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Recovering Cavendish Transcribe-a-Thon, September 27

Recovering Cavendish Transcribe-A-Thon

Be a part of the creation of an open access, searchable, reader-friendly text of

Margaret Cavendish’s Philosophical and Physical Opinions (1663)! 

No experience necessary - simple transcription instructions are provided on the website!

Margaret Cavendish was a 17th century philosopher, who wrote numerous philosophical works, plays, poetry, and science fiction. While many of her works are available online in searchable editions, her important second edition of Philosophical and Physical Opinions has yet to be made available. The final text will be mounted in the Ed. Jekyll minimal editions platform for use by scholars, students, and the general public.

In person
Friday, September 27th, 12 noon - 5pm, Watson 302

For those of you in the KU and Lawrence community, we will be meeting in the Institute for Research for Digital Humanities DH Studio (Watson 302) to transcribe and talk about the project. Snacks will be available!

Anyone may participate online. The website will be open on September 25th and remain open till the transcription is complete. 

This project made possible by KU IDRH, KU Libraries, and the KU Philosophy Department.
For questions or comments, contact Marcy Lascano:


IDRH is pleased to announce that we will support student applications for the HASTAC Scholars Program for their 2019-2021 class.

The HASTAC Scholars Program gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to develop their Digital Humanities interests and showcase their DH research and projects to a broader audience. Students can use the two year period to learn more about DH, develop a specific digital project, hone their technical skills, or pursue a project that intersects with their area of research and Digital Humanities. 

IDRH welcomes applications from students who want to develop their own DH research, take up a project suggested on the HASTAC Scholars page, or work on an IDRH related project at KU. Selected Scholars will be expected to meet milestones/criteria suggested by HASTAC, and offer a presentation or workshop on campus about their digital research. IDRH will offer selected Scholars a research fellowship of $300 per year and mentorship support. KU has supported 14 HASTAC Scholars since 2011, and we hope to build this community of students interested in digital scholarship.

There is a two-stage application process: First, apply for IDRH sponsorship by emailing the information required by the HASTAC Scholars application to by October 1, 2019. We use the same application required by HASTAC. Selected candidates must then submit their application to HASTAC by October 15, 2019.

If you have any questions about the program, or the project you want to propose, please contact Brian Rosenblum at

Digital Humanities Grants Workshop - September 13

Come learn the ins-and-out of digital humanities grant opportunities with this free luncheon workshop for KU faculty.  Whether you’re just dipping your toe into the digital humanities funding stream or have plunged into the DH deep end a few times before, this workshop provides something for everyone—from internal grant opportunities and grant writing tips to advice from an NEH digital humanities program officer and presentations by some of our regional DH grant winners! 

Friday, September 13, 11:00am - 2:00pm at the Hall Center for the Humanities.

RSVP at by Friday, September 6th to reserve your spot.

Digital Humanities Seed Grants - Proposals Due November 1

IDRH is pleased to announce the return of our Digital Humanities Seed Grants programs.

DH Seed grants are intended to support KU faculty and academic staff as they plan or pilot a collaborative digital humanities project, which will, with seed grant support, result in a more competitive subsequent external funding application. Proposals should be for the initial stages of a digital research project in the humanities, and should include a commitment to apply within a year for a specific external funding opportunity.

Seed grants may be used to create pilot projects, develop ideas via a workshop, attend workshops, support project-related travel, hold a substantial planning or brainstorming session, or similar activities.

DEADLINE:  November 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm

AMOUNT: Up to $15,000.  Partial funding of projects is common.

For full guidelines and application instructions, see


DH Studio Warming and Fall Preview - September 3

Join us Tuesday, September 3, 3:00pm - 5:00pm in Watson 302 to kick off the semester with studio warming party in the new DH Studio. We will have refreshments, a preview of Fall 2019 events, initiatives and IDRH news, and let you know about opportunities to get involved. Please RSVP to

Bryce Heesacker joins IDRH as Hall Center Applied Humanities Fellow

Bryce Heesacker (creating work under the moniker F. C. Zuke) is an MFA candidate in Expanded Media and will be joining IDRH this summer as a Hall Center Applied Humanities Summer Fellow. Some of his work with IDRH involves web development, creating a database of IDRH projects, and working with IDRH staff to coordinate the 2019 Digital Humanities Forum in the fall. He was previously the 2017-2018 Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Research Fellow for the Integrated Arts Research Initiative at the Spencer Museum of Art. His work with IARI included coordinating interdisciplinary programs and producing audio interviews and short-format documentaries. Bryce is currently an instructor in the Department of Visual Art, where he teaches Fundamentals of Expanded Media, a course that introduces students to aspects of video, sound, installation, digital image, performance, and research-based art practices.

In his artistic practice, he is concerned with creating experiences that involve sound, video, light (or darkness), and unique opportunities for visitors to interact with each other, objects, interfaces, and spaces. He utilizes emergent technologies to create works that respond to viewers, that give the audience control, and that seem to have agency themselves. These interactions often cause visitors to question the impact that their actions have on particular systems, such as systems of power, control, evaluation, classification, or epistemology. Art and music organizations in the United States, Europe, and Asia have performed and exhibited his works.

“In my work, I want to put people inside of a system; a system that is alive, moving, and listening or watching or waiting to see what the visitors are going to do. I think by setting up such scenarios, my audience not only sees a system represented, but they also experience it. They literally see and hear and feel how it reacts to their presence. And I think this visceral nature of my work makes the interaction with these systems more memorable and makes the presence of these systems more recognizable when they appear in the world.”

IDRH Welcomes James Yeku to the University of Kansas in Fall 2019

James Yeku received his PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018, joining the University of Kansas a year later as an assistant professor of African digital humanities in the Department of African and African American Studies​ and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. James studies the digital expressions of the literatures and cultures of Africa and the African diaspora and focuses on the African articulations of the digital cultural record.  His research also explores interdisciplinary areas such as cultural studies, social media in Africa, as well as visual culture in Nigeria. 

James’s journal article “Akpos Don Come Again: Nigerian Cyberpop Hero as Trickster” won the 2017 Abioseh Porter Best Essay Award of the African Literature Association. In addition to several book chapters, James has published his work in the Journal of African Cultural StudiesAfrican Studies Quarterly, as well as in Research in African Literatures. James is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of African Cultural Studies. James was a research assistant for Allison Muri’s The Grub Street Project, a digital project that visualizes the literary and cultural history of London.

His current project is Digital Nollywood, a web-based archive of Nollywood film posters. He is the author of the forthcoming book Social media, Popular culture, and Performance in Nigeria, which highlights the ways in which Nigerian social media users organize political humour around online visual culture as performative practices of disrupting state power. Before arriving at KU, James taught Use of English at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, as well as English and composition at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada where he was a teacher-doctoral fellow in 2017. 



HASTAC Scholars Project Showcase

The HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholars Program gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to develop their Digital Humanities interests and showcase their DH research and projects to a broader audience. Each year, around 100 new Scholars from dozens of disciplines and a variety of colleges and universities are accepted into a new 2-year cohort of the program.

At KU this spring, we celebrate the work done by our institution’s outgoing cohort of HASTAC Scholars and welcome in a new cohort at this inaugural annual event. The outgoing cohort will present the DH research and projects they have worked on during their two-year stint in the program:

  • An Sasala (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
  • Clarisse Barbier (French, Francophone, and Italian)
  • Mariah Crystal (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)
  • Douglas Rain Charger (Indigenous Studies)

We will also welcome the following KU students who were accepted to the HASTAC Scholars Program for the 2018-2020 cohort:

  • Christopher Peace (English)
  • Kristan Hanson (Art History)
  • Shane Lynch (Indigenous Studies)

Join us on May 9, from 1pm – 2pm, in Watson 455 for a digital humanities research and project showcase. (Please note that we are not in the DH Studio this time.) Light refreshments will be served.


Latinx Digital Studies Symposium on 30 April


Dr. Omaris Zamora's class on Latinx Lit + Performance is hosting a Latinx Digital Studies Symposium to showcase final projects on Tuesday, April 30th from 4pm to 6pm in Watson Library 455.

The research projects include topics like Nuyorican Poetry, Chicanx Visual Cultures, Digital Latinidad, and Afterlives of Hurricane Maria. The symposium will highlight how digital pedagogy can be used in ethnic studies classrooms. 

Join us this Tuesday for light refreshments and digital project presentations. This event is co-sponsored by IDRH with the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. RSVP is not required.

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at #LatinxDigitalStudiesKU

Using Python in Humanities Research: A Conversation with Jonathan Lamb

Jon Lamb (Associate Professor of English, University of Kansas) explains why Python, the programming language, is suitable for humanities research and shares an example from his text analysis research on Shakespeare's Othello. He also notes that IDRH is a gathering place to bring together people working on different kinds of digital humanities research.

In the last few weeks, IDRH has released short videos about digital humanities activities at the University of Kansas. This is the last video in the series.



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