Spatial Humanities Initiative | Humanities 'Design' Studios


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With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Humanities Research Center’s  Spatial Humanities Initiative invites faculty to submit proposals for multi-tiered Humanities ‘Design’ Studios where participants can develop processes for producing imaginative solutions to geo-spatial problems that are complex in form, content, and scale. In these studios, participants can explore questions, assemble information, consult specialists, analyze precedents, test techniques, study contexts, generate insights, imagine new worlds, or consider new forms of communication. Two of these studios will be conducted per year as 3-credit-hour courses and include, ideally, humanities doctoral students, masters students from architecture, and advanced undergraduate students from any area, including computer science and the School of Social Sciences. Participants will be invited to attend  intensive one-week mapping and procedural modeling boot camps that will be offered by the HRC every semester.

Faculty may request up to $9,000 to develop and conduct a Humanities ‘Design’ Studio in Spring 2020. Up to $2000 will be available as faculty research accounts which may be used for materials, memberships, and travel related to the Studio, and up to $7000 may be used towards materials, software licenses, digital fabrication costs, programming and graphic design hours, server space and disk storage, and other course related costs. Humanities ‘Design’ Studios may also enlist the expertise of a GIS Specialist/Developer affiliated with the Initiative who will assist with the visualization needs that projects might require and provide tutorials in GIS applications as needed. Funds will be available for the semester in which the studio is offered, provided course enrollment requirements are met.

Eligibility: All Rice University faculty are eligible to apply.

Application Materials:

  • Course title

  • Course description of no more than 250 words

  • ​Course Syllabus

  • Course budget

[Please compile these items into a single .pdf document and upload below]

Contact: Adriana Chiaramonti (

Friday, September 13, 2019