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Conference: Digital Humanities Asia (DHAsia) Summit Meeting

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:30

From the post:

With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, and multiple departments, centers, and divisions at Stanford University, the DHAsia 2018 Summit will focus on four (4) areas of research that represent both the core of DH as a whole, as well as areas in which Asian Studies scholars have been underserved and under-resourced: (1) the Spatial Analysis of Asian Human Geographies, (2) Text Mining and Computational Analysis of Asian & Non-Latin Scripts, (3) Network Analysis of Non-Western social formations, and (4) the development of Digital Humanities tools and platforms designed for the unique challenges of Asian Studies scholarship.

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Job: Digital Matters (Assistant or Associate) Librarian, University of Utah

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Marriott Library at the University of Utah seeks a Digital Matters Librarian to work in conjunction with the emerging Digital Matters Lab and its Director, as well as in conjunction with existing scholarly communications services, to facilitate digital scholarship across the University. The ideal candidate will provide technical expertise, training, and support for digital studies tools and methods used by faculty and scholars engaged with computationally enhanced research and pedagogy, cultural criticism & theory, and IT-based research, with a particular focus on the digital humanities, fine arts, architecture, and urban planning.

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Job: UX Researcher/UX Designer, Humanities Commons

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:30

From the ad:

The Humanities Commons team is looking for a part-time UX researcher/designer (remote possible) to join our collaborative team. This person will be capable of juggling research, strategy, prototyping, information architecture, and usability testing to help us determine the needs and motivations of our users (and potential users) and ensure that the Humanities Commons platform satisfies those needs.

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Editors’ Choice: Fostering Digital Inclusion in Smart Cities

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:00

Cities capture people’s imaginations because they are a whirlwind of change, adaptation, and challenge. Cities change on almost a daily basis, with the influx and exit of commuters. To survive over time, cities have to adapt to economic change, migration patterns, and citizens’ needs. Cities also have to face society’s toughest problems—poverty, crime, homelessness, and more—all while delivering the public services that help make a city hum.

In the early part of the twenty-first century, information and communications technologies (ICTs) have come to be seen as a way to help cities thrive. With the right deployment of technology, cities can become “smart” so that they can better deliver public services. Running parallel to the “smart city” discussion is the notion of inclusion; that is, a city is better off if a wide range of people participate in how it grows and evolves. In this context, inclusion has a lot to do with diversity—in the economy, civic life, and urban design. The upshot can be greater equity, as opportunities for economic and social growth open up to a wide range of a city’s population. ICTs may be among the tools deployed to enhance inclusion.

Can the “smart” and the “inclusive” come together in a way to make our cities better places to live for everyone? An answer in the affirmative is possible, but not inevitable. For this to happen, stakeholders—mayors, businesspeople, and community leaders—must have an appreciation of three things:

  • The smart city and the inclusive city are very different
  • One (inclusiveness) does not follow necessarily from the other (a smart city).
  • Action is necessary to bridge the gap between a smart and an inclusive

 

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Job: Web Developer, Modern Language Association

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 12:00

From the post:

The Modern Language Association (MLA) is seeking a full-stack PHP developer to extend and maintain several open-source software products, including the WordPress-based MLA Commons, Humanities Commons , and Humanities CORE, which allow humanities scholars to create profiles, seek feedback from peers on their work, establish and join groups to discuss common interests, and collaborate through new kinds of open-access publications.

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Conference: Digital Frontiers: Exploring the Edges, Pushing the Boundaries

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:30

From the post:

Registration is now open for Digital Frontiers 2017 at the University of North Texas. This year’s conference is September 21-23 at the University of North Texas, featuring Keynote Speakers Jacqueline Wernimont and Stacie Williams. The theme for the 2017 Digital Frontiers Conference is Exploring the Edges, Pushing the Boundaries. 43 presenters from throughout the U.S. will share work that engages with the intersections of digital humanities, digital libraries, and social justice work in our communities.

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Editors’ Choice: A Cognitive/Computational Understanding of the Text, and How it Motivates the Description of Literary Form

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 11:00

In a previous post in this series I criticized the vague spatial metaphors literary critics use to understand the text and nature of critical inquiry. Think of those vague spatial metaphors as the founding “myth” of post-war literary criticism, one that allowed the explication of “meaning” to take center stage. In advocating a mode of literary investigation organized around computation and form, I submit that I have been, in effect, proposing a new founding myth.“Myth”, I suppose, is not quite the right word. After all myths are stories and that complex of spatial metaphors is not a story, nor is my computational alternative. “Conceptual matrix” might be a better, though more elaborate, term. But myth has the right valence, suggesting as it does something of an unmoved conceptual mover. It is, horror of horrors, foundational. That old and still dominant myth elides the distinction between ordinary reading and interpretive reading – they’re both just reading, no? – and is all but blind to the formal features of texts, though it supports a vigorous discourse in which formalism is opposed to context and history. The myth I’ve been proposing insists that interpretive analysis is different from ordinary reading, though this is not a focal point in this mythography…

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Job: Chair of the Department of Humanities, llinois Institute of Technology

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 13:00

Illinois Institute of Technology is recruiting a Chair of the Department of Humanities in Illinois Tech’s Lewis College of Human Sciences.

From the ad:

 As the home of humanities research and teaching in a technological university, the department holds a special role in the education of all of Illinois Tech’s students. In addition to a wide range of offerings in the undergraduate general education curriculum, the department offers B.S. degrees in Communication, Digital Humanities, and Humanities. M.S. degrees are offered in Technical Communication and Information Architecture and in Technology and Humanities. There is also a Ph.D. degree in Technology and Humanities. Illinois Tech has strong programs in architecture, business, computer science, design, engineering, law, mathematics, psychology, and the natural sciences, providing many opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Announcement: The Bolshoi Theatre Museum Online Archive

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:30

From the post:

The Bolshoi Theatre Museum has completed a major project to digitise a range of historical documents, with the aim of making the information publicly accessible and searchable via its website. Four thousand volunteers helped scan 8,000 historic posters, 120,000 programmes and 100,000 rare photographs from the 192-year-old Russian theatre’s museum archives, in order to convert them into digital formats.

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Job: Postdoctoral Research Associate and PhD Fellowship (Digital Influence and Radicalisation)

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

The Applied Innovation Lab at UNO is hiring two research positions (PostDoc and PhD) aimed at applying deep learning to problems in influence and radicalization on online platforms. The position is ideally suited for recent graduates who are interested in applying their technical skills to challenging and important problems in deep learning. Successful applicants will contribute to the interdisciplinary team and implement algorithms in relevant (open source) software and programming environments (e.g., Matlab, R, Python).

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Editors’ Choice: A History Dissertation Goes Digital

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 11:00

A few months ago, Celeste Sharpe, then a graduate student at George Mason University (GMU), defended what is purportedly the first born-digital dissertation in the discipline of history. Sharpe describes her project, They Need You! Disability, Visual Culture, and the Poster Child, 1945–1980, as an examination of “the history of the national poster child—an official representative for both a disease and an organization—in post–World War II America.” In her project, Sharpe argues that “poster child imagery is vital for understanding the cultural pervasiveness of the idea of disability as diagnosis and how that understanding marginalized political avenues and policies outside of disease eradication in 20th-century America.” AHA Today caught up with Sharpe recently about the process of creating a born-digital dissertation, advice for graduate students considering similar projects, and future prospects.

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CFP: Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 2018, Helsinki, Finland

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 13:00

From the CFP:

In 2018, the conference seeks to extend the scope of digital humanities research covered, both into new areas, as well as beyond the Nordic and Baltic countries. In pursuit of this, in addition to the abstracts familiar from humanities traditions, we also adopt a call for publication ready texts as is the tradition in computer science conferences… The call for proposals opened on 28 August 2017, and the deadline for submitting proposals is 25 October 2017. Presenters will be notified of acceptance by 8 January 2018. For papers accepted into the citable proceedings, there is an additional deadline of 5 February 2018 for producing a final version of your paper that takes into account the comments made by the reviewers.

Read the full CFP here.

Job: Software Developer, arXiv-NG, Cornell University Library

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:30

From the ad:

We seek an experienced software developer to work on the next generation system of arXiv.org – the premier open access platform serving scientists in physics, math, computer science, and other disciplines. As a member of the arXiv “next generation” team (arXiv-NG), this person will design and develop a new integrated, modular system that will continue to provide the scientific community with access to the latest research results.

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Job: Digital Scholarship Associate, University of Florida

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 12:00

From the ad:

  • Manages the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (Library West 212), maintaining the space and technology.
  • Schedules and holds lab hours in the Studio for 10 hours each week.
  • Collaborates with librarians interested in digital humanities and closely with the Instruction & Outreach Coordinator.
  • Demonstrates understanding and works toward proficiency in core digital humanities software installed in the Studio.

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Job: Assistant or Associate Professor in Digital Literacies (English Department), University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:30

From the ad:

Probationary tenure-track faculty Assistant Professor or Associate Professor with a specialization in Digital Literacies in the English Department beginning August 27, 2018… The successful candidate will demonstrate evidence of (1) specialization in digital literacies and/or multimodal composition; (2) a record of excellence in teaching writing at the college level; and (3) strong scholarship or scholarly potential.

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Resource: Bringing Medieval Texts to a Contemporary Audience

Thu, 08/31/2017 - 11:00

About the resource:

The Middle Ages produced a staggering wealth of literary works, spanning dozens of languages and nearly 1,000 years. The question today is how to bring these texts to a modern audience who may not have specialized knowledge of medieval languages and contexts.

The Global Medieval Sourcebook (GMS) answers that question. Curated by Stanford faculty and students, the GMS is an online, interactive collection of medieval texts and their translations. It primarily features shorter texts – never before translated into English – and offers non-experts a gateway into the literature of the Middle Ages.

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CFP: PMLA, Varieties of Digital Humanities

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:30

From the CFP:

PMLA invites essays that will help assess the past of DH, outline its current state, and point to its future directions among diverse participants, allies, and critics. The special issue welcomes well-informed critical essays that articulate varieties of digital experience with DH as it is commonly understood and as it is practiced in a more expansive, even contested, way, including but not limited to the following topics: game studies; digital narrative and poetry; social media and blogging; digital arts, including music and theater; digital pedagogy in languages, literatures, and writing (teaching with technology, e-portfolios, immersive technology, mapping assignments); textual editing…

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Resource: Four Maps Uncovering Aboriginal History and Culture

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 12:00

From the resource:

The use of spatial applications in this context is unsurprising when you consider that location is inherently a strong part of Australia’s First Nations culture. Songlines have been used for thousands of years in Australia to help understand and navigate across the land. In combining song, cosmology and nature, songlines form an easily transferable form of map while also deepening connection to land. Some songlines are defined only within local area, while some extend across entire states… These four new interactive spatial innovations showcase some of these rich traditions, and allows users to engage with Australian land on a deeper level, or perhaps to reflect on moments in history when First Australian lives were lost too soon.

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Report: British Library Research Data Strategy

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:30

About the report:

Our vision for the British Library is that research data are as integrated into our collections, research and services as text is today. The British Library’s users will be able to consume research data online through tools that enable it to be analysed, visualised and understood by non-specialists. Research data will be integrated into our collections and shared storage hubs and we will deliver data from trusted external hosts. All will be easy to discover and linked to related research outputs, be they text, data or multimedia.

The new Research Data Strategy outlines the areas in which the Library’s strengths could be applied to develop appropriate data activities and services to support this vision as well as the Living Knowledge ambition to be the most open, creative and innovative institution of its kind by the time of our 50th anniversary in 2023.

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Editors’ Choice: Why Is Digital Sociology?

Tue, 08/29/2017 - 11:00

Any attempt at knowledge production has to answer the basic question of what it is. But, before long, it must also address the question of why it is.

As early as the 1990s sociologists were asking how to study the way internet technologies were clearly changing societies. The term digital sociology does not make an appearance until 2009. By then, communication studies and internet research had dominated in the study of the internet with some forays into the consequences for society.

So why bother with digital sociology?

First, we should consider what digital sociology purports to be.

Mark Carrigan has argued:

Digital Sociology in the broadest sense addresses the question of what such reinvention could or should mean in new circumstances where the content of this ‘newness’ is defined largely by the digital.

Carrigan is dealing with temporality and transformation. Each assumes there is something unique about the current social system that relates to digital technologies and that whatever that is, it is transformative.

Deborah Lupton takes up the mantle of describing digital sociology by appealing to the postulates formation the classicists among us should appreciate:

  • Professional digital practice: using digital tools as part of professional practice – build networks, construct e-portfolios, build online profiles, publicize and share research
  • Analysis of digital technology use: research the ways in which people’s use of digital technologies configures their sense of self and their embodiment of social relations, the role of digital media in the creation or reproduction of social institutions and structures
  • Digital Data Analysis: using naturally occurring digital data for social research
  • Critical Digital Sociology: reflexive analysis of digital technologies informed by social and cultural theory

This is the concept we use in the digital sociology master’s degree program at VCU. We also drew heavily on this formulation in the book “Digital Sociologies”, which I co-edited with Jessie Daniels and Karen Gregory.

 

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