The Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center

The Digital Integrative Liberal Arts Center promotes new forms of humanistic inquiry through practices of design, asking how digital media making and other forms of applied digital scholarship can enable students and scholars to construct arguments, create artifacts, and prototype systems that address the complex challenges of twenty-first century life.

The activities of DILAC are centered around two labs, the Digital Humanities Lab and the Digital Civics Lab. The Digital Humanities Lab explores how computational technologies and practices engage questions of humanistic inquiry; the Digital Civics Lab investigates how computational technologies and practices affect the structure and experience of politics and public life. Common to both is a commitment to examining the significance of computation in culture and society through experimental and imaginative methods, informed by art, craft, and design. Together, these labs draw upon the people of Georgia Tech and place of Atlanta, exploring what it means to do twenty-first century humanities work in the context of an urban technological institute.

We support classroom and project-based learning. We do this by building infrastructures and communities. For Fall 2016, our primary initiative is the Digital Humanities and Digital Civics Community of Practice, which will bring together students, faculty, and staff for collaborative learning through themed workshops and events.

In addition, the labs provide consultations for project development, including assistance working with archives and datasets, software and hardware recommendations, learning and engagement assessment recommendations, and assistance with project documentation and dissemination.

Digital Humanities

The Digital Humanities Lab explores how digital technologies, and related media practices, engage questions of humanistic inquiry. We draw from the expertise of students and faculty in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts in order to identify how issues of computation intersect with literary, historical, and cultural concerns. Our approach is both theoretical and applied, with an emphasis on how digital technologies can be employed to present concepts, advance arguments, and perform critique.

Digital Civics

The Digital Civics Lab investigates how computational technologies and practices affect the structure and experience of politics and public life. We are particularly interested in the role of design in shaping contemporary civics and the potentials of digital media to enable new forms of governance, activism, and advocacy.  Our approach is both critical and appreciative, with an emphasis on making as a mode of humanistic inquiry.

Through the Digital Civics Lab, we support classroom and project-based learning. We do this by building infrastructures and communities.