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Research Centres, Labs & Projects


The Centre for Culture and Technology (CCT) was established in 2011 by FCCS professors Aleksandra Dulic and Stephen Foster to promote research that brings together art and science to develop a critical awareness of the dynamic relationship between culture and technology. As a laboratory engaged in innovative research, the CCT aims to develop content, artwork and services, support innovation processes, expand new knowledge transmission strategies for cultural expression, and communicate cultural knowledge to audiences across a range of age groups and cultures.


The Centre for Indigenous Media Arts (CIMA) is mandated to work collaboratively with artists and communities to foster the contemporary artistic practice of Indigenous media artists. The Centre focuses on research/creation of scholarly projects at the confluence of contemporary art and indigenous culture exploring new forms of media and technology in contemporary indigenous art production. CIMA is located at UBC’s Okanagan campus in the Administration Building (ADM 044).



The Exchange Humanist Data Lab houses projects that engage in the work of the humanities--adding value to cultural artifacts through interpretation and analysis--in a digital context. Broadly, all Exchange projects investigate code as a sustainable medium for representing cultural history. The stakes are high, as the development of sustainable, robust humanist data shapes what both scholars and the general public can know about digitized cultural history. Many of the Exchange Humanist Data Lab projects are currently housed in the CCS 151 Spark Lab. The Exchange will move to its permanent home in the Fipke building in the fall of 2015. For more information please contact


The Eco-Art Incubator is a SSHRC-funded research initiative at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus. Principal Investigators are Nancy Holmes, Associate Professor, Creative Writing, and Denise Kenney, Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Performance, both in the Department of Creative Studies.

The Incubator is an umbrella under which a variety of projects can proceed by our offering specific technical and theoretical support, providing a platform for students and artists to work as well as access to artist-friendly resources for conservation and ecological initiatives.


Awadh Visual Database - To support the model images project a comprehensive visual database of Awadhi visual culture is being developed using original field research photographs and museum collections. The team is working on designing a database structure, digitizing records and making the database available online. The database will include, historic photographs, architectural drawings, maps, paintings, portable objects etc. The project will make primary evidence more easily available to researchers of Awadh culture and history. Researchers will benefit from acquiring database design skills and applying them to art historical research. For more information please contact

The Evolving Botanic Garden - The team is planning a multidisciplinary partnership to develop a SSHCR-funded interpretation program employing mobile devices for the forthcoming Islamic garden at the Devonian Botanic Garden in Edmonton, Alberta. For more information please contact

Implementing New Knowledge Environments - INKE is an interdisciplinary initiative spawned in the methodological commons of the digital humanities that seeks to understand the future of reading through reading’s past and to explore the future of the book from the perspective of its history. Lead by Ray Siemens, Distinguished Professor at the University of Victoria, the SSHRC-funded INKE project engages in and develops best practice for modelling and prototyping, book history, and interface design in a humanities context. In part, INKE’s Modelling and Prototyping team’s work on iterative publication and the social edition is housed at UBCO. For more information please contact Constance Crompton at or us on twitter at @INKEproject.

The SSHRC-funded Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada (LGLC) project reconfigured Donald McLeod’s remarkable monograph, Lesbian and Gay Liberation In Canada: A Selected Annotated Chronology, 1964-1981 as a TEI-encoded resource. The text consists of event records organized by date and then by location, with each entry neatly summarizing a moment in history, followed by a bibliography of sources and includes three appendices listing lesbian and gay organizations, periodicals, bars, and clubs. The LGLC project extends the book’s codex form in order to data mine and represent queer history spatially and temporally. The project not only makes a much-neglected part of Canadian history available for mainstream scholarly use, it also provides a foundation for modeling identity and representing time in TEI-XML. For more information please contact Constance Crompton at

Model Images - This project brings together art history and visual arts researchers to examine how 3D modelling software can be deployed as a tool for art historical and creative inquiry. Using 18th and 19th C North Indian (Awadh) miniature paintings the team is first tracing miniature paintings in AutoCAD, developing multiple interpretations of the possible plans and elevations and building 3D models using Autocad and Autodesk 3DS max. The team is also deconstructing the paintings using Adobe Photoshop layers to analyze representations of carpets, portable objects, clothing, etc. We aim to be able to create a model of the paintings that one can walk into virtually and examine what new insights into the conception and representation of 3D space are possible as a result. Student researchers also benefit from acquiring practical drafting and modeling skills in conjunction with traditional humanistic research skills. For more information please contact

The Poetry Okanagan Sound Archive (POSA), currently under development, is a sound archive that will house the works of Western Canadian poets, including Daphne Marlatt, bill bisset and others. The archive, complete with scholarly apparatus, will serve as a rich resource for poetry and sound scholars, students, and members of the public who wish to explore the life of poetry, not only on the page but off. For more information contact Karis Shearer at

The World Art History Mashup project examines how the concept of world art history can be applied to design a web interface that remixes existing online art historical resources like the Heilbrunn timeline at the Metropolitan Museum of Art website. This will be a new resource for the teaching of introductory art history. For more information please contact

The Victorian Review: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Victorian Studies publishes research articles on all aspects of Victorian literature, history, science, arts, and culture. The journal, which began publication in 1972, is published twice annually. The journal's social media outreach team is partially located at UBCO. For more information please contact Constance Crompton at, visit us at or follow us on twitter at @victorianreview 


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