowa's Endangered Towns

William Whittaker
This project will catalog and make available to the public approximately 7000 digital photos of towns in Iowa via the Iowa Digital Library. There are about 950 incorporated cities and several hundred unincorporated towns in Iowa. Most of these communities historically had a commercial center, whether a large business district or a single general store. However, because of rural flight and economic changes since the 1950s the vast majority of the smaller towns in Iowa are dying; buildings in their commercial centers are abandoned, underutilized, or in danger of being demolished or destroyed. Sadly, there is virtually no publically archived documentation for most towns; entire towns have disappeared without a single known photograph. Beginning about 2006, I started to photograph these small towns as I traveled through them. So far, I have made 7000 digital photos of approximately 200 towns in Iowa, for a total of about 16 gb of data. I have photos of main streets, churches, depots, stores, theaters, and all the buildings that were once central to the lives of Iowans, but are fading away. This is the beginning of a larger plan to make public digital records of all the towns in Iowa, to encourage a discussion about the past and future of Iowa's communities.