Who We Are:
UNRH is a network founded by and for undergraduates in order to reimagine the undergraduate role in innovative humanities research. “We are InterHumanities, the space or bridges between groups, acting to bring students and ideas together. We are interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and international,” (Mills, 2017). Our Mission:
We aim to aggregate, present, and promote student research that questions the methods of traditional humanities research. We further hope to establish a sustainable network of digital scholarship through which students collaborate, question and break down leading models of teaching and learning in order to reclaim student agency, and form a community.
UNRH is managed by a Steering Committee of students from institutions all over the world. The committee meets virtually and regularly throughout the year to continue to develop UNRH and organize the annual conference.
UNRH is only made possible thanks to the generosity of our sponsors. Together, our participants, committee, and sponsors form a network of institutions that intersect across departments, institutions, and nations. We are a proud, global collective striving towards realizing our mission of empowering undergraduate researchers in the digital humanities/digital liberal arts.
Code of Conduct:
The Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities (UNRH) is dedicated to promoting an environment where all people feel respected, comfortable, and safe. UNRH takes any complaints and reports that describe a hostile environment different from this goal very seriously. As participants and organizers of this conference we must mutually agree to help facilitate a harassment-free experience for everyone.
UNRH will not tolerate any instances of inappropriate behavior both in and outside of the conference that is conceived as threatening, derogatory, disruptive, or abusive by another person. Furthermore, any instances of harassment or discrimination including but not limited to race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, language, or national origin will not be tolerated at UNRH. Any conference staff member or participant who is in violation of these aforementioned rules may be approached about their conduct and potentially expelled from the conference. Cases of any of the aforementioned behaviors should be immediately brought to the attention of the conference staff, and consequences will be judged on a case-by-case basis. UNRH reserves the right to:
a. Take no action;
b. Issue a one-time warning;
c. Remove the offending individual from the remainder of conference and/or ban the individual from future participation at UNRH;
d. Take any other actions deemed as necessary and appropriate.
The host organization is not responsible for any incidents that occur internally during the conference. However, should an incident occur between a conference participant and a member of the host institution, committee members representing the host institution should be contacted to handle the issue at the campus level.
What To Do
First and foremost, do not assume attributes or experiences of individuals based on appearance. Ask preferred pronouns and maintain an open mind throughout all interactions.
In case of an incident, please report it as soon as possible. The report can either be made personally or anonymously.
You can make a personal report by:
- Writing an email to the UNRH staff member acting as host of the conference
- Calling or messaging a UNRH staff member
- Approaching a UNRH staff member, identified by nametags
For an anonymous report, please fill out the form present here. We will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with you directly, but we will make sure to fully investigate the incident.
What Will Transpire
Offenders will be confronted by a staff member of the UNRH organizing and steering committee to discuss the event. Efforts will be made to effectively communicate in what ways the individual has violated the Code of Conduct. If the offender does not recognize and comply with the Code of Conduct and or the individual being harassed does not feel comfortable and safe, then the offender will be asked to leave with no refunding of any expenses charged to UNRH. Additionally, UNRH will remove any recognition of the offender from the UNRH website and promotional materials.
In the unlikely event that the offender is a member of the organizing and steering committee, the same protocol will take place and this individual will be immediately removed from the committee.
[Some items adapted from the ILMUNC Code of Conduct]
What We Do:
We are working toward hosting a virtual space for peer review and for sharing ideas, events, resources. Additionally we host an annual conference. This conference addresses our goals in four ways:
- We provide a physical platform for the submission, peer reviewed selection, and presentation of projects alone or in collaboration.
- We engage in workshops, in order to develop skills for professional development, whether that be within academia or outside of it.
- We gather for “design-thinking” sessions with the purpose of drawing out the problems in the current undergraduate research model in order to create actionable solutions.
- We establish a network for peer-learning and collaboration across institutions and countries.
To view projects and information about previous conferences, visit our History page.
Conferences create community; through community comes collaboration, support, innovation, and a sense of belonging. UNRH hosts both virtual and physical spaces to create this community for undergraduates, an experience often limited to faculty and staff. Through our growing online network of students and our annual conference, UNRH actively seeks to build a community of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, international students engaging in the field of digital humanities. This community shares resources with each other, peer-reviews digital projects, and establishes a sense of belonging amidst an emerging field.
We believe that undergraduates are capable of being agents of active change in their academic institutions. Education systems were designed for student learning, so we advocate for undergraduate empowerment to take the responsibility of making institutions serve their academic needs. UNRH realizes this goal by providing an annual conference exclusively for undergraduates where they can have credit for their own research and scholarship. Additionally, we host panels and design-thinking sessions geared towards equipping participants with the tools necessary to instigate change at their institutions.
UNRH’s conference has a competitive application process and offers accepted participants to gain exposure to the experiences of other scholars presenting their research. Through our network, participants also have access to peer-review, thereby enhancing their scholarship. Likewise, our online space announces upcoming events, information, and opportunities to continue to grow as young scholars. Lastly, our conference offers several professional and academic development experiences such as workshops, elevator pitch preparation, and keynote addresses from prominent voices in the digital humanities.