From the ad:
The department seeks candidates whose research and teaching show promise of distinction in two or more of the following areas: philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, philosophy of data science, cyber-ethics, cyber-security.
Successful applicant must be able to articulate a research agenda, have an emerging record of publications, excellent teaching skills and commitment to service. Ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population is a requirement.
From the ad:
We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Literature and Digital Humanities, beginning fall 2020. We seek candidates with a specialization in literature whose expertise lies squarely in the intersection between the literary world and the digital world and who are prepared to teach innovative and exciting literature courses in a liberal arts context. Specific DH courses might include Introduction to Digital Humanities and Digital Approaches to Literature, among others. Ability to teach a wide range of British literature courses preferred, including Shakespeare and other pre-1660 courses, along with an introductory course in literary analysis and interpretation and our first-year writing seminar (one section per year, limit sixteen students). Teaching load 3/3.
From the report:
The Association for Computers and the Humanities was delighted to support the participation of early career scholars in the ACH2019 conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. We thank these students for their participation in the conference and for reflecting upon their experiences in the posts below…
About the report:
Ensuring the accessibility of web content is key to ensuring that users with disabilities have equal access to online information and services. However, as a review of the literature demonstrates, even in the face of legal requirements, accessibility problems persist across the web, including in the online content created and shared by libraries. This article examines the new success criteria in the recently released WCAG 2.1, considers the opportunity they present for libraries to improve the user experience for users with a broad range of disabilities, and proposes steps to improve compliance with WCAG and online accessibility more broadly.
Early this summer, we (authors Brandon and Amanda!) planned a post about job search materials, but finishing up the draft got delayed by several weeks. In the intervening time, a small Twitter debate on the subject of academic job advice occurred, and we ended up holding off this post for a few months while discussing how to do it well.
The debate in question: someone shared the job advice they generally give students on the academic job market, and folks responded with frustrations about the prescriptiveness, privilege, and goals of the academic job advice genre. Since then, we’ve also appreciated inspiring work being done on the topic by Hannah Alpert-Abrams. The Academic Job Market Support Network that she spearheads shares a lot of the spirit behind what we intended to do with our job search materials, so we’re taking this as an opportunity to revisit the post we had planned. We have both uploaded cover letters from our pasts to the AJMSN (Brandon’s letter here and Amanda’s letter here), and we talk a bit about our reasoning below. We’ll offer some general thoughts about job searches in digital humanities, and annotate each other’s cover letters. We thought the latter might be a useful exercise beyond just sharing them.Slightly Better Job Advice, Take Two
Framing an academic job search exclusively in terms of handy tips undervalues the degree of luck that goes into any search. Do these things, such advice seems to suggest, and the just and right meritocracy will reward you with a job. But the academic job market is anything but just, and anything but a pure measure of merit. The same is true, of course, for job markets beyond academia. Digital humanities job searches, be they for faculty positions or otherwise, suffer from the same issues. Internally we’ve had a lot of conversation about how to share job advice with our students. We’re frequently called upon to do so, and we want to do it well. So we thought it worth sharing a few of the things we try to consider below. Keep in mind, of course, that this is not an exhaustive list.
From the ad:
The College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a professor of digital humanities and pre-modern studies at any rank.
The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar in her or his field with a strong record of innovative research and teaching or, in the case of an appointment at the rank of assistant professor, a scholar with promise of excellence in research and teaching. The appointment will be made to the department in the College of Arts and Letters relevant to the successful candidate’s research (Art History, Classics, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Theology).
From the ad:
The School of Communications and the Digital Studies programs at Grand Valley State University are seeking an effective teacher and scholar to join the faculty of both programs. This is an Assistant Professor tenure-track position to begin Fall 2020. All areas of research and scholarship are welcome. The teaching load for the position will be split between the two programs over the course of the academic year.
Required Qualifications and Education: Applicants without a Ph.D must possess a master’s degree in journalism or a related field with significant experience in data journalism, computational journalism, data visualization, or a combination of all three. College teaching experience is required. Strong digital media skills and a commitment to the highest technical, journalistic and ethical standards are required.
From the resource:
This post will cover how to measure the relationship between two numeric variables with the corrr package. We will look at how to assess a variable’s distribution using skewness and normality. Then we’ll examine the relationship between two variables by looking at the covariance and the correlation coefficient.
From the CFP:
We are two of many scholars who recognize that networked digital technologies offer vibrant opportunities for community-building, identity formation, and coalitional activism. In this Blog Carnival, we encourage a conversation that frames community-building itself as a social justice praxis in digital spheres, inspired, in particular, by networked activism efforts around decolonial justice, intersectional feminism, queer and trans-liberation, anti-racism, and the spaces where these movements overlap and mutually inform. Duthely’s (2017)work offers a potent rhetorical approach for understanding these movements; using Black digital feminism as framework, she asserts, “as Black women work to tell digital counterstories and build community via collective memory, they engage in defiant acts…that disrupt traditional forms of knowledge-making” (p. 204). We’d like this Blog Carnival to explore similar sites of digital activism and interrogate the ongoing complexities, challenges, and evolutions that define doing digital work in order to bring about more just and equitable ways of living and relating in the world.
Editors’ Choice: A New Tool for Digital Manuscript Facsimiles – Introducing the Manicule Web Application
Much of my work in digital manuscript studies has been informed by a simple question: is this something I can show to my parents? I am the only person among my family and childhood friends to pursue graduate studies in the humanities, and when others take an interest in my work, I try to provide resources that do not depend on specialized knowledge or institutional subscriptions. This question can also be framed in broader terms for scholars interested in public engagement: how can we make our research accessible and engaging for nonspecialists? How can scholars working on the material culture of previous periods demonstrate the relevance of such studies now? And how can digital resources enable us to learn from communities outside the traditional bounds of academia?
I recently confronted these questions while examining a late-fifteenth-century astronomical anthology, written in German and Latin close to the city of Nuremberg, and now identified as Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, LJS 445. This codex, which you can see in my video orientation below, is remarkable for its inclusion of material from three incunables, making it a clear example of the transmission of knowledge from print to manuscript.
My own fascination with LJS 445 began when I opened it for the first time and saw a charming sketch of a man on the first page. Turning to the second folio, I was struck by its whimsical doodles of gardens and doors. What were these doing in a book dealing mostly with astronomical calculations and predictions about the Church?
My non-medievalist mother knew the answer immediately. “They’re children’s drawings,” she observed, pointing out the uneven writing and repetition of common motifs, such as trees. And turning to the 1997 catalogue description by Regina Cermann, I found that she was right: this book can be traced to two of the sons of a Nuremberg patrician, Georg Veit (1573-1606) and Veit Engelhard (1581-1656) Holtzschuher. Veit Engelhard left numerous marks in it, including the year “1589” (fols. 95v, 192r, and 222v), suggesting that he inscribed this book when he was around eight years old. Thus began my efforts to find out more about the contents and uses of this book, from its faithful copies of print editions to its battered and often mutilated constellation images. Perhaps my favourite discovery occurred as I was reading German genealogical records, when I came across an engraving of Veit Engelhard as an adult.
From the ad:
The Digital Technology Leader and Project Administrator is committed to developing and promoting the study of the American South (broadly conceived) within the digital humanities to contribute to the creation of a Southern Studies Program (SSP). The Digital Technology Leader and Project Administrator plays a key role in supporting the SSP director and administering the day-to-day affairs of Sewanee’s SSP.
From the ad:
The Department of History seeks applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor with research and teaching expertise in digital history.
Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in history or related field by the time of appointment; a record demonstrating promise of excellence in research; and an ability to teach courses in data and digital history. Preference will be shown for candidates with demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching; a record of interdisciplinary collaborations on data and digital history projects; the potential for obtaining external funding; and an interest in contributing to the department’s strengths in public history, race and gender, war and society, social and economic inequities, and the history of science, technology, medicine, and environment. The position is open to all research fields in history; preference will be shown for candidates with research areas in geographical regions outside the United States and chronological periods before 1900.
From the ad:
The Department of History at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the area of early modern Continental Europe, with preference for candidates with experience in gender history and/or digital history. Ph.D. should be in hand by August 15, 2020. Applicants should have a strong research record or demonstrate promise of scholarship and be prepared to teach The West and the World survey and courses on the Renaissance and the age of religious reformations. Applicants should expect to teach additional courses in their specialty and contribute to both the MA program and newly-developed PhD in Digital History.
From the announcement:
The British Library holds one of the most significant collections of manuscripts written in Middle English. Thanks to a very generous grant by The American Trust for the British Library, we have recently been able to digitize a sizeable number of them, the first batch of which can now be viewed on our Digitised Manuscripts site. They range from copies of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer to William Langland’s Piers Plowman, and from texts relating to veterinary medicine to the Chronicle of London. We hope that our readers enjoy exploring them online; there are more to come, so keep an eye on this Blog and on our Twitter feed (@BLMedieval) for further announcements.
From the CFP:
We invite all involved in higher education pedagogy — faculty, administrators, graduate students, undergraduates, and game designers — to submit a talk or poster on the theory and practice of play and games, with both a digital and non-digital focus. We also welcome game demos and playtesting that focus on higher education.
Proposals are due October 20, 2019.
Join us in New York City January 15-17 for our 6th CUNY Games Conference, and submit your proposal today!
The majority of my students use social media in some fashion. Some are, to some extent, aware of how algorithms collect data and use it for advertising purposes. What they often don’t realize, however, is the trap of “assumed objectivity” that algorithms exude. A large part of this is understanding how algorithms work or, in the very basic sense, what they are. We often shortcut something vastly complicated like the internet into simpler metaphors like the cloud. As James Bridle notes in his New Dark Age,
The cloud was a way of reducing complexity: it allowed one to focus on the near at hand, and not worry about what was happening over there. Over time, as networks grew larger and more interconnected, the cloud became more and more important. Smaller systems were defined by their relation to the cloud…(6)
A similar “chunking” or simplifying of something very complex into a small, easy to think about (but devoid of full context) form happens when we address algorithms. That and the fact that many algorithmic processes do not involve ONE algorithm but many. Algorithmic processes have become so large and complicated that no one person on a development team knows how the whole thing works, and yet to the everyday internet user (for instance) Google search is rather straightforward. To help my students to start asking different questions about the internet technologies they utilize and rely on everyday, I adapted what I have learned from technology, cultural, media, and surveillance studies scholars into three principles. In this post, I have tied each algorithmic principle to a corresponding “in class” activity. Many will probably find these principles far too limiting, but they are somewhere to start before delving into Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression, O’Neil’s Weapons of Math Destruction, or Zuboff’s Surveillance Capitalism (whose work these principles partially derive from).
From the ad:
The Department of French and Italian in the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at the University of Maryland invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in 19th-century French and Francophone literatures/cultures and expertise in Digital Humanities beginning August 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to teach four courses per year and play a key role in program development and interdisciplinary collaboration with scholars in Digital Humanities within and beyond SLLC.
From the ad:
Washington College invites qualified applicants to apply for a three-year grant-funded Digital Historian and Archivist position for the Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience. The Digital Historian and Archivist will work closely with campus and community partners to conceive, implement, and manage the digital archive and website for Chesapeake Heartland – An African American Humanities Project. Chesapeake Heartland is a new collaboration among Washington College, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Mellon Foundation, and a diverse array of local organizations. It seeks to preserve, digitize, curate, interpret, and make accessible materials related to African American history and culture in Kent County, Maryland – building an innovative model for similar projects across the Chesapeake region.
From the ad:
The Department of History at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in the area of 19th-century African American history, with preference for candidates with experience in digital history. Ph.D. should be in hand by August 15, 2020. Applicants should have a strong research record or demonstrate promise of scholarship and be prepared to teach courses on their specialization as well as History of the South to 1865. Applicants should expect to contribute to both the MA program and our newly-developed PhD in Digital History.
From the CFP:
This special issue of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy seeks to feature pedagogical approaches to integrating XR technology into the educational curriculum in a wide variety of institutions and settings. The intention is to highlight a wide range of inter-, multi-, and transdisciplinary approaches to both utilizing and creating Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and other immersive technologies (collectively referred to as Extended Reality, or XR) at any level of education. We are interested in the study, design, development, and critique of student-centered and interactive uses of XR applications, and particularly welcome consideration of uses that involve collaborations with community partners, and cases where the XR technology aims to facilitate social justice and equitable access. We are also interested in examples of STEM to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) collaboration, and in initiatives that include a wide range of students and disciplines in engagement with XR. Our concept of XR is inclusive of everything from mobile and cardboard applications, to 360 video and games, to CAVES and full-on immersive headsets and controller-based applications.