Micki_No_TextCall for Proposals: 2014-2015 Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants

The Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants, part of GC Digital Initiatives, support innovative digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by matriculated doctoral students in good academic standing at the CUNY Graduate Center.  To find out more information about this program or to submit a proposal for the 2014-2015 Academic year, please visit the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants Website.



Cathy N. Davidson Joins the Digital GC

Leading technology scholar and HASTAC co-founder Cathy N. Davidson will join the Graduate Center’s English Ph.D. program faculty effective July 2014. Beginning this summer, the Graduate Center will become an administrative hub of HASTAC. Davidson will also direct, from the Graduate Center, the Futures Initiative, a CUNY-wide program that will advance the collaborative and participatory innovation in higher education, and involve both faculty and graduate students from affiliated institutions.

Chase F. Robinson, Interim President of the Graduate Center, notes, “In combination with other faculty appointments and academic initiatives, her presence will accelerate the Graduate Center’s emergence as a national leader in the digital humanities, interdisciplinary scholarship, and Ph.D. education.”

Read the full news release.

SelfieCityLev Manovich Debuts Selfiecity.net

Selfiecity, the most recent project by Graduate Center faculty member Lev Manovich, investigates the style of self-portraits (selfies) in five cities across the world. Selfiecity investigates selfies using a mix of theoretic, artistic and quantitative methods. Findings about the demographics of people taking selfies, their poses, and expressions can be found on the Selfiecity website.

2013-2014 Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants

The 2013-2014 Grantees have been announced! Funding a range of projects from researching unionizing among female IT workers in India to mapping mythological artwork onto the contemporary urban environment, the Provost’s Digital Initiatives Grants Program supports cutting-edge digital projects designed, created, programmed, or administered by matriculated doctoral students at the CUNY Graduate Center.

Explore the current grants that represent digital research from a wide variety of disciplines, including English, Classics, Criminal Justice, Urban Education, Sociology, and History.

Visit the Provost’s Digital Innovation Grants website to learn how to apply for a Provost’s Digital Innovation Grant.

labsiteGC Digital Scholarship Lab
Site Launches

The GC Digital Scholarship Lab is a new research space at the Graduate Center whose project-based work centers on the use of technology in research and teaching.  The lab focuses particularly on the creation of collaboratively produced, community-based, public-facing open-source software platforms for scholarly communication.

Visit us in room 7414 at the Graduate Center, CUNY or write to lab director Matthew K. Gold to learn more.


Phototrails, a research project by the Graduate Center’s Lev Manovich, uses experimental media visualization techniques for exploring visual patterns, dynamics and structures of planetry-scale user-generated shared photos. Using a sample of 2.3 million Instagram photos from 13 cities around the world, Manovich shows how temporal changes in the number of shared photos, their locations, and visual characteristics can uncover social, cultural and political insights about people’s activity around the world.

The project is part of the emerging research field of Cultural Analytics which uses computational methods for the analysis of massive cultural datasets and flows.


Screen Shot 2013-05-20 at 8.06.09 PMSusan Buck-Morss Debuts New Website

Susan Buck-Morss , a Distinguished Professor of Political Philosophy at the Graduate Center, unveiled a new website, SusanBuckMorss.info , that presents her work in an interactive format. The site reflects her cross-disciplinary work, which ranges across Art History, Architecture, Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, German Studies, Philosophy, History, and Visual Culture.

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