Building an Institute for Empathic Immersive Narrative


ACLS Digital Justice Seed Grants


School of Performing Arts


With the ACLS Digital Justice Seed Grant, we will create an advisory board who will work with us over a period of thirteen months to help us plan an Institute for Empathic Immersive Narrative hosted at Virginia Tech. This board will be particularly needed as we set to design an institute that will bring together underrepresented humanities scholars across the U.S. to study and engage empathy with the latest immersive technologies available at Virginia Tech including VR, high-density loudspeaker arrays, intimate audio through bone conduction, immersive 3D video, and digital storytelling. Our critical interventions will be disseminated in a six episode podcast series, a white paper, and a public facing website.