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Opportunity: US History Scene Summer 2018 Internships

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U.S. History Scene, a multimedia history education project founded by Harvard historians, is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate applicants for its Summer 2018 Historical Writing and Research Internship Program. Interns will gain valuable writing and publishing skills through the process of writing, submitting, and editing original multimedia research articles, book reviews, and classroom lesson plans. All interns will work one-on-one with our Editorial Board to gain experience in primary source research, editing, and publishing. We will assist interns in applying for stipends or university credit, and we partner with universities around the United States to ensure that interns are compensated for their public history work. Internships can be performed via telecommute from your home university.

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Editors’ Choice: Diversity Work and Digital Carework in Higher Education

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“Diversity” has become a managerial directive for the twenty-first century university in the United States. In its endless pursuit of diversity, the contemporary academy has required faculty, staff, and administrators to perform diversity work, marshaling the labor of employees to undertake diversity initiatives, often in addition to their stated job descriptions. Participating in diversity work is a trap into which those whose work is guided by an ethical commitment to communities underrepresented in academia and those who belong to these communities risk falling. This phenomenon has a long history, reflecting a tradition of activism performed by people of color, women, and LGBTQ scholars who have demanded that the scholarship of their communities be taken seriously as “academic.” Yet, the advent of social media has added new dimensions to this labor.

As such, what I term “digital carework” has become essential to academic labor. Digital carework, in this instance, is a form of affective digital labor that relies on the deployment of affect through digital media to remediate inequalities within higher education. It ranges from managing affect in the production and distribution of scholarship to providing emotional labor to fellow colleagues and students in response to the challenges faced by those who engage in “diversity work” (Ahmed, 2012). Digital carework around diversity has played a visible role in digital humanities, in which I situate my scholarship. This particular form of digital carework illuminates the confluence of affective and digital forms of labor that are essential to diversity initiatives in the neoliberal university. As in other areas of higher education, this labor preys on the optimism of early career scholars, typically women, people of color, and LGBTQ scholars, or a combination thereof. They undertake diversity work and the digital carework it requires through both explicit and implicit direction from universities and scholarly communities.

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CFP: Digital Humanities Congress 2018

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The Digital Humanities Congress is a conference held in Sheffield every two years. Its purpose is to promote the sharing of knowledge, ideas and techniques within the digital humanities.

The Digital Humanities Institute is the new name for HRI Digital, one of the UK’s leading centres for the digital humanities: https://www.dhi.ac.uk

Digital humanities is understood by Sheffield to mean the use of technology within arts, heritage and humanities research as both a method of inquiry and a means of dissemination. As such, proposals related to all disciplines within the arts, humanities and heritage domains are welcome.

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Job: Center for Humanities and Information Fellows, Pennsylvania State

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The Center for Humanities and Information at The Pennsylvania State University seeks up to two junior fellows to begin in the Fall of the 2018-19 academic year. Focusing on critical and theoretical approaches to information, the Center aims to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary group of scholars who read and think widely across fields, geographical space, and historical time. Junior (postdoctoral) Fellowships are renewable for up to three years, and require fellows to teach one course per year. Salary $50,000; support also includes research/travel funding and a benefits package. Fellows have access to research design support, as well as to grant-writing and job market workshops, career mentoring, and archival/library support and research consultation.

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Job: Linux System Administrator, MOBIUS Consortium

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The Linux System Administrator works in a team environment to assist in managing all aspects of IT services including Linux servers, telephones, desktop support, web servers, telecommunications, building security, disaster recovery, network storage, printers, firewalls, and wireless networks.  As a not-for-profit organization that works with libraries of nearly all sizes and types, it is critical for this position to have a high degree of skill across a broad range of technical areas, be highly adaptable, and be able to identify and implement low-cost but effective solutions.  The position requires the ability to work in a close team environment in a small office serving internal and external customers at all skill levels.

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Job: Digital Collections Librarian, University of Maryland

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The University of Maryland Libraries Digital Conversion and Media Reformatting (DCMR) department seeks an organized, service-oriented colleague to manage the Libraries’ digitization operations. The Digital Collections Librarian will collaborate with stakeholders to establish and effectively manage digitization projects and workflows for the Libraries. The successful candidate will enjoy working with a wide range of unique formats and materials and will lead process development and special format digitization within both the libraries and the profession.

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Job: Digital Humanities Librarian, Central Connecticut State University

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Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library seeks a collaborative, creative and enthusiastic Digital Humanities Librarian to join the professional staff.  The successful candidate will provide leadership in identifying trends and emerging technologies in digital humanities and building partnerships and cultivating relationships with key university units to develop digital humanities collections and programs.  The successful candidate will also provide instruction to faculty and students in the area of digital research.  As part of the Reference Department, this position will have responsibility for providing user-centered services in support of teaching, research, and scholarship in the humanities disciplines.  Candidates are expected to be committed to multiculturalism and working with a diverse student body as well as contribute actively and effectively to student growth, service, and scholarship.

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CFP: African American History, Culture & Digital Humanities

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What happens to digital humanities inquiry when we begin with Black culture, Black thought, and Black persons at the center of our endeavors? How does this shift challenge and expand both the humanities and the digital? What happens to Black and African American humanities research when we lead with the digital? Interdisciplinary inquiry into both the online practices of black users and humanities research focused on black history and culture using digital tools has expanded in the past decade. Too often, this work happens on the margins of established disciplines, boundaries, and paradigms. Rather than arriving at black digital research as an afterthought or a tactic to achieve “diversity”, privileging black theory and black culture in our scholarship can provide alternate paradigms through which to understand the digital and the humanistic.

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Job: Technical Lead / Solutions Architect, Aga Khan University

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The Aga Khan University’s Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations (‘the Institute’) based in London, United Kingdom is looking to recruit a Solutions Architect to lead the technical development of the European Research Council-funded Digital Humanities project (KITAB). The incumbent will work closely with the academic researcher (Principal Investigator-PI) to help drive progress towards the project’s goals, which require initiative, creativity, and the ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team as an overall solutions architect for the project.

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Editors’ Choice: How White Engineers Built Racist Code

A photograph of a protest.

“You good?” a man asked two narcotics detectives late in the summer of 2015.

The detectives had just finished an undercover drug deal in Brentwood, a predominately black neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida, that is among the poorest in the country, when the man unexpectedly approached them. One of the detectives responded that he was looking for $50 worth of “hard”– slang for crack cocaine. The man disappeared into a nearby apartment and came back out to fulfill the detective’s request, swapping the drugs for money.

“You see me around, my name is Midnight,” the dealer said as he left.

Before Midnight departed, one of the detectives was able to take several photos of him, discreetly snapping pictures with his phone held to his ear as though he were taking a call.

Two weeks later, police wanted to make the arrest. The only information they had about the dealer were the smartphone pictures, the address where the exchange had taken place, and the nickname Midnight. Stumped, the Jacksonville sheriff’s office turned to a new tool to help them track down the dealer: facial recognition software.

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