By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
Welcome back to the blog! This is our last post before we enter winter break. If you’re not busy grading, then you may consider applying to some of the opportunities listed below. We will be back on January 8, 2018 with a new blog post.
From the DH@UO team we wish you a relaxing winter break and happy holidays!
1. Position: Digital Humanities Computing, Open Rank
Deadline: November 15, 2017 ASAP (open until filled)
Institution: University of Oklahoma
About: “The incumbent is expected to become a leader within a vibrant community of humanists and other researchers using computational tools. A successful candidate in this position will play an integral role in the development of the DSP. This initiative connects researchers from diverse scholarly domains for collaboration via common approaches and for improvement of educational opportunities and research support. The incumbent will take a leadership role in curriculum and research development for this cross-disciplinary program and contribute to teaching of undergraduate and graduate students in the Data Scholarship Program and the home department(s). Humanities researchers at OU are allied through the Humanities Forum (http://www.ou.edu/humanitiesforum.html), which among many other activities has regularly hosted a Digital Humanities Symposium featuring local and national leaders in Digital Humanities. In addition, digital humanists are supported and connected through the award-winning staff of the Digital Scholarship Lab, who help to forge collaborations among researchers across the disciplines. Such connections include those with faculty from the College of Engineering who teach in the rapidly growing, Data Science and Analytics M.S. program (datascience.ou.edu).”
2. Position: Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rank of Instructor
Deadline: December 4, 2017
Institution: The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago
About: “The Stevanovich Institute on the Formation of Knowledge at the University of Chicago invites applications for two-year Postdoctoral Researchers at the Rank of Instructor, to begin on July 1, 2018. Postdocs will join a community of leading scholars from across the university to study the process of knowledge formation and transmittal from antiquity to the present day and, in correlation, to explore how this history shapes our modern world.
Applicants must demonstrate current research interests that straddle multiple departments and disciplines to investigate the influences beneath what is accepted as true at a given time and place. In particular, we seek applicants working on the formation of medical, economic, or legal knowledge, the sociology of scientific knowledge, or indigenous knowledge practices. We are also interested in candidates studying public knowledge, the “post-truth era,” misinformation, and propaganda within the US context. We will evaluate applicants on the quality and quantity of publications, recommendations, and undergraduate teaching, and a demonstrated ability to work beyond disciplinary constraints.
The successful candidate must have a PhD in hand before the start of the appointment. Postdocs will conduct individual research and collaborate with graduate students and faculty in investigating approaches, methodologies, and outcomes of the Institute’s research agenda. The position is non-renewable and brings with it two years of salary at $62,000 per year, benefits, office space, pedagogical training, reimbursement of up to $2,500 for moving expenses, and a research allowance of $2,500 per year.”
3. Call for Book Proposals: Routledge Series on Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs
Deadline: December 15, 2017
About: “The editors of the ongoing Routledge series on Emerging Technologies, Ethics and International Affairs are interested in considering manuscripts and book proposals for publication. This series examines the crucial ethical, legal and public policy questions arising from or exacerbated by the design, development and eventual adoption of new technologies across all related fields, from education and engineering to medicine and military affairs. The series revolves around two key themes: moral issues in research, engineering and design and ethical, legal and political/policy issues in the use and regulation of technology. This series encourages submission of cutting-edge research monographs and edited collections with a focus on forward-looking ideas concerning innovative or as yet undeveloped technologies.”
4. Position: Assistant/Associate Professor in Digital Methods in History
Deadline: December 19, 2017
Institution: Aarhus University, Denmark
About: “The Department of History and Classical Studies at the School of Culture and Society invites applications for the position of assistant/associate professor in digital methods in history. The assistant professorship is a three-year fixed-term position. After three years, and subject to appropriate funding, an associate professorship in the same subject area will be announced in open competition. The associate professorship is a permanent position. Place of employment: Jens Chr. Schous Vej 3-7, 8000 Aarhus C, Denmark. The position is available from 1 August 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.
We are looking for an enthusiastic, dedicated researcher and teacher who is willing and able to contribute to the activities of the Department of History and Classical Studies, with an emphasis on the field of digital methods in history.
The Department of History and Classical Studies has decided to strengthen its competences in digital methods in research and teaching, and is therefore establishing this new position. The successful applicant will be expected to further the use of digital methods in history through their own research and teaching. They will also be expected to contribute to the enhancement of competences in digital methods among colleagues in the department. The position is linked to the university’s recently published digitisation strategy, which seeks to strengthen digitisation in research, teaching, the study environment and administration. See http://newsroom.au.dk/en/news/show/artikel/au-har-faaet-en-digitaliseringsstrategi/.
The successful applicant will be expected to:
• teach and conduct research in the field of digital methods in history
• contribute to the enhancement of competences in digital methods among colleagues in the department
• participate in activities that seek to develop and promote the utilisation of existing collections of digitised material in Denmark and beyond.”
5. Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
Deadline: January 2, 2018
Institution: Cornell University
About: “Cornell University’s Department of Performing and Media Arts seeks a visiting assistant professor of cinema and media studies in a two-year position beginning on July 1, 2018. We are looking for a dynamic and innovative scholar with a wide range of interests, which may include media production. The candidate will teach undergraduate students in our major in Performing and Media Arts, which combines theory and practice in film, transmedia, theatre, and dance in unusual and experimental ways. Courses – which uphold and challenge core training in the discipline of cinema and media studies – would include an introductory-level course, a two-course sequence in global cinema, and elective courses in the candidate’s range of interests. The teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will also engage in the intellectual life of the department beyond its teaching mission, including as a participant in the department colloquium. We are interested in recruiting candidates who demonstrate commitment to the highest standards of scholarship, teaching, and professional activity consistent with a Research I university. Our department is committed to the development of a campus climate that supports equality and diversity.”
6. Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Computing
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Institution: Carnegie Mellon
About: “Carnegie Mellon University Libraries seeks candidates for a two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Science and Computing. The fellow’s primary responsibilities will include creating cross-campus ties between the University Libraries and faculty working in the humanities and sciences, by fostering the study of 19th and 20th c. history of science materials held by the University Libraries Archives & Special Collections.
This fellowship was inspired by the recent donation of a collection of books, letters, and computing machines—including two Enigma machines—by Pamela McCorduck, the author of influential books on artificial intelligence and wife of the late Joseph Traub, former Computer Science Department Head. Totaling more than 50 letters, books, and computing machines, the collection includes important items in the history of computing. They will be added to the University Libraries Archives & Special Collections, which also contains the papers of noted computer science pioneers Alan Newell and Herb Simon, who worked alongside Traub in the department. A pioneering computer scientist who led Carnegie Mellon’s Computer Science Department during a crucial period in its history, Traub went on to found the computer science department at Columbia University.”
7. Position: Assistant Professor of English for New Media
Deadline: January 19, 2018
Institution: Dakota State University
About: “The English Department at Dakota State University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English specializing in Digital Media Design and Digital Humanities. Candidates should demonstrate the ability to teach courses in our English for New Media degree program and some area of specialization in the digital humanities. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience in recruiting and outreach and have a strong background and interest in teaching general education courses in writing and composition. The teaching load is four courses per semester including first-year composition courses and new and existing courses in both our undergraduate English for New Media program and the Digital Humanities graduate certificate program and other duties as assigned.
●Ph.D. in English, rhetoric, or related field (ABDs may apply but degree to be in hand by Aug 2018.)
●Evidence of teaching or ability to teach courses in Digital Humanities, Digital Media Design, and English
●Ability to work effectively with colleagues and an increasingly diverse student body in a small college setting
●Commitment to leading the Department’s outreach and recruitment efforts through campus visit days, public engagement events, and outreach activities
●Active scholarly agenda
●Innovative course design and delivery in face to face, online and hybrid environments
●History of promoting and facilitating undergraduate scholarship
●Demonstrated commitment to student success and academic advising
Review of applications will begin immediately and applications received by January 19, 2018, will receive full consideration. To apply, please complete the online application at https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu and attach the following documents:
●Resume or curriculum vitae
●Letters of application should be addressed to Dr. Stacey Berry and include an explanation of qualifications and approach to teaching Digital Media Design and Digital Humanities as well as a statement of philosophy and experience, current research interests, and ways the applicant’s teaching, scholarship, and service will support the goals of the department.
●Names and contact information for three references
●Unofficial graduate transcripts
●Evidence of teaching effectiveness”
8. Position: Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Full-time Tenure/Teaching Track Faculty
Deadline: February 13, 2018
Institution: Singapore University of Technology and Design
About: “The Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (HASS) cluster at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) seeks applicants for three full-time tenure or teaching track faculty positions. Appointments will be made on an initial 3-year contract with the possibility of renewal.
1.Design, Technology, and Society (DTS)
Applicants should be scholars of any discipline working in the field of science, technology and society (STS) with research and teaching addressing the relationships between design, technology, and society. While the discipline is open, we seek a candidate whose work focuses on any combination of the following areas of inquiry: information technology and computing, both hardware and software (e.g. ethics of algorithms, machine learning and the internet of things); ethical, legal, and/or policy aspects of design and technology development (e.g. intellectual property rights, games and gamification, big data, mass surveillance, cyber security and privacy); and/or media and communications technologies in and across social contexts. We are especially interested in candidates who draw on their scholarship to inform critical design or civic technoscience projects (e.g. building DIY environmental sensors or experimental web-based platforms).
2.Digital Humanities (DH)
Applicants should be scholars who creatively apply digital methods in any discipline in the arts and humanities. Especially welcome are those with a strong interest in South Asia, East Asia and/or Southeast Asia but this is not essential. The chosen candidate will be expected to contribute to SUTD’s academic community by coordinating DH initiatives within the HASS department and working with other faculty members in engineering, computer science, and architecture. The candidate should possess expertise in text mining and visual mapping languages and be familiar with digital archiving platforms. The candidate should ideally have a working knowledge of the Python programming language.
3.Urban Studies and Policy (USP)
Applicants should have expertise in one of the following areas: urban spatial analysis; urban policy, planning and governance; or the complex interrelations between technology and the city. An interest in Asian cities or comparative urbanism is desirable. Candidates should hold a PhD in Urban Planning or Geography, Public Policy, Political Science, or related field and be active researchers with commitment to interdisciplinary research collaborations. The successful candidate would strengthen the department’s teaching and research focus on urban issues and play a key role in managing and developing SUTD’s Urban Studies and Policy minor.”
9. Position: Digital Pedagogy Lab Fellowship.
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Institution: Digital Pedagogy Lab, University of Mary Washington
About: “Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018 will take place July 30 – August 3 at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. This year, we hope to include more voices than ever, from every level of education, interculturally, and internationally. The 2018 event will include short one-day tracks, workshops, opportunities for small groups to meet, discuss, and strategize, and more.
Because the success of Digital Pedagogy Lab depends on its participants, we will be supporting more fellowships than in any previous year. Fellowships include registration fees, a $1,000 USD stipend to help defray the costs of travel and lodging, and the opportunity to present a 75-minute workshop, or to lead discussion in other ways.
Today, we are opening applications for our 2018 fellowships. Applications are due by December 31, 2017and fellowships will be awarded no later than January 15, 2018.
As we did in 2017, we are offering these fellowships to people from communities whose voices are not always heard in education. This is an invitation to perspectives not always visible at other academic and technology conferences. Digital Pedagogy Lab was built as a welcoming, affirming environment, and we acknowledge that, in order to keep it that way, we must make an active effort to keep the doors open wide. Because this is what scholarly, pedagogical, collaborative work should look like.
And so to that end, we invite applications from communities that include Black educators, Latinx educators, Indigenous people, people with disabilities, neurodivergent folks, LGBTQ people, women, and nonbinary people, first generation students (undergraduate or graduate) and scholars, educators from outside the U.S. and non-Western countries, among others. If you have been silenced, if you have not been given space to present your ideas and insights, then please consider applying for a 2018 fellowship.
The application is quick and easy. Applications will be evaluated by the 2018 Digital Pedagogy Lab advisory board, and awarded before registration goes live in late January 2018. And once again, the application deadline is December 31, 2017.
In past years, we’ve been able to offer up to seven fellowships. This year, we hope to offer more than this; but our ability to offer these fellowships depends a great deal on contributions from individuals, organizations, and institutions. If you or your organization would like to help support Digital Pedagogy Lab fellowships this year or next, please e-mail Sean Michael Morris, Director, at DPL@umw.edu.”
By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
Welcome back to our two-part series on reference management systems. Last week, we featured the software EndNote. Today, we are focusing on a similar type of software, Zotero, which the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media originally developed.
EndNote and Zotero are very similar tools that were both created to help researchers manage sources used in their research projects. However, there are some differences between the two. Unlike Endnote, Zotero is free and open-source, meaning you can download the software from the Zotero website without paying anything. Zotero also allows users to save content directly from a web browser and store it in your Zotero library. To download, simply visit their site: https://www.zotero.org/
While the two software systems generally accomplish the same tasks, I use Endnote and Zotero for different purposes. In last week’s blog post on EndNote, I wrote about using the software to create a library of citations that I can then insert into Word documents. EndNote has many other features, but that’s often how I use the tool.
Zotero, however, has other amazing powers that I’ve come to rely on daily. For example, let’s say you are searching for materials on a facet of your research—called “subject X.” As you visit websites, library databases, and digital collections you’re gathering a great deal of information about holdings and online sites dedicated to your subject. How do you store that information? If it were all in a book you could simply check out the book from the library. But now that our research requires use of digital sources and archives we need to find a way to gather, store, and keep track of our findings. How do we do that? What if you find a dozen amazing sources—databases, peer reviewed articles published in online scholarly journals, references to holdings on subject X at other libraries, and an online discussion forum on subject X? How do I keep track of all these amazingly helpful sites?
Zotero can do it all. It’s essentially a free plugin that allows me to save items that I see on the Internet using “Zotero Connector.” For example, I often see scholarship and fellowship opportunities posted on institutions’ websites. Before I had Zotero, I found myself saving scholarship websites as a bookmark in Chrome or manually adding scholarship information into an excel spreadsheet. This process was tedious and allowed room for error. With Zotero, I can save and catalog scholarship opportunities with one click of the Connector and it automatically sends a screen shot and web link to my Zotero library.
If you want to install the Zotero Connector, simply go to the Zotero website (https://www.zotero.org/) and click the “Download Now” button. You will prompted to install the Zotero software and the Connector.
An example of Zotero’s interface. Source: Flickr.
I also use Zotero to save sources I find while browsing library and archival catalogs. In the past, I would use a library website’s “save” feature to flag sources I wanted to revisit. Often, however, I ran into trouble when the institution’s website failed to properly save my sources on their site or they asked me to create (yet another) personal account. Now, I use the Zotero Connector to save sources from a library’s website and store the catalog data in my personal Zotero library.
One of the great features about Zotero is that it recognizes our research is no longer tied to print scholarship. Hence, it allows us to save materials in every multimedia format imaginable– audio, video, images, and PDF files can all be saved to your Zotero library using Zotero Connector.
One other amazing benefit is that Zotero’s interface allows you to insert formatted citations into your word processor. And last but certainly not least, Zotero allows you to share your library collaboratively with other users. Those who find themselves either working on group projects or involving students in group projects may want to begin implementing Zotero into their work life. It’s an easy-to-use tool with a mountain of possibilities for saving and storing your work and for developing collaborative projects.
The University Libraries will be holding a number of workshops during the Winter and Spring terms. Be sure to look out for Zotero Workshops on their website. Or if you’d like to request a workshop please let us know: Heidi Kaufman (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Hayley Brazier (email@example.com).
For further details be sure to check out the University of Oregon Library’s Reference Manager guides here: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/citing-plagiarism/citationtools.
By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
For this week and next week’s blog posts, we will be highlighting two digital research tools that make scholarly life much easier. Today, we are featuring EndNote, a program that helps you manage your references. And next week we will highlight Zotero, which is also an open-source reference manager. As we head toward winter break, you may consider using some of your upcoming vacation time experimenting with these tools.
EndNote categorizes itself as “reference manager software,” meaning it’s a program that helps researchers keep track of the various sources and citations that we accumulate during the research process. As an organizational tool, EndNote allows users to create various libraries in which they can enter citations or upload and organize files. As a PhD student, I have been using EndNote to record citations as I begin to accumulate them for the long dissertation-writing process.
My favorite EndNote feature is that it allows you to input citations directly into Word. If you are writing an article, you can easily choose to insert a citation directly from EndNote, freeing you from having to manually write your citation. EndNote can also re-format citations into various styles based on the requirements of your field, such as MLA, Chicago, or APA, to name just a few.
EndNote can insert citations directly into a Word document and format them based on your field’s style requirements. Photo Source: Hayley Brazier.
EndNote is a widely used reference manager, and because of this, many institutions link their website with EndNote. For example, various bibliographic databases allow the researcher to directly export citations into their EndNote library, without having to type anything manually.
For scholars working in groups, EndNote allows many users to access and track changes in the same reference library. I have used EndNote while doing research for my advisor, for example, who can then review the sources I have collected from his own computer.
Scholars have two choices to access EndNote: you can pay to download the software (I use software X7.7.1), or, you can use EndNote online. For UO students, faculty, and staff, you can create a free EndNote online account through the library website. Follow this link to the UO Libraries webpage to create an account: https://library.uoregon.edu/library-accounts. The UO Libraries also offers this guide to using three different reference management tools, including EndNote: https://researchguides.uoregon.edu/citing-plagiarism/citationtools.
While EndNote is a great tool, there are some downsides. Purchasing the software is pricey. Right now, the EndNote X8 version costs $99.95. Again, if you are affiliated with the UO, you can use the Library’s free online version.
EndNote can also be a little picky when you need to manually enter information. For example, when inputting new citation information, accidentally pushing the space bar after any of the field data could result in an odd-looking citation. EndNote has multiple peccadilloes similar to this, which like any other software, take some time figure out.
EndNote and other reference manager programs are critical for scholars seeking to keep their research organized. EndNote will not only systematize and save thousands of files and references, but it can also protect scholars from misplacing or damaging their precious work. While we most often highlight DH tools that present our research, we should not forget that DH tools also benefit research on the back-end, during the rigorous process of collection and investigation.
By Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
We are inching our way closer to winter break, which means you’re probably entering the busiest part of your quarter. But if you can make some time in your schedule, there are some great DH opportunities whose deadlines are fast approaching.
1. Position: Culturally Engaged Digital Humanities/Digital Rhetorics at the rank of Assistant Professor
Deadline: November 22, 2017
Institution: Michigan State University
About: “This is an academic-year, tenure-system faculty appointment to begin August 16, 2018. Applicants are expected to hold a Ph.D. in rhetoric & writing or in a closely related field or discipline. The successful candidate will demonstrate a promising scholarly trajectory anchored by culturally-engaged research in digital humanities/digital rhetorics (including digital publishing), experience or interest in grant-seeking, engagement in culturally-sustaining teaching practices, and evidence of promise or interest in local and national service and/or leadership.
We favor candidates whose work engages with issues of rhetoric, culture, and environmental justice (such as rhetoric & food sovereignty, migration/immigration, environmental racism, land-based social justice issues, or culturally relevant environmental rhetorics) in relation to digital practice who can contribute to the College of Arts & Letters’ Critical Diversity in the Digital Age initiative (see www.cal.msu.edu/criticaldiversity ) through CEDAR, an infrastructure that embodies the Initiatives ethos of critical diversity and emphasizes creative openness rather than simple inclusion in pre-existing structures (http://www.cal.msu.edu/criticaldiversity/cedar), as well as bring their expertise to the Department’s signature graduate and undergraduate programs.”
2. Position: Postdoc Position Digital Humanities, in the Research Program “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914”
Deadline: December 4, 2017
Institution: Utrecht University
About: “You will be part of a two-year international research project that is funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the fourth Digging into Data challenge. “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914” (OcEx) brings together leading efforts in computational periodicals research from the nine academic partners in US, Mexico, Germany, the Netherlands, Finland and the UK to examine patterns of information flow across national and linguistic boundaries in nineteenth-century newspapers by linking digitised newspaper corpora currently siloed in national collections. OcEx seeks to break through the conceptual, institutional, and political barriers which have limited working with big humanities data by bringing together historical newspaper experts from different countries and disciplines around common questions. This is done by actively crossing the national boundaries that have previously separated digitised newspaper corpora through computational analysis and by illustrating the global connectedness of nineteenth-century newspapers in ways hidden by typical, national organisations of digital cultural heritage.
You will work under the supervision of the project leader Jaap Verheul in the work package ‘Conceptual Migration’, which aims to model and visualise the conceptual migration and translation of texts across regional, national, and linguistic boundaries. The full research team consists of cultural historians and digital humanities scholars from consortium partners Northeastern University (USA), Universität Stuttgart (Germany), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and University of Turku (Finland). You will be responsible for developing historical ‘use cases’ that demonstrate how the tools developed in the project can be used to trace, analyse, and visualise the migration and translation of ideas over regional and linguistic borders. This requires the ability to evaluate digital newspapers repositories and analytical software tools that are developed in the project. You will be based at the Cultural History section of the Department of History and Art History of Utrecht University, which provides a stimulating and internationally oriented research environment.
- You have completed a PhD in cultural history, media history, digital humanities, or in a related field; or a PhD dissertation in one of these fields already accepted by the PhD Examination Committee.
- You have proven experience with digital tools and quantitative research methods. Previous work in the field of digital humanities is preferred.
- You have an excellent track record and research skills, relative to experience, and excellent academic writing and presentation skills.
- You have an international outlook and you have excellent oral and writing skills in English. Reading knowledge of one or more of the languages used in this project (Dutch, German, Finnish, Swedish or Spanish) is preferred.
- You have the ability to work in an international, interdisciplinary team and you are willing to take responsibility for deliverables and deadlines in your work package.”
3. Position: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in English
Deadline: November 30, 2017
Institution: Cornell University
About: “With the sponsorship of the Society for the Humanities, the Department of English invites applications for a two-year Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship position beginning July 1, 2017. The fellowship offers a stipend of $50,000/year.
Cornell English department invites applications for a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the field of literature and science. We understand this field to include or adjoin such areas as history and philosophy of science, environmental humanities, new materialism, animal studies, medical humanities, cognitive science, history of technology, science studies, information science, and digital humanities. Candidates may specialize in any literary period or genre, or work across categories. The postdoctoral fellow will join a cluster of English scholars and creative writers working in a variety of literary periods and modes who incorporate literature and science studies into their teaching and writing.
Postdoctoral Fellows teach one course per semester (four different courses over two years). Candidates should propose an introductory, 2000-level course designed to appeal to students from across the University, and an upper, 4000-level course designed primarily for English and other literature majors. These courses should be conceived of as smaller seminars, and can reflect the fellow’s particular research interests, but should also introduce undergraduates to foundational topics and methodologies in the interdisciplinary field of literature and science studies.
Applicants eligible for the Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship for the 2018/19-2019/20 academic years include those who have received the Ph.D. degree after September 1, 2012 and no later than June 30, 2018. Applicants who do not have the Ph.D. in hand at the time of application must include a letter from the committee chair or department stating that the Ph.D. degree will be conferred before the term of the fellowship begins (this letter can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org). International applicants are welcome to apply, contingent upon visa eligibility.”
4. Position: Before Farm to Table- Digital Research Fellow
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Institution: The Folger Shakespeare Library
About: “The Folger Shakespeare Library seeks to hire three post-doctoral fellows for a multi-year collaborative and cross-disciplinary research project entitled “Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures.” This is the inaugural project in the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Mellon Initiative in Collaborative Research. It is headquartered in the Folger Institute, whose mission is to foster vital research questions, gather knowledge communities, and stimulate collections-based research. The Folger Shakespeare Library is home to the world’s largest Shakespeare collection and supports research on all aspects of British, European, and Atlantic world literary, cultural, political, religious, theatrical, and social history from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries. “Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures” will investigate the pervasiveness of food in everyday life as a window into early modern culture, addressing such issues as labor, freedom and enslavement, practical knowledge, ethics, and imagination. These perspectives from a pre-industrial world will shed light on critical post-industrial dilemmas and aspirations. Additional information on the research project may be found at http://www.folger.edu/mellon-initiative-collaborative-research. The postdoctoral fellows are expected to begin work in September 2018. The positions are renewable for three academic years (through June 2021).
Applicants must hold a recent (within 5 years) Ph.D. in early modern (c. 1450-1750) studies; specific disciplines may include art history, anthropology, food studies, history, literature, philosophy. A successful candidate will bring his or her own individual research to bear on collective decisions about projects in this innovative research initiative. The three post-doctoral fellows will work closely with the project’s co-directors and will be responsible for defining and pursuing research agendas, helping to select short-term fellows and other project associates, and creating scholarly and public programs as well as print and online products. We aim to assemble an interdisciplinary team of post-docs with a diversity of cognate interests and approaches, who will engage in independent and collaborative research, writing, and experimentation. Post-docs will share their findings in a variety of formats and with a variety of audiences, assist with organizing scholarly programs and public events at the Folger, and contribute to online digital projects and exhibitions. Additional information on the specific post-docs and a link to detailed descriptions and application instructions are included below.
The three post-doctoral fellows will be considered employees of the Folger and will receive a generous salary of $5,416.67 per month (equivalent to 65K per year) and a comprehensive benefits package. Housing and/or relocation assistance cannot be provided. Six months of paid individual research and writing time is included, and there will be specific opportunities provided throughout the post-doc period to participate in scholarly conferences and events.
Digital Research Fellow (one fellowship available):
The Digital Research Fellow will be tasked with developing, building, and trialing a structure for accessing and researching texts, images, and metadata relating to the major themes of the project, with an emphasis on the Folger’s unique collection of food-related manuscripts. Working closely with co-directors and Folger stakeholders, the post-doc will help establish and implement editorial and mark-up conventions for creating a searchable corpus of food-related texts and images. The corpus will provide quantitative and qualitative data for the team’s innovative explorations of a wide range of issues in food pathways and cultures of the period through a variety of techniques, including data mining, data visualization, mapping, network analysis, and text analysis.
Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technologies and standards used in digital humanities scholarship such as TEI markup, data visualization, text and network analysis, and common scripting languages, is required. Relevant experience in developing and leading digital humanities research projects is preferred. Applicants should be able to read and transcribe English secretary hand at an advanced level and mark up texts according to TEI: P5 guidelines. Ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, creativity, and cooperation is essential, as is the ability to manage multiple priorities and tasks.”
5. Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Cultures
Deadline: January 1, 2018
Institution: Washington University
About: “The Program in American Culture Studies (AMCS) at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Cultures, renewable annually for up to two years contingent upon satisfactory performance; expected start date is July 1, 2018. AMCS is an endowed program in Arts & Sciences that fosters cross-disciplinary intellectual exchange and transformative scholarship at the intersections of the humanities and social sciences. It offers an undergraduate major, a Ph.D. certificate program, a Master’s program, and a wide array of collaborative research and teaching activities, seeking to build community among students of American culture from many fields.
We are particularly interested in applicants, academics and/or practitioners, whose research, teaching, and practice (1) have a strong theoretical awareness, but at the same time deeply engage ethnographic, material, and/or historical particulars; (2) center on an historically-informed study of digital cultures, broadly defined, especially as they pertain to media as a site of cultural production; (3) engage the digital transformation of media and the public sphere, as it pertains to the history of political economy and power, and matters of identity, membership, and exclusion. We prefer applicants who engage digital cultures as a subject of study, and not only as a research or presentation methodology.
Candidates must have received the Ph.D. since July 1, 2014, or be scheduled to defend the dissertation before July 1, 2018. The Fellow will receive a salary of $55,000 per year, plus benefits and a $3,000 annual research/travel stipend.”
6. Call for Proposals: 2018 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Institution: The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities
About: “The Canadian Society for Digital Humanities (http://csdh-schn.org/) invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, posters, and digital demonstrations for its annual meeting, which will be held at the 2018 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Regina, from May 26th to 28th (https://www.congress2018.ca/). The theme of this year’s Congress is “Gathering Diversities.” The Program Committee encourages submissions on all topics relating to both theory and practice in the evolving field of the digital humanities. Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
- Application of Diverse Digital Methodologies, Tools, and Approaches in the Humanities
- Learning, Teaching, and Sharing Knowledge in Digital Humanities
- Translation Across Contexts in the Digital Humanities
- Access and Challenges to Accessibility
- Global and Local Knowledge Stakeholders
- Project Management, including Infrastructure Development and Maintenance
- Public Engagement
Proposals for papers (20 minutes), digital demonstrations and posters, and panels (2-6 speakers for a 90-minute session) will be accepted until January 15th 2018 and must be submitted via https://www.conftool.net/csdh-schn-2018/.
Paper abstracts should be 500 words and should specify the thesis, methodology, and conclusions. We also welcome proposals for digital demonstrations of innovative projects or tools. Demonstrations will be given table space and a backdrop so they can set up a poster and a computer for a 2-hour session. We encourage projects with software to show to apply for this venue.
There is a limited amount of funding available to support graduate student travel through CSDH/SCHN. In addition, The University of Regina is offering Graduate Student Travel Awards of up to $500: see (https://www.congress2018.ca/student-funding) for further information. Interested graduate students should make sure to answer the relevant question on the submission page in ConfTool. Students will then receive a follow-up survey about funding needs upon acceptance of their paper/poster. Please note that all presenters must be members of CSDH/SCHN at the time of the conference.
Scholars in the digital humanities are engaged in diverse digital and computer-assisted research, teaching, and creation. CSDH/SCHN welcomes proposals from all constituencies and disciplines, and encourages applications from women, Indigenous and Métis people, people of colour, LGBTQ people, or those belonging to other underrepresented groups.
Selected papers from the conference will appear in special collections published in the CSDH/SCHN society journal, Digital Studies/Le champ numérique (http://www.digitalstudies.org).”
By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
In her recent article, “Write Out Loud: Risk & Reward in Digital Publishing,” Danica Savonick convincingly argues that incorporating digital publishing into your curriculum provides a good deal of benefit to undergraduate writers.
In academia, she acknowledges, we often associate the work of publishing with professors and graduate students, but online platforms are increasingly showcasing the work of undergraduate students. Savonick writes, “…academic hierarchies dictate that students in basic writing classes have little, if anything, to contribute to knowledge production. However, increasingly, scholarly organizations and digital publishing platforms are making a concerted effort to include student voices in their conversations about teaching and learning.”
Savonick outlines how she designed a course around the expectation that students, working in groups, would write an article, undergo a revise and resubmit process, and then submit their work to a site as a blog or publication. Savonick highlights two sites that are perfect for publishing undergraduate writing: HASTAC and Hybrid Pedagogy.
HASTAC, which stands for Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory, is an association of scholars interested in learning and teaching digital tools in the Information Age. HASTAC’s robust website features a section called “Scholarly Voices,” which publishes undergraduate blogs that cover an array of topics, not only digital methods. The other site that Savonick allowed her students to submit to was Hybrid Pedagogy, a digital journal on the site DigitalPedagogyLab that publishes open-access, peer-reviewed articles.
Photo source: Wikimedia Commons
The benefit of asking undergraduates to publish their work online is the increased level of dedication and skill they often show in their writing. Savonick notes that “Not only does publishing their writing—whether on HASTAC or in Hybrid Pedagogy—help students think critically about their audience, the amount of evidence provided to support claims, and the politics of citation, there is something about transmutation, seeing their writing online, sharing it with others, and observing others commenting on and engaging with their ideas, that is empowering.”
Teachers need not have their students submit to HASTAC or Hybrid Pedagogy alone. Educators could develop their own WordPress or Omeka site and have students publish their writing on the course’s website.
Pixabay Creative Commons
For educators at UO, the University supports a free blog publishing platform (uoblogs) for both teachers and students. Not only can we use these blogs as a classroom space, but students can also have their own blogsite, which they can transfer to WordPress and continue using long after they’ve left UO.
For undergraduates, graduate students, and professors alike, online publishing is increasingly an important venue for exchanging scholarly ideas and represents an interesting turn in public scholarship. The traditional model of print publishing after an extensive process of review and revision looks strikingly different. The blog post is a medium that provides an unusual space to create communities, try out ideas publicly, and to present work in progress.
By: Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
Welcome back to the Friday Feature! Today, there are seven positions for you to peruse. We have placed the DH opportunities with the quickest deadlines at the top of the list.
1. Position: Assistant Professor Position – Critical Studies of Technology, Media, and Persuasion
Deadline: Next review date: November 10th, 2017. Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee. Final date: June 30th, 2018. Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.
Institution: UC San Diego
About: “The Department of Communication (http://communication.ucsd.edu/) within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is seeking to make an appointment at the Assistant Professor level, to begin Fall, 2018 in the following area: Critical Studies of Technology, Media, and Persuasion. Candidates must have a PhD and an active and creative research and teaching program that focuses on technology, media, and persuasion in the digital age; explores the blurred boundaries between corporate and public interests; and considers possibilities for configuring novel forms of politics, civil society, and popular culture. Areas of particular interest include: emergent forms of media and data manipulation and distribution by state, corporate, and non-governmental actors; data mining and algorithmic targeting of consumers, citizens, and political actors by government and corporations; the impact of advertising, promotional communication, and consumer culture on civil society, industries, human subjectivity, and political movements. For this position, successful candidates will situate their work historically and have strong methodological skills that include or combine ethnography, cultural and historical analysis, institutional analysis (including political economy), and/or textual and discourse analysis. A comparative perspective is also welcome.”
2. Position: Lecturer – Textual Studies and Digital Humanities – Non-tenure Track
Deadline: ASAP. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Institution: Loyola University
About: “Loyola University Chicago (LUC), College of Arts and Sciences, Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities invite applications for a full-time, renewable, three-year Lecturer position in Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, beginning August 13, 2018 for academic year 2018-2019. The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities is home to a variety of funded and internal Digital Humanities projects (See http://luc.edu/ctsdh/researchprojects/) and the MA program in Digital Humanities. The candidate will be responsible for supporting ongoing research projects in the Center and for teaching courses related to that program, including required Digital Humanities and special topics seminars at the MA and advanced undergraduate level. Teaching will account for 50% of the position; the other 50% will be devoted to collaborating on ongoing interdisciplinary research projects supported by the Center. Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and research in the interdisciplinary area of Digital Humanities. Qualifications: “The successful candidate will have an advanced degree preferably in Computer Science or in English or another humanities discipline as well as a strong commitment to excellence in teaching at all levels. Demonstrated technical skills and experience are expected in managing projects, using markup languages and metadata frameworks such as TEI, XML, XSLT, and RDF, web interface design, etc., as well as in teaching and supporting advanced Digital Humanities projects.”
3. Position: Postdoc: The William & Mary Lemon Project and Omohundro Institute
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Institution: College of William and Mary
About: “Two-year residential postdoctoral fellowship in the history of institutions and economies of oppression, with a preference for higher education and slavery. Includes some teaching at William and Mary. The Lemon Project is a multifaceted and dynamic attempt to rectify wrongs perpetrated against African Americans by the College through action or inaction. An ongoing endeavor, this program will focus on contributing to and encouraging scholarship on the 300-year relationship between African Americans and the College and building bridges between the College and Williamsburg and Greater Tidewater area.”
4. Position: Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies
Deadline: December 6, 2017
Institution: John W. Kluge Center
About: “The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress announces a new Kluge Fellowship in Digital Studies to examine the impact of the digital revolution on society, culture and international relations using the Library’s collections and resources. History teaches that groundbreaking technological innovations can be agents of broad and profound change. Their transformative effect on society can be greater than is anticipated or originally understood. Innovations such as the printing press and aerial flight continue to affect every level of human experience. The digital revolution is another such transformation. The Library’s John W. Kluge Center seeks proposals from scholars worldwide that will generate deep, empirically-grounded understanding of the consequences of the digital revolution on how people think, how society functions, and on international relations. Proposals may also explore and analyze emerging trends and new phenomena that may generate consequential changes in the future. All proposals must state the importance of the research to fundamental thinking about the human condition. Eligibility: Open to scholars and practitioners worldwide; Open to U.S. citizens or foreign nationals; Open to scholars from all disciplines; Ph.D. or other advanced terminal degree strongly preferred.”
5. Position: Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Digital Media
Deadline: January 15, 2018
Institution: Virginia Tech University
About: “Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position in the ASPECT Ph.D. Program and the Dept. of Religion and Culture and at the rank of Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Digital Media. Appointment begins August 2018. Required areas of scholarly specialization include cultural theory, cultural representation in the public sphere, and digital media. Preferred specializations include a focus on historically underrepresented populations in the fields of visual studies, popular culture, or secularism/post-secularism. Regional and historical specialization is open, though successful candidates’ profiles will complement the interests of faculty in the Department of Religion and Culture and ASPECT.
The position will be a core faculty member in the interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought). The qualified candidate must demonstrate an active research agenda, evidence of excellent teaching, interdisciplinary inclinations, and an ability to collaborate with colleagues in the department and the ASPECT Ph.D. program. The standard teaching load is 2 courses per semester, with at least one each year to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program. Other teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in the Religion and Culture major, as well as courses contributing to the M.A. Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities (MCPH) (co-administered by the Department of Religion and Culture).
Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in a field of humanities or social scientific study focused on cultural theory (e.g. cultural studies, religious studies, history, anthropology, political theory, etc.) by the time of appointment. Demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching is required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program and the MA program in Material Culture and Public Humanities are essential, as is the ability to teach potentially high-enrolling courses in the Dept. of Religion and Culture. Please see http://liberalarts.vt.edu/RLCL for more information. A commitment to working effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” is required.
Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Additional desired areas of specialization include historically underrepresented populations in the fields of visual studies, popular culture, or secularism/post-secularism. Ability to collaborate in teaching and research with colleagues in the cross-university transdisciplinary Destination Areas is also preferred: https://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html.”
6. Position: Assistant or Associate Professor of History and Archaeology with Digital Humanities Emphasis
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Institution: Calvin College
About: “The Calvin College History Department invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professorship in History and Archaeology, with a strong commitment to teaching and expanding digital humanities. The appointee will teach undergraduate courses in these areas and direct Calvin’s Archaeology Minor. Ancient historian is preferred, but other fields that complement the History Department’s teaching needs will be considered. We seek a candidate with strong digital skills who can teach students in the humanities how to integrate digital research and presentation methods into their areas of study. Candidate must hold Ph.D., demonstrate a commitment to ongoing scholarly research, and offer archaeology fieldwork opportunities for undergraduates. Applicants must be practicing Christians committed to the integration of faith, learning, and student development, and to the educational mission of Calvin College as a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. As an educational agency of the Christian Reformed Church, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable law, Calvin reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion. To apply, submit letter of application; c.v. detailing teaching experience; three references (letters or names and addresses); and 250-500-word statement explaining how you seek to express your Christian faith in teaching and scholarship, to Prof. Kate van Liere, Chair; Department of History; 1845 Knollcrest Circle SE; Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4402. (email@example.com).”
7. Position: Assistant Professor in Early American History
Deadline: February 9, 2018
Institution: Whitworth University
About: “Whitworth University seeks an Assistant Professor of Early and 19th Century American History with required expertise in Latin American or African American history for a full-time position (7 courses annually) in the Department of History. We would prefer to offer a range of courses in American history that cover not just the founders or European immigrants but also the experiences of Native Americans and African Americans, as well as U.S. interaction with Latin America. There is a possibility of teaching in American Studies, and/or Women’s and Gender Studies programs. Clearly demonstrated interest or expertise in the Digital Humanities would be highly valued. To view the posting and to apply please visit our website at www.whitworth.edu/jobs, current openings, faculty.”
By Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
We have a big announcement! In Winter 2018, the new Digital Humanities Minor launches. The Digital Humanities (DH) Minor will be housed in the Department of English, but, as an interdisciplinary minor, will draw from courses across campus.
Thanks to interest from CAS, the English department, and numerous others, UO will join a growing number of universities around the country in offering a DH Minor. The minor will not only integrate traditional humanities questions with digital tools and methods, but will raise new questions in the process.
The courses housed under the DH Minor will maintain a commitment to providing rigorous English education, including the study of literature with physical books and manuscripts, but it will also provide students training in the complimentary field of digital humanities. The DH Minor will teach students how to use multimedia publishing platforms, digital annotation tools, mapping software, timeline tools, and digital research methodologies to improve and compliment traditional humanities scholarship.
Two new courses serve as core requirements of the DH Minor: English 250: Literature and Digital Culture and English 470/570: Technologies and Texts Capstone. Students enrolled in the minor will take four additional courses (16 credits, 8 of which must be at upper division level) from at least two different departments.
English 250 is an introductory course that will focus on basic digital terms, methodologies, and tools. We are lucky to have career instructor Emily Simnitt teaching this course in Winter 2018.
Emily Simnitt, English 250 Instructor
Simnitt’s course will be focused on studies of home: What does it mean to be at home? How does it feel to lose one’s home? And how do ideas of home and homelessness shape our sense of self or security? This course will look at a collection of literary works that focus explicitly on the idea of home in American culture. The course will examine different kinds of texts–a graphic novel, a memoir, short stories of haunted houses, among others–to help us think through concepts of home and homelessness as they intersect with class, race, ability and disability, and citizenship. At the same time, students enrolled in this course will learn how to use digital culture to analyze the texts we study. Through the experience of building maps, learning how to use data and databases, creating network visualizations from twitter feeds, and showcasing work on digital publishing platforms, this course will provide opportunities to learn how to use and evaluate digital tools’ ability to make or study ideas of home and homelessness. This class satisfies a General Education Arts and Letters Group Requirement. It is a required course in the DH minor and serves as a prerequisite for English 470: Technologies and Texts Capstone.
The establishment of the new DH Minor signifies the importance of digital scholarship in the larger fields of English and the humanities. It also signifies UO’s dedication to training its undergraduate students in digital scholarship. We encourage any reader of the blog to please spread the word about the DH Minor to undergraduate students around campus. Enrollment for the DH Minor begins on Monday, November 13, 2017! If you have any questions about the new DH Minor, please contact Professor Heidi Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about the DH Minor, head over to this webpage.
Example of a multi-media, interactive site called www.victorianscribblers.com, created by UO graduate student Courtney Floyd and her colleague Eleanor Dumbill. Students in the DH Minor will create similar projects.
Graduate students interested in developing their digital skills should consider the New Media and Culture Certificate. Likewise, DH@UO offers talks and workshops each quarter that are free and open to the public, which we announce here on the blog. Our next hands-on workshop is on the open-source software Gephi, taught by DH expert Professor Ryan Cordell. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP here.
Cordell will also provide a DH talk entitled, “A Pre-History of Fake News: Virality, Authority, and Nineteenth-Century Newspapers.” We hope to see you there!
By Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
Welcome back to another Friday Feature! Most of the upcoming digital humanities opportunities have November 15 and December 15 deadlines so take note as they are fast approaching. Happy hunting!
1. Conference: CFP, Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Change Conference, April 20-22, 2018
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Institution: Lehigh University
About: “This is not your average academic conference. ODH2018 will emphasize local knowledge, create accessible spaces for people inside and outside of the academy, and foster a memorable, kid-friendly experience that will include cultural programming and social events in addition to conference sessions and keynotes. The conference will create an inter-generational convergence space for members of social movements, community based public historians, students, and activist-scholars to network, share their digital projects, offer digital capacity building trainings and strengthen collaboration. Travel scholarships and registration support are available.”
2. Conference: CFP, Utah Symposium on the Digital Humanities, February 24, 2018
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Institution: College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Merrill-Cazier Library at Utah State University
About: “This event aims to continue the scholarly conversation in Utah and surrounding states about Digital Humanities theories, pedagogy, research, tools, and programs being developed in the region. The symposium’s planning committee is currently considering proposals for presentations to be included in the symposium. If you would like to propose a presentation, please send a 500-word abstract and preferred presentation format (please see “Presentation Formats” below) to the symposium co-chairs: rylish moeller and Dory Cochran by November 15, 2017 to the following Gmail account: email@example.com.
Presentation Topics: This year’s theme is “The Many Faces of Digital Humanities.” In her TED Talk, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses the dangers of single stories: when we listen to only one story, we risk making assumptions about phenomena, cultures, and data based upon a single source. This can lead to what Adichie calls a “critical misunderstanding” of what we observe. DHU3 will look to avoid such misunderstandings by looking at the multiple stories, the many faces that make up the Digital Humanities. The committee welcomes proposals that explore the wide range of scholarly and pedagogical practices taking place under the rubric of digital humanities today, as well as proposals that explore digital humanities in relation to issues of inclusion, diversity, access, and privilege. This would include, but is not limited to:
- The role of institutional privilege and funding in undertaking digital humanities work
- Digital humanities beyond the university
- Differential access to technology in our communities
- The role of race, gender, age, and sexuality in digital humanities and digital culture
- Digital humanities and conversations relating to disability and accessibility
- Post/anti-colonial digital humanities
- Digital humanities as/and social justice
- Archives, archival practices, and the digital humanities
- Library partnerships and other archival collaborations”
3. Position: Digital Humanities Computing, Open Rank
Deadline: December 1, 2017
Institution: The University of Oklahoma
About: “The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Oklahoma seeks an innovative scholar in digital humanities/humanities computing for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position. This search is part of a cluster hire in the new Data Scholarship Program (DSP). The humanities component of the position is open, so candidates from a broad range of humanities and humanities-related disciplines are encouraged to apply. The position will begin in August 2018.
The incumbent is expected to become a leader within a vibrant community of humanists and other researchers using computational tools. A successful candidate in this position will play an integral role in the development of the DSP. This initiative connects researchers from diverse scholarly domains for collaboration via common approaches and for improvement of educational opportunities and research support. The incumbent will take a leadership role in curriculum and research development for this cross-disciplinary program and contribute to teaching of undergraduate and graduate students in the Data Scholarship Program and the home department(s). Humanities researchers at OU are allied through the Humanities Forum (http://www.ou.edu/humanitiesforum.html), which among many other activities has regularly hosted a Digital Humanities Symposium featuring local and national leaders in Digital Humanities. In addition, digital humanists are supported and connected through the award-winning staff of the Digital Scholarship Lab, who help to forge collaborations among researchers across the disciplines. Such connections include those with faculty from the College of Engineering who teach in the rapidly growing, Data Science and Analytics M.S. program (datascience.ou.edu).
Required Qualifications: A doctoral degree in a humanities, information science, or related discipline; An active and productive research program; Experience with computational tools and methods for analyzing and visualizing data.”
4. Position: Assistant Professor, European History (Medieval), & Digital Humanities.
Deadline: November 24, 2017
Institution: University of South Florida
About: “Assistant Professor, European History (Medieval preferred), and Digital Humanities. The History Department of the University of South Florida seeks qualified candidates to research and teach European History (Medieval preferred), and Digital Humanities. This position is a 9 month, tenure earning, permanent position. Salary negotiable. Minimum Qualifications: Candidates should have exceptional research promise and demonstrable success in teaching university undergraduate courses in European History (Medieval preferred) and Digital Humanities. Successful applicants will hold a PhD in History with demonstrated research skills in Digital Humanities and their chosen History area specialty. ABD candidates are welcome to apply, but the PhD must be completed by the time of appointment. Preferred Qualifications: Experience of teaching graduate students is desired but not required.”
5. Position: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities, The University of Hong Kong
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Institution: The University of Hong Kong
About: “Applications are invited for the following joint position in the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Arts, to commence on September 1, 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter, on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal, and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract. The appointee’s tenure home would be in the Faculty of Education. Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in information management, digital humanities, or one of the core-humanities/social science disciplines such as linguistics and sociology. They should have demonstrated experience with digital humanities tools and methodologies, a strong commitment in addressing social and behavioral science related questions, as well as interest in developing pedagogical and e-learning programs for students across the campus, particularly for Common Core Courses at undergraduate level. The appointee will be expected to (i) offer courses on human development through the lens of digital humanity; (ii) contribute to interdisciplinary/cross-Faculty research in digital citizenship; (iii) develop an e-learning infrastructure and pedagogical designs so that students in different programmes can be given the opportunities to master DH methods for creative expressions in diverse cross-media platforms; (iv) supervise postgraduate research students; (v) engage in knowledge exchange initiatives involving DH; and (vi) take up administrative duties as required.”
6. Position: Literary Studies and the Digital Humanities
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Institution: Michigan State University
About: “The Department of English at Michigan State University invites applications for a scholar, at the level of Associate or Full Professor, whose work connects literary studies and the digital humanities to critical diversity. This position is part of the College’s Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, which will facilitate research programs, develop new curricula, and seek external funding for scholarship at the intersections of digital theory and practice with issues of social justice and human difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, ability, and religion. Within the Department of English, this position will foreground literature’s singular ability to shape and critique ideas about our common humanity through the study of history, identity, belief, narrative,and other socially embedded imaginative forms. For a full description of the Critical Diversity in a Digital Age initiative, see cal.msu.edu/criticaldiversity. For more information about Digital Humanitiesat Michigan State University, see digitalhumanities.msu.edu.
The requirements for a successful candidate include:
- a Ph.D. in English or in a related Digital Humanities field or discipline;
- a record of research, teaching, service, and outreach commensurate with a tenured position and demonstrating a commitment to critical diversity;
- evidence of innovation in digital scholarly methods or modes of scholarly communication;
- a research program that reflects the needs of minority or underserved populations;
- potential for leadership, especially in program development and community building;
- a record of promoting inclusivity in classrooms and academic work environments;
- experience incorporating multicultural perspectives into curriculum and classroom conversations for 21st century leadership;
- experience working in a diverse environment and/or using a variety of teaching methods designed for broad student success;
- demonstrated participation in programs designed to promote inclusion;
- experience or interest in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds.”
7. Position: Project Manager for Training in Digital Methods for Humanists (TDMH)
Deadline: November 15, 2017
Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
About: “The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), http://www.iprh.illinois.edu/ at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Project Manager to be responsible for coordinating, managing and supporting the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists (TDMH) pilot program, and other IPRH initiatives as needed. Focus and training in digital humanities methods is imperative to the success of the eligible incumbent for this position. Required: Receipt of PhD in a humanities field. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in digital humanities or digital methods through either academic training or career development. Proven record of developing successful professional collaborations.
The Project Manager will accomplish strategic objectives by overseeing multiple project activities, provide effective coordination of the unit’s projects and management of their inter-dependencies and initial and ongoing coordination of the TDMH pilot program and other IPRH academic and curricular projects as they arise.
Major Duties & Responsibilities:
- Coordinate and serve as the main point of contact for all operational and faculty-development aspects of the Training in Digital Methods for Humanists (TDMH) pilot program.
- Survey the landscape of institutional resources (both human and otherwise) for the TDMH program, and work to cultivate collaborative partners and networks as necessary to support the work of the program.
- Coordinate and steer the activities of the TDMH Working Group.
- Run the application, selection, and notification process for the TDMH program.
- Investigate external resources available to TDMH Fellows, keeping a current list of opportunities and assisting Fellows with accessing those opportunities.
- Assist Fellows with identifying courses to complete their digital methods training, and facilitate navigating the audit, or similar, processes for course attendance.
- Run the application, selection, and notification process for the TDMH program.
- Serve as liaison between the Fellows and the wider intellectual community, including facilitating relationships with the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (CITL) and similar campus resources to foster the development of digital methods for undergraduate classroom instruction.
- Conduct research and data collection and assessment on the TDMH program to document and evaluate its impact and sustainability.
- Research grant opportunities and spearhead the preparation of funding proposals to support current TDMH projects and future iterations.
- Organize regular events, activities, and final conference in 2021. Coordinate with Library and Scholarly Commons faculty and staff for digital humanities methods brown bags and other co-curricular programming events.
- Prepare interim and final reports on the project.
- Investigate and pursue personal professional development opportunities in digital methods to deepen knowledge and stay ahead of current trends.
- Provide support to a variety of emerging projects, including Mellon-funded initiatives under development, as determined by the needs of IPRH, including the Mellon Emerging Areas in the Humanities Certificate Programs.
- Supervision, tasking and scheduling of staff, as needed; and maintaining appropriate staffing levels to ensure project success.”
8. Position: Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Humanities
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Institution: Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Northwestern University
About: “The Alice Kaplan Humanities Institute invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in the Digital Humanities, to run from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2020.
Applications are welcome from scholars who bring to research and teaching the theoretical, methodological, creative, and/or technical practice of digital technologies. We welcome applications from scholars who engage with emerging digital cultures from a humanities perspective (including, for instance, innovative work on the digital publication of scholarly research; inquiry into the intellectual, methodological, and theoretical challenges posed by the emerging field of digital humanities; studies of digital knowledge platforms as they pertain to humanistic research; or research in a traditional field that employs computational approaches to interpretation or new work in digital visualization). We are particularly interested in work that addresses issues of social difference, such as race/ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, and disability.
The Fellow’s appointment will span the Kaplan Humanities Institute and a department in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. The Fellow must be prepared to teach courses that reflect expertise in the digital humanities as well as in another substantive field. Candidates must complete all Ph.D. requirements before August 31, 2018, and be no more than 4 years past their Ph.D. at the time of the fellowship start date. Fellows should also not have started a tenure track position at the time of application.
The fellow will contribute scholarly expertise to initiatives in the Digital Humanities and will be an active participant in collaborative projects. Fellows typically teach two courses (one of which may be a workshop series for faculty and/or students over the course of the three-quarter-long teaching year). The fellow will also give one public lecture or presentation per year. This position is a two-year, full-time fellowship with benefits.”
By Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
In honor of his upcoming visit to Eugene for our DH@UO Speaker Series, today we focus on Ryan Cordell’s DH scholarship. An Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern University and faculty member at NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks, Professor Cordell has emerged as a leader in the field of DH and data studies. At 3:30 on November 9, Professor Cordell will share some of his new work in a talk entitled, “A Pre-History of Fake News: Virality, Authority, and Nineteenth-Century Newspapers.”
Professor Cordell’s talk will draw from the digital humanities project, Viral Texts, which he and Professor David A. Smith developed at Northeastern University.
On the Viral Texts website, the team poses this question: what made certain pieces of writing in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines “go viral”? As we see in today’s cultural landscape, the reasons why certain nineteenth-century stories “blew up” across the country are not always clear.
“What texts were reprinted and why?” is one of the central questions the Viral Texts team considers. They move on to wonder, “How did ideas—literary, political, scientific, economic, religious—circulate in the public sphere and achieve critical force among audiences?”
To answer these questions, the Viral Texts team is using computational linguistic tools to develop theoretical models aimed at helping scholars discern trends in nineteenth-century newspapers.
The Viral Texts team has developed a database with 1.7 million clusters of viral texts published between the 1830s and the 1890s. You can visit that database here: http://viraltexts.northeastern.edu/clusters
The Viral Texts website is also developing companion newspaper projects. For instance, a project called “Oceanic Exchanges: Tracing Global Information Networks in Historical Newspaper Repositories, 1840-1914,” tracks information in newspapers as they crossed oceans and nations. The growing Oceanic Exchanges project can be found here: http://oceanicexchanges.org/
While we now have access to large databases of digitized primary source materials, we also need to invent tools to search those databases. That’s why digital humanities projects like Viral Texts are revolutionizing humanities research. By developing computation linguistic tools, scholars can scan massive amounts of data (like nineteenth-century newspapers) to detect and study trends that are not always clear to the naked eye.
Professor Cordell’s talk should be particularly interesting to those following our own University’s initiative in data science. Professor Cordell and the Viral Texts team are developing new ways of bridging the study of data and traditional humanities subjects.
We are also lucky that Professor Cordell will host a hands-on workshop on Gephi during his visit to UO. Gephi is one of the leading visualization and exploration tools used by DH scholars, useful for creating graphs and network visualizations. Gephi is open-source and free, and runs on Windows, Mac OSX, and Linux.
Friday, November 10, 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.
Knight Library 117
The workshop is free and open to all faculty, students, staff, and the public. We ask those attending the workshop to RSVP here: https://library.uoregon.edu/gephi-workshop-professor-ryan-cordell
Ryan Cordell and David Smith, Viral Texts: Mapping Networks of Reprinting in 19th-Century Newspapers and Magazines (2017), http://viraltexts.org.
By Hayley Brazier and Heidi Kaufman
Here in Eugene we are marching our way into fall and watching the colors change outside. With the chilly weather comes a little extra time to spend inside preparing for your digital humanities career. Here are some opportunities that may be of interest to our readers. Happy searching!
1. Position: Artist-in-Residence: Digital Media and Design
Posted: October 25, 2017, now accepting applications
Institution: Oklahoma City University
Overview: “The School of Theatre at Oklahoma City University invites applications for the newly created nine-month, non tenure-track faculty position of Artist-in-Residence of Digital Media and Design. The successful candidate will recruit students and develop the new Digital Arts curriculum within the BFA in Design and Production and BA Theatre and Performance Programs. The Digital Arts curriculum will be designed to develop innovative, young artists who are prepared for the fast-evolving field of live performance, design, and entertainment technology. Candidates with a secondary emphasis in lighting design/technology will be given strong consideration. Responsibilities include: creating new digital media/projections design courses; teaching introductory design courses, selected lighting design/technology courses, designing for theatre, musical theatre, opera, and new works; mentoring, recruiting, retaining, and advising students.”
Qualifications: “We are looking for a collaborative, energetic educator who is committed to mentoring undergraduate students and working collegially within an intensive, professional Theatre BFA program. Faculty members are expected to participate in the school’s assessment program and in student recruiting and retention efforts for the school and university. Additional information about the school can be found at www.okcu.edu/theatre. The successful candidate will collaborate with the faculty in our new BA Theatre and Performance program and the Design and Production faculty and support staff. The OCU School of Theatre offers a pre-professional training program with three professional partners seeking to train students for a sustainable life in the performing arts.
MFA in Theatrical Design required
2 years of university level teaching experience expected
2 or more years of professional experience in digital media, projections, and lighting design
Proficiency in digital media and video projection software.”
- Conference: Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT)
Date: June 4-8, 2018
Institution: Held at University of Pennsylvania
About: “HILT is a 5-day training institute that includes keynotes, ignite talks, and local cultural heritage excursions for researchers, students, early career scholars and cultural heritage professionals who seek to learn more about Digital Humanities theory, practice, and culture. In addition to the conference’s day-time sessions, participants can enjoy opportunities to explore the city through local dining and special events.”
- Conference: THATCamp: The Humanities and Technology Camp
Date: January 3, 2018
Deadline: Enrollment Open now
Institution: THATCamp, American Historical Association, and George Mason University
About: “We are very happy to announce that the AHA will be holding THATCamp this year in partnership with the history department at George Washington University. It will be held on January 3rd, 2018 on the GW campus in Foggy Bottom, just a few metro stops from the meeting hotels. Everything, as they say, has a history, and THATCamp AHAs are no exception. The first THATCamp at an American Historical Association annual meeting took place in January 2012. That makes this the seventh annual event. Over the past seven years, they have been a place for historians to learn about and exchange ideas for how to use technology for research and in the classroom. They have been venues where projects have been conceived and connections made between scholars. Hundreds of scholars have been introduced to digital history in a relaxed, fun, and informal environment. But what makes THATCamp great is you. So register now, and plan to join us at George Washington University on January 3rd. You don’t need to be attending the AHA to come to THATCamp. All are welcome. Read more about the THATCamp movement and browse other THATCamps at thatcamp.org.”
- Position: Fellowship in the History of Cartography
Deadline: December 15, 2017
Institution: Newberry Library
About: “Subject Fields: African American History / Studies, American History / Studies, Digital Humanities, Graduate Studies, World History / Studies. Newberry Library Fellowships provide support to researchers who wish to use our collection. We promise you intriguing and often rare materials; a lively, interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and other scholars; and an array of both scholarly and public programs. The Arthur and Janet Holzheimer Fellowship in the History of Cartography is a short-term opportunity for scholars working on projects related to the history of cartography or projects focusing on cartographic materials in the Newberry’s collection. For more information, including a comprehensive list of long- and short-term fellowships opportunities, eligibility requirements, and application guidelines, please visit our website at www.newberry.org/fellowships.”
- Position: Open rank position in MA in Digital Humanities and Societies program
Deadline: November 20, 2017
Institution: Hamad Bin Khalifa University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
About: “Hamad bin Khalifa University is inviting applications for Open-Rank Professorship in Digital Humanities and Societies with an emphasis on either cultural studies, digital culture, or media. The MA in Digital Humanities and Societies program offers two specialized tracks: a) Digital Humanities, and b) Digital Cultures and Social Studies in the Middle East. Applicants with doctoral degrees in digital humanities are preferred. The college seeks candidates that can bridge the interrelations between digital mediums and various social studies which include culture, film and media, journalism, religion, history and philosophy, gender, and geo-politics amongst others.
– A doctorate in the humanities or social sciences.
– Publications record commensurate with the rank being applied for.
– University level teaching experience.
– Demonstrated research or teaching experience in digital humanities.
– Fluency in English.
– Knowledge of Arabic will be considered as added value.
– Experience with obtaining grants or research income.”
- Position: Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities
Deadline: January 16, 2018
Institution: Illinois Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities
About: “The Department of Humanities at Illinois Institute of Technology seeks a tenure-track assistant professor for a Fall 2018 appointment. The ideal candidate will complement the department’s core disciplinary areas: communication, information architecture; history; linguistics; media studies; philosophy and ethics; and science, technology, and society. Competitive candidates must demonstrate a research agenda that integrates digital media technologies and humanistic scholarship. The department is especially interested in candidates whose research questions are approached and answered through large-scale quantitative or corpus-based research methods. Successful applicants must have completed a Ph.D. by August 2018 and must provide evidence of potential for collaborative, interdisciplinary research. The ideal candidate will be prepared to teach undergraduate- and graduate-level research methods. Additional teaching responsibilities will include instruction in the department’s undergraduate majors, Humanities, Digital Humanities, and Communication, and instruction in the graduate program in Technology and Humanities, which offers both M.S. and Ph.D. degrees. In addition to courses in the candidate’s area of expertise, candidates should be prepared to teach in at least one of the following areas: Research methods, quantitative and ideally also qualitative; User experience and user research; Information structure and design.”