The Center for Digital Humanities was established in 2010 by a group of scholars who believe that the future of research and teaching in the humanities is bound to digital methodologies, pedagogies and media. We believe that the brilliance of humanistic inquiry across many fields—history, literature, art, science, and information science—lies in its increasingly interdisciplinary nature, and that creating a Center, both physically and virtually, could help members of the USC community transform research and teaching by fostering new models of inquiry.
Our pilot effort, the Digital Humanities Initiative (2008-2010), demonstrated the importance of this mission. In 2010, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees formally recognized the Center for Digital Humanities. In July 2012, we brought on board Dr. Colin Wilder, who now serves as the center's Associate Director. The Center for Digital Humanities is located in the Thomas Cooper Library in rooms 512 and 513. Our administrative home is in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Throughout this short history, Center for Digital Humanities faculty and staff have developed numerous projects, many of which can be found in our projects section. These initiatives feature a range of technical challenges, have fostered innovative uses of technology in the classroom, and have helped faculty, staff, and students across the campus explore possibilities created by digital technologies.
We are proud to acknowledge the support and collaboration from our advisory board as well as affiliated faculty and other allies that have made the growth and expansion of the Center for Digital Humanities possible throughout this time. These include crucial contributions from the College of Arts and Sciences; the Provost's Office; the Office of Information Technology; the Office of the Vice President for Research; the School of Library and Information Science; the Departments of Art, Computer Science, English, History, and Philosophy; the Institute for Southern Studies; and the Program for Women's and Gender Studies.