Critical Digital Humanities Initiative

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) enables trans-disciplinary collaborations that emphasize questions of power, social justice, and critical theory in digital humanities research. Its vision is to harness the very tools of the digital revolution to forge a new paradigm of critical humanities scholarship, one that bridges the humanities’ emphasis on power and culture in historical perspective with the tools and analysis of digital technology. The CDHI is new mix of research workshop and design atelier, equipping humanities researchers with the technical and design expertise to use digital tools to ask new questions, share new knowledge, and analyze power and inequality in historical perspective.

We provide consultation for faculty and graduate students; offer fellowships to graduate and undergraduate students; host postdoctoral fellows; organize critical digital humanities learning communities on specific topics/approaches; offer seed funding for emerging faculty research; provide bursaries for training in critical DH methods; support emerging curricula on all three campuses; program workshops, talks, events and conferences to support critical digital humanities research; host public events through our Lightning Lunch series and our annual speaker series; host an annual conference; foster a community of practice for critical DH researchers create; support research communication to broader publics; steward a bi-weekly newsletter and list-serv; and advocate for DH lab space.

The CDHI builds on the foundation of the Digital Humanities Network (DHN), which has supported research in the digital humanities at the University of Toronto since 2016. We define the digital humanities broadly, to include all the communities and methods, tools, and platform-based approaches often associated with the digital humanities, such as archiving, digitizing, curation, analysis, coding, editing, visualization, mapping, modelling, versioning, and prototyping. We have an inclusive agenda that encompasses interpretive or theoretical work on digitality. We bring together over 80 faculty members, 11 digital scholarship librarians, 10 research staff, and scores of graduate students, undergraduate researchers, and postdoctoral fellows working on over 40 DH research projects and teams.

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Featured Research Projects

Mazgaba Se’elet: Treasury of Ethiopian Images

An image database to support the study of Ethiopian art, architecture and culture.

The Bais Yaakov Project

The Bais Yaakov Project is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and digitization of historical material related to the Bais Yaakov movement from its founding in 1917 through today.

The Book and the Silk Roads

This project analyzes premodern book history from a global perspective, transforming the story of human communication.

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Recent News

Undergraduate Fellowships in Critical Digital Humanities

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is pleased to announce new Fellowships in Critical Digital Humanities (DH) research to support qualified undergraduate students registered in any program at the University of Toronto. The program embeds undergraduate student researchers within existing critical digital humanities research projects at U of T. This call supports undergrad researchers for the period between Jan. 3, 2022 and April 30, 2022. Applications are due December 10, 2021.

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Digital Humanities Conference Award Winners

Congratulations to the Award Recipients of the 4th Annual DH Conference! It is our great pleasure to announce the winners of 4th Annual DH Conference’s presentation awards. A very warm congratulations to Bisma Ali, recipient of the Best Undergraduate Poster...

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