Ongoing Projects

The Virtual Freedom Trail Project (VFTP): Corridors to the Past and Present

Angel David Nieves and Marla L. Jaksch examine post-colonial history in Tanzania and its critical relationship with South Africa, including the almost twenty-year period of exile of many young South Africans to Tanzania. (Read more, view video.)

The Women Poets of the Romantic Period Project

Kirstyn Leuner collaborates with CU Libraries on a series of projects to digitize, celebrate, and recover rare books that are held in the Women Poets of the Romantic Period (WPRP) collection, creating opportunities for collaborative interdisciplinary research. (Read more, view video.)

Past Utopias (plus)

Susan Meyer visits and videotapes remains of past utopian communities, sites such as Drop City, the Oneida Community in New York and Fruitlands; Thoreau’s cottage at Walden Pond; and a Shaker dormitory and gravesite in Massachusetts. She is also experimenting with animating figures in her sculptural work. (Read more, view video.)

Curating and Preserving Electronic Literature

Leonardo Flores seeks to seeks to curate and preserve born-digital literature using two online tools: a blog and a content management system. His daily scholarly blog, I ♥ E-Poetry,  is a growing database of over 450 entries on electronic poetry. He is also developing The Arteroids Archive, using Omeka to organize 1331 born-digital files used to create Jim Andrews’ videogame poem, Arteroids. (Read more, view video.)

The University of Iowa UNESCO City of Literature Mobile App Development Team

Nikki Dudley and Jon Winet  are part of a University of Iowa  interdisciplinary team celebrating Iowa City’s rich literary history. City of Lit, a location-aware app for Apple mobile devices, presents biographies, bibliographies, photos and maps with  audio and video of interviews and readings. A Citizen Scholarship feature now allows users to upload commentaries. (Read more, view video.)

Woodstock West

On May 8, 1970, 1,500 students gathered on the University of Denver campus to publicly mourn their fallen comrades at Kent State and attempt to make sense of president Nixon’s invasion of Cambodia, a clear sign of extending rather than ending the contentious Vietnam War. Documentary filmmaker Sheila Schroeder takes her exploration of Woodstock West into the networked age. (Read more, view video.)

Mapping Metaculture

How to create tools for collaboratively developing and presenting research about contemporary popular cultural production about culture? Mark Hayward and Ted Striphas provide a platform that makes sense of this “metacultural turn,” drawing on the conceptual foundations laid out by Stuart Hall. (Read more, view video.)

Mediatization of Media Activism: New Tools, Ubiquitous Networks, Emergent Voices

Michela Ardizzoni, Lynn Schofield Clark, Adrienne Russell and Nabil Echchaibi, scholars from different disciplines and areas of expertise update theories of activist media and apply these theories to case studies, with an eye toward conceptions of power and resistance, the role of audiences, mass and popular culture, mediatization, and new media networks. (Read more, view videos.)

Writing of Indigenous New England

Siobhan Senier is building an online collection of “literature” (including print, electronic, and non-alphabetic forms) by Native American people from the region now called New England.  External partners include tribal historians, museums, and writers; UNH students help provide the uploading and curating of documents.  (Read more, view video.)


New Orleans conjures a multiplicity of contradictory associated mental images. Through a research and reference portal, Mike Griffith and Vicki Mayer’s MediaNOLA educates scholars, students and citizens about the origins of this culture, the ways it develops from social networks located across the city’s human landscape. (Read more, view video.)

Re-imagining the Bodies and Boundaries of the Crimino-Legal Complex

Kathryn Henne, Nina Billone Prieur and Rita Shah ask how we might we re-work images of criminal bodies in ways that challenge the conventions of the crimino-legal complex? How might digital formats and interactive tools facilitate this kind of refashioning? (Read more.)

A Social Justice Service Announcement

Sarah Pessin will be creating a sort of “social justice service announcement” video for the Center for Judaic Studies and Holocaust Awareness Institute that features various University of Denver undergraduate social justice projects, while at the same time highlighting DU’s new Holocaust Memorial Social Justice Site, as well as post-Holocaust ethical teachings from philosopher Emmanuel Levinas. (Read more.)

Uncovering Hidden Lives: Eighteenth Century Black Mariners

Charles Foy posts online a space for the Eighteenth Century Atlantic Black Mariner Database (“BMD”), believed to be the world’s largest database of black mariners. These black sailors included slaves employed as boatmen, patrons, pilots, slaves running away via the sea, and free blacks working on men-of-war, privateers and merchant ships. The BMD includes data on more than 18,000 black mariners from throughout the Atlantic. (Read more.)


The Institute for Digital Humanities is an NEH-funded program at the University of Denver that, through hands-on workshops and sustained conversation with leading media and arts faculty, aims to help authors of compelling research projects in the humanities from around the country use digital tools to expand their work and more powerfully communicate their findings.