Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities

IDRH Public Data for Social Justice Workshop

Mark your calendars for our March 2nd workshop focusing on data capturing methods and their potential for responding to issues of social justice. This event will provide a hands on exploration of digital methods for all participants. Panelists and audience members will also engage the implications these methods can have on responding to issues relating to ethics and social justice.

 

Interested parties may RSVP through idrh@ku.edu by Feb 28th.


New Digital Humanities Reading and Praxis Groups, Spring 2020

IDRH is hosting a new Digital Humanities group—two groups really—spearheaded by Sylvia Fernández (Hall Center for the Humanities) and James Yeku (African and African-American Studies), and we’d like to invite anyone interested to join. These sessions are open to faculty, staff and students, or anyone else who may be interested.

The groups will meet 6 times this semester, with 3 meetings focused on DH dialogues and readings, and 3 focused on hands-on praxis and collaborations.

You don't have to attend all of the meetings, and drop-ins are welcome, but please RSVP to idrh@ku.edu if you can so that we can (a) give you access to the readings ahead of time; (b) prepare appropriately for the praxis sessions; and (c) provide just the right amount of coffee.

DH Dialogues and Readings: Diversifying Digital Humanities
Watson 302, 3:00 - 4:30pm
Friday, Feb 21  |  Thursday, Mar 19  |   Friday, Apr 24

Readings this semester will include:

  • Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, Safiya Noble (2018)
  • New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, Roopika Risam (2018)
  • Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities, Elizabeth Losh and Jacqueline Wernimont, Eds. (2018)
 

DH Praxis and Collaborations
Watson 302, 9:00am – 11:00am
Monday, Feb 24  |  Monday, Mar 30  |  Monday, Apr 13

The Praxis sessions will be more open sessions where you can come work quietly on your project (like a writing group, but for digital projects); see a demo; learn new platforms; discuss your projects; share ideas.

Thank you to Sylvia and James for developing and organizing this initiative. Let us know if you have questions and we hope to see you there! Please RSVP to idrh@ku.edu.

 


IDRH is pleased to Co-Sponsor A Workshop Series on Medieval Manuscripts with The Kenneth Spencer Research Library

Dr. N. Kıvılcım Yavuz, Ann Hyde Postdoctoral Researcher at Kenneth Spencer Research Library, will be conducting a series of three workshops focusing on medieval manuscripts. The workshops explore the material nature of the medieval manuscript book while looking at current trends in manuscript studies. The aim of the workshops is to provide the participants the basic skills to examine a manuscript as well as an understanding of medieval book history and medieval book-making practices.

Each workshop will feature a one-hour lecture followed by an hour of hands-on work. All workshops will take place at Kenneth Spencer Research Library. Workshops are open to undergraduate and graduate students, staff and faculty. No previous experience in working with manuscripts is required. Spaces are limited and participants are asked to register separately for each workshop at spencer.lib.ku.edu/manuscript-workshops.


Sylvia Fernández to join the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, and The Commons

We are thrilled to announce that Sylvia Fernández will be joining the IDRH community as part of her role as Public and Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hall Center for the Humanities, starting in January 2020. Her work with IDRH will include coordinating the HASTAC Scholars program, helping develop DH-related programming on campus, and consulting and contributing to digital humanities projects at KU. In addition to her role with IDRH, she will work the The Commons, and develop her own original research projects. Welcome, Sylvia!


Sylvia Fernández is a proud transfronteriza, born and raised in the Mexico-United States Border (Cd. Juárez-El Paso). As a first-generation college student, she obtained a B.A. with a double major in Political Science and Spanish and a double minor in U.S.-Mexico Border Issues and Women's Studies. Fernández obtained an M.A. in Spanish (Literature and Linguistics) and a certificate in Women's Studies from New Mexico State University. In December 2019, she earned a Ph.D.from the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Houston and a Graduate Certificate in Women's, Gender and Sexualities Studies and Spanish as a Heritage Language. Her research interests include Latin American, U.S. Latina/o and Border Literatures, Intersectional and Transnational Feminisms, Border Studies, Archive Studies, and Digital Humanities. Her digital research includes: co-founder of Borderlands Archives Cartography, a member of Torn Apart / Separados, and team member and coordinator of the ongoing initiative of United Fronterasas well as other collaborative projects. Currently, she is working on a monograph and building a public and digital humanities project based on her dissertation titled, "Genealogía Transfronteriza: (Re)interpretaciones literarias de identidades femeninas en Cd. Juárez-El Paso".  


IDRH Meet and Greet

Join visiting scholars Heather Bamford (George Washington University) and Emily Francomano (Georgetown University) for coffee, pastries, and informal conversation about the Digital Humanities. This “coffee break” offers an excellent opportunity for you to mingle with the visiting speakers, fellow medievalists and early modernists, and DH colleagues to chat about issues ranging from the digital reproduction of medieval manuscripts to professionalization and DH.

The meet and greet will take place November 18th, 10am-12pm, in Watson Library's Digital Humanities Studio Room 302.


The Exquisite Corpse of Lawrence: a collaborative digital storytelling activity

IDRH is excited to participate in the Hall Center for the Humanities 2nd annual Haunting Humanities: Disciplines in the Dark, a free evening of immersive presentations featuring spooky stories and legends. A science fair for the humanities with a Halloween twist, Haunting Humanities ensures that individuals of all ages are able to explore the insights that the study of history, literature, language, and culture can bring to everyday life.
 
The IDRH booth will feature a collaborative digital storytelling activity inspired by the French surrealists. We will be hosting a public, digital Exquisite Corpse game in which participants contribute a phrase or sentence that will be assembled together into a single work. With prompts focusing on the haunted places of Lawrence, this activity will help us discover what lurks in the collective imagination of Lawrence, Kansas residents! Our booth will also provide examples of various digital storytelling platforms and highlight several local digital humanities projects.


Grant Deadlines

IDRH Seed Grants

The IDRH Digital Humanities Seed grants are intended to support KU faculty and academic staff with up to $15,000 in funding 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. For full guidelines and application forms see http://idrh.ku.edu/seedgrants

IDRH Travel Grants

Digital Humanities Travel Grants provide KU faculty members, academic staff, and graduate students with up to $1,000 in financial support for domestic or international travel undertaken in order to: 1) conduct research for a digital humanities project, 2) present on digital humanities research at an academic conference, OR  3) participate in a digital humanities professional development and/or training initiative.

For full guidelines and application forms see https://idrh.ku.edu/travel-grants

Deadline for both grants is: November 1st, 2019 at 11:59pm


Recovering Cavendish Transcribe-a-Thon, September 27

Recovering Cavendish Transcribe-A-Thon

 

http://idrhku.org/cavendish/transcribe

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!

Online
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: marcylascano@ku.edu


APPLY NOW FOR THE HASTAC SCHOLARS PROGRAM

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 idrh@ku.edu 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 brianrosenblum@ku.edu


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 https://tinyurl.com/y4deycol by Friday, September 6th to reserve your spot.


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