Grants Support Innovation at GW Libraries & Academic Innovation

Resilient Networks for Inclusive Digital Humanities

Visualization for the social network of Macedonian kings Philip II and Alexander the Great GW classics and history professor and co-principal investigator on the Resilient Networks grant, Dr. Diane Harris Cline, uses the NodeXL software to generate visualizations showing social networks in the era of Socrates.

Increasingly, humanities scholars are moving beyond traditional scholarship based on physical materials and using new computational tools to analyze information and deliver findings. This is the field of “digital humanities.”

Resilient Networks for Inclusive Digital Humanities,” a partnership with Davidson College, Prairie View A&M University, and Rice University based in GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, is working to build a resilient network of institutions to provide training and support in the tools needed for this new academic work. Conceived and led by Dean Geneva Henry and funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, it draws on the concept of resilience as a means of imagining a sustainable way to support digital work in the humanities.

Resilient Networks provides project-based experience as well as extensive digital skills training. Ultimately, the initiative will fund a total of 20 digital project teams of faculty, librarians, and students from all four participating institutions and will recruit new colleges and universities to join the network.