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Conference: Global Digital Humanities Symposium

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:00

From the post:

Digital Humanities at Michigan State University is proud to continue its symposium series on Global DH into its third year. We are delighted to feature speakers from around the world, as well as expertise and work from faculty and students at Michigan State University in this two day symposium…Registration Closes March 9!

Read the program here.

CFP: Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black Conference

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:30

From the call:

The University of Maryland’s African American History, Culture, and Digital Humanities Initiative (AADHum) has posted a call for proposals for their first national conference, to be held at the University of Maryland on October 18-20. The conference’s theme is “Intentionally Digital, Intentionally Black.”

Read full CFP here.

CFP: Digital History Workshop, UvA Amsterdam

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:00

From the post:

The upcoming Digital History Workshop will take place on 22 March between 3-5pm in the eLab room (Turfdraagsterpad 9 BG 1 0.16). In this workshop, we discuss tools that enable researchers to build their own corpus from various online resources…In this workshop, Dr. Martin Reynaert (Tilburg University, Meertens Institute) will demonstrate how researchers can use these digital resources to build their own corpus, tailored to their specific research needs.

Read full post here.

Editor’s Choice: Visualizing Cultural Collections

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:00

Below is an overview of research projects that were carried out by student teams in the project course Visualizing cultural collections taught by Prof. Dr. Marian Dörk since 2014. Students with different disciplinary backgrounds including design, media studies, information science, and cultural management analyzed existing interfaces and developed new approaches for different case studies in collaboration with a broad range of cultural institutions.

 Read more here.

Resource: KITAB – Knowledge Information Technology and the Arabic Books

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:00

From the post:

KITAB provides a digital tool-box and a forum for discussions about Arabic texts. We wish to empower users to explore Arabic texts in completely new ways and to expand the frontiers of knowledge about one of the world’s largest and most complex textual traditions. We are leading with a tool that detects how authors copied from previous works. Arabic authors frequently made use of past works, cutting them into pieces and reconstituting them to address their own outlooks and concerns. Now you can discover relationships between these texts and also the profoundly intertextual circulatory systems in which they sit.

 Find out more  here.

CFP: CMC and Social Media Corpora 2018

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 13:30

From the call:

‘CMC-corpora 2018’ is the 6th edition of an annual conference series dedicated to the collection, annotation, processing and exploitation of corpora of computer-mediated communication (CMC) and social media for research in the humanities. The conference brings together language-centered research on CMC and social media in linguistics, philologies, communication sciences, media and social sciences with research questions from the fields of corpus and computational linguistics, language technology, text technology, and machine learning.

Read the call here.

CFP: 2018 Digital Frontiers (IDRH)

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 12:00

From the call:

Digital Frontiers has posted a call for proposals for the 2018 Digital Frontiers/University of Kansas’s Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) Digital Humanities Forum, to be held October 4-5 at the University of Kansas. The theme for the conference is “Finding Community in Digital Humanities.”

Read full post here.

Opportunity: US History Scene Summer 2018 Internships

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:30

From the post:

U.S. History Scene, a multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians, is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for its Summer 2018 Historical Writing and Research Internship Program. Interns will gain valuable writing and publishing skills through the process of writing, submitting, and editing original multimedia research articles, book reviews, and classroom lesson plans. All interns will work one-on-one with our Editorial Board to gain experience in primary source research, editing, and publishing. We will assist interns in applying for stipends or university credit, and we partner with universities around the United States to ensure that interns are compensated for their public history work. Internships can be performed via telecommute from your home university.

Read full post here.

Editor’s Choice: Diversity Work and Digital Carework in Higher Education

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 11:00

“Diversity” has become a managerial directive for the twenty-first century university in the United States. In its endless pursuit of diversity, the contemporary academy has required faculty, staff, and administrators to perform diversity work, marshaling the labor of employees to undertake diversity initiatives, often in addition to their stated job descriptions. Participating in diversity work is a trap into which those whose work is guided by an ethical commitment to communities underrepresented in academia and those who belong to these communities risk falling. This phenomenon has a long history, reflecting a tradition of activism performed by people of color, women, and LGBTQ scholars who have demanded that the scholarship of their communities be taken seriously as “academic.” Yet, the advent of social media has added new dimensions to this labor.

As such, what I term “digital carework” has become essential to academic labor. Digital carework, in this instance, is a form of affective digital labor that relies on the deployment of affect through digital media to remediate inequalities within higher education. It ranges from managing affect in the production and distribution of scholarship to providing emotional labor to fellow colleagues and students in response to the challenges faced by those who engage in “diversity work” (Ahmed, 2012). Digital carework around diversity has played a visible role in digital humanities, in which I situate my scholarship. This particular form of digital carework illuminates the confluence of affective and digital forms of labor that are essential to diversity initiatives in the neoliberal university. As in other areas of higher education, this labor preys on the optimism of early career scholars, typically women, people of color, and LGBTQ scholars, or a combination thereof. They undertake diversity work and the digital carework it requires through both explicit and implicit direction from universities and scholarly communities.

Read full article here.

Announcement: “Community Webs” for Local History Web Archiving

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 13:00

From the announcement:

The lives and activities of communities are increasingly documented online; local news, events, disasters, celebrations — the experiences of citizens are now largely shared via social media and web platforms. As these primary sources about community life move to the web, the need to archive these materials becomes an increasingly important activity of the stewards of community memory. And in many communities across the nation, public libraries, as one of their many responsibilities to their patrons, serve the vital role of stewards of local history. Yet public libraries have historically been a small fraction of the growing national and international web archiving community.

Read the full announcement here.

CFP: Digital Humanities Congress 2018

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:30

From the CFP:

The Digital Humanities Congress is a conference held in Sheffield every two years. Its purpose is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.

The Digital Humanities Institute is the new name for HRI Digital, one of the UK’s leading centres for the digital humanities: https://www.dhi.ac.uk

Digital humanities is understood by Sheffield to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. As such, proposals related to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and heritage domains are welcome.

Read the full CFP here.

Job: Center for Humanities and Information Fellows, Pennsylvania State

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Center for Humanities and Information at The Pennsylvania State University seeks up to two junior fellows to begin in the Fall of the 2018-19 academic year. Focusing on critical and theoretical approaches to information, the Center aims to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars who read and think widely across fields, geographical space, and historical time. Junior (postdoctoral) Fellowships are renewable for up to three years, and require fellows to teach one course per year. Salary $50,000; support also includes research/travel funding and a benefits package. Fellows have access to research design support, as well as to grant-writing and job market workshops, career mentoring, and archival/library support and research consultation.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Data Visualization Developer, University of Cincinnati

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:30

From the ad:

The Digital Scholarship Center of the University of Cincinnati invites applications for a Data Visualization Developer to design and develop creative interfaces and dashboards to enable data-driven research.  The successful candidate will generate and present visual prototypes for projects at the Digital Scholarship Center.  The Visualization Developer will design elegant dashboards that present information for data exploration and analysis, collaborate with technical teams to access and transform data needed for visualization tools, and perform data quality reviews of new and existing information sources. This position will report to Dr. James Lee, Digital Scholarship Center co-director.

Read the full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: Community Review

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 11:00

In my last book, Planned Obsolescence, I argued for the potentials of open, peer-to-peer review as a means of shedding some light on the otherwise often hidden processes of scholarly communication, enabling scholars to treat the process of review less as a mode of gatekeeping than as a formative moment in which they could learn from and contribute to their communities of practice. In Generous Thinking, my focus is somewhat different—less on the ways that scholars communicate with one another and more on the ways we invite the world into our work—but the emphasis on opening up our processes and imagining the ways that they might invite new kinds of conversations remains.

When I launched the open review process for Planned Obsolescence in 2009, the world was somewhat different. There seemed cause for optimism about the potentials presented by new kinds of openness, and though there was without question just as thick a strain of racism, misogyny, homophobia, and general hatred within western culture, it was somehow less emboldened. Or so it seemed to me, at least, in my narrow corner of the internet, where my colleagues and I chatted happily through our blogs and on Twitter, imagining the ways that our networks could help support more open, egalitarian modes of scholarly engagement.

Things are different in 2018. Scholars are being actively targeted for their political beliefs, with off-campus groups campaigning for their dismissal. Entire academic departments have come under investigation by state legislatures for their apparently subversive activity. And too many writers whose work explores issues of race, of gender, of sexuality, of oppression routinely receive threats of violence in response.

As Generous Thinking will attest, I still believe in the opportunities presented by building more open forms of conversation both within the academy and between the academy and the broader publics with which we engage. But I am more cautious about how we should do so now, or at least I am less naive. And so I’ve staged this review process a little bit differently.

 

Read the full post here.

Job: Linux System Administrator, MOBIUS Consortium

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:00

From the ad:

The Linux System Administrator works in a team environment to assist in managing all aspects of IT services including Linux servers, telephones, desktop support, web servers, telecommunications, building security, disaster recovery, network storage, printers, firewalls, and wireless networks.  As a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries of nearly all sizes and types, it is critical for this position to have a high degree of skill across a broad range of technical areas, be highly adaptable, and be able to identify and implement low-cost but effective solutions.  The position requires the ability to work in a close team environment in a small office serving internal and external customers at all skill levels.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Collections Librarian, University of Maryland

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:30

From the ad:

The University of Maryland Libraries Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting (DCMR) department seeks an organized, service-oriented colleague to manage the Libraries’ digitization operations. The Digital Collections Librarian will collaborate with stakeholders to establish and effectively manage digitization projects and workflows for the Libraries. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a wide range of unique formats and materials and will lead process development and special format digitization within both the libraries and the profession.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Digital Humanities Librarian, Central Connecticut State University

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 13:00

From the ad:

Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library seeks a collaborative, creative and enthusiastic Digital Humanities Librarian to join the professional staff.  The successful candidate will provide leadership in identifying trends and emerging technologies in digital humanities and building partnerships and cultivating relationships with key university units to develop digital humanities collections and programs.  The successful candidate will also provide instruction to faculty and students in the area of digital research.  As part of the Reference Department, this position will have responsibility for providing user-centered services in support of teaching, research, and scholarship in the humanities disciplines.  Candidates are expected to be committed to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body as well as contribute actively and effectively to student growth, service, and scholarship.

Read the full ad here.

Resource: Starter kit for considering a DH dissertation

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:30

From the resource:

Successful non-traditional dissertations include a comic book (Nick Sousanis), a hip-hop album (A.D. Carson), code and design without written chapters (me), and the use of digital formats and methods such as a Tumblog counter-narrative (Jade E. Davis) or topic modeling (Lisa Rhody). Are you curious about using digital methods or forms to pursue your dissertation research questions? Or maybe dissertational gate-tenders (advisors, mentors, departments) have you seeking successful examples of DH as part of the dissertation. Wherever you’re coming from, here’s a short selection of readings to get you started exploring digital humanities as doctoral scholarship…

Read the full resource here.

Editors’ Choice: Engaging Absence

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 12:00

In the Digital Humanities, it is common to weigh the research potential of collections as data by evaluating their representativeness. That is to say, we ask to what extent the data have the capacity to characterize a person, an event, a period, or an experience. Where the data exhibit significant informational paucity, indeterminate values, inordinate biasing, or limited scope it is common to cast them aside in pursuit of something held to be more representative.  Alternatively, a move is made to systematically qualify data absence as a means of shoring up grounds for a redefined notion of representativeness to stand upon. Both responses generally fail to engage with data absence as a feature rather than a bug to be quashed. How might data driven scholarship be conducted in a manner that centers data absence?

I turned to Twitter with a question in this vein and did my best to document the generous response below.

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Amalia S. Levi shared Lauren Klein’s The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings. With this piece, Lauren  (1) demonstrates how Digital Humanities techniques can be used to address archival silence (2) and frames challenges that an archive of slavery poses for the Digital Humanities.

Scott Weingart referred to absence as, “more a creative wellspring than a lacuna”, and shared a concise presentation on Fidelity at Scale. Scott raised the notion of a workshop or conference focused on productive explorations of archival absence at scale. I am all in for that. I’d guess that others would be to.

Read the full post here.

Editors’ Choice: Resistance, Racialized Violence, and Database Design

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:00

As Matthew Davis explains, a database is useful as a methodological tool because it does not permit ambiguity. This means that all decisions must be documented and justified.[1] To create the schema for my database, I have already made important decisions about what data to extract from my primary documents – the Slave Narrative Collection, the first-person testimony culled from the Ku Klux Klan hearings, and the records of the Freedmen’s Bureau. Extracting some data does not require significant forethought, such as bibliographic information, dates, or geographic locations. Other data, however, require clearly defined keywords and a rigid workflow. When inputting data on incidents of racialized violence, for example, I must decide how to code types of violence. This issue will be the subject of my upcoming talk at the Graduate Colloquium on 26 April 2018. It is also necessary, however, to define resistance. Recently, there has been a proliferation of scholarship on resistance. But scholars have often failed to define resistance in any systematic way. This poses a challenge for creating a database that requires a concrete definition to ensure consistency. Where resistance is loosely defined, it is possible to see it almost everywhere and nowhere. This blog post, then, will outline how I define resistance.

According to Jocelyn Hollander and Rachel Einwohner, resistance has been variously defined as questioning and objecting, engaging in behaviour despite opposition, and opposing abusive behaviour and control.[2] For my purposes, resistance can be understood as an action that results from a conscious decision to thwart attempts at subjugation.[3] Resistance can be further defined as either formal or informal. Formal resistance refers to actions that are organized and conspicuous, whereas informal resistance refers to actions that are unorganized and clandestine. For most of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century, resistance to racialized violence was informal; African Americans relied on clandestine actions with limited risk of reprisal. My dissertation, therefore, is primarily concerned with informal resistance.

Read the full post here.

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