Digital Environmental Humanities: An Integrative Collaboratory

This project is an experiment in crowd-sourced brainstorming and project development. Constructive feedback and input are encouraged! Thank you.

The Premise:

How can the intersection of technology, humanities, and ecological thinking can yield new models of learning, research, and creative endeavor to model a dynamic knowledge ecosystem?

The Questions:

Can Digital Humanities tools help make the case for the relevance of ecologically-focused thinking?
How can a technology support a regional or bioregional focus to environmental and cultural studies?
How can participatory (or relational) models help students better recognize the importance of intentional conversation and collaboration as a cornerstone of effective learning?
How can we minimize the temporal and rhetorical distance between experience and writing to emphasize the experience of writing itself (and not see writing as just reflection on experience)?
Can the production of artifacts (whether text or other media) itself be an act of knowledge creation?
What is the role of digital humanities in environmental studies?
Other questions???

The Methods and Next Steps:

To invite participants from a range of disciplines -- ecology, economics, media studies, literature, cultural studies, music and performance studies, systems theory, and beyond -- to collaborate, discuss, and produce a tangible result. What can you bring to the table?

Examples might include:
Explore the boundaries between interpretation and creation (or between research and performance)
Visualizing data from qualitative study that itself yields a product of considerable artistic import
A crowd-sourced initiative to broaden community participation in traditional place-based crafts leads to both the distillation of community memory and bolstering a local economy
Collaborative projects that share human/place interactions can illustrate common traits across different regions and then lead to a clearer understanding of global ecological and cultural relationships
‘Real-world’ research opportunities for students in isolated locales can leverage engagement and participation on a global level.
Develop an open access participatory platform to empower experiential learning.
What else???

The Goals of This Document:

To leverage the strength of a global network of scholars, teachers, and practitioners to propose and develop a funded project that highlights the collaboration potential of institutions and individual practitioners to maintain a persistent dialogue across traditional disciplinary boundaries that yields relevant, tangible results.

The hope is that this intentionally open-ended participatory document will be submitted for a small grant to support the work of its participants. The final direction, scope, and eventual funding source remain flexible.

Anyone is encouraged to make changes, proposals, additions, emendations -- particularly to add / comment on Questions, Methods, and Next Steps.

Contact @placesense or with comments or for editing access to the document at
A static version also sits at

Please be civil, constructive, honest, and be sure to add your name, location, and email / twitter to the list at the end.

Looking forward to the conversation!


Kinds of collaborators
Individual/small group
Graduate students
Undergraduate students
Contact person
Help needed