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DIGITAL HUMANITIES BIWEEKLY

Issue 57
Friday 24 July 2020

NEWS
 

Update: Institutional Strategic Initiatives Proposal
 

The DHN has been working on a Development and Launch proposal to the University’s Institutional Strategic Initiatives fund over the 2019-2020 academic year. We convened two plenary strategic planning sessions in Nov 2019 and April 2020, with about 50 folks in attendance at each event. The ISI proposal requires divisional matching funds, and Director Elspeth Brown—working with a team of collaborators—has convened nearly 50 meetings with deans, Chairs, and faculty members on all three campuses since last fall. We completed a full draft proposal on June 1, 2020, which included robust divisional support for a number of exciting initiatives, including postdoctoral fellowship support; graduate student fellowships; support for emerging research projects; and staffing support on all three campuses. Over the summer, we have convened a smaller group of ten faculty members from all three campuses to review, revise, and strengthen the proposal. We’ve convened three meetings, with the final one scheduled to take place on August 4. We’ll then take the remainder of August to complete the final draft, with the goal that it can be reviewed by the ISI Working Group in their September meeting. If successful, this grant will seed the DHN with an average of 225K for each of 5 years, in addition to the matching support pledged by the four divisions (FAS, Faculty of Information, UTM, and UTSC). We look forward to sharing that proposal when complete. If you have any questions, please contact Elspeth Brown at DHN.Director@utoronto.ca


Congratulations to Alexandra Gillespie!
 

Alexandra Gillespie, the founding Director of the Digital Humanities network, has been appointed vice-president and principal of U of T Mississauga. Alex did invaluable work as Director of the DHN 2016-2019, working with the support of the Jackman Humanities Institute to bring the DHN into being. She also serves as the chair of the department of English and drama at UTM and the director of the Old Books New Science Lab. Her research in medieval book history includes serving as a co-PI for the the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded projects Digital Tools for Manuscript Study (2015-2018) and The Book and the Silk Roads (2019-2021), as well as the forthcoming monograph Chaucer’s Books. The university is fortunate to have her incredible vision and energy in this new sphere.
 

Welcome to Jennifer Ross and Lawrence Evalyn

 
We would like to extend a warm welcome two new additions to the DHN: Jennifer Ross, the incoming Postdoctoral Fellow, and Lawrence Evalyn, the network's inaugural Program Assistant.

Jennifer Ross researches contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, critical disaster and terrorism studies, and the critical digital humanities. Her dissertation, "Insurgents on the Bayou: Hurricane Katrina, Counterterrorism, and Literary Dissent on America’s Gulf Coast," explores forms of political resistance put forward in literature and film produced after the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. She graduates with her Ph.D. from William & Mary this August, and holds Masters and Bachelors degrees in English literature and History from the University of Michigan-Flint. In 2019, Jennifer was awarded the Michael R. Halleran Dissertation Completion Fellowship from William & Mary, as well as earned an Honorable Mention from the Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. Selections of her research can be found in the forthcoming edited volumes Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples (Vernon Press, 2020) and Liberal Disorder: Emergency Politics, Populist Uprisings, and Digital Dictatorships (Routledge, 2020).

Lawrence Evalyn studies digital research infrastructures and their impact on eighteenth century studies. He is a current Ph.D. Candidate in English at the University of Toronto. His dissertation, "Print Politics in the Digital Archive, 1789-99," investigates principles of inclusion and exclusion in eighteenth-century conceptions of literature and in contemporary digital databases. He holds a B.A. in English from Duke University, and an M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. Collaborative research to which he has contributed is forthcoming in Digital Humanities Quarterly 14.3.
 

As always, we welcome newsletter submissions of other events, CFPs, job postings, or digital resources that may be of interest during this time. Stay safe and take care!
 
Elspeth Brown, Director
Jennifer Ross, Postdoctoral Fellow
Lawrence Evalyn, Program Assistant
EVENTS
Humanities Graduate Student Association Graduate Conference
York University, Department of Humanities Virtual Conference
29-31 July 2020, 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Email hugsayork@gmail.com to register

CRIS: Introduction to REDCap – A tool to support data collection at a distance
Center for Research and Innovation Support
18 Aug. 2020, 11:00AM – 12:00PM

Viral Masculinities
University of Exeter Virtual Conference
31 Aug. – 11 Sept. 2020
CFPs
PUBLICATIONS
Network Analysis
Special issue of the Journal of Digital Humanities (Beijing)
Submissions due 1 Sept. 2020

Digital Humanities and Music Pedagogy
Special issue of Notes
Submissions due 18 Sept. 2020

Book History and Digital Humanities
Special issue of Eighteenth-Century Studies
Submissions due 1 Nov. 2020

Critical Making, Digital Design
Special issue of The Digital Review
Submissions due 1 Nov. 2020

Taking Control: The Critical and Creative Uses of Digital Tools
International edited collection (Palgrave Macmillan UK)
Submissions due 15 Dec. 2020


CONFERENCES/WORKSHOPS
Re-Thinking, Re-Defining, Re-Imagining Data
Research/Provocations sessions at Visualization for Digital Humanities (VIS4DH) 2020
Submissions due 31 July 2020

Digital Transformations: Potentials and Challenges
13th Communications, Media, and Information Technology Conference
Submissions due 15 Aug. 2020

Scholarly Document Processing @ EMNLP 2020
Research/Collaboration sessions in conjunction with 2020 conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP 2020)
Submissions due 15 Aug. 2020

Democratizing Knowledge: Examining Archives in the Post-custodial Era
Dean Hopper Conference
Submissions due 24 Aug. 2020

Being Human in the Digital Age: The Future of Humanities
Panel for Northeast Modern Languages Associations (NeMLA) annual meeting
Submissions due 30 Sept. 2020

Gaming Across Borders: Cross-Cultural Analysis of Video Game Play and Narrative
Panel for Northeast Modern Languages Associations (NeMLA) annual meeting
Submissions due 30 Sept. 2020

Identity, Diversity, and Representation in Video Games
Panel for Northeast Modern Languages Associations (NeMLA) annual meeting
Submissions due 30 Sept. 2020
JOBS
Digital Humanities Scientist, Bibliotheca Hertziana - Max Planck Institute for Art History (Rome)


Data Services Librarian, University of California, Berkeley Library (Berkeley, CA)
Deadline 29 July 2020


Communications Developer, Text Encoding Initiative (part-time remote work)
Deadline 28 Sept. 2020
RESOURCES
Using Social Media to Promote Your Research
University of Toronto Center for Research and Innovative Support


Scholars in Progress Online Seminar Series
Nineteenth-Century Studies Association Graduate Student Caucus


Now Available: Open Access publication of Hampshire, eds. Peter Greenfield and Jane Cowling
University of Toronto Records of Early English Drama


Now Available: Report on the State of Resources Provided to Support Scholars against Harassment, Trolling, and Doxxing while Doing Public Media Work
Alex Ketchum, McGill University


Now Available: Digital Library of the Middle East
Council on Library Information and Resources (CLIR) and Stanford Libraries
Twitter
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