The DHRX is a cross-campus faculty research network designed to highlight innovative, digitally-focused academic work at the University of Pittsburgh. Bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, the network is dedicated to exploring the creative use of digital technologies in humanities and social science research.

Currently, a major goal of the DHRX is to help build community. The members of the network are frequently in contact with one another and the group meets as a whole once per semester to discuss issues and challenges specific to digital making.

We are enthusiastic about the ways that digital technology can expand, reconfigure, and enrich our understanding of the relationship between academic inquiry and the social world.

For further information or to find out more about joining the network, please feel free to contact Alison Langmead, Principal Contact for the DHRX at

Upcoming PGH|DH (Pittsburgh Digital Humanities) Events (Click here for full calendar)

Protecting and Preserving Your Digital Life
Starts: January 26, 2018, 1:00 pm
Ends: January 26, 2018, 3:00 pm
Location: DSC, Hillman Library
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"German POWs in the USSR, 1941-1956: A GIS Analysis" by Susan Grunewald
Starts: January 26, 2018, 3:30 pm
Ends: January 26, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location: CMU Baker Hall 246-A
Description: The paper examines German prisoner of war (POW) camps in the Soviet Union from 1941-1956. The Germans were the largest and longest held group of POWs of any of the victor nations of the Second World War. The key research question is why were they held for so long? The paper argues that the POWs were primarily held for economic reasons related to the mass destruction of the war. To support this argument, the paper heavily relies on GIS mapping of the POW camp locations in relation to Soviet infrastructure and resources. The paper provides a detailed methodological breakdown of the mapping process in addition to analysis of the maps. A discussion of the paper will follow the presentation.
Shannon Mattern Talk: Ether/Ore: An Atlas of Urban Media
Starts: February 1, 2018, 4:00 pm
Ends: February 1, 2018, 5:30 pm
Location: Sorrels Library Den, Wean Hall, CMU
Description: Studded with sensors, optimized by algorithms, interfaced via dashboards and apps, cities are imagined as computers writ large, planned “from the Internet up.” Yet this new age of sentient urbanism — in which place-based intelligence is reduced to “smartness” — has a long and deep lineage. This talk, drawing on my new book, Code and Clay, Data and Dirt: 5000 Years of Urban Media, will take us on a world tour of cities that embody various materialities of intelligence: both code and clay, data and dirt, ether and ore.