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Digital IDEAS Summer Institute

  1. Welcome to Digital IDEAS 2024!
  2. Apply
  3. Past Institutes

Digital IDEAS is the annual summer institute of the Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan. The institute is open to a broad cohort, including advanced graduate students from campuses in the US and abroad, early career scholars and alt-ac practitioners, artists, and activists. Over the course of two weeks, attendees will participate in keynote lectures, panel discussions, methodology workshops, writing workshops, and group discussions. The institute will be held in a hybrid format, one week entirely online and one week with an option to attend in person or online.

Drawing on the acronym Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Success, each year’s session will focus on a new pressing issue at the intersection of technology and social justice.

In 2021, we launched DISCO: The Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Collaboration, & Optimism Network.

In 2022, we explored Critical Access: Technology & Disability Justice.

In 2023, we explored Digital Physical Entanglements: Environments, Bodies, and Space.

In 2024, we will explore Digital X Climate.

For questions about participating, please visit the Apply page or email Sarah Torsch at to join our mailing list.