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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.

Job: Digital Humanities Co-ordinator (Content), Swansea University

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From the ad:

The post holder will play a full and active role as a member of the Library Research Support. They will work pro-actively with researchers, special collections staff and relevant communities on campus to analyse digital humanities related requirements and encourage engagement with central Digital Humanities resource and support. They will be one of two principle points of contact for all digital humanities related queries and support. They will also work alongside colleagues in special collections, research support, and IT services to develop online exhibitions, and content management solutions, in order to promote and increase engagement with our special collections and research activity through the use of cutting edge technologies.  The post holder will be highly visible and take part in advocacy across the university to raise awareness of the Library’s digital humanities capabilities and support and stimulate discussion and feedback and collaboration from the community.

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Job: Digital Humanities Co-ordinator (Technical), Swansea University

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The post holder will play a full and active role as a member of the Library Research Support. They will work pro-actively with researchers, special collections staff and relevant communities on campus to analyse digital humanities related requirements and explore and test solutions. They will be the principle point of contact for all digital humanities related queries and support. They will also work alongside colleagues in special collections, research support, and IT services to develop online exhibitions, and content management solutions, in order to promote and increase engagement with our special collections and research activity through the use of cutting edge technologies.  The post holder will be highly visible and take part in advocacy across the university to raise awareness of digital humanities capabilities and support and stimulate discussion and feedback from the community.

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Announcement: Inaugural Issue of Current Research in Digital History

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From the announcement:

Current Research in Digital History is an annual open-access, peer-reviewed publication of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. Its primary aim is to encourage and publish scholarship in digital history that offers discipline-specific arguments and interpretations. By featuring short essays, it also seeks to provide an opportunity to make arguments on the basis of ongoing research in larger projects.

Essays published in CRDH are first presented at an annual one-day conference at George Mason University in Arlington, Virginia. Authors submit their essays in the fall, and then the conference is held in the spring. Each essay goes through two rounds of peer review, first by the conference program committee, and then by the conference commentator. CRDH is published at the end of August, less than a year after essays are submitted.

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Editors’ Choice: Doing the work – Editing Wikipedia as an act of reconciliation

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Since its establishment in 2001, the English version of Wikipedia[1] has grown to host more than 5.6 million articles that reflect content ranging from culture and the arts to technology and the applied sciences. Consistently ranked as one of the top visited sites on the Internet, Wikipedia provides an open and freely accessible resource of interconnected information that anyone can edit. Unfortunately, not everyone actually does. Nine out of ten editors are male. The average Wikipedian is an educated, English-speaking citizen of a majority-Christian nation in the global north. They are technically proficient and likely hold, or are skilled enough to hold, white-collar employment. Not surprisingly, these commonalities have introduced systemic bias to the manner in which content is generated, updated, and, most critically, omitted from the site.

Pages about trans and cis women, gender non-conforming people, cultural communities in the global south, those living in poverty, and people without internet access are chronically underrepresented on Wikipedia. This includes groups in developing nations, as well as racialized and systemically marginalized groups in economically wealthy countries, such as the Black and Latinx communities in the United States. Equally absent are pages about Indigenous peoples[2], communities, and cultures. As of August 2018 there were 3,468 articles within the scope of the Indigenous Peoples of the Americas WikiProject. This number represents only 0.06% of the articles on English-language Wikipedia, with an even smaller percentage relating to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples in what is currently known as Canada. Overall, representation of Indigenous-focused content is sorely lacking.

As settlers living and working as archivists on the traditional territories of ‎the Neutral, Anishnaabeg, Métis, and Haudenosaunee peoples — Danielle on the Haldimand Tract, land extending six miles from each side of the Grand River that was promised to the Six Nations, and Krista on Robinson-Huron Treaty territory — we have personally and professionally considered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action (TRC) that outline the responsibilities of cultural heritage workers to educate both themselves and the general public about the Canadian Indian Residential School System (Residential Schools). In working to do so, however, we recognize that Residential Schools were but one of the many horrific consequences of settler colonialism. Meaningful engagement with the reconciliation process and Indigenous communities in Canada means raising awareness about more than Residential Schools. It means understanding the need for cultural organizations to build relationships with Indigenous communities rooted in solidarity and allyship; centering an ethic that moves beyond rote territorial acknowledgements; and setting aside defensive dismissals of wrongs that happened before we were born in order to prioritize what Senator Murray Sinclair calls “a sense of responsibility for the future.” It also means acknowledging that colonialism continues to impact Indigenous communities and working to break down colonial systems that exist within cultural organizations. We believe that editing Wikipedia through a lens of reconciliation is one way to do so.

 

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CFPresenters: NFAIS 2019 Humanities Roundtable

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From the CFP:

Interested in presenting at this Humanities Roundtable event? Our call for presentations is open until August 31, 2018 at http://www.nfais.org/humanities-call-for-presenters.

As humanities scholars utilize new technologies to produce their research, traditional measures of evaluation often do not reflect the changing output.  However, proper assessment is critical for hiring as well as for tenure and promotion decisions, which have an affect on the future of academia. Institutions, departments and societies are in the process of developing guidelines of evaluating work in digital media/digital humanities, while scholars are learning new skills to become competent peer reviewers.

NFAIS will explore this new realm of scholarship at our “Evaluation of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities and Its Impact” roundtable on March 10, 2019  in Washington DC, and we invite you join the discussion as a speaker!

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Job: Faculty in Data Ethics, Rice University

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The School of Humanities at Rice University in Houston, Texas seeks applicants for an open-rank, tenured or tenure-track position as Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Ethical and Social Dimensions of Data Science. PhD required at time of appointment. The committee welcomes applications from scholars focusing in data, ethics, and society; critical code studies; software studies; digital humanities; science and technology studies; data ethnography; data law and policy studies, and other interpretive approaches, including race, gender and social justice in relation to data cultures.

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Job: Lecturer Pool – Digital Humanities, UC Berkeley

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The Division of Arts and Humanities at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for a pool of outstanding lecturers to teach in the Summer Minor in the Digital Humanities. Courses are offered in a six-week session, July 2, 2018 – August 10, 2018… General duties (include but are not limited to): Teaching topical digital humanities courses offered in the Summer Minor program. These courses fall under four categories: Digital Humanities and Archival Design; Digital Humanities and Text and Language Analysis; Digital Humanities and Visual and Spatial Analysis; and Critical Digital Humanities. In addition to classroom responsibilities, general duties include holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials (e.g., syllabus), and maintaining a course website.

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Job: Project Manager for Digital Humanities (Temporary), Rutgers

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The Project Manager for Digital Humanities (Temporary) will collaborate with media, academic and community partners to conceptualize and execute the digital, exhibition and curricular components of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) funded Neighborhood Histories project.

The Project Manager will professionally represent Newest Americans and the University at events and meetings with project stakeholders and will require effective collaboration with Newest Americans’ eclectic network of faculty, students, community partners, and core contributors, including, but not limited to, the Center for Migration and the Global City (CMGC), Talking Eyes Media, VII Photo, Ironbound Community Corporation, Newark Riverfront Park Revival, Makerhoods and others.

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Funding: Collections as Data – Part to Whole

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About the funding:

A growing number of cultural heritage organizations have invested in the creation of collections that are amenable to computational use. Increasingly, the concept of collections as data is used to align efforts of this kind. In 2016, Always Already Computational: Collections as Data, supported by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, began developing the idea that digital collections could be more than digital surrogates of physical items and born digital objects; that digital collections could and should be offered as machine actionable data that are ready for computational research methods. Always Already Computational: Collections as Data demonstrated that librarians, archivists, and museum professionals readily understood the value of this work and were eager to expand the potential use of their collections. While interest is broad, the project found that cultural heritage professionals desired opportunities to further develop approaches to integrating and sustaining collections as data implementation and use as a core organizational activity. Collections as Data: Part to Whole aims to meet this challenge by supporting the development of broadly viable models that support implementation and use of collections as data (see grant narrative)…

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, we will fund 12 teams. 6 teams will be funded in cohort 1. Each team can apply for $30,000 – $80,000. To ensure that project results will be valuable to scholars and sustainable within libraries, we are seeking proposals from collaborative teams jointly led by a librarian with senior administrative responsibilities, a disciplinary scholar, and a project lead.

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CFP: International Journal for Digital Art History

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From the CFP:

For the upcoming issue of the DAH­Journal we ask for contributions on the following topics:

–How are analog institutions transforming and which digital tools steer this transformation? What practices persist, which one are eliminated?

–What nascent digital methodologies do museums and archives utilize to engage visitors, organize metadata, and document collections?

–How might digital publishing, art making, and experimentation challenge and change art­-historical research?

– What are digital opportunities to develop and document archives of underrepresented, neglected, or ephemeral traditions of image­making?

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