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CFP: Narratives Mediated

For (dis)junctions 2012, we are seeking papers that explore the construction and definition of “narrative” in all its mediated and mediating forms. The word narrative is typically associated with storytelling and plot, but for this year’s conference we want to understand “narrative” as any instance of producing meaning or “truth.” In this regard, a piece of literary criticism, while often explicating a literary narrative, is a type of narrative in itself. Further, in an attempt to be at once inclusive and provocative, we want to think about the way disciplines across the academy each work to construct particular narratives. History, for instance, seeks to understand the past through contending narratives; the Sciences constantly revises dominant narratives of the physical world; and even music, while not verbal, still has a trace of narrative in its composition, framed by a beginning and end. To what extent do narratives (in a broad sense of the term) reflect, challenge, or create a sense of both oneself and one’s world? Does the medium act as a link between the reader/viewer/listener and the “real,” or does the medium come to define the real? How do different academic discourses mediate and create new ontological narratives?

CFP: Translating E-Literature

The first international conference on translating E-literature will take place from 12 to 14 June at the Universities of Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis and Paris 7 Diderot Denis. The conference is organized by OTNI: Objets textuels non identifiés(UTO: Unidentified Textual Objects), a research project into the evolution of textuality in the digital age. It is supported by the Electronic Literature Organization.

Postdoc: Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and Pedagogy – Hendrix University

The Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities and Pedagogy will work as a catalyst for faculty innovation bridging learning resources, curricula, and scholarly opportunity with appropriate academic technologies.  The Fellow will plan, promote, and implement strategies to encourage faculty discourse about pedagogy, elearning tools, and the integration of digital media into teaching and scholarship.  The Postdoctoral Fellow is a two-year academic appointment reporting to the Chief Information Officer/Executive Vice President. Depending upon credentials, the Postdoctoral Fellow may also be affiliated with an academic department and will be assigned a mentor.  The Fellow is expected to commit approximately 50% of her or his time to professional development, which may include teaching at the Fellow’s discretion

Resource: Designing Preservable Websites, Redux

As much as we can do to preserve archived websites once we have them, the challenges we encounter are always already determined by how those websites were originally constructed. In the interest of giving us and others the best possible chance of preserving your online content, I wanted to follow on an excellent blog post by Robin Davis (previously) of the Smithsonian Institution Archives on the topic of designing preservable websites. Here are some best practices to keep in mind:

Job: Associate Director of TAMU’s

Texas A&M University seeks to hire at the level of Associate or Full Professor a dynamic scholar with an established record in digital humanities research and academic leadership to participate–as Associate Director–in establishing an interdisciplinary Institute for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture. The Institute has been designated one of eight Texas A&M Initial University Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives (and thus is the recipient of substantial start-up funding). The new appointment would be hired with tenure in an academic department that is closely associated with his or her main research direction, including Texas A&M’s innovative Visualization Department. Possible research areas include but are not limited to Visualization (including information and scientific visualization), Computer Science, Anthropology, Architecture, Digital Rhetorics, Ethics, or Philosophy. The Institute for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture supports interdisciplinary scholarly and creative work that broadly explores the relationship between computing technologies and culture.  Candidates may be trained in disciplines related to visual culture and media literacy, broadly construed, and globalization and internationalization of culture.   Furthermore, we are interested in scholars who bridge the gap between critical and creative studies as well as those who have an interest in developing grant and funded projects.

Resource: Announcing the New Media, Religion & Digital Culture Studies Website

When Religion Meets New Media: Announcing the Launch of the New Media, Religion & Digital Culture Studies Website.

With the support of a grant from the Evans/Glasscock Digital Humanities Project at Texas A&M University, the Network for New Media, Religion, and Digital Culture Studies was established in 2010. The central goal of the Network is to house and maintain a collaborative online resource for scholars, students and those interested in studying more extensively the unique dynamics of new media, religion, and digital culture. The Network website ( features an interactive online bibliography highlighting key scholarly works in this growing research area. The site also features a “scholar’s index” listing key scholars in the field, a blog where guest bloggers highlight important research developments and studies, as well as a news feed to keep users up-to-date with upcoming events and publications related to religion and the digital. Seeking to broaden its scope of influence and interaction between scholars and the public Network maintains a Facebook page as well as a Twitter feed where recent studies, news articles and calls for papers are highlighted . By highlighting the latest research as well as cataloging the foundational studies in this field, the Network serves as an excellent resource for those seeking to contextualize their personal studies and narrow down their research questions.

Job: Digital Library Developer, Lafayette College

DIGITAL LIBRARY DEVELOPER · Human Resources · Lafayette College.

This position requires strong web programming experience, preferably in a Linux environment (including Mac OSX).  Applicants should be comfortable working with technologies like Apache, Tomcat, PHP, Java, JavaScript, MySQL, and/or PostgreSQL.  Experience with some of the following required:

  • Database architecture and design
  • Agile and text-driven software development
  • Web development using framework(s) such as Ruby on Rails, Django, or CakePHP
  • JavaScript development using framework(s) such as jQuery, or Prototype/
  • Source code repository management using system(s) such as Subversion or Git
  • Web technologies: AJAX, CSS, HTML, JSON, RDF
  • Metadata Schemes: Dublin Core, MARC, METS, MODS, PREMIS, VRA Core
  • Experience with Library web applications like DSpace, Fedora, or CONTENTdm

This is a full-time, 12-month, permanent position in Lafayette College Library’s Digital Scholarship Services department.  The Library strongly supports professional development and provides funding for staff to present their work at national conferences. Lafayette College offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package as compensation.  While there is no advanced degree requirement for this position, suitably qualified candidates will be eligible for faculty status without rank or tenure.