Labs, Centres, Institutes, units,

and Groups

In addition to faculty projects, digital humanities research unfolds in the context of labs, centres, institutes, units, and groups across the tri-campus. Below please find some of these units at the University of Toronto.  Interested in adding a lab or other group to this list? Reach out to Danielle Taschereau Mamers (Managing Director) via email:


Aegean Material Cultural Laboratory

Dr. Carl Knappett, Professor, Department of Anthropology (UTSG)

The Aegean Material Culture Laboratory was established in 2009 with funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI). It is equipped with office facilities for doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows, a small library, a polarizing microscope with imaging system, a potter’s wheel, and a kiln. Housed in the Anthropology Building at the St. George campus, the Lab serves as a research base for Professor Carl Knappett.

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory

Dr. Elspeth Brown, Professor, Department of Historical Studies (UTM)

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory connects archives across Canada and the U.S. to produce a digital history hub for the research and study of gay, lesbian, queer, and trans* oral histories. As the largest LGBTQ oral history project in North American history, the collaboratory connects hundreds of life stories using new methodologies in digital history, collaborative research, and archival practice. The project develops these methods through practice: our collaborators connect to share resources and ideas, but also roll up their sleeves to digitize tapes and make this material available online.

Old Books, New Science Lab

Dr. Alexandra Gillespie, Professor of English and Principal (UTM)

The Old Books New Science (OBNS) Lab brings together undergraduate research assistants, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and technologists with interests in digital scholarship, digital text editing, computational approaches to humanities research, and new media; medieval book history (manuscript and print); and medieval literary studies – especially work on form, affect, historical phenomenology, and theories of perception and cognition.

Tkaronto CIRCLE Lab

Dr. Eve Tuck, Lab Director, Associate Professor, OISE 

The Tkaronto CIRCLE Lab was created in 2017, by founding director Eve Tuck, with funding from the Canada Fund for Innovation John R. Evans Leadership Fund. When it is at full capacity, the lab includes students, faculty, staff, and community researchers. The physical space of Tkaronto CIRCLe Lab is located at OISE, and includes rooms dedicated to arts- and materials-based research, participatory research with youth and communities, visual and audio research, and community gatherings. Our lab commitments are to social change, supportive openness, and collaboration and collaborative writing. Tkaronto CIRCLE Lab is trying to grow with intention and in good relation to each other, to communities in the city of Tkaronto, and with lands and waters.


Digital Curation Institute (DCI)

Dr. Costis Dallas, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information

The Digital Curation Institute (DCI) provides a rich, interdisciplinary environment for investigating principles and theory building related to the creation, management, use, interpretation and preservation of digital resources; conducting research on digital curation issues; and developing technologies and tools to support best practice in this area. The DCI promotes innovative multifaceted research projects that involve collaboration among faculty, students, practitioners, and researchers both national, and international.

The Institute of Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (ICCIT)

Based at UTM, ICCIT houses three interdisciplinary undergraduate programs that offer students a range of contexts in which to explore communication, traditional and digital media, and technological innovation.

Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI)-Semaphore

Dr. Sara Grimes, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information

The Knowledge Media Design Institute (KMDI) is a cross-disciplinary research institute spanning multiple departments and faculties of the University of Toronto. It focuses on exploring, designing and critiquing the complex relationships between information, technology, and society, in ways that will protect the rights and enrich the lives of humans. Its merger with the Semaphore Research Cluster and its labs, such as the Critical Making Lab, expands KMDI’s research agenda to advance shared values for social justice and human-centred design through action research, cross-sector collaboration, and community outreach.


Technoscience Research Unit (TRU)

Dr. Michelle Murphy, Founding Director and Co-Director, Professor, History and Women and Gender Studies

Dr. Kristen Bos, Co-Director, Assistant Professor, Historical Studies and Women and Gender Studies

The Technoscience Research Unit at the University of Toronto is a home for critical and creative research on the politics of technoscience. The TRU draws together social justice approaches to Science and Technology Studies from across the university with an emphasis on Indigenous, feminist, queer, environmental, anti-racist and anti-colonial scholarship. As a cross-faculty research unit, the TRU is located at the Faculty of Information and jointly supported by the Faculty of Arts and Science, with its start in the Women and Gender Studies Institute.  Since 2017, we are physically located in the Semaphore Research Cluster of the Knowledge Media Design Institute on the 7th floor of Robarts Library.


Technoscience Salon

Dr. Michelle Murphy, Professor, History and Women and Gender Studies

Launched in 2008, the Technoscience Salon is an open forum for entangling intellectual and political questions about technoscience while remixing the disciplines composing Science and Technology Studies. Meeting monthly, the Salon aims to create a lively community of thinkers with interests in technoscience studies from around the GTA and beyond.

UofT Coders Group

Ahmed Hasan, PhD Candidate, Department of Biology (UTM)

UofT Coders is a group devoted to helping academics learn computer programming skills for use in their research, as well as teaching best practices in scientific computing, promoting open science and reproducible research practices, and promoting collaboration and resource-sharing among graduate students at the University of Toronto. Through co-working and skill-sharing sessions, as well as more structured lectures on various topics in computing, U of T Coders aims to improve the coding and computing skills of the University of Toronto research community.