From the ad:
The Department of English at Christopher Newport University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Digital Humanities, effective August 2020. Applicants must be committed to undergraduate education and demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and research with undergraduates. Successful candidates will have expertise in digital humanities with a focus on interactive media, digital cultures, and the social, historical, and cultural ideologies impacted by this growing field. Project management experience, and/or experience in middle and secondary education is highly desirable. For consideration, candidates will provide a record of teaching excellence and demonstrate potential for strong scholarship and publication in the production of digital media and digital humanities, broadly defined.
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The School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College invites applications for a tenured Associate or Full Professor in Digital Humanities, beginning August 2020. Responsibilities include teaching, conducting research, and serving as Chair of the Digital Media, Arts, and Technology (DIGIT) major. Rank of hire depends on current rank and scholarly record. DIGIT is a fast growing, inter-disciplinary major in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The major is anchored in Digital Humanities, but encompasses depth in the arts, data visualization, and user experience design. The ideal candidate will possess a record of excellent college teaching, scholarly publications commensurate with a tenured position, and evidence of leadership at the college level. A doctorate in a scholarly area of the humanities is required. Expertise in digital humanities, digital text analysis, text encoding, natural language processing with Python, website development, and data mining are required. An established record of engaging with digital scholarship/new publishing technologies is necessary.
About the resource:
The fall 2019 programme of Sunoikisis Digital Classics, which focusses on Digital Cultural heritage, has now begun. The nine common sessions, which are broadcast live (and then archived indefinitely) on YouTube, cover three broad strands: imaging technologies, geographic methods and ethical issues. This collaboratively taught semester includes contributions from 20 scholars from at least 10 countries. The online sessions are followed by students as part of MA programmes in classics, digital humanities or informatics, and may also be followed by any student or interested colleague or member of the public anywhere in the world for their own purposes.
From the CFP:
This workshop invites papers that explore the significance of VREs on the study of manuscript cultures and research in the humanities, especially papers that explore issues related to Early Jewish and Christian Literature, New Testament and Classical Studies. If you are involved in a VRE, work with manuscript cultures using digital tools, or reflect critically on these emerging research spaces, you are invited to submit to both organizers an abstract of 300 words exploring one of the following questions or related issues: how do VREs enlighten particular manuscripts or manuscript cultures? How do VREs differ from or supplement traditional research models? What critical benefits or difficulties arise in using VREs? How can research on manuscript cultures be further advanced using digital tools? What are the limitations and challenges of VREs? Selected papers will be submitted afterwards to Classics@, the CHS online journal, for a special issue co-edited by the two organisers.
Given the years, the money, expertise and energy we’ve spent on creating and managing archaeological data archives, the relative lack of evidence of reuse is a problem. Making our data open and available doesn’t equate to reusing it, nor does making it accessible necessarily correspond to making it usable. But if we’re not reusing data, how can we justify these resources? In their reflections on large-scale online research infrastructures Holly Wright and Julian Richards (2018) have recently suggested that we need to understand how to optimize archives and their interfaces in order to maximize the use and reuse of archaeological data, and explore how archaeological archives can better respond to user needs alongside ways to document and understand both quantitative and qualitative reuse.
However, I would argue that all these kinds of issues (alongside those of citation, recognition, training, etc.) while not resolved are at least known and mostly acknowledged. The real challenges to data reuse lie elsewhere and entail a much deeper understanding and appreciation of what reuse entails: issues associated with the re-presentation and interpretation of old data, the nature and purpose of reuse, and the opportunities and risks presented by reuse. Such questions are not specific to digital data; however, digital data change the terms of engagement with their near-instant access, volume, and flexibility, and their potentially transformative effects on the practice of archaeology now and in the future.
So what are these ‘deeper’ challenges for reuse? I offer six suggestions …
From the ad:
We are seeking an outstanding emerging scholar to join our dynamic, community-focused research environment in the Faculty of Arts and across campus. Working with the Centre for Digital Humanities (CDH), the CRC in Indigenous Digital Humanities will be situated at the university’s intersectional hub of cross-faculty research and innovation, both within the CDH and in the Library’s Collaboratory. The vision is for the CRC to work actively on campus to develop partnerships, networks, and collaborations in Indigenous Digital Humanities, across the Faculty of Arts and other Faculties. We would also facilitate the CRC to work closely with Indigenous knowledge keepers and research groups on campus, including the Chair in Indigenous Governance, The Yellowhead Institute, the Aboriginal Education Council, the Indigenous Scholarship Librarian in the University Library, and the Indigenous Advisor in the Yeates School of Graduate Studies.
From the ad:
The School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) seeks an innovative scholar in the area of digital youth for an open rank, tenured/tenure track faculty position. SLIS is expanding its strengths in digital youth scholarship through innovative teaching, research, and service. Digital youth scholarship is an interdisciplinary area that investigates how contemporary children and young adults—who were born into and have grown up in this technology-rich society—learn, think, play, socialize, and engage in communities and the civic society. Digital youth scholars possess knowledge and skills related to: child and youth developmental characteristics; digital media and technologies; learning and community engagement through libraries, archives, and museums; and understanding the critical role of data and information in youth lives and society in the digital age. This knowledge and these skills make them uniquely qualified to critically examine the complex nature of digital youth and their engagement with technology in all aspects of their lives.
From the announcement:
SAVE THE DATE
6 December 2019 | 1PM-8PM
BARNARD COLLEGE DIGITAL HUMANITIES CENTER
Symposium participants: Yarimar Bonilla, Vincent Brown, Holly Bynoe, Laurent Dubois, Schuyler Esprit, Annette Joseph-Gabriel, Jessica M. Johnson, Frances Négron-Muntaner, Ruddy Roye, Roopika Risam
Symposium organizers: Alex Gil, Kaiama L. Glover, Kelly Baker Josephs
Our space is limited. We invite you to RSVP below. Full program and more information coming soon.
About the resource:
Over the past two years, my colleagues and I in the Digital Content Management section have been working with experts from across many divisions of the Library of Congress to collate and assemble guidance and policy that guide or reflect the practices that the Library uses to manage digital collections. I am excited to share that today the results of that work have launched as the Digital Collections Management Compendium (DCMC)…
The most recent outcome of this work is a new DCMC section of the website that presents general policies and practices for digital content management. This resource is primarily a policy resource for staff at the Library of Congress, but we are also sharing it openly and publicly as a resource for colleagues at other institutions. As suggested in the Digital Strategy, we aim to model openness in our practices, to share expertise, and to “drive momentum in our [digital library] communities.”
To mark the launch of the African American Writers Corpus 1892-1912 (AAW; beta release), this guest post by Dr Jimmy Packham introduces one of the key authors of the AAW corpus, Charles W. Chesnutt. Jimmy is a Lecturer in North American Literature at the University of Birmingham and is a specialist in gothic fiction, including Chesnutt’s early writing.
Charles W. Chesnutt (1858-1932) is one of America’s major writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. He might readily be seen as a figure bridging the divide between a number of important literary movements from this period: from the substantial gothic tradition evoked by his early fiction, through local colour writing, into literary realism, and engaging at the end of his career with the emergent Harlem Renaissance, with whose activists and advocates he was politically aligned even as his own fiction was seen as old-fashioned and out-of-kilter with predominating trends in African-American writing.
Chesnutt maintained a career-long interest in the social standing of African-Americans in the US South in the wake of the Civil War and the failures of Reconstruction, and the particular modulations he gave to this interest developed alongside his experimentation with new literary modes. Chesnutt’s early gothic-tinged, dialect-heavy fiction—in work collected in The Conjure Woman (1899)—focused principally on the experience of African-Americans who continued to live in the vicinity of the plantations on which they were formerly enslaved, articulating their history through the ghosts and folktales bound-up with these spaces. Chesnutt’s second short-story collection, The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line (1900) and his realist novels moved away from the sites of slavery and turned greater attention to the specific experiences of African-Americans and mixed race individuals in a segregated South—The Marrow of Tradition (1901; now available in CLiC!), for instance, dealt with the rise of white supremacy and the 1898 race riot in Wilmington, North Carolina. (Chesnutt himself was seven-eighths white, but never chose to “pass” as anything other than African-American.)
In this way, we might consider Chesnutt’s interest in the particular forms and linguistics of certain genres as correlated to his developing socio-political interests, seeking new and more suitable forms to suit the particular stories he sought to tell: if a version of the gothic (inflected by an overtly black cultural tradition through the presence of conjure) was the appropriate vehicle to explore the haunting legacy and continued influence of slavery on the lives of those who had been enslaved, realism permitted Chesnutt to locate his critique of the treatment of African-Americans and mixed race people in a more immediate and recognisable time and space.
From the ad:
The department seeks candidates whose research and teaching show promise of distinction in two or more of the following areas: philosophy of mind, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, philosophy of data science, cyber-ethics, cyber-security.
Successful applicant must be able to articulate a research agenda, have an emerging record of publications, excellent teaching skills and commitment to service. Ability to work with and be sensitive to the educational needs of a diverse urban population is a requirement.
From the ad:
We invite applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Literature and Digital Humanities, beginning fall 2020. We seek candidates with a specialization in literature whose expertise lies squarely in the intersection between the literary world and the digital world and who are prepared to teach innovative and exciting literature courses in a liberal arts context. Specific DH courses might include Introduction to Digital Humanities and Digital Approaches to Literature, among others. Ability to teach a wide range of British literature courses preferred, including Shakespeare and other pre-1660 courses, along with an introductory course in literary analysis and interpretation and our first-year writing seminar (one section per year, limit sixteen students). Teaching load 3/3.
From the report:
The Association for Computers and the Humanities was delighted to support the participation of early career scholars in the ACH2019 conference held in Pittsburgh, PA. We thank these students for their participation in the conference and for reflecting upon their experiences in the posts below…
About the report:
Ensuring the accessibility of web content is key to ensuring that users with disabilities have equal access to online information and services. However, as a review of the literature demonstrates, even in the face of legal requirements, accessibility problems persist across the web, including in the online content created and shared by libraries. This article examines the new success criteria in the recently released WCAG 2.1, considers the opportunity they present for libraries to improve the user experience for users with a broad range of disabilities, and proposes steps to improve compliance with WCAG and online accessibility more broadly.
Early this summer, we (authors Brandon and Amanda!) planned a post about job search materials, but finishing up the draft got delayed by several weeks. In the intervening time, a small Twitter debate on the subject of academic job advice occurred, and we ended up holding off this post for a few months while discussing how to do it well.
The debate in question: someone shared the job advice they generally give students on the academic job market, and folks responded with frustrations about the prescriptiveness, privilege, and goals of the academic job advice genre. Since then, we’ve also appreciated inspiring work being done on the topic by Hannah Alpert-Abrams. The Academic Job Market Support Network that she spearheads shares a lot of the spirit behind what we intended to do with our job search materials, so we’re taking this as an opportunity to revisit the post we had planned. We have both uploaded cover letters from our pasts to the AJMSN (Brandon’s letter here and Amanda’s letter here), and we talk a bit about our reasoning below. We’ll offer some general thoughts about job searches in digital humanities, and annotate each other’s cover letters. We thought the latter might be a useful exercise beyond just sharing them.Slightly Better Job Advice, Take Two
Framing an academic job search exclusively in terms of handy tips undervalues the degree of luck that goes into any search. Do these things, such advice seems to suggest, and the just and right meritocracy will reward you with a job. But the academic job market is anything but just, and anything but a pure measure of merit. The same is true, of course, for job markets beyond academia. Digital humanities job searches, be they for faculty positions or otherwise, suffer from the same issues. Internally we’ve had a lot of conversation about how to share job advice with our students. We’re frequently called upon to do so, and we want to do it well. So we thought it worth sharing a few of the things we try to consider below. Keep in mind, of course, that this is not an exhaustive list.
From the ad:
The College of Arts & Letters at the University of Notre Dame invites applications for a professor of digital humanities and pre-modern studies at any rank.
The successful candidate will be a distinguished scholar in her or his field with a strong record of innovative research and teaching or, in the case of an appointment at the rank of assistant professor, a scholar with promise of excellence in research and teaching. The appointment will be made to the department in the College of Arts and Letters relevant to the successful candidate’s research (Art History, Classics, English, Foreign Languages, History, Philosophy, Theology).
From the ad:
The School of Communications and the Digital Studies programs at Grand Valley State University are seeking an effective teacher and scholar to join the faculty of both programs. This is an Assistant Professor tenure-track position to begin Fall 2020. All areas of research and scholarship are welcome. The teaching load for the position will be split between the two programs over the course of the academic year.
Required Qualifications and Education: Applicants without a Ph.D must possess a master’s degree in journalism or a related field with significant experience in data journalism, computational journalism, data visualization, or a combination of all three. College teaching experience is required. Strong digital media skills and a commitment to the highest technical, journalistic and ethical standards are required.
From the resource:
This post will cover how to measure the relationship between two numeric variables with the corrr package. We will look at how to assess a variable’s distribution using skewness and normality. Then we’ll examine the relationship between two variables by looking at the covariance and the correlation coefficient.
From the CFP:
We are two of many scholars who recognize that networked digital technologies offer vibrant opportunities for community-building, identity formation, and coalitional activism. In this Blog Carnival, we encourage a conversation that frames community-building itself as a social justice praxis in digital spheres, inspired, in particular, by networked activism efforts around decolonial justice, intersectional feminism, queer and trans-liberation, anti-racism, and the spaces where these movements overlap and mutually inform. Duthely’s (2017)work offers a potent rhetorical approach for understanding these movements; using Black digital feminism as framework, she asserts, “as Black women work to tell digital counterstories and build community via collective memory, they engage in defiant acts…that disrupt traditional forms of knowledge-making” (p. 204). We’d like this Blog Carnival to explore similar sites of digital activism and interrogate the ongoing complexities, challenges, and evolutions that define doing digital work in order to bring about more just and equitable ways of living and relating in the world.
Editors’ Choice: A New Tool for Digital Manuscript Facsimiles – Introducing the Manicule Web Application
Much of my work in digital manuscript studies has been informed by a simple question: is this something I can show to my parents? I am the only person among my family and childhood friends to pursue graduate studies in the humanities, and when others take an interest in my work, I try to provide resources that do not depend on specialized knowledge or institutional subscriptions. This question can also be framed in broader terms for scholars interested in public engagement: how can we make our research accessible and engaging for nonspecialists? How can scholars working on the material culture of previous periods demonstrate the relevance of such studies now? And how can digital resources enable us to learn from communities outside the traditional bounds of academia?
I recently confronted these questions while examining a late-fifteenth-century astronomical anthology, written in German and Latin close to the city of Nuremberg, and now identified as Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, LJS 445. This codex, which you can see in my video orientation below, is remarkable for its inclusion of material from three incunables, making it a clear example of the transmission of knowledge from print to manuscript.
My own fascination with LJS 445 began when I opened it for the first time and saw a charming sketch of a man on the first page. Turning to the second folio, I was struck by its whimsical doodles of gardens and doors. What were these doing in a book dealing mostly with astronomical calculations and predictions about the Church?
My non-medievalist mother knew the answer immediately. “They’re children’s drawings,” she observed, pointing out the uneven writing and repetition of common motifs, such as trees. And turning to the 1997 catalogue description by Regina Cermann, I found that she was right: this book can be traced to two of the sons of a Nuremberg patrician, Georg Veit (1573-1606) and Veit Engelhard (1581-1656) Holtzschuher. Veit Engelhard left numerous marks in it, including the year “1589” (fols. 95v, 192r, and 222v), suggesting that he inscribed this book when he was around eight years old. Thus began my efforts to find out more about the contents and uses of this book, from its faithful copies of print editions to its battered and often mutilated constellation images. Perhaps my favourite discovery occurred as I was reading German genealogical records, when I came across an engraving of Veit Engelhard as an adult.