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RESEARCH CLUSTERS No program at the Humanities Institute embodies the institute’s motto “bridging disciplines, building dialogues” more than its Research Clusters. Among the institute’s longest-running programs, the Research Clusters simultaneously foster community and offer inspiration. In 2012-2013, the institute provided 13 Research Clusters with modest grants, with funding from the Office of Research, to host workshops, seminars, conferences and lectures that generate conversations and new ideas that often grow into larger, externally-funded collaborations such as the Mellon Research Initiatives in the Humanities. Additionally, clusters exploring such diverse fields as the indigenous Americas and classical antiquity also won external funding from the UC California Studies Consortium, UC Humanities Research Institute, and Cal Humanities. The institute’s cluster program has helped build global scholarly networks and delivered outcomes including a GIS database mapping the liberal arts in the ancient world. The clusters influence both the present and future of innovative scholarship at UC Davis. To read more about the institute’s Research Clusters, visit the Research Cluster page on our website:

2012-2013 Research Clusters American Cultures and Politics Asian Pacific American Cultural Politics Early Modern Studies Eighteenth-Century Studies Estudios Culturales en las Américas History and Religions of Late Antiquity Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Listening to the Earth Medieval Research Cluster Militarization Research Cluster Performance Studies Queer, Feminist, and Transgender Studies What Does Health Mean Today?

huMANITIES INNOVATION LAB The Humanities Innovation Lab is the core site for experiments in digital humanities at UC Davis. An outgrowth of the DHI’s Digital Humanities Initiative, the lab is developing new digital tools and methodologies to ad- dress the challenges faced by scholars in the humanities and humanistic social sciences. The lab aims to foster new institutional infra- structures and more collaborative modes of producing, publishing and distributing humanities research. The lab’s research programs include the cultural studies of video games and interactive media; games and gamification as modes of humanities scholarship; gaming platforms and virtual reality technologies for scientific research; off-the-shelf strategies for digital humanities scholarship; relations of ludic culture with surveillance, securitization, and militariza- tion; and technosocial practices such as tweaking, cheating, hacking and creeping.

The lab’s ongoing research, funded in part by a $2.5 million grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and shared with the University of Waterloo and several other Canadian universities, is a testament to the strong connection between “the digital” and “the humanities” at UC Da- vis. Indeed, that exciting and groundbreak- ing research will continue in fall 2013 in partnership with the Digital Cultures Mellon Research Initiative, a program administered by the Humanities Institute.


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