Humanities in a Digital World Events 2021-2022

USC Working Group on Scholarly VR, AR, and 3D Modeling, 2021-2022

Introducing the USC Working Group on Scholarly VR, AR, and 3D Modeling, sponsored by the Humanities in a Digital World Program (USC Dornsife) and the Ahmanson Lab at the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study.

This working group presents a year-long works-in-progress series focused on innovative scholarship using virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D modeling, and other visualization/virtualization technologies. This series asks: How can these emerging technologies elevate and enliven scholarship? How can these technologies open us to new possibilities and perspectives? How can they help us engage audiences within and beyond the academy?

The workshop is organized by Curtis Fletcher, Director of the Ahmanson Lab, and Sean Fraga, USC Mellon Humanities in a Digital World Fellow (2020-2022). To learn more about future events, please join the mailing list or contact Curtis Fletcher, or Sean Fraga,, with any questions. 

Workshop Schedule
Sessions will be held over Zoom.
Register by 5 pm (PT) the day before the event to receive pre-circulated materials.

Thursday, January 27, 2022, 2:00 pm (PT)
"Using VR to Explore 15th Century Illuminated Manuscripts"
A collaboration between USC’s Archaeology Research Center, School of Cinematic Arts, and Special Collections, this project is a virtual reality experience of a Renaissance-era Book of Hours that belonged to a lay religious woman who lived in a still-standing and well-preserved enclosed female community in Ghent, Belgium.
Register via Zoom.

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 2:00 pm (PT)
"Bunker Hill Refrain 3D"
Part of the Bunker Hill Refrain Collaboratory, this project seeks to recreate a large section of Bunker Hill as a 3D interactive model using WPA architectural drawings from the L.A. City Archives, Library of Congress Sanborn maps, and the WPA L.A. diorama at the Natural History Museum.
Register via Zoom.

Thursday, March 31, 2022, 2:00 pm (PT)
"California Text + Terrain"
This project brings five USC students together to design an immersive 3D setting that turns the subtext of Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower into literal text that has the power to shape the natural and built environment. The project is directed by Erik Loyer and utilizes his Text + Terrain Toolkit, a new framework for building poetic visualizations from words in Unity.
Register via Zoom.

Thursday, April 21, 2022, 2:00 pm (PT)
"Decolonizing Western Modes of Monumentality"
This project seeks to collect a database of Black and Indigenous monuments for an online viewing audience. The first images were taken in Colombia, and the goal is to display these monuments in 3D presenting the public with an opportunity to interact with these spaces.
Register via Zoom.

Banner: Jacquard punch cards for patterned lace at Morton Young & Borland, Newmilns, Ayrshire, UK, Image by Zachary Mann (HiDW Ph.D. Fellow 2019-2021) 

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