Applicants have been notified, and this institute will be moving forward online due to COVID-19. Materials will be made available online in an open access format following the institute.

There has been growing awareness of the need for humanist inquiry into the internet platforms and communities driving contemporary culture. From fan communities and discourse about works of literature to meme-makers skewering cultural objects, online spaces enable readership, creation, circulation, and transformation of humanist texts—and the active making and remaking of public history.

However, much internet research is driven by computational approaches without also being rigorously grounded in theories of culture and textual production. Navigating this space can be particularly daunting to early-career humanities scholars. This is where we seek to intervene.

Understanding Digital Culture: Humanist Lenses for Internet Research, a transdisciplinary humanities institute, will be held June 1-5, 2020 virtually due to COVID-19. Understanding Digital Culture will provide resources, training, and a community of collaborators to engage both computational network and data analysis tools and the ethics and best practices of using the web as a site of research.

Institute Leadership and Instructors

  • Anastasia Salter (University of Central Florida) – Principal Investigator and Project Director
  • Mel Stanfill (University of Central Florida) – Co-Principal Investigator and Co-Director
  • Amy Giroux (University of Central Florida) – Instructor and Coordinator
  • Leonardo Flores (Appalachian State University) – Instructor
  • Jennifer de Winter (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) – Instructor
  • Stephanie Vie (University of Central Florida) – Instructor
  • Bridget Blodgett (University of Baltimore) – Instructor
  • Catherine Knight Steele (University of Maryland) – Instructor
  • Louise Kane (University of Central Florida) – Instructor

Graduate Assistants

  • Rachel Winter (University of Central Florida)
  • Lauren Rouse (University of Central Florida)

This Institute has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Institute, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at:

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