To encourage outside funding of research, a new website launched by the University of Texas at Arlington College of Liberal Arts (CoLA) makes public its pioneering Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative.
The University of Texas at Arlington is an emerging leader in areas of vital importance and the model of a 21st century urban research university, as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2020: Bold Solutions | Global Impact.
As CoLA eyes the future, its faculty experts are already connecting the dots, and in the process, helping UTA to become a more comprehensive university. Researchers are developing strategies to bridge the chasm between a more open future and the past.
Since January 2015, CoLA faculty have embarked upon ambitious research projects that pair them with investigators from other disciplines as part of the Digital Arts & Humanities Initiative. Eleven teams will share $100,000 in the inaugural round of awards and the initiative will make research globally available for scholars to analyze and extract information for their own investigations.
“Our Digital Arts & Humanities research is representative of the use of new digital technologies in the humanities to create, aggregate and publish new knowledge,” said Dr. Elisabeth Cawthon interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “We are creating new pathways for collaboration that build on natural synergies between the arts and sciences. By leveraging UTA’s uncompromising commitment to innovation, we aim to improve human experience and impact the world.”
CoLA Digital Arts & Humanities research projects align with guiding themes of the University’s strategic plan: Health and the Human Condition, Sustainable Urban Communities, Global Environmental Impact and Data Driven Discovery.
One such research project Hispanic Youth, Digital Media Fluency and Political Capital aims to study the media habits of youth to see what connections these activities have with civic engagement. “In about 8 years the Hispanic population in Texas will exceed the non-Hispanic white population but there’s a huge gap in political participation and voting,” says Dr. Mark Tremayne, assistant professor at UTA Department of Communication and principal investigator of the study. “In particular, we are interested in social media and content creation as the role these play in political participation are not well understood.”
Financial support is essential for UTA researchers to cultivate innovative ideas for collaboration between arts and sciences. To donate to the DA&H, contact Chunke Su.
A comprehensive directory of research projects may be found at the at the newly launched CoLA Digital Arts & Humanities website.