Broadly defining the laboratory model as a space designed for the purposes of research, teaching, or analysis, Humanities Labs are short and long term projects built around a theme and a core group of faculty and students. Labs will address particilar topics that invite an interdisciplinary approach. Projects may develop from seminars and workshops; collaborations with other departments, centers, or institutions; or independent projects. Our goal is for our Humanities Labs to be interdisciplinary, innovative, experimental, and creative.
Current and past Labs have fostered revitalization of intellectual and institutional relationships between the sciences and the humanities by creating new interdisciplinary learning communities and public intellectual dynamics; presented thoughtful programs for the UW-Madison campus and Wisconsin community around how slavery, its destruction, and its aftermath have shaped the modern world; and brought programmers and humanists together to hack each other's code.
Through exciting public talks, scholarly symposia and workshops, off-campus events with partner institutions, and thoughtful programs related to undergraduate coursework, Emancipations launches important conversations about how slavery, its destruction, and its aftermath have shaped the modern world.
Through lecture series, summer institutes, workshops, and hackathons, the Center for the Humanities joins other digital initiatives on campus in exploring the computational humanities. This lab investigates how advanced computational techniques and approaches can augment the close analysis provided by more traditional humanities scholarship.
The What Is Human? initiative fosters revitalization of intellectual and institutional relationships between the sciences and the humanities. Aiming to break down what C.P. Snow called a “Two Cultures” division between the humanities and the sciences, WIH creates a new interdisciplinary learning community and public intellectual dynamic. WIH fosters collaborative research partnerships across the disciplines. We also explore collaborative scientific and humanistic strategies and resources for funding and project development.