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DH@Guelph Summer Workshops May 19-22

Registration is now open for the inaugural DH@Guelph Summer Workshops, which will run May 19-22 with courses on Omeka, topic modelling, and a CWRC-shop on collaborative online scholarship, plus an introductory talk and reception, a panel on DH and early career scholars led by Adam Hammond (Guelph; soon to be at San Diego State University), and a plenary by Jennifer Roberts-Smith (Waterloo) titled “Your Mother is Not a Computer: Phenomenologies of the Human for Digital Humanities”. Courses count towards the University of Victoria graduate certificate in Digital Humanities. Fees and on-campus accommodation costs are modest. Deadline for registration is April 20th.

For more information, see: https://www.uoguelph.ca/arts/digital-humanities-guelph/dh2015

Inquiries may be sent to Susan Brown (sbrown@uoguelph.ca) or to digital.humanities@uoguelph.ca.

 

 

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Registration open for HathiTrust UnCamp!

Registration Now Open! HTRC UnCamp, March 30-31, 2015

HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp

March 30-31, 2015
Palmer Commons at the University of Michigan
100 Washtenaw Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2218
2015 UnCamp

This year’s HathiTrust Research Center UnCamp will be held March 30-31, 2015 at the University of Michigan Palmer Commons. This is the third iteration of the UnCamp—an event that is part hands-on coding and demonstration, part inspirational use-cases, part community building, part informational, all structured in the dynamic setting of an un-conference programming format. It has visionary speakers mixed with boot-camp activities and hands-on sessions with HTRC infrastructure and tools. This year’s keynote speakers are Professor Michelle Alexopoulos, of the University of Toronto Department of Economics and Professor Erez Lieberman Aiden of the Department of Genetics at the Baylor College of Medicine. Read more about Michelle and Erez on the HTRC website.

Who should attend? The HTRC UnCamp is targeted to the digital humanities tool developers, researchers and librarians of HathiTrust member institutions, and graduate students. Breakout sessions will cover a range of topics and be based around attendees’ self-identified roles, so all levels of user/researcher are encouraged to attend. Attendees will be asked for their input in planning sessions, so please plan to register early!

Registration is now live!

The UnCamp will have a minimal registration fee of $150 so as to make the Uncamp as affordable as possible for you to attend, while covering meals and venue expenses. Registration will be open until March 16, 2015, and is limited due to venue constraints, so do plan to register early.

Register: https://www.eventville.com/catalog/eventregistration1.asp?eventid=1011462

Accommodations:

Two blocks of hotels have been reserved and are available for reservations via phone only:

Campus Inn (734-769-2200)
http://www.campusinn.com/
Within walking distance of Palmer Commons
$229 per night
Block name “UM Library-HathiTrust UnCamp”

Sheraton Ann Arbor (734-996-0600)
http://www.sheratonannarbor.com/
Short car ride from Palmer Commons
$135 per night
Block name “HathiTrust UnCamp”

Additional information, including detailed bios for speakers, introductions for keynotes and the full UnCamp program, will be posted at http://www.hathitrust.org/htrc_uncamp2015 as it becomes available. Please forward any question to HTRC Executive Assistant, Ryan Dubnicek (rdubnic2@illinois.edu).

 

DH@CC 2015 Spring Symposium Presentations

DH@CC Spring Symposium Presentations

DH@CC is proud to present the following 5C speakers at the 2015 Inaugural Spring Symposium, which will be held on February 20th at the Honnold Mudd Library. Times and locations will be posted in the coming weeks.

HUMANITIES  School Field
Warren Liu SCR English
Carina Johnson PIT History/Religion
Richard McKirahan POM Classics
Laura Trombley via video PIT English
Kevin Mulroy CCL American Studies
Mark Andrejevic POM Media Studies
Jeff Groves HMC Literature
PEDAGOGY School Field
Max Benavidez CMC New Media, Communications and Higher Education
Ashley Sanders CCL Digital Scholarship
Nancy Macko SCR Art
Alex Juhasz PIT Media Studies
Vida Mia Garcia and Tom Maiorana POM/Red Cover Studios Ethnographer and Designer
Jonathan Hall POM Media Studies
Cynthia Humes CMC Religion/IT
TOOLS School Field
Eric Doehne SCR Art Conservation
AJ Strout CC Video
Warren Roberts CCL GIS
David Bachman PIT Math
Rachel Mayeri HMC MS
Dan Michon CMC Religion
Rachel Levy HMC Mathematics

DH@CC Spring Symposium Meeting January 26, 2015

Spring Symposium Meeting, January 26, 2015

  • The Spring Symposium sub-committee is meeting to determine the workshop speakers, their topics, and a working schedule for presentations at the February 20th Spring Symposium event in the library. Since many faculty members were not available for this meeting, we will hold nominations for the workshops today and send out invitations to these nominees tomorrow.

 

  • PR materials have been developed for the grant and for the Spring Symposium. The www.claremontdh.com website now features the DH@CC logo that Joel Cinnamon of CUC has designed for us. It has already been implemented on the posters designed by Kate Crocker. In the coming weeks, branded USB flash drives will be made available for further promotion of the event.

 

  • The Spring Symposium has been announced on the official DH@CC blog/website, and several of the 5Cs have agreed to announce it on their events pages and/or academic calendars. News of our guest speakers (Dr. Alan Liu on Feb 18 at Rose Hills, and Dr. Miriam Posner on Feb 20 at Honnold Mudd 9am) is spreading quickly and efficiently.

 

  • Alex envisions that the “Workshop Presentations” will be 5 minute, information presentations which highlight the use of a tool, method, or larger question for research, writing, or teaching in the Digital Humanities. We will encourage the presenters to raise questions which might facilitate discussion during the afternoon’s unconference.

 

  • Once we have a working list of faculty who will present, along with titles and abstracts for their presentations, we will upload this information to the claremontdh.com website.

 

  • Again, there are 4 themes/rubrics for the Spring Symposium. 1. DH – definitions and critical thinking. This will be presented in the morning by Dr. Miriam Posner. The other three themes/rubrics will be presented by our faculty nominees: 2. Pedagogy 3. Humanities 4. Tools.

 

  • Ashley Sanders will manage the schedule for Feb 20th’s Spring Symposium’s Workshop event. AJ will provide details as they manifest, and meet with Ashley to further discuss publishing on the DH@CC website. The finalized schedule with faculty names, titles/abstracts for presentations, and times will be provided by Ashley and AJ to Kate Crocker, who will develop a brochure and event schedule for distribution.

 

  • There is now a link at the top of the DH@CC Home Page which attendees for the Spring Symposium may use to RSVP for lunch, and provide ideas/questions that they would like to discuss during the unconference on the afternoon of Feb 20th. The link is easy to access and use.

DH@CC Digital Course Development Meeting January 26, 2015

Digital Course Development Meeting January 26, 2015

DH@CC Digital Course Development Application: http://claremontdh.com/applications/

 

  • This sub-committee is meeting to design the application for Digital Course Development funding. It is our intention to make the application available tonight. We will work from the draft we began on our December 19th meeting.

 

  • For the sake of time and accessibility, the document is being produced through Google Sheets. In the future, we may explore alternative options.

 

  • To raise awareness of the application, it will be announced at upcoming faculty/curriculum meetings, distributed to the DH@CC Advisory Committee and to the Deans of Faculty, uploaded to the blog, announced at the DH@CC Spring Symposium Keynote event as well as the larger event at the library.

 

  • The Spring Symposium committee has decided to invest in branded USB flash drives for PR. Along with information regarding DH@CC events and opportunities, a link to the application will also be made available therein.

 

  • The details are, again, for Digital Course Development funding: Faculty will receive $6,000 for development of their digital course, and up to an additional $4500 in the summer or when they teach the course for undergrad, or $5,500 for a graduate assistant. The grant has been specifically written for course development only at the 5Cs.

 

  • Deadline for faculty applications for Digital Course Development is March 6, 2015. The review process will take place by the Digital Course Development sub-committee on March 9, 2015. Applicants will be notified that week, by March 13, 2015.

 

  • Ashley Sanders has provided an excellent working definition for the Digital Humanities. “DH is the study, exploration, and preservation of, as well as education about human cultures, events, languages, people, and material production in the past and present in a digital environment through the creation and use of dynamic tools…”

 

Below is the 2nd draft of the Digital Course Development Application:

 

DH is the study, exploration, and preservation of, as well as education about human cultures, events, languages, people, and material production in the past and present in a digital environment through the creation and use of dynamic tools to

  • visualize and analyze data
  • share and annotate primary sources
  • discuss and publish findings
  • collaborate on research and teaching for scholars, students, and the general public.

(Ashley Sanders, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Claremont Colleges, “Defining the Digital Humanities,” Colonialism Through The Veil [blog], 2013)

 

Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges takes an expansive and inclusive approach: scholars who use digital methods in their teaching, research or publication and/or are considering the digital, as humanists, in their teaching, research or publication. Faculty with appointments in fields not traditionally understood as the Humanities are welcome to apply if they are engaging in Humanistic inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to attend the DH@CC Spring Symposium (February 18 and 20, 2015). Faculty can receive one grant for Digital Course Development, must teach the course they received funding for twice within the grant period, and give an informal presentation on their course as part of the grant’s community programming. that will be recorded and posted in Scholarship@Claremont . Faculty can apply for other DH grants: the Summer Faculty Workshop and/or the Digital Technology Studio.

 

Deadlines:     March 6, 2015

September 18, 2015

February 5, 2016

 

Application Content:

Name:

College:

Department:

Will the course be cross-listed?

Is it a new course or a redesign of an existing course?

When do you first plan to teach this course? (Faculty do not have to teach the course right away. They may choose to teach it in the future)

 

  1. Describe your proposed course. What are the overarching questions or themes of the course? 250 words max
  2. How does this course add to the Humanities curriculum and/or your departmental program offerings? 250 words max
  3. What do you hope to accomplish if you add or implement technology within this course? 250 words max
  4. Does your course require digital tools? What kind of assistance/technology do you need? Such as: IT support, library assistance, digitizing primary sources/special collections? 100 words max
  5. If you are applying for an assistant, are you requesting funding for an undergraduate ($4,500) for summer or or graduate student ($5,500) for research or for assistance when the course is taught? Do you already have someone in mind? What is their role?
  6. Additional Information (optional)

 

  • We will also include a note in the grant application for additional resource requests: If your course relies on small-scale technological resources unavailable to you, a separate application     can be made to the digital technologies committee and be purchased for the digital studio.

 

  • Collaboration between faculty members is encouraged but not required.

DH@CC Summer Institute Meeting January 26, 2015

Summer Institute Meeting January 26, 2015

Summer Institute application form: http://claremontdh.com/applications/

 

  • This sub-committee is meeting today to design a grant application for the Summer Institute and determine its shape and goals. As no faculty members were able to attend today, we will address the details for the application alone, and plan for another meeting in which we can determine the goals and details of the Institute itself.

 

  • PR materials have been developed both for the grant, and specifically for the Spring Symposium. The claremontdh.com website now features the DH@CC logo that Joel Cinnamon of CUC has designed for us. This logo can be used on all pertinent DH materials at the 5Cs. It has already been implemented on the posters designed by Kate Crocker from the Library. This is also viewable on the www.claremontdh.com website.

 

  • Faculty who wish to apply for the Summer Institute or Course Development Grants will be strongly encouraged to attend the Spring Symposium, our inaugural event which is meant to facilitate discussion regarding current projects and ongoing questions at the Claremont Colleges and ideally to introduce DH to faculty who are unfamiliar with it.

 

  • Likewise, faculty who wish to apply for Digital Course Development funding will be strongly encouraged to attend both the Spring Symposium, and the Summer Institute.

 

  • Once details are determined for the Summer Institute, this information will become available on the claremontdh.com website. We have decided to add a rotation of tabs for each event that we facilitate for the DH grant at the 5Cs. Later this week, for example, there will be a Spring Symposium tab. Once the event is over, this will become the Summer Institute tab.

 

  • Ashley Sanders has provided an excellent working definition for the Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges. “DH is the study, exploration, and preservation of, as well as education about human cultures, events, languages, people, and material production in the past and present in a digital environment through the creation and use of dynamic tools…”

 

  • There is concern amongst those present at this meeting, that the questions on our application will seem daunting or overwhelming. By keeping the required responses at a maximum of 250 words, we hope to quell any concern. The information collected on the application has been polished into a succinct but necessary group of questions which will assist in the selection process.

Below is a rough draft of the application for the Summer Institute:

 

June 1-5, 2015

The DH@CC Summer Institute is a five-day opportunity for ten faculty members to be introduced to the themes, tools, and pedagogical principles and practices of the Digital Humanities. There is a $1,000 stipend for attending. We will give preference to those who are new to the field. The institute is a combination of lectures, readings, and discussion about underlying frameworks for DH, as well as hands-on learning and demonstrations in tools and methods. There will be opportunities for 1-1 mentoring and interaction with outside and local specialists. After attending the institute, you will be prepared to apply for the course development grant or launch the first stages of a digital humanities grant and/or project. Applications are due March 6, 2015.

DH is the study, exploration, and preservation of, as well as education about human cultures, events, languages, people, and material production in the past and present in a digital environment through the creation and use of dynamic tools to

– visualize and analyze data

– share and annotate primary sources

– discuss and publish findings

– collaborate on research and teaching for scholars, students, and the general public.

(Ashley Sanders, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Claremont Colleges, “Defining the Digital Humanities,” Colonialism Through The Veil [blog], 2013)

 

Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges takes an expansive and inclusive approach: scholars who use digital methods in their teaching, research or publication and/or are considering the digital, as humanists, in their teaching, research or publication. Faculty with appointments in fields not traditionally understood as the Humanities are welcome to apply if they are engaging in Humanistic inquiry. Applicants are encouraged to attend the DH@CC Spring Symposium (February 18 and 20, 2015). Faculty can attend the Summer Institute once, and are encouraged to apply for a Digital Humanities Course Development grant and/or the Digital Technology Studio.

form:

  1. What do you already know about DH or digital learning? (250 words max)
  2. What do you hope to learn? (250 words max)
  3. What do you want to work on during the institute? (250 words max)
  4. Additional information (optional)

Dr. Alan Liu and Dr. Miriam Posner Featured at the DH@CC Spring Symposium

Dr. Alan Liu

AlanLiu

On February 18, 2015, 7 pm, Rose Hill Theater, Pomona College, Dr. Alan Liu (Professor of English, UCSB) will present the opening address for the CC@DH Spring Symposium, “Key Trends in the Digital Humanities: How Digital Humanities Challenge the Idea of the Humanities.” He will consider, “how such key methods in the digital humanities as data mining, mapping, visualization, social network analysis, and topic modeling make an essential difference in the idea of the humanities, and vice versa?” Using examples of digital humanities research, Dr. Liu will speculate on the large questions that confront the humanities in the face of computational media–most importantly, questions about the nature and function of interpretive “meaning.”

Refreshments will be served. For more information about Dr. Liu’s work in the Digital Humanities, read his article titled, “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Humanities.” You can also read his profile at UCSB.

Dr. Miriam Posner

Miriam

On February 20th, 2015, Dr. Miriam Posner will open the CC@DH day-long Symposium with a presentation, “Framing the Digital Humanities,” defining the Digital Humanities by its uses, tools, and methods. “Digital humanities gets a lot of buzz, but what is it, fundamentally? What can you do with digital humanities tools and methods, and how might it be useful in a liberal arts context? We’ll look at some example projects and talk about where DH might be heading in coming years.”

Dr. Posner’s presentation will be held at 9am in the Honnold Mudd Library. A series of informal workshops and presentations on the Digital Humanities at the Claremont Colleges, addressing the Humanities, Pedagogy, and Tools, will follow.

For additional information about Dr. Miriam Posner’s work in DH, you can visit her blog or check out her bio.

Summer 2015 Grant Opportunities: Course Development and Summer Institute

1) Digital Course Development: Summer 2015, 2016, 2017

  • Application due for Summer 2015 on March 6, 2015
  • later cycles of the application will be due September 18, 2015 and February 5, 2016

25 professors will be awarded $6,000 (with five awarded in the first cycle). Money can also be requested for undergraduate or graduate assistance.

  • Application forms are available here.

Embedded within the five-year plan is a three-year cycle of digital course development micro-grants to run during the summers of 2015-17. These grants will be made by competitive application and will support roughly 24 new or enhanced course proposals. They will bring together teams of faculty and student assistants to work collaboratively to develop and integrate specific DH tools and methods into undergraduate course offerings. Faculty can propose inclusion of either an undergraduate or graduate fellow for teaching or course development as best fits their particular context (not all faculty need to make use of this option). Faculty and students will receive stipends to support their work during the summer. We will require that all faculty teams or individuals who receive a micro-grant produce a course revision or new course proposal as an outcome of the award. In order to ensure sustainability, we will require that these courses be taught at least twice in the five-year period following the development process and that they be shared with the community at a colloquium.

2) Summer Institutes: Summer 2015 and 2016

  • 2015 Institute: June 1-5
  • Application due for Summer 2015 on March 6, 201

10 professors per year will be awarded $1000 to attend

  • Application forms are available here.

There will be two one-week Summer Institutes for faculty during the first two years of the project (summer 2015 and 2016) with participation available by competitive application. Designed to increase DH capacity in Claremont, these institutes will feature a small set of curated DH tools and methods, taught by domain experts and designed to support faculty who plan to utilize these skills within an existing or newly proposed course. A major outcome of these Institutes will be a Digital Course Development proposal from each faculty participant that integrates skills and methods learned during the course of the week.

Big Data, Better World?

Alex Juhasz

I attended the Claremont Graduate University’s Big Data, Better World? conference, and wanted to make a small comment about the role of the humanities (and Digital Humanities) at that event, more broadly in academia, and even, perhaps where academia presses against, speaks to, corrects, augments, and influences (and is influenced by) industry. You can find further press coverage here.

The point is not really mine—I’m simply reporting here—it was eloquently expressed by all three professors on the Big Data and the Humanities panel, and then reflected and reemphasized through the vision of Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), “a pioneer in spatial analysis methods but also one of the most influential people in GIS,” who gave the keynote address “Mapping a Better World.”

Dangermond’s vision is of a planetary nervous system of real-time and past data that is both produced by and available to many, and can be used to make rational decisions about the social, political, environmental, medical and other severe issues facing our world; an opportunity for us to “see and understand” global problems as represented spatially; a “Living Atlas of Information.” Where before we were often gravely effected by the world’s natural (and perhaps other) processes, we will soon be able to effect and perhaps even manage them through rational measurement, mapping, and analysis.

In the question and answer session, Dr. Jacque Wernimont (Arizona State University), one of the humanities professors who had spoken earlier, asked Dangermond what might be the places for worry or critique of this unified system of measuring, compiling, and mapping. Dangermond answered gracefully, without defensiveness, and in complete support of the critical necessity of the humanities’ small in the face of this massive global data stream. He discussed the work of a scientist who studied a square foot of ground for one year and reported his findings through affect, poetry, thick description, and the changing rythyms, moods, and expressions of his own body and that small, intimate space. Just so, Wernimont, Stephen Robertson (George Mason University) in “Collecting Grains of Sand: Big Data and the History of Ordinary Individuals” and Sara Watson (Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University) in “Living with Data: Big Data at Human Scale” emphasized in their contributions not just the small of the humanities (underfunded and diminishing as we may be) but our perennial place as the moral, artistic, affective, and expressive heart of the university, and sometimes our societies. It’s not so much that we think small (although sometimes we do), and more that we are best situated to contribute heart to the necessarily soul-less nervous system that technology, corporations, government, and science streams before us.

If the technological future that Dangermond envisions is true, he affirmed as well that the role and responsibilities of the humanities have never been larger: to help shape the questions, applications, and practices for these new tools, to understand where they look and why, as well as to dare to ask what they can’t ever see and will never know. This will be the vast charge of the Digital Humanities initiative at the Claremont Colleges (and elsewhere) and I look forward to what we might be able to see together through our shared methods, experiments and pedagogy.

Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship : July 26-Aug 2, 2015 @ Hamilton College

In the summer of 2015, from July 26 to August 2, Hamilton College and its Digital Humanities Institute (DHi) will host ILiADS, the Institute for Liberal Arts Digital Scholarship. Join us to explore digital humanities, pedagogy, and scholarship from a liberal arts perspective.

ILiADS offers two ways to participate: project teams from liberal arts colleges can work together to build digital projects during the Institute Week, or individuals can attend the Conference Weekend that follows. Of course there’s a third way to participate as well: attend both the Institute and the Conference! Confirmed speakers and specialists include Kathleen Fitzpatrick, John Unsworth, Ray Siemens, Lynne Siemens, Adeline Koh, and Mark Sample. Please explore our site for more details, and check back for updates as we add speakers, consultants, and sponsors.