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.
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.