A Symposium on Humanities Teaching and Learning with 3D, Augmented and Virtual Reality

About This Symposium

Immersive Pedagogy will be held at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA on June 27-28, 2019. The event brings together a select group of specialists to design pedagogical 3D/XR materials that address critical and practical needs in higher education. The project team will prioritize incubating projects focused on Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies, but will consider broadly how 3D/XR technologies and data curation can intersect with methodologies deriving from studies of cultural heritage, minority archives, race and ethnicity, women of color and feminist theory, community outreach, public humanities, and accessibility. After the symposium, all pedagogical materials will be made freely available to the public.

Organizers include Dr. Lorena Gauthereau (University of Houston), Dr. Eric Kaltman (Carnegie Mellon University), Dr. Jessica C. Linker (Bryn Mawr College), Dr. Emma Slayton (Carnegie Mellon University), Dr. Neil Weijer (Johns Hopkins University), Dr. Alex Wermer-Colan (Temple University), and Dr. Chris Young (University of Toronto).

This symposium is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR).

Call for Proposals

Immersive Pedagogy: A Symposium on Humanities Teaching and Learning with 3D, Augmented and Virtual Reality Carnegie Mellon University, June 27-28, 2019

Call For Proposals

3D, augmented, and virtual reality technologies are becoming increasingly useful for advancing humanistic inquiry and pedagogy through immersive visualizations of spaces, artifacts, and data. Although some academic institutions offer technical support for specific tools, a range of obstacles still deter researchers and students from experimenting with these emerging technologies as teaching and learning tools. As a result, critical engagement with 3D and XR technology remains embryonic.

Immersive Pedagogy: A Symposium on Humanities Teaching and Learning with 3D, Augmented and Virtual Reality, hosted at Carnegie Mellon University on June 27-28, 2019, seeks to bring together librarians, educational technologists, students, scholars, and artists to generate accessible, scaffolded pedagogical materials that integrate scholarly inquiry with technical training. Alongside multiple keynote speakers, during the day-and-a-half symposium participants will collaborate through creative exercises and peer workshops to develop and revise pedagogical material for immersive technology, including lesson plans, learning exercises, course syllabi, and disciplinary curricula.

We invite proposals from scholars across the humanities focused on pedagogically oriented projects, particularly in the fields of Latinx, Latin American, and Caribbean Studies. Proposals should showcase how 3D/XR technologies and related digital humanities and data curation practices intersect with methodologies derived from the following studies:

● Community archives
● Critical digital studies
● Cultural heritage
● Disability studies
● Intersectional feminist theory
● Immigration and migration
● LGBTQ studies
● Minority/underrepresented archives
● Postcolonial/decolonial theory
● Public humanities
● Race and ethnicity

To apply, please submit a 500-word proposal along with a cover sheet with your full name and contact information to Applications are due by February 8, 2019. Questions can be sent to the same email address.

Submissions should engage with the pedagogy of 3D/XR technology. They may describe 3D/XR projects for scholarly or public engagement, lesson plans, course syllabi that use existing 3D/XR projects or resources, or theoretical and scholarship on pedagogical practices with 3D/XR technology, among other relevant topics. No previous experience with immersive technology is required to apply, but applicants should specify their level of experience and their reasons for working with the technology from a pedagogical, humanistic, and decolonial perspective. Participants acknowledge and accept that pedagogical materials produced for the conference will be made available to the public under Creative Commons (cc) license.

Participants will be credited by name unless otherwise requested. This symposium is supported by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Speaker Bios

Juliette Levy

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Juliette Levy

Juliette Levy is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Riverside.  In her work with the UC Innovative Learning Technology Initiative, she has created multiple online courses, a learning game ( and a VR learning module that is currently in beta.   In the field of Latin American history, Dr. Levy’s work explores informal and pre-banking forms of finance and credit. Her book “The Making of a Market: Credit, Notaries, and Henequen in Yucatan, 1850-1900” was published by Penn State University Press in 2012.  She is working on a second book on early employee credit unions in Mexico, AND co-directs, in a collaboration with colleagues at CIDE – Mexico, a digital database of Mexican historical statistics, and platform for data visualizations. 

Angel David Nieves

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Angel David Nieves

Angel David Nieves, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of History and Digital Humanities at San Diego State University (SDSU) in the Area of Excellence in Digital Humanities and Global Diversity. He was Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College (2008-17). Nieves’s 3D digital edition entitled, Apartheid Heritages: A Spatial History of South Africa’s Township’s  ( brings together modelling, immersive technologies and digital ethnography in the pursuit of documenting human rights violations in apartheid-era South Africa (Stanford University Press, under consideration). He recently completed a new book project entitled, An Architecture of Education: African American Women Design the New South, with the University of Rochester Press for their series “Gender and Race in American History” (June, 2018). Nieves is also currently working on a new volume in the Debates in the Digital Humanities Series (w/Senier & McGrail) and recently completed work on a special collaborative issue of American Quarterly (Fall 2018) on DH in the field of American Studies. He serves on the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) Committee on Information Technology (2016-19). He sits on the Boards of the New York State’s Humanities Council (2017-20) and the Society for American City and Regional Planning History (2018-21). Nieves (2017-18) was Presidential Visiting Associate Professor at Yale University in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program and an affiliate in the Yale Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab).


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