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Digital Humanities @ Duke University Libraries

Highlight: Project Vox

Project Vox concerns an important, relatively recent, scholarly development in philosophy: the acknowledgement that a number of early modern women have been unjustly ignored in our narratives of the history of philosophy. From Mary Astell, Lady Masham, Margaret Cavendish and Anne Conway in England to Émilie Du Châtelet in France, many women played significant roles in the development of modern philosophy, but their contributions have often gone unnoticed. The website has three primary goals. First, it seeks to provide students at all levels with the materials they need to begin exploring the rich philosophical ideas of Astell, Cavendish, Conway, Du Châtelet and Masham. Second, it aims to provide teachers with the material they need to incorporate these figures into their courses. Third and finally, it aims to help transform our current conception of the canon.

Digital Humanities Projects at Duke University

Digital Humanities Projects at Duke University. A List Curated by the Digital Humanities Initiative Team, Smith Warehouse.

Sometimes the best way to get started with DH is to look at what others are doing or have done. The DH world is full of great projects and so is Duke University. Below are selected digital projects at Duke. To see how digital projects in the Humanities happen, check out the projects in the 'Behind the Scenes' section of the page.

Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI)


Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI) aims to encourage and enable serious humanistic inquiry, and to promote a heightened awareness of the centrality of the humanities to the quality of human life, social interaction, and scholarship in all fields. FHI is built on a fundamentally collaborative model fitting Duke’s emphasis on facilitating interdisciplinary cross-fertilization. Through an array of innovative programs, FHI seeks to encourage the conversations, partnerships, and collaborations that are continually stimulating creative and fresh humanistic research, writing, and teaching at Duke.

Humanities Futures is a multi-faceted exploration of the states and directions of the humanities, in light of the interdisciplinary developments of recent decades. Supported by a general grant from the Mellon Foundation, Humanities Futures is a 3.5-year FHI initiative running from Fall 2014 through Fall 2017.

Humanities Writ Large is a 5-year FHI initiative (supported by the Mellon Foundation) aiming to redefine the role of the humanities in undergraduate education. This initiative is made up of a series of related components including Undergraduate Research, Emerging Humanities Networks, Humanities Labs, Visiting Faculty Fellows, Bridge Appointments for New Faculty, Library and Technology, Assessment and Evaluation..

Humanities Laboratories

Humanities Labs at the FHI are multi-year programs designed around a theme and intended to drive change and innovation in our undergraduate humanities curriculum through new courses and student research opportunities. A defining characteristic of a humanities lab is the team physically sharing a space and technology (digital, cartographic, etc.), creating a knowledge production environment typically associated with the sciences. Humanities Labs are supported by FHI and Humanities Writ Large.

Check out all the current and completed Humanities Laboratories at FHI

Media Arts + Sciences Labs are interdisciplinary labs and research groups that serve as teaching and research centers where students and faculty can integrate multi-modal inquiry, computational design, data analysis and new media art, with scholarly investigation in the humanities, social sciences and the natural sciences.

Humanities Unbounded

Humanities Unbounded  (Trinity College of Arts and Sciences):The Humanities at Duke are disciplines without constraints — they're everywhere, they're collaborative, and they're dynamic. The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded Humanities Unbounded initiative expands Duke's already strong curriculum by launching research labs that extend the classroom experience and incorporate faculty from beyond our campus to enrich undergraduate education.

Humanities Labs