Author: Ed Summers

Laura Crossley is a Digital History Fellow at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and a Ph.D. student in the Department of History at George Mason University.

Announcement: Documenting the Now Phase 2

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From the announcement:

With a $1.2 Million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, Shift Design, and the Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia (UVA) will collaborate to lead the ongoing work of the Documenting the Now project. Started in 2014 with a grant to Washington University in St. Louis in partnership with the University of California, Riverside and MITH, Documenting the Now is committed to developing tools and community practices that support the ethical collection, use, and preservation of social media and web archives. Continuing the important work the project has accomplished over the past four years, the second phase of Documenting the Now will be focused on three interdependent strands of activity: software development, pedagogy, and engagement with community-based archiving of social justice activism.

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Job: Project Coordinator, American Religious Sounds Project (Ohio State)

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From the ad:

The coordinator will manage and coordinate the current ARSP project. Work closely with community collaborators as well as faculty, students and digital development team across universities to advance the goals of the American Religious Sounds Project; collaborate with co-principal investigators and ARSP staff on grant administration including monitoring accounts and overseeing the budget; assist with social media and publicity to raise the public awareness and visibility of the ARSP; assist with and expand existing community outreach initiatives associated with the American Religious Sounds Project. The coordinator will also serve as a primary contact for other projects, schedules and facilitate regular meetings with principal investigators and members of the App Dev team; maintain and document project time lines and client communication; Serve as liaison between the development and UI/UX teams; develops new relationships between Arts and Sciences faculty and ASC Tech.

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Job: Assistant Director of the Digital Innovation Lab, Stonehill College

From the ad:

Working under the guidance of the faculty director of the Digital Innovation Lab and the Director of the Library, the Assistant Director will manage the day-to-day operations of the Digital Innovation Lab, including development, planning, implementation, creation, and support of teaching and research projects, from podcasting and website building to digital humanities initiatives and Open Educational Resource (OER) publication. The Assistant Director will manage and mentor student workers and interns while together they build and create digital teaching and scholarly materials. As a resource for innovative digital work across the campus, this individual will play a vital role in the development of a digital repository of faculty and student scholarship. This position will be instrumental in the development of a digital liberal education skills curriculum and implementing a micro-certification/badging program that recognizes student achievement. The Assistant Director will also teach courses in their field of academic expertise and contribute to the College’s online course program.

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CFParticipation: Workshop to Develop Digital History Articles for the Journal of Social History

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From the CFParticipation:

The Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and the Journal of Social History with generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks historians to participate in a series of workshops that will develop articles based on digital research to be published in a special issue of JSH. Scholars will receive travel funding to participate in three workshops, facilitated by Matt Karush and Sam Lebovic (editors of the JSH) and Stephen Robertson and Lincoln Mullen (at RRCHNM), to help them develop their research from digital projects into journal articles that speak to historiographical conversations in their specific fields.

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CFP: Lab and Slack. Situated Research Practices in Digital Humanities

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From the CFP:

Drs. Mila Oiva (University of Turku) and Urszula Pawlicka-Deger (Aalto University) have released a call for papers for a special issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly, which will explore two thematic clusters: 1) ​Lab: Physical Situatedness​; and 2) ​Slack: Virtual Situatedness​.

The purpose of this special issue is to examine the different aspects of situated research practices ​of the digital humanities covering two perspectives: physical and virtual​. The physical places of research refer to the various digital humanities sites (laboratories, centers, departments) all over the world and more widely to the surroundings a location in a particular city, country, cultural sphere or continent affecting research practices. As virtual environments of digital humanities scholarship, we define the digital internet-based platforms, services, and tools that enable research and scholarly collaboration. The aspects that determine digital humanities research in both physical and virtual places are infrastructure (material and non-material), social interaction (communication and collaboration), and context (social, cultural, and political situatedness). The aspects influence each other and changes in one of them can affect the others. They have also impact on what is studied, the ways research can be done, and, in the end the results of our knowledge, what kind of knowledge digital humanities research can provide.

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Job: Asst. Professor of Digital Anthropology, University of Florida

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From the ad:

The University of Florida (UF) Department of Anthropology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications from cultural and linguistic anthropologists for a nine-month, tenure-accruing position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Digital Anthropology. The appointment begins August 16, 2019.

We welcome research in areas such as the culturally constituted relations between online and offline worlds of experience; relationships between local practices of digital media and their global implications; the pervasiveness of digital technologies in social practice; activism, civil and human rights, and the cultural politics of digital media; digital technologies and “the human”; use of language and representation strategies in digitally mediated communication; emerging computational languages; or the materiality and spatiality of digital practices. Topical and regional specializations are open.

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Job: Digital Publishing and Copyright Librarian, University of Delaware

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From the ad:

The University of Delaware Library seeks a motivated, creative, and service-oriented professional to lead a new unit, Digital Scholarship and Research Services, which includes two vacant Digital Scholarship Librarian positions that are also being recruited at this time. The new unit will provide University faculty, researchers, and students with services for innovative digital scholarship, supporting the creation, publication, and preservation of digital research in multiple forms, along with collaborating with colleagues across the library to ensure effective outreach, instruction, and technical infrastructure for these services. This unit is in the division of Publishing, Preservation, Research, and Digital Access, which also includes the departments of Library IT, Digital Collections and Preservation, and the University of Delaware Press.

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Editors’ Choice: Hyperlocal Histories and Digital Collections

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This is a slightly extended version of a talk I presented at the Digital Library Federation 2018 Forum, held in Las Vegas in October 2018. Thanks to students in my Fall 2017 “Digital Public Humanities” course; the Providence Public Library Special Collections department; Diane O’Donoghue; Julieanne Fontana, Angela Feng, and Jasmine Chu; Monica Muñoz Martinez; Susan Smulyan; and the Rhode Tour project team for their contributions to my thinking and work on this topic. And thanks to Bethany Nowviskie for making DLF Forum a supportive space to consider these and other issues

So, “hyperlocal histories.”

What’s the difference between terms like local, regional, hyperlocal? I’m more here to tell you how I came to be invested in the term “hyperlocal” and less interested in having it overshadow or undercut other terms you’ve found useful in your own work. In the same way that recent pressure has been productively placed on our uses of the term “community,”  on where, how, and why ideas of community are constructed, situated, limited by particular acts of language, my intention in introducing the “hyperlocal” as a framework is to see it in conversation with other words, use-cases, methodologies, implications.

My professional interest in the hyperlocal began as a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University, through my work as Project Co-Director (with Alicia Peaker) of Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, a collection of crowdsourced stories, photos, and memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings and their aftermath. Our mantra, reprinted on bookmarks and promotional content, was “No Story Too Small.” We were interested in created an accessible record of the bombings documenting a wide range of stories and perspectives.A project like Our Marathon is perhaps legible, familiar, conventional in terms of an approach librarians, archivists, faculty members, and community partners might take to work related to local and hyperlocal history. But it is also time and resource-consuming work, an attempt to address several perceived needs simultaneously: collecting, documenting, crowdsourcing, digitizing, curating, publishing, and preserving recent and still-unfolding history. There are other ways to do what we did, and certainly other ways one might get involved in work related to hyperlocal history.

Narratives of community formation and solidification, of competing claims and tensions, of fact and fiction and everything in between and beyond this binary, all of it can and should coexist in our records of hyperlocal history. These varied perspectives are frequently entwined and made further complicated by a city’s unwillingness to be one thing and stay that way forever, or even for a little while.

To work towards the goal of a crowdsourced, polyvocal, varied archive, we left Northeastern University campus, reached out to local libraries who had expressed interest in supporting our project, and planned programming that enabled us to introduce the archive and solicit contributions to a range of communities and neighborhoods. We used the content management system Omeka to encourage crowdsourced submissions and quickly make our collections materials public on the web.

 

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Announcement: Re-Imaginary History, Release 1.0

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From the announcement:

We’re pleased to announce the next step in our ongoing project to remix the “Imagining History” project that launched at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003. You can read our previous posts on this topic here:

https://sites.dartmouth.edu/RemixBrut/tag/reimagine-history/

Today, we are posting here a clean spreadsheet with links to all the functional manuscript descriptions available on the Internet Archive. That’s it. Stay tuned for more!

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Job: Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities, University of Kansas

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From the ad:

The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS), in collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities to build upon the Department and Center’s 1) existing research output in digital humanities and African Studies, 2) commitment toward quality undergraduate and graduate teaching and training in African Studies, and 3) contribution toward community engagements that promote global citizenship.  The successful candidate will work alongside the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas to develop innovative and collaborative projects with Institute staff and affiliated faculty. The candidate’s digital humanities activities will include a primary focus on Africa and its diaspora by training students in digital research methods, creating public humanities projects with students, faculty, and community members, and working with other initiatives to enrich African Studies and the humanities at the University of Kansas. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

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