With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Research Center (HRC) is funding a sustainable, multi-tiered, and data-driven Spatial Humanities Initiative over a period of three and half years. This initiative supports research projects in the Humanities at Rice University that integrate constructs of time, place, and landscape into the micro-stories of everyday life and the macro-studies of our global condition. Diverse as they may be, these projects not only stem from a surge of scholarly interest in space but also exploit a vast assortment of information technologies; explore, critique, and experience the modeling and mapping of historic sites and events; and together incubate a multi-disciplinary and broadly humanistic collaboration among interested tech innovators, faculty, and students. The HRC will also host a geospatial computer lab with a full time GIS specialist/developer.

The HRC has, therefore, developed ten interconnected activities, all meant to act as bridges across disciplines and schools:

i) studio environments in the School of Humanities;
ii) boot camps to teach humanities faculty and doctoral students how to map and model spatial, vector, and raster data;
iii) funds for faculty to develop spatial humanities research projects;
iv) travel fellowships to visit sites;
v) project management fellowships for graduating doctoral students;
vi) an annual showcase and meetup event;
vii) postdoctoral fellowships;
viii) undergraduate practica;
ix) a visiting scholars program; and
x) an annual lecture series.