Congratulations to the five winners of the inaugural 2021-2022 Emerging Projects Fund competition of the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative! These exciting, cutting-edge critical digital humanities projects, each of which has been awarded $4000, represent the diversity of DH research at UofT.
Dr. Bhavani Raman (UTSC, Historical and Cultural Studies) will lead a team planning an historical data project, Decolonizing Archives of Water, about urban water systems and land use in Chennai, India.
Dr. Cara Krmpotich (Faculty of Information) and her team will develop a public online interface and archive of Indigenous “cultural belongings” for the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Culture, an international and inter-cultural collective dedicated to the study of the histories, languages, and cultures of the Great Lakes.
Dr. Patrick Keilty (Faculty of Information) is developing a protocol to create an online archive for the Sexual Representation Collection with potential applications across several fields.
Dr. Antje Budde (Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies) and Dr. Jill Carter will develop a livestream performance called Streaming Life: Storying the 94!, which will consist of a series of site-specific performative interventions provoked by the 94 Calls to Action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Canada.
Dr. Laurie Bertram (Department of History) and collaborators will build a digital exhibition and map titled Infamous: Brothels of Old Toronto, 1847-1917, which includes an ArcGIS map of 100 historical brothel locations in old Toronto and timely data on race, gender, and police corruption in sex work history.
The CDHI has been funded by the University of Toronto’s Institutional Strategic Initiatives program. We are pleased to support these faculty-led projects as part of its mandate to position UofT as a global leader in bringing questions of power and inequality to digital humanities research.