To develop greater faculty expertise in environmental humanities, particularly in the area of digital humanities methods and tools, we offer summer grants to faculty enabling those interested in the environmental digital humanities to attend conferences and workshops to build their skills. These grants are available by application both to people new to the digital humanities and to those who have some experience, but who wish to expand their capacities or learn new methods in this area.  Faculty who receive these grants conduct faculty development workshops on campus to share their new expertise with colleagues at Colby.

Below are a few institutions offering eligible conferences and workshops. This is not an exhaustive list:


Past Recipient

Serena Ferrando
Assistant Professor of Italian

In June of 2016, Serena attended two courses at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria. Following her rewarding experience there, she applied and was admitted to the Graduate Certificate program in Digital
Humanities in the Department of English at the University of Victoria.

She was awarded a digital humanities grant from the Environmental Humanities Initiative in 2017 to complete her Graduate Certificate at DHSI June 5-16, 2017. There she took the courses “Fundamentals of Programming/Coding for Human(s/ists)” and “Sound and Digital Humanities,” as well as a directed reading on “minimal computing” with the Institute’s Director, Prof. Jentery Sayers.

With the expertise gained at DHSI, Serena developed the following projects:

  • The Navigli Project: A digital exhibit of Milan’s waterways that displays and narrates the visual, thick history of water in the city. An interactive resource for students, researchers, and the general public interested in discovering and learning about Milan’s disappeared canals and current plans to bring them back. It comprises several layers of history, politics, literature, architecture, sound, video, photography, and geography that show the different factors that throughout the centuries have shaped Milan’s cityscape of today. With additional support from the Center for the Arts and Humanities to develop the Humanities Lab IT397 City of Water, Uncovering Milan’s Aquatic Geographies she and her students expanded the project last year. (More info here)
  • Noisemakers: An in-progress multimedia project on noise that utilizes 2D and 3D sound mapping to create a multisensory experience of the territory involving hearing and touch in addition to sight. Rooted in advanced music and visual programming software Ableton Live and Max MSP, it allows users to interact with and remix recorded urban noise/sounds on several digital geographical maps. This project is the focus of one of the modules in this spring’s course titled IT298 “Noisemakers! Tracing the Origins of Modern Music in Italy.”

Serena led a faculty workshop in digital humanities on April 10, 2018.