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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-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 Entaglements: 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.