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Sign Up for an NEH-Funded Institute to Study the Use of Games for Humanities Pedagogy & Research

March 11, 2010 | By Jason Rhody
With funding from the NEH program Institutes for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities, the University of South Carolina’s Center for Digital Humanities invites applications for a summer institute, held June 7-25 2010 in Columbia, SC.    The institute will assemble a diverse cohort (teachers and researchers, faculty and advanced graduate students) from across humanities disciplines to pursue a three-week investigation of the use of games to concretely advance teaching and research in the humanities. South Carolina's team of local scholars will be joined by a large group of resident experts—including Anne Balsamo, Ian Bogost, and Tracy Fullerton— who will help participants explore how games can advance existing questions in the humanities as well as chart new areas for research and teaching. In addition to theoretical and pedagogical discussions, the institute will include practical hands-on work in game development to help participants pursue innovative projects tailored to specific disciplines of the humanities.  Funding for twenty fellowships will help defray the cost of attendance.  Hybrid and interdisciplinary teams, as well as interesting smaller projects, are invited to apply.  In an effort to extend shared infrastructural resources, projects from institutions without a dedicated presence in the Digital Humanities are also welcome.  For more information, including how to apply, see the institute's website.