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Job: Digital Humanities Lecturers and Senior Lecturer, King’s College

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:00

From the ad:

King’s College London is recruiting Lecturers and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Digital Humanities. Lecturers are the UK equivalent of Assistant Professors and Senior Lecturers correspond to Associate Professors in the US system.

King’s College London is in the fourth year of making a significant investment in the Department of Digital Humanities as part of an ambitious programme of growth and expansion in existing and emergent research areas and student numbers across its five Master programmes and the BA Digital Culture…

We are hiring for

Lecturer in Digital Marketing and Communications (https://bit.ly/2HOEZXh)
Lecturer in Games and Virtual Environments (https://bit.ly/2TL3dDH)
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Digital Methods (https://bit.ly/2TKbJ5A)
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Global Digital Cultures (https://bit.ly/2U5xZfd)
Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Design and Technologies (https://bit.ly/2Uka7E2)

Read the full ad here.

CFP: Workshop on Computational Approaches to Historical Language Change

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:30

From the CFP:

The workshop will be co-located with ACL 2019 in Florence, July 29th – August 2nd, 2019…

Characterizing the time-varying nature of language will have broad implications and applications in multiple fields including linguistics, artificial intelligence, digital humanities, computational cognitive and social sciences. In this workshop, we will bring together the world’s pioneers and experts in computational approaches to historical language change with the focus on digital text corpora. In doing so, this workshop carries the triple goals of disseminating the state-of-the-art research on diachronic modelling of language change, fostering international cross-disciplinary collaborations, and exploring the fundamental theoretical and methodological challenges in this growing niche of computational linguistic research.

Read the full CFP here.

Announcement: “What is a Feminist Lab?” Symposium

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 11:00

From the announcement:

The “What Is a Feminist Lab?” Symposium will take place at the University of Colorado Boulder in Norlin Library N410 on April 17-18, 2019. Co-organized by Maya Livio, Lori Emerson, and Thea Lindquist, the event will examine the recent proliferation of labs, surveying the lab landscape and exploring ways in which intersectional feminist approaches can be integrated into labs and the work they do. “What is a Feminist Lab?” will also bring into dialogue lab leaders and collaborators from across the U.S. and Canada, together with representatives from across many of the university’s interdisciplinary labs.

Read the full announcement here.

Job: Research Assistant, Center for Digital Cultural Heritage Research, Berlin/La Habana

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:30

From the ad:

For the launch of an international digitization and digital edition project, the Academy invites applications for the position of a Research Assistant (male/female/divers) in the field of Digital Humanities (Digital Scholarly Editions and Research Software Development) 100% full-time position for an initial duration until December 31, 2021. The position should ideally begin as soon as possible.

The CENTRO HUMBOLDT – Center for Digital Cultural Heritage Research, to be founded in 2019, is an
international cooperation at two locations: Berlin (BBAW) and Havana (Casa Museo Alejandro de Humboldt). As an interdisciplinary and intercultural project, the CENTRO HUMBOLDT will be home to a team of international researchers who work to preserve, develop and research written cultural heritage with the help of the technologies and methods of the digital humanities. This includes creating the philological basis for the corpus to be jointly developed within the framework of a digital workflow (digitization – metadata capture – text capture in TEI-XML – publication) and supporting it with own research and scholarly editing (transcription, indexing, annotation).

The position includes regular work assignments and team meetings in Havana. The focus of the project is on cultural and scientific historical sources of the 18th and 19th centuries in the context of Alexander von Humboldt’s American journey.

Read the full ad here.

Job: TT Assistant Professor in Digital Media, Brock University

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH) is a teaching and research academic unit which focuses on the intersection of interactive technologies and the Humanities. The Centre is home to Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science (IASC) program and the GAME program, the latter in partnership with the Department of Computer Science and Niagara College. The CDH offers courses to Brock students pursuing studies in a wide range of disciplines within and beyond the Faculty of Humanities. The CDH facilities include collaborative production spaces, multimedia teaching labs, and seminar rooms.

The Centre for Digital Humanities (brocku.ca/cdh) invites applications for a probationary tenure-stream position as Assistant Professor in Digital Media, effective July 1, 2019. This position is subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will have teaching responsibilities across Brock’s Interactive Arts and Science and GAME programs, with opportunities to teach and supervise graduate students, also contributing service to the university and engaging in a program of scholarship and/or creative work. The successful candidate will contribute to the Centre for Digital Humanities’ scholarship outreach, including to the new BrockLinc facility.

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Resource: Possibilities for Digital Humanities at Community Colleges

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:30

About the Resource:

I was pleased to present today at Houston Community College’s Spring 2019 English & Humanities Colloquium on “The Digital Classroom: Humanities, Literature & Composition.” Thanks to Dr. Helen Graham for the invitation.

Here are my slides. Much of the presentation is built on Dr. Anne McGrail’s work on DH and community colleges.

Read more here.

Editors’ Choice: Generous Methodologies and Digital Scholarship

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:00

On Monday, March 25th, I spoke on a “Student Panel” at the CNI-ARL Digital Scholarship Planning Workshop (hosted by Northeastern University). While I’m not currently a student (unless this has all been a dream and I still am! Oh no!), I worked at the Northeastern University Library Digital Scholarship Group as a graduate student, in addition to my work on Our Marathon and with Digital Humanities Quarterly. I ended up talking a bit more about how digital scholarship centers support students, faculty, and other collaborators on and off campus, and I decided to share a revised version of some of those remarks here.

I know “outreach” and “programming” become abstract contexts (often made real by limitations of our resources like staffing, space, money), and documentation doesn’t solve all of our problems, but I wonder how we think about “generous interfaces” in digital and non-digital contexts: not just for our digital assets, but “generous methodologies.” Generous avenues of access that extend beyond a well-designed web site, an “open office” policy that is less open than its rhetoric suggests if “office hours” alone are a new, unfamiliar, intimidating and unwelcoming site of pedagogy. Forms of generosity that demystify our communities, our forms of scholarly and non-scholarly output, our ideas of value.

As someone who institutionally resides outside a digital scholarship group but serves as a mediator or collaborator with one at Brown, I think a lot about the legibility and the points of access available to a range of students and how things could be better. Here I’m thinking particularly about students (and faculty) who may not fit neatly with the dominant form of support, service, or collaboration at a particular institution. When we think particularly about students and their interests and needs, how do we move beyond a single abstraction (or beyond a binary like “undergraduates” and “graduate students”)? When we think of particular technologies and methodologies, how might we consider the ways that our investments in particular physical places, our forms of programming, instruction, and documentation, all should be designed to serve a range of publics and attendant contexts and use-cases?

 

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Editors’ Choice: from the grass roots

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 11:00

[This is a cleaned-up version of the text from which I spoke at the 2019 conference of Research Libraries UK, held at the Wellcome Collection in London last week. I’d like to thank my wonderful hosts for an opportunity to reflect on my time at DLF. As I said to the crowd, I hope the talk offers some useful—or at least productively vexing—ideas.]

At a meeting in which the status of libraries as “neutral spaces” has been asserted and lauded, I feel obligated to confess: I’m not a believer in dispassionate and disinterested neutrality—neither for human beings nor for the institutions that we continually reinforce or reinvent, based on our interactions in and through them. My training as a humanities scholar has shown me all the ways that it is in fact impossible for us to step wholly out of our multiple, layered, subjective positions, interpretive frameworks, and embodied existence. It has also taught me the dangers of assuming—no matter how noble our intentions—that socially constructed institutions might likewise escape their historical and contemporary positioning, and somehow operate as neutral actors in neutral space.

Happily, we don’t need neutrality to move constructively from independent points of view to shared understandings and collective action. There are models for this. The ones I will focus on today are broadly “DH-adjacent,” and they depend, sometimes uncomfortably, on the vulnerability, subjectivity, and autonomy of the people who engage with them—foregrounding the ways that individual professional roles intersect with personal lives, as they come together around shared missions and goals. As I do, please note that I’ll be referring to the digital humanities and to digital librarianship somewhat loosely—in their cultural lineaments—speaking to the diffuse and socially constructed way both are practiced on the ground. In particular, I’ll reference a DH that is (for my purposes today) relatively unconcerned with technologies, methods, and objects of study. It’s my hope that shifting our focus—after much fruitful discussion of concrete research support—to a digital humanities that can also be understood as organizational, positional, and intersubjective might prompt some structural attunement to new ways of working in libraries.

Source: from the grass roots

Job: Curator – Collections on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation, Georgetown

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Curator – Collections on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation handles the arrangement and description of the special collections materials, surveying records and collections currently housed in the Booth Family Center for Special Collections and the Woodstock Theological Library. S/he identifies materials to be digitized and made available through DigitalGeorgetown and other platforms for potential use in digital humanities projects. Reporting to the Head of Archival Processing and Collections Management within the Georgetown University Library, the Curator has duties that include but are not limited to…

Read the full ad here.

Job: Research Communications Manager, UC Humanities Research Institute

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:30

From the ad:

The UC Humanities Research Institute—the systemwide organization for all 10 campuses in the UC system—seeks a talented and motivated individual with experience in academic and research communications, as well as program administration. This position will coordinate all of UCHRI’s research and programming communications, and will work in close collaboration with the Director, Associate Director, Research Programs staff, and technical staff. The Research Communications and Projects Manager will be responsible for scholarly and donor communications, including UCHRI’s social media and web presence, related programming and fundraising initiatives. The Research Communications Manager will also contribute to substantive program development and administration of current and upcoming UCHRI programs, including but not limited to public and digital humanities projects and Humanists@Work.

Read the full ad here.

Conference: Personal Digital Archiving 2019

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 12:00

About the conference:

The University of Pittsburgh is pleased to host the Personal Digital Archiving conference, to be held in Pittsburgh, PA from May 2-4, 2019.

Personal Digital Archiving is an annual conference dedicated to the exploration of issues related to individual and community records in all digital forms. It is interdisciplinary and inclusive in nature, welcoming discussion between information professionals, academics, artists, and all individuals and community groups engaged in this area. We encourage an expansive, creative, and inclusive interpretation of “personal digital archives” at this conference.

We are especially pleased to announce Alexandra Dolan-Mescal and Linda Norris as this year’s keynote speakers.

Read more here.

CFP: Libraries As Research Partner in Digital Humanities, DH 2019 Preconference

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:30

From the CFP:

This full-day pre-conference, to be held in The Hague on 8 July, aims to address the complexities of positioning libraries (and other CHOs) as digital humanities research partners. The question of CHOs and librarians as service providers or partners is a well-established, rich territory, with implications for labour and status. However, many are still finding their place in digital humanities due to questions of institutional commitments and external expectations. This pre-conference invites contributions addressing the topic of building trustworthy and sustainable research partnerships in digital (humanities) research that recognize the expertise of CHO staff…

We invite short papers, lightning talks, panels, and interactive sessions on themes including, but not limited to:

  • Collections as data: building, maintaining, publishing, and contextualising
  • Building and sustaining a technical infrastructure
  • Building and maintaining Library Labs
  • Sustainable organisational commitments and policies
  • Staff skill-building / Library Carpentry
  • Invisible or precarious labour / credit creep
  • Relationship(-building)

Read the full CFP here.

Editors’ Choice: Archiving DH Part 2 – The Problem in Detail

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:00

[Read Archiving DH Part 1 here.]

Trying to make sense of Digital Humanities projects and how to archive and preserve them is a lot like a jumble of puzzle pieces, and no picture to follow. The remaining posts in this series will look at these pieces and offer some ideas on how to put them together. This post will cover some (but definitely not all) of the problems inherent in Digital Humanities projects. These are problems that we have seen in the “wild.” These are just a few of the issues that programmers, IT people, Library people, and project leads face when they are planning their projects. Keeping these issues in mind from the start of a project will be helpful later on when question of archiving and preserving come along.

Changing Technology

The only three sure things in life are death, taxes, and change. Technology loves change. Technology IS change. In so many aspects, this is such a wonderful thing. Except when you try to take a snapshot of that technology for preservation purposes. Then the ever changing technology becomes the enemy.

Several aspects of technology make it really difficult to maintain and archive your typical web-based DH project (really, any DH project). First, is the unending upgrades and versions through which technology advances. As soon as you begin a project using a specific technology stack (stack = all of the software, hardware, etc used to create a DH project), it is out of date the next month, or week, or day. For example, as the Systems Administrator at CHNM, I (Ammon) was in charge of updating our web servers. I wanted our developers to use the latest version of PHP for this new project they were working on. You may have heard of it? Omeka? The old server had PHP version 5.something.very.old. The big problem here was the breaking change that PHP introduced in version 5.3.something.not.as.old. This had something to do with what was called “magic quotes.”

The details of what “magic quotes” do is unimportant. What was very important, was that all of the projects (mostly websites) that were created before my time there (from 1994-2005) were written with “magic quotes” turned on. But this was determined to be a huge security risk, and as the notice above points out, that feature and ability was deprecated, and finally totally removed from PHP. To make matters worse, new software, like WordPress, were starting to require this newer version of PHP. So if I were to upgrade PHP so we could make new sites, then I would break all of the old sites. The solution in this case, was to purchase new servers to put the new sites on, and leave the old, dangerously insecure PHP on the old servers to host the old sites. So, not really a solution in the long term, but I did successfully punt the issue to the next guy (sorry Roberto).

 

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Job: Digital Humanities Project Designer and Manager, IATH

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:30

From the ad:

The University of Virginia seeks a Digital Humanities designer/manager to support the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH).

IATH is a research unit with a goal to explore and develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research.

IATH also cultivate partnerships and participate in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and other groups residing at the intersection of computers and cultural heritage.

The Designer/Manager will be responsible for:

  • Collaborating with IATH Faculty Fellows in the conceptualization and design of the faculty-driven digital humanities projects.
  • Collaborating with/managing IATH software development staff to prototype and test early designs.
  • Collaborating with Faculty Fellows and software development staff to implement the information architecture for the digital humanities projects…

Read the full ad here.

Job: Postgraduate Fellow, Dartmouth Digital History Initiative

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 12:00

From the ad:

Dartmouth College seeks a Postgraduate Fellow to serve as Project Manager for the Dartmouth Digital History Initiative (DDHI), a new project that connects oral history and the digital humanities.  Launching in July 2019, the DDHI is a multi-year project to develop a suite of digital tools for use with digital collections of oral history interviews.  These open-source tools will enable users to easily analyze and visualize data drawn from large sets of oral history archives, and to produce digital products such as geospatial maps, timelines, graphs, or charts.  The DDHI and this postgraduate fellowship are funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission of the US National Archives.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Programmer, IATH

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:30

From the ad:

The University of Virginia seeks a Programmer to support the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH). IATH is a research unit with a goal to explore and develop information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research. IATH provides researchers with consulting, technical support, applications development, and network publishing facilities. They also cultivate partnerships and participate in humanities computing initiatives with libraries, publishers, information technology companies, scholarly organizations, and other groups residing at the intersection of computers and cultural heritage.

Read the full ad here.

Report: Current Research in Digital History 2019

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:00

From the report:

This past Saturday was the second annual Current Research in Digital History conference, organized by Stephen Robertson and Lincoln Mullen (with help from the amazing Thanh Nguyen), and co-sponsored by Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the Colored Conventions Project, and the African American Intellectual History Society

As an inveterate conference tweeter, I spent a lot of time on Tweetdeck during the conference and was generally pleased by the amount of Twitter engagement we had given the small conference size. So in honor of the conference Twitterati (is that a word? It is now!) I’ve done a quick analysis and visualization of our activity.

Read the full report here.

Job: Digital Humanities Strategist, Princeton University

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 13:00

From the ad:

The Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is an interdisciplinary research center and academic unit affiliated with the Princeton University Library that combines technology, design, innovative methodology and humanistic scholarship. Staff members collaborate with faculty, students and library partners on digital humanities projects, teach undergraduate classes and hands-on workshops, conduct independent research, and host a variety of events.

The CDH seeks a Digital Humanities Strategist to help raise the level of digital humanities research, awareness, and integration at Princeton, and to promote the work of the CDH to the broader community.

The successful candidate is a dynamic digital humanities scholar who will enrich DH scholarship at Princeton and help shape the growth of CDH programs and projects. Reporting to the Assistant Director, the DH Strategist will work with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and members of the CDH team to carry out the mission of the Center…

Source: Read the full ad here.

Announcement: Jessica Marie Johnson Lecture at University of Rochester

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:30

From the announcement:

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellows in the Digital Humanities at the University of Rochester are excited to announce the upcoming visit of  Professor Jessica Marie Johnson (Department of History, Johns Hopkins University) as a Distinguished Digital Humanist during the April 8-10. Detailed schedule of events TBA.

Events include: a public lecture (“Constellation Noire: Scrying Diasporic Futures in Plain Text”); a roundtable on Black Code Studies; and a graduate workshop on black digital praxis.

This program is co-sponsored by the Department of History, the Department of Art and Art History, the Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, the Center for Learning in the Digital Age (LiDA), the Digital Scholarship Lab, and the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies.

Read the full announcement here.

Conference: Digitizing the Stage

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 12:00

About the conference:

The Centre for Digital Scholarship, Bodleian Libraries, and the Folger Shakespeare Library will convene a second conference highlighting digital explorations of early modern drama, to be held on 15-18 July 2019 at the Weston Library, Oxford.

The inaugural Digitizing the Stage event in summer 2017 gathered scholars, librarians, theatre professionals, and others in a convivial and productive series of talks over three days. We look to foster the same convivial spirit over a four-day event in 2019, including a pre-conference workshop, with a renewed emphasis on performance.

Registration is now open. For more information, please contact digitalconf@folger.edu.

Read more here.

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