From the ad:
The University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a creative, innovative, collaborative, and intellectually curious individual to lead digital humanities services in the Library. The successful candidate will contribute to engaged, inclusive digital scholarship across campus. We encourage applicants who are committed to the principle that a diverse community enhances our institution and who will help the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign achieve new levels of excellence by fostering and sustaining our diverse and inclusive academic environment.
From the ad:
We seek a motivated individual who will contribute to an existing and robust suite of programs aimed at integrating digital methods into teaching, research methods, and individual experimentation. The DSC works closely with the Digital Initiatives and Special Collections departments within the library as well as with faculty inclined towards developing, enhancing, and growing digital expertise in their classroom and in their research. While our current program has strengths in digital exhibits, visualization, and integration of three dimensional (3D) and virtual reality (VR) resources, we invite candidates with experience in any field of digital research and instruction to apply. We value a candidate’s ability to interact meaningfully with our program and demonstrate how their particular skill set would integrate into and expand the work of the DSC. We are seeking candidates who would welcome the opportunity to weave their own interests in digital research and instruction into the work of the DSC program.
From the CFP:
Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to extend its symposium series on Global DH into its third year. Digital humanities scholarship continues to be driven by work at the intersections of a range of distinct disciplines and an ethical commitment to preserve and broaden access to cultural materials. The most engaged global DH scholarship, that which MSU champions, values digital tools that enhance the capacity of scholarly critique to reflect a broad range of literary, historical, new media, and cultural positions, and diverse ways of valuing cultural production and knowledge work. Particularly valuable are strategies in which the digital form manifests a critical perspective on the digital content and the position of the researcher to their material.
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We’re excited to announce the availability of Zotero integration with Google Docs, joining Zotero’s existing support for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice.
The same powerful functionality that Zotero has long offered for traditional word processors is now available for Google Docs. You can quickly search for items in your Zotero library, add page numbers and other details, and insert citations. When you’re done, a single click inserts a formatted bibliography based on the citations in your document. Zotero supports complex style requirements such as Ibid. and name disambiguation, and it keeps your citations and bibliography updated as you make changes to items in your library. If you need to switch citation styles, you can easily reformat your entire document in any of the over 9,000 citation styles that Zotero supports.
This past weekend, AADHum (African American History, Culture and Digital Humanities) held its first national conference, Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black, on the University of Maryland. The conference’s “Keynote Conversation,” held on Saturday, October 20th, featured Dr. André Brock (Associate Professor, School of Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology) and Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson (Assistant Professor, Departments of History and Africana Studies, Johns Hopkins University), and was moderated by Dr. Jovonne Bickerstaff from the University of Maryland. The session was live-streamed, and the video can be viewed below.
From the announcement:
With a $1.2 Million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, Shift Design, and the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA) will collaborate to lead the ongoing work of the Documenting the Now project. Started in 2014 with a grant to Washington University in St. Louis in partnership with the University of California, Riverside and MITH, Documenting the Now is committed to developing tools and community practices that support the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media and web archives. Continuing the important work the project has accomplished over the past four years, the second phase of Documenting the Now will be focused on three interdependent strands of activity: software development, pedagogy, and engagement with community-based archiving of social justice activism.
From the ad:
The coordinator will manage and coordinate the current ARSP project. Work closely with community collaborators as well as faculty, students and digital development team across universities to advance the goals of the American Religious Sounds Project; collaborate with co-principal investigators and ARSP staff on grant administration including monitoring accounts and overseeing the budget; assist with social media and publicity to raise the public awareness and visibility of the ARSP; assist with and expand existing community outreach initiatives associated with the American Religious Sounds Project. The coordinator will also serve as a primary contact for other projects, schedules and facilitate regular meetings with principal investigators and members of the App Dev team; maintain and document project time lines and client communication; Serve as liaison between the development and UI/UX teams; develops new relationships between Arts and Sciences faculty and ASC Tech.
Revolutionary dreams erupt out of political engagement; collective social movements are incubators of new knowledge. Robin D.G. Kelly, Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination
This presentation traces the arc of Museums Respond to Ferguson and #BlkTwitterstorians–two born digital projects that emerged at the height of the Movement for Black Lives. The chats started with queries that then influenced deeper dialogue on how scholars and activists together could use history to inform a world specifically void of policing and incarceration. Both projects hinged on collective engagement with a few questions (and critiques) to incubate new ideas on how to present and preserve Black history with Black futures in mind. While both projects happened online, low-tech methodologies deeply informed project decisions. Phone calls, in-person meetings and printed chats played an important role in shaping the project. There was a heavy emphasis on the public, but the projects influenced the personal in ways that ultimately led to Museums Respond to Ferguson’s end and #BlkTwitterstorians refocus.
From the ad:
Working under the guidance of the faculty director of the Digital Innovation Lab and the Director of the Library, the Assistant Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the Digital Innovation Lab, including development, planning, implementation, creation, and support of teaching and research projects, from podcasting and website building to digital humanities initiatives and Open Educational Resource (OER) publication. The Assistant Director will manage and mentor student workers and interns while together they build and create digital teaching and scholarly materials. As a resource for innovative digital work across the campus, this individual will play a vital role in the development of a digital repository of faculty and student scholarship. This position will be instrumental in the development of a digital liberal education skills curriculum and implementing a micro-certification/badging program that recognizes student achievement. The Assistant Director will also teach courses in their field of academic expertise and contribute to the College’s online course program.
From the CFParticipation:
The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the Journal of Social History with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks historians to participate in a series of workshops that will develop articles based on digital research to be published in a special issue of JSH. Scholars will receive travel funding to participate in three workshops, facilitated by Matt Karush and Sam Lebovic (editors of the JSH) and Stephen Robertson and Lincoln Mullen (at RRCHNM), to help them develop their research from digital projects into journal articles that speak to historiographical conversations in their specific fields.
From the CFP:
Drs. Mila Oiva (University of Turku) and Urszula Pawlicka-Deger (Aalto University) have released a call for papers for a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly, which will explore two thematic clusters: 1) Lab: Physical Situatedness; and 2) Slack: Virtual Situatedness.
The purpose of this special issue is to examine the different aspects of situated research practices of the digital humanities covering two perspectives: physical and virtual. The physical places of research refer to the various digital humanities sites (laboratories, centers, departments) all over the world and more widely to the surroundings a location in a particular city, country, cultural sphere or continent affecting research practices. As virtual environments of digital humanities scholarship, we define the digital internet-based platforms, services, and tools that enable research and scholarly collaboration. The aspects that determine digital humanities research in both physical and virtual places are infrastructure (material and non-material), social interaction (communication and collaboration), and context (social, cultural, and political situatedness). The aspects influence each other and changes in one of them can affect the others. They have also impact on what is studied, the ways research can be done, and, in the end the results of our knowledge, what kind of knowledge digital humanities research can provide.
From the ad:
The University of Florida (UF) Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications from cultural and linguistic anthropologists for a nine-month, tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Digital Anthropology. The appointment begins August 16, 2019.
We welcome research in areas such as the culturally constituted relations between online and offline worlds of experience; relationships between local practices of digital media and their global implications; the pervasiveness of digital technologies in social practice; activism, civil and human rights, and the cultural politics of digital media; digital technologies and “the human”; use of language and representation strategies in digitally mediated communication; emerging computational languages; or the materiality and spatiality of digital practices. Topical and regional specializations are open.
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The University of Delaware Library seeks a motivated, creative, and service-oriented professional to lead a new unit, Digital Scholarship and Research Services, which includes two vacant Digital Scholarship Librarian positions that are also being recruited at this time. The new unit will provide University faculty, researchers, and students with services for innovative digital scholarship, supporting the creation, publication, and preservation of digital research in multiple forms, along with collaborating with colleagues across the library to ensure effective outreach, instruction, and technical infrastructure for these services. This unit is in the division of Publishing, Preservation, Research, and Digital Access, which also includes the departments of Library IT, Digital Collections and Preservation, and the University of Delaware Press.
This is a slightly extended version of a talk I presented at the Digital Library Federation 2018 Forum, held in Las Vegas in October 2018. Thanks to students in my Fall 2017 “Digital Public Humanities” course; the Providence Public Library Special Collections department; Diane O’Donoghue; Julieanne Fontana, Angela Feng, and Jasmine Chu; Monica Muñoz Martinez; Susan Smulyan; and the Rhode Tour project team for their contributions to my thinking and work on this topic. And thanks to Bethany Nowviskie for making DLF Forum a supportive space to consider these and other issues
So, “hyperlocal histories.”
What’s the difference between terms like local, regional, hyperlocal? I’m more here to tell you how I came to be invested in the term “hyperlocal” and less interested in having it overshadow or undercut other terms you’ve found useful in your own work. In the same way that recent pressure has been productively placed on our uses of the term “community,” on where, how, and why ideas of community are constructed, situated, limited by particular acts of language, my intention in introducing the “hyperlocal” as a framework is to see it in conversation with other words, use-cases, methodologies, implications.
My professional interest in the hyperlocal began as a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University, through my work as Project Co-Director (with Alicia Peaker) of Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a collection of crowdsourced stories, photos, and memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Our mantra, reprinted on bookmarks and promotional content, was “No Story Too Small.” We were interested in created an accessible record of the bombings documenting a wide range of stories and perspectives.A project like Our Marathon is perhaps legible, familiar, conventional in terms of an approach librarians, archivists, faculty members, and community partners might take to work related to local and hyperlocal history. But it is also time and resource-consuming work, an attempt to address several perceived needs simultaneously: collecting, documenting, crowdsourcing, digitizing, curating, publishing, and preserving recent and still-unfolding history. There are other ways to do what we did, and certainly other ways one might get involved in work related to hyperlocal history.
Narratives of community formation and solidification, of competing claims and tensions, of fact and fiction and everything in between and beyond this binary, all of it can and should coexist in our records of hyperlocal history. These varied perspectives are frequently entwined and made further complicated by a city’s unwillingness to be one thing and stay that way forever, or even for a little while.
To work towards the goal of a crowdsourced, polyvocal, varied archive, we left Northeastern University campus, reached out to local libraries who had expressed interest in supporting our project, and planned programming that enabled us to introduce the archive and solicit contributions to a range of communities and neighborhoods. We used the content management system Omeka to encourage crowdsourced submissions and quickly make our collections materials public on the web.
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We’re pleased to announce the next step in our ongoing project to remix the “Imagining History” project that launched at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003. You can read our previous posts on this topic here:
Today, we are posting here a clean spreadsheet with links to all the functional manuscript descriptions available on the Internet Archive. That’s it. Stay tuned for more!
From the ad:
The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS), in collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities to build upon the Department and Center’s 1) existing research output in digital humanities and African Studies, 2) commitment toward quality undergraduate and graduate teaching and training in African Studies, and 3) contribution toward community engagements that promote global citizenship. The successful candidate will work alongside the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas to develop innovative and collaborative projects with Institute staff and affiliated faculty. The candidate’s digital humanities activities will include a primary focus on Africa and its diaspora by training students in digital research methods, creating public humanities projects with students, faculty, and community members, and working with other initiatives to enrich African Studies and the humanities at the University of Kansas. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.
Job: Assistant Professor of English (Cultural and Digital Rhetorics, Latinx/Chicanx Rhetorics), Humboldt State
From the ad:
Humboldt State University’s Department of English invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Writing Practices, with an emphasis in digital and cultural rhetorics. We are particularly interested in candidates who also specialize in Chicanx and/or ethnic rhetorics. Expertise in one or more of the following is also welcome: postcolonial approaches, global and transnational rhetorics, critical race studies, ethnic studies, translation studies, translingualism and multilingualism, and/or TESL/TEFL.
In today’s post, Keisha N. Blain, Senior Editor of Black Perspectives, interviews Nelson Mundell about the new online database, Runaway Slaves in Britain: Bondage, Freedom and Race in the Eighteenth Century. Mundell is a former History teacher with a MEd in Education and is finishing his history PhD thesis, “The Runaway Enslaved in Eighteenth-century Britain,” at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The project’s home page can be found here, and the database here. Follow Mundell on Twitter @NelsonHistory.
Keisha N. Blain: Tell us more about the Runaway Slaves in Britain database. How did this project come about? How were you able to build the database?
Nelson Mundell: The Leverhulme Trust funded project has been led by Professor Simon Newman from the University of Glasgow since January 2015, and our database launched on June 1, 2018, after three-and-a-half years of work. Alongside Simon, Dr. Stephen Mullen and Dr. Roslyn Chapman have been key members of the team at different points, and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on it all the way through as assistant researcher and PhD candidate. I’m delighted at the range of information we’ve uncovered, and this work will permit people interested in this period to explore and interrogate new information, allowing us to learn more about the enslaved and bound people who lived, worked, and sometimes sought freedom in eighteenth-century Britain.
We spent a lot of time in archives and libraries up and down Britain, poring over microfilm and—if we were lucky—original copy, as well as taking advantage of online repositories such as the Burney Collection and the British Newspaper Archive. Once we collected as much as we could, we moved onto entering it into our online database, which we had been tweaking and rearranging as the project, and our thoughts, advanced. We are really indebted to Dr. Roslyn Chapman, who replaced Stephen for the last six months, as she took this task on and delivered wonderfully.
From the ad:
The Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of English with an emphasis on digital humanities, beginning in August 2019. The candidate must have a PhD in English or a related field in hand by the time of appointment. The candidate must have achieved specialization in any method of digital humanities research, broadly conceived. We are especially interested in candidates who will contribute on a regular basis to multi-disciplinary programs. Applicants should demonstrate technical/computational expertise in their area of specialization.
From the CFParticipation:
Together Umbra Search African American History and the African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) initiative at the University of Maryland are working on a research agenda related to vital issues of collaboration and sustainability for digital collections and platforms focused on African American history and culture.
We are planning two upcoming engagements around this research agenda. The first is a working meeting for invited participants, which will take place on Thursday, October 18, 2018, on the University of Maryland campus in College Park, MD, as a pre-conference event for AADHum’s Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black conference. The second, the idea for which we have gratefully borrowed from the Collections as Data team, is open to all.
We invite the broader community to engage with us online. Please consider sharing a brief statement to help us shape our face-to-face meeting. This is a great way to get your concerns, questions, and provocations on the table as well as to share your background. Please add your thoughts here: https://go.umd.edu/umbra-preconf-statements