Emerging Projects

The Critical Digital Humanities Initiative supports faculty research by providing seed funding for emerging research. To access funding calls, please see funding opportunities. Below is a list of our recently funded projects.


Congratulations to the five winners of the 2022-2023 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. Antia Gonzalez Ben (Faculty of Music) with Dr. Jess Mullen (Lecturer in Music Education Penn State) are leading “Pandemic Profits” which seeks to map the state, non-profit, and private actors involved in music education policy in Canada and the United States. They explore how the COVID-19 pandemic has intensified the “hidden privatization” of public music education. By focusing on relationships between public schools and proprietary digital music-making resources, they consider how equity discourses have been deployed to advance private interests
  • Dr. TL Cowan (Faculty of Information and Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, UTSC) with Dr. Jas Rault (Faculty of Information and Department of Arts, Culture, and Media, UTSC) and in collaboration with the Trans-Feminist and Queer Digital Praxis Workshop (TFQ DPW) will digitize and exhibit select materials from the archive of Zab Design. This research-creation project explores the collaborative processes of Trans-Feminist and Queer graphic and typographical design practices and cultural interpret
  • Dr. Jessica Mace (Department of Art History) and Dr. Joseph Clarke (Department of Art History) lead the Hidden Toronto project which showcases Toronto’s overlooked architecture in a series of interactive story-maps, using multimedia documentation (video, audio, images, and text) on an open-access web platform. In collaboration with the Toronto Society of Architects, initial storylines for this project will include the spaces of the labouring classes, women and architecture, and queer Toronto. 
  • Dr. Jed Meltzer (Baycrest Health Sciences, Departments of Psychology and Speech-language Pathology), Maureen Buchanan (Kingston Indigenous Languages Nest, Batchewana First Nation), Dr. Lindsay Morcom (Faculty of Education, Queen’s University, Ardoch Algonquin First Nation) and Dr. Juvenal Ndayiragije (Department of Language Studies, UTSC) are building an online course for learning the indigenous language Ojibwe using spaced repetition software, a method in which people drill digital flashcards for about 20-30 minutes a day, and a scheduling algorithm tracks performance to optimize the efficiency with which learners acquire words. The Ojibwe course will serve as a model that can be adapted into other languages.
  • Dr. Ajay Rao (Historical Studies, UTM) is generating a database through manuscript digitization of texts which will greatly expand the range of texts available for the study of Sanskrit intellectual history. Students will produce diplomatic transcriptions of unpublished Sanskrit manuscripts that can be used as training data for OCR text recognition software. The textual study focuses on Sanskrit scholarship from roughly 1500 to 1900, an extensive corpus that includes some of the most sophisticated works of philosophy produced in the history of the world.

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.

To learn more about our funding opportunities for Emerging Projects, please visit Research Funding.