University of Rochester
  • DH graphic
    When we use DH to "make explicit," we appeal to a common method of all critical inquiry: to identify and articulate underlying ideological operations, whether they exist in cultural structures, like gender, or cultural artifacts, like literature. Read More »
  • Seward and daughter
    Transcribing and annotating the letters of William Henry Seward's family helps one Mellon fellow envision collaborative research models available through the digital humanities. Read More »
  • 3D digital image
    Experience and memory remain notoriously hard to incorporate into digital interfaces. The challenge today is to push digital mapping technologies beyond the limitations of the map, before the map pushes us back towards a purely descriptive understanding” of history. Read More »
  • Photo of early train station
    The digital recreation of Rochester's train station challenges us to ask questions about the relationship between progress, infrastructure, economy, and daily life in regional centers. Read More »
  • Blake manuscript fragment
    Even in 2014, the Blake Archive remains a hive of activity, with new Blake works added continuously among a flurry of technological updates. Here’s some current happenings--an ultra-brief State of the Archive--along with a few projects with which the Mellon fellows are participating. Read More »


3D Archeological Rendering

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.

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Our Fellows’ Research

Page from UR History Book

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.

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Will We One Day "Visit" the Past?


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.

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Media Arts and Innovation

Exterior of Rettner Hall

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.

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