In recent years the area of digital humanities has gained prominence and visibility as a dynamic and vital area of research and enquiry. This field encompasses a range of intersections between traditional disciplines, with the tools, methodologies and techniques provided by computing.
The University’s current digital humanities capability spans infrastructure, services, and research projects. With the opening of Arts West in August this year, we will see a significant expansion of our expertise in this area. The Arts West building features an innovative new Digital Studio – a flexible-use space developed in conjunction with the Baillieu Library to provide support services and technology for researchers, students, industry partners and professionals working on digital projects. It will raise the visibility and reach of digital research and practice, facilitate greater collaboration and innovation, and enhance the impact of our work in this emerging field.
The new facility will be located between Arts West and Level 3 of the Baillieu, creating a spatial connection between the Special Collections reading room, the digital studio spaces and the teaching environment of Arts West. Its close connection with the Library will also enable staff, students, objects and equipment to move easily between the two buildings.
In recognition of the growing importance of digital humanities, the Faculty recently called for expressions of interest for an Assistant Dean, Digital Studio– a role that will use research and industry experience to direct the vision and strategy for the new shared facility.
The Assistant Dean will integrate the Studio with Faculty research, and teaching and learning priorities, and lead the collaborative relationship between the Faculty and the Library. We hope to announce this exciting appointment within the coming weeks.
When complete, the Digital Studio will provide a ‘hub’ for digital humanities research, an identifiable space for researchers, industry partners and expert staff from across the University. It will also provide opportunities for more integrated education in digital humanities research strategies, methodologies and techniques for research staff and students.
There will be more information about this exciting new project and its research outcomes and impact coming soon!