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: