Digital Humanities Now will be taking a break until September. On behalf of the DHNow staff, thank you for another great semester! A very big thank you goes to our dedicated community of volunteer editors-at-large for being so generous with their time and expertise. This semester’s editors-at-large included: Jessica Dauterive, LaQuanda Walters Cooper, Greta Swain, Jajwalya Karajgikar, R. J. Lambert, Corey Sparks, Annie Dy Xu, Elizabeth Wawrzyniak, Sarah Ames, Vlad Jecan, and Anne Turner. Whether you volunteered for a single week or throughout the semester, your participation is vital to DHNow‘s success.
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Best wishes for an enjoyable summer!
About the funding:
The Humanities Collections and Reference Resources (HCRR) program supports projects that provide an essential underpinning for scholarship, education, and public programming in the humanities. Thousands of libraries, archives, museums, and historical organizations across the country maintain important collections of books and manuscripts, photographs, sound recordings and moving images, archaeological and ethnographic artifacts, art and material culture, and digital objects. Funding from this program strengthens efforts to extend the life of such materials and make their intellectual content widely accessible, often through the use of digital technology. Awards are also made to create various reference resources that facilitate use of cultural materials, from works that provide basic information quickly to tools that synthesize and codify knowledge of a subject for in-depth investigation.
From the report:
Last week, we took Progressive Pedagogy on the road to two conferences in Vancouver: Digital Democracies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and HASTAC’s Decolonizing Technologies, Reprogramming Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC).
On Thursday, May 16, Cathy N. Davidson, Erin Rose Glass, Christina Katopodis, Danica Savonick, and Siqi Tu led a workshop at SFU called, “The Classroom as Training Ground for Digital Democracy.”
Professor Cathy N. Davidson (GC CUNY) introduced the topic of the panel and gave a brief history of education in the U.S., which is largely still based on the 19th-century industrial education complex. Professor Davidson asked us to imagine a different classroom structure, one that could be a training ground for digital democracy. View her slides here.
From the ad:
The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is looking for a full stack developer with a special interest in building a new data driven open access journal in digital history focusing on transmedia storytelling.
Appropriate candidates will show a demonstrated capability in developing complex web applications using different technology stacks such as Node.js. You will work tightly with a diverse group of historians, a designer and a technical team of seasoned developers to bring the new platform to life. As part of this mission you will build a backend that supports the creation and storage of media rich publications, organizes the authoring and review process in an online environment and supports interfacing with current and future repositories for data and code (e.g. GitHub, GitLab, EUDAT etc.) as well as long term storage.
From the ad:
The Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) is looking for a full stack designer with a special interest in designing a new data driven open access journal in digital history focusing on transmedia storytelling.
Appropriate candidates will show a demonstrated capability in developing complex web applications and will have significant experience in UX/graphics design, concept development as well as in the implementation of such concepts on different technology stacks such as Node.js. You will work tightly with a diverse group of historians and a technical team of seasoned developers to bring the new platform to life.
From the ad:
The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) at Saint John’s University invites applications for the full-time, benefit eligible position of Islamic and Christian Arabic Metadata Librarian. This is a grant-funded position for up to 36 months with possibility of extension contingent upon available funding… The Islamic and Christian Arabic Metadata Librarian will create metadata in collaboration with HMML catalogers for HMML’s Eastern Christian and Islamic collections for records entered into HMML’s digital platform, vHMML Reading Room. This metadata librarian will be responsible for creating metadata for authors and titles not found in VIAF or Library of Congress authority files according to Library of Congress standards, as well as using known LC and VIAF authority files in line with some local practices used at HMML. The metadata librarian will work with HMML staff to maintain the metadata in the database, including periodic audits and corrections. The Metadata Librarian will participate in the further development of HMML’s online platforms and their links to digital humanities projects at other institutions. The Metadata Librarian will report to the Coordinator of Digital Humanities Projects.
From the report:
On March 21, the NULab and Humanities Center co-sponsored a panel, “Digital Public Humanities”, featuring presentations by four scholars who work in the digital public humanities: Alex Gil (Columbia University), Roopika Risam (Salem State University), Caroline Klibanoff (MIT Museum), and Jim McGrath (Brown University). Throughout their presentations, these scholars explored the public impact of digital projects, asking what digital public humanities methods are and can be used for, who benefits from this work, and where to locate the experiential and political in digital public humanities. At the center of this panel was an interrogation of digital humanities methods for more public-facing work and reflection on the ethical, social, cultural, and political implications of digital work.
This spring, I taught a new Freshman Seminar at Princeton ( FRS 154) called “Weird Data,” a CDH course sponsored by the Center for Statistics and Machine Learning. The goal of the course was to provide a wide-ranging introduction to the world of data in all its forms, ideas, and, well, weirdness. A key idea in this semester-long exploration was that data is not a single thing, nor is it usually as simple as we might assume.
The phrase “Data Cuisine” comes from a group of designers in Europe. They coined this phrase to describe a workshop that brings data viz folks together with chefs to explore new, embodied ways of representing data. One member of the group, Moritz Stefaner gave a presentation on the process (watch the presentation here).
I had been wanting to try the workshop in classroom for a while, but it had proved tricky to translate into an undergraduate humanities course. The workshops in Europe used a lot of scientific and economic data. They had access to full kitchens and trained cooks, with plenty of time and ingredients to try out new ideas. We wouldn’t have any of that in a classroom. But maybe we could try! I went to the grocery to look for foods that would have some kind of distribution of colors, tastes, and sizes. That wound up including condiments (mustard, ketchup, BBQ sauce) and candy (jelly beans, Starburst, Peeps, Fun Dip).
We began by reading a bunch of essays on “data.” We tried to teach ourselves how to question not just the data but the categories themselves. Who determines the categories, and what are the consequences? Rather than simply adopt the data viz practices so common in corporate environments, we took inspiration from what Giorgia Lupi calls “data humanism.” How does the representation of data shape what we see, how we think, and how we exist in the world? Do we always have to contort ourselves to correspond to data? Or can quantitative displays respond to the messiness of our lives, cultures, and identities? The course covered many approaches to these questions.
From the ad:
The University of South Carolina (Columbia) invites applications for a position of postdoctoral research fellow with The Digital Piranesi (digitalpiranesi.org), an interdisciplinary, collaborative digital humanities project. This NEH-funded position is for one year and renewable for a second year (pending a budgetary extension). Reporting to the Principal Investigator and working with the project team, the fellow will play a major role in developing an enhanced digital collection of the complete works of Giovanni Piranesi based on a complete 29-volume set of his Opere that is housed in USC’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. Responsibilities will include webpage development, custom metadata generation, staff management, and digital and physical exhibit preparation…
Please direct any questions to project PI Jeanne Britton: jbritton at mailbox.sc.edu
From the ad:
The African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities (AADHum) Initiative at the University of Maryland is seeking a new colleague who shares our commitment to creating a space for intersectional digital humanities scholarship attuned to Black studies in order to help us build on the successes of the past three years.
Join the leadership team of the AADHum Initiative, with a portfolio focused on teaching and mentoring students (undergraduate and graduate). We are seeking someone who can think creatively about teaching and learning across different settings and cadences from formal classroom instruction to extracurricular and self-paced experiences. The successful candidate will be someone who can demonstrate how their skills and experience will help advance AADHum’s mission to build a space—physical, virtual, and affective—that explores what happens when questions of Black history and culture are situated at the leading edge of digital humanities inquiry.
From the announcement:
The regular Digital Classicist Wiki editing sprints that we used to run have stalled in the last year or so, but we will be restarting them as of next month.
For now, sprints will run on the first Tuesday of every month, at 16:00–18:00 UK time.
June 4, 2019
July 2, 2019
August 6, 2019
Information on what we get up to and what we would like to achieve can be found at the Wiki Editing page.
If you want to chat with other sprinters in real time, you may join the DigiClass IRC Channel.
If you don’t yet have an account on the Digital Classicist Wiki and would like one, please contact any of the administrators named at the Members page and we will create an account for you.
From the report:
In the end of March, we were fortunate enough to attend the 2019 National Council on Public History’s Annual Meeting in Hartford, Connecticut. During the conference, we came across (and even participated in) many creative digital projects that either bring documents out of the depths of the archives, help historians deal with difficult topics, or shed light on stories in engaging and accessible ways. Below are some of our favorite projects and tools.
I learned about Carlitos da Silva’s story while conducting archival research at the Articulation and Advisory Team to Rural Black Communities of the Ribeira Valley (EAACONE, formerly MOAB, the Movement of Peoples Threatened by Dams), an Eldorado-based civil society organization that defends the territorial rights of quilombos residing in the Atlantic Forest of São Paulo state and Paraná. During my first trip to EAACONE in 2015, I found a dossier documenting the history of political activism for communal land rights in São Pedro, a village established during the 1830s by a fugitive slave, Bernardo Furquim, and his companions, Coadi and Rosa Machado, near the banks of the Ribeira de Iguape River. The dossier was the tip of the iceberg. For more than thirty years, MOAB/EAACONE’s staff has compiled historical documentation—property deeds, baptismal records, court documents, photographs, and oral histories—to strengthen the legal claims of quilombos to their ancestral lands. In 1994, the quilombo community of Ivaporunduva brandished land titles belonging to Gregório Marinho, a fugitive slave, as historical evidence of their long-term territorial dominion when its residents sued the Brazilian government for its failure to apply Article 68, a constitutional provision that accords land rights to the descendants of maroon communities. The lawsuit, the first of its kind in Brazil, paved the way for thousands of quilombo communities to enlist history and genealogical memory to demand collective land rights.
These archival materials documenting the history of the African Diaspora in Brazil are at risk. Government officials have enacted deep cuts to public education, museums, and state archives in the aftermath of the 2008 global economic crisis. Although the National Archives in Rio de Janeiro and the Public State Archive of São Paulo have digitized vulnerable materials, many archives and museums throughout Brazil have fallen into disrepair. The electrical fire that tore through Rio’s National Museum in 2018 destroyed priceless artifacts and historical patrimony pertaining to indigenous peoples and Afro-Brazilians.
Collections documenting underrepresented populations in Brazil, especially quilombos, are politically vulnerable, as well. In 1890, two years after abolition, finance minister Rui Barbosa ordered the treasury to burn all records related to slavery, in part to stave off the demands for the indemnification of slave owners, but also to suppress the historical claims to land rights and reparations that quilombola activists assert today. In 2019, President Jair Bolsonaro declared war on rural activists, pledging to amend the Brazil’s terrorism laws to prosecute members of the Landless Workers Movement (MST) and vowing never to cede “another centimeter” of land to quilombos and indigenous communities. Amnesty International has reported sabotage, arson, and hacking of human rights activists and progressive civil society organizations throughout Brazil. In light of the dire political situation confronting traditional peoples in Brazil over the past several years, and given EAACONE’s gracious support for my research, I wanted to give back. Then fate intervened.
About the report:
The conference was opened by Reuben Quinn whose grandfather signed Treaty 6. He challenged us to think about what labels and labelling mean. Later Kim Tallbear challenged us to think about how we want the encounter with other intelligences to go. We don’t have a good track record of encountering the other and respecting intelligence. Now is the time to think about our positionality and to develop protocols for encounters. We should also be open to different forms of intelligence, not just ours.
From the announcement:
Today the Mapping Early American Elections team is making their final release of maps, data, and essays for this project. We have four main elements that we are adding to the site, in addition to the hundreds of state-level maps of Congressional elections during the first-party system that we have already released.
First, we are publishing six essays and a bibliography that give you an overview of the history of early American politics and a guide to how to use and interpret these maps for yourself. Here are the subjects of the essays.
These are some slides and text based on the talk I gave at the British Library’s Off the Page: Chapter Two event on April 13. I was invited to speak about works of mine that make use of classical sources. It’s relatively rare that I get to give a talk actually about classics (even in the context of games) and I jumped at it.
What I’m talking about today connects those two points, because I’m going to be discussing three games I wrote that drew on classical poetry, history, and mythology. (I didn’t pitch it this way in the room, but this is partly a talk on classical reception, the field that looks at how work from the ancient world is recast by later authors, artists, playwrights and propagandists.)
I’ll start with the most recent, Endure.
Calling it a game might be a bit of a stretch, so we might call it an art piece or just an interactive experience of some kind. Endure looks like this:
This is a passage from just after Odysseus has returned home, after being away for twenty years, to discover that his house is full of suitors who are wooing his wife. It’s too dangerous for him to go in and announce who he is, and no one recognizes him after all this time anyway, so he is hanging around at his own doorstep, disguised as a beggar, trying to decide what to do next.
So he tells himself, be strong; you’ve been through worse, back when you were captured by the Cyclops and he ate many of your men before you were able to figure out a cunning way to escape.
This resonated with me when I read it, and it still means a lot to me; there was a period when I had it printed off and stuck to the wall of my living room, when I was going through a difficult time. To me it represents how we can take positive strength from past trauma .
Resource: How Can a Collaborative Online Syllabus Address the Historical Roots of Contemporary Issues? – The #ImmigrationSyllabus, Part I
From the resource:
One of my undergraduate colleagues at Rutgers, now Dr. Evan Taparata, revealed that he and numerous other scholars had collaborated at the University of Minnesota to develop the #ImmigrationSyllabus website about immigration concerns in history. As I read through the online resource, I realized that these scholars had already achieved many of my own objectives. Evan generously offered his time to speak with me about some of the goals and processes that underlined this initiative. My objective for this blog post is to highlight the development of the #ImmigrationSyllabus. A follow-up blog post will explore the numerous ways in which scholars, educators, and policy makers have applied the syllabus in their own work.
From the report:
On March 29, 2019 the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks hosted its third annual Spring Conference on the theme of Digital Storytelling. This interdisciplinary conference highlighted work and research of Northeastern faculty and graduate students with a keynote address given by Jessica Marie Johnson, Assistant Professor of History at Johns Hopkins. Throughout the day presenters discussed different facets of digital storytelling from integrating digital tools in the classroom to data visualization for storytelling and mapping practices for engaged narratives.
Editors’ Choice: (Re)Animating Queer Life(after?)Death – Queer/ing Multimodality and/as Practicing Mourning
Content warning: This post will explore topics relating to anti-queer violence and death.
In Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age, we see an interestingly multimodal argument for agency beyond the grave. Since, “digital technologies are increasingly intertwined with physical environments” (p. 111) myriad technologies are offering an embodied mourning experience. Living Headstones allow for QR codes to be embedded in the gravestone which then direct mourners to a website containing biographical information compiled by the deceased prior to death. Catacombo systems even allow for music to be played inside the coffin by the living who create playlists for their loved ones. These technologies, in one form or another, seem to queer the very (already permeable) boundaries between life and death.
On the morning of June 12, 2016, we woke up to the news of the shooting at Pulse Orlando. Our bodyminds felt the crushing weight of what seems to be the immanence of queer death/dying. While we may have felt the weight of queer mourning on June 12, we cannot strip the specifically local contexts of this tragedy. This was an attack particularly on queer Latinx communities and on queers of color. The particular space and time of the Pulse massacre is vital in understanding that race, place, and discourses of American nationalist propaganda are inextricable from conversations on queerness and anti-queer violence.
Responding to Pulse, Joseph Pierce (Cherokee) reminds us, “Our queer breath is a revolutionary act” and that queers “breathe as fugitive, delinquent bod[ies]that [exist]in spite of this violence.” Pierce recalls “a spontaneous vigil” after Pulse that took place on Christopher Street, where “Anti-terror police” stood “next to those brown bodies trickling in after Puerto Rican Pride.” Such a vigil, as are all spontaneous vigils, kairotic spaces of mourning that move-flow with/in networked ecologies of embodied queer rhetorical practicing. (Queer) bodies have always been the stuff of relational/queer mourning practicings. Our bodies are the very stuff of multimodal design practice and, as Christina Cedillo reminds us, “We have always been multimodal.”
From the CFP:
The Library Company of Philadelphia Innovation Award will be awarded to a project that critically and creatively expands the possibilities of humanistic scholarship.
The recipient will be selected by a committee of leaders in higher education, grant-awarding organizations, and research libraries and cultural heritage institutions, and the award will include a $2,000 prize, a spotlight interview in our “Talking in the Library” podcast, and recognition at the 288th Annual Dinner of the Library Company of Philadelphia (October 29, 2019).
Guidelines: The committee will evaluate how a proposed project makes scholarly work new again. The scholarly work might take the form of an article, chapter, academic monograph, scholarly edition, or other project, in either print or digital form. “Innovation” will be defined broadly, and may include refashioning scholarly work with new partners (a playwright, musician, or visual artist), for new audiences (a local library, public high school, or arts collective), or into new forms (a DH project, public exhibition, or podcast series).
Source: Read the full CFP here.