The Digital Humanities Initiative (DHI) at the New School was created in 2015 by Claire Bond Potter, its founding Director and a Professor of History in the Schools of Undergraduate Studies. Through the DHI, students explore the intellectual and creative activities that emerge at the intersection of design, technology and the liberal arts. Through internships, independent study, and course work in digital humanities, we encourage students to bring critical thinking, research and self-conscious reflection to their work in the world of technology. Our program of study emphasizes collaboration, innovation and design rather than the individualism, competition and ‘knowledge-banking’ that can be typical of scholarship in the analogue humanities world. It also provides the opportunity for close collaboration with faculty working in the digital humanities.
Through the program, students have the opportunity to make things. All students develop the skills that will allow them to create capstone projects in other major fields of study that departs from traditional essay or exhibition-based work. Such projects may be community-based, and offer the opportunity to return research to community collaborators; they may provide a space for the formation of virtual community; they may have a political or social justice focus; they may be archival or performative; or they may simply represent the culmination of a student’s interest in a field, subject, text or digital methodology.