About

Advancing computational and digital humanities research at Arizona State University.

Who We Are

Vision

Nexus is in a period of exciting and rapid transition. In the next year (2017) we will step into our new role as a national leader in transdisciplinary humanities and we anticipate moving into a new physical space as well.

Two principles govern our vision for the future of Nexus:

  1. We are a site for transdisciplinary community development that values humanistic and artist research, and
  2. We advance the concerns of equality and solidarity in digital cultures.

As we craft a vision and goals for the next several years, Nexus will continue to advance humanities research agendas through this community development. Our approach to successful funding is to help identify and support or develop well-articulated research projects and then match to or create appropriate funding opportunities. We want to be focused on research that makes an impact, rather than chasing CFPs. Humanists, artists, and theorists are essential elements of the digital culture research ecology both nationally and internationally and Nexus is both a physical and virtual space dedicated to advancing such work.

While we work on changes, below are the vision, mission, and goals articulated for Nexus at its inception.

Growing computational and digital humanities research at Arizona State University through innovation and discovery. Using common interest in computation and data analysis as a means to connect humanities with other disciplines from sciences and engineering.

Nexus Lab Vision

Mission

The lab will drive transformations in humanities research by building new capacities, enjoining complementary groups, and imagining pathways for research that expand the purview of the humanities.

The lab will both grow projects and connect existing projects and expertise. It will provide support and partnership for collaborative projects. The lab will also host a variety of activities for faculty, staff and students at ASU, including workshops, symposia, and training sessions. By combining collaborative work with training and capacity building, the lab will work as an intellectual incubator, giving experimental new approaches a space for research and conversation, as well as a seedbed for a growing community of scholars and practitioners at ASU who are incorporating digital and computational methods into their work.

Goals

  • Creating a new community of practice for research and publication that integrates digital humanities tools and approaches;
  • Using humanities engagement with computation as a common ground to create new collaborations with sciences and engineering, particularly on massively collaborative “grand challenge” topics such as sustainability, urban agglomeration, food security, and public health;
  • Developing best practices and research models where such tools and approaches serve as a core method;
  • Incubating new projects, tools and platforms that will advance the field;
  • Serving as a node in a global network of digital humanities centers and institutes, promoting multi-­institution collaborations involving ASU researchers; and
  • Facilitating university­-wide discussions related to support for the digital humanities pursuant to external research funding, faculty promotion and tenure, and technical/computing infrastructure.

The Nexus Lab is a project of the Institute for Humanities Research at Arizona State University aimed at growing the digital humanities alongside interdisciplinary collaborations that bring together humanities, science, and technology.