The Andrew W. Mellon Digital Humanities Fellowship trains humanities students to integrate digital technologies into innovative research programs. As a result, this coming generation of humanities scholars — educated in both the humanities and technology — will be poised to reframe traditional humanities problems and conceptualize new one.
In addition to collaborating with University faculty, Mellon Fellows at Rochester conduct individual research projects. Their research spans the humanistic disciplines, from history and literature to visual and cultural studies. Integrating digital technologies into their scholarship yields exciting and innovative ways of exploring the humanities and sharing new findings.
Faculty and students at Rochester are turning to increasingly available imaging, 3-D visualization, and immersive world technology to imagine virtual spaces. The projects range from an exploration of ancient Roman monuments to a 400-year history of Bermuda. They allow researchers to simulate experiences and conduct experiments that would not otherwise be possible, and may offer insights into ways to preserve ancient objects and structures.
Located in the Wilson Quadrangle on River Campus, Rettner Hall for Media Arts and Innovation is designed to facilitate multidisciplinary collaboration through technology. Commissioned as part of a University-wide commitment to supporting digital technology and the arts, it serves as a home to much of the work in the digital humanities fellowship program.