Call for Proposals: Open Research Spaces in the New Digital Arts & Humanities Commons
Announcing a call for proposals for faculty-led open research spaces in the Digital Arts &
Humanities Commons (DAHC), an open floor plan interdisciplinary co-working space for
digital scholarship and pedagogy located in Music 1410 (formerly the Arts Library).
This Fall 2017, the UCSB Division of Humanities & Fine Arts is launching the Digital Arts &
Humanities Commons. The Commons vision is a vibrant, accessible space for open research
and interdisciplinary collaboration, bringing together faculty, graduate students, and
The DAHC invites proposals from faculty-led research groups interested in meeting, conducting
research, and teaching in the Commons, and in particular in making creative use of space. For
example, these may take the form of makerspaces, hackerspaces, digital recording and editing
kiosks or open labs. Other on-site engagements include such methods and technical practices
as 3D printing, biometrics, motion capture, GIS, sonification, visualization, or text encoding. The
space may be used for research projects, classes and class projects, or as a site for
conferences and other events. Proposals must identify lead faculty but may involve individuals,
groups (including student groups), or whole departments.
The DAHC is located in Music 1410 (formerly the Arts Library), with 4,500 square feet of open
floor space zones divided by columns and arranged around a central common area. Proposals
with specific floorplan needs should request a 500 square foot zone, 250 square foot half-zone,
or 125 foot quarter-zone. For more space information, see detailed appendix.
Acceptance of a project proposal to the DAHC will come with reserved area for the project in the
Commons, electrical and network access, furnishings (tables, chairs, rugs, lockers, bins), daily
open hours (~9-5) supported by a Collaborate-staffed front desk, laptop and A/V checkout, site
support from the Commons graduate research assistant, and availability of the Commons for
event programming. In addition to communal whiteboards and monitors, limited Commons funds
up to $1000 may be available for acquiring special equipment for either a given project proposal
or group of proposals. However, proposals should emphasize the existing resources they will
bring to their space.
A Statement of Interest (2-6 pgs) should include:
● Name of the proposed project.
● Lead faculty and participants list.
● Description of project and space use concept – as it addresses research, teaching,
and/or broader publics. How will the project benefit from being in the DAHC? You may
include URLs and digital resources, including current or past work or portfolio items
relevant to the proposal.
● Outline of needs – floor space, equipment, access, security, etc.
● Preliminary budget – including what other funds have already been secured or applied
for, and a justification for needed equipment or software.
● Proposed timeline – total duration of up to 3 years, aligned with the quarter system.
Submit statements of interest and questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The call is open for rolling review. Spaces may fill, and applications may be waitlisted.
Proposals will be reviewed and ranked by the DAHC advisory board.
DAHC Faculty Director: Jeremy Douglass, English
Advisory and Review Committee:
Anthony Barbieri-Low, History
Laurel Beckman, Art
Alenda Chang, Film & Media Studies
Jon Jablonski, Library
Alan Liu, English
Claudia Moser, History of Art & Architecture
David Novak, Music
Laila Shereen Sakr, Film & Media Studies
Madeleine Sorapure, Writing Program
A PDF version of this call with additional information on the space can be found here: CFP–Open Research Spaces in the new Digital Arts Humanities Commons