D.R.A.G.E.N. Lab Launches Environments of Change SSHRC Partnership

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

meetingThe Digital Research in Arts and Graphical Environmental Networks (D.R.A.G.E.N.) Lab is a GI-affiliated research hub, directed by Professor of Medieval History and GI member, Dr. Steven Bednarski.

The D.R.A.G.E.N. Lab is also the focal point for a Partnership Grant sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. That partnership, called Environments of Change, forms an international network of scholars from Canada, the UK, and the US, many of whom gathered in Waterloo for the team's first Annual General Meeting last October 19.

They were joined by many of their corporate, educational, and not-for-profit partners from organizations such as Ubisoft, the Waterloo Region District School Board, Nelson Publishing, and the East Sussex County Council, among others. All together, their goal is to explore how emerging digital technologies, including video games, hGIS, and 3D maps and models, can help explore the long and complex relationship between humans, culture, and nature.

The October AGM was the first - of many - multidisciplinary collaborative discussions between D.R.A.G.E.N. Lab members. It included professors from Anthropology, Ecology, Environment, History, Earth Science, and Science.

Environments of Change is an extension of an existing research partnership that Bednarski leads between the University of Waterloo, Queen's University and the Bader International Study Centre (BISC) at Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex. Over the next eight years, scores of UW and Queen's students will travel to the Castle to live, study, and work in East Sussex.

To read more about the Environments of Change project, and other projects coordinated from UW's D.R.A.G.E.N. Lab, click here:

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