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How Can Virtual Worlds Advance the Humanities?

How Can Virtual Worlds Advance the Humanities?

Author: Monica Amarelo

Type: FAS in the News

FAS has recently been awarded a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FAS partnered with SRI International to undertake a strategic planning process for advancing scholarly work in the humanities with the tools, representations, and social interaction enabled by the promising new technology of virtual worlds. The will also support and facilitate this project.

FAS and SRI, with support from the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities, will convene a series of 3 invitational summit meetings in 2008 that will bring together distinguished humanities scholars with experts in online communities research and virtual world technologies to identify how virtual world technology can be used to address significant issues in humanistic scholarship and advance scholarship. The findings from these summits will frame and inform further work to design, build, and populate a prototype virtual world, and evaluate its impact on advancing humanistic scholarship, scholarly communication, and learning.

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