Grant Writing in the (Digital) Humanities Workshop: 2/26

Grant Writing in the (Digital) Humanities
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
12 p.m.
Digital Media Commons, 129 Herring Hall

How might humanities scholars secure funding for their projects, particularly in the digital humanities? This workshop will explore where to look for funding, how to prepare a grant application, and what distinguishes successful applications. Panelists include Jason Rhody, Senior Program Officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities (via desktop videoconferencing); Phyllis McBride, ‎Director, Office of Proposal Development at Rice University; and Katie Carpenter, Director, Foundation Relations. Bring your questions and funding ideas.

Lunch will be provided. Please register (and make your lunch choice) at http://bit.ly/1kHMhtF by Monday, February 24.

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Upcoming Events: Talks, Grant Funding Workshop and TX DH Conference

February features a few exciting digital humanities events in the Houston area:

  • Monday, February 10, 2014, 4:30 PM  to 6:00 PM:  Peter Bol, Ephemera Lecture III – “Digital Humanities Projects for China Studies” (117  Humanities Building). Bol, the Charles H. Carswell Professor East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard, was the director of Harvard’s Center for Geographic Analysis and directs both the China Historical Geographic Information Systems project and the China Biographical Database project. As Harvard’s Vice Provost for Advances in Learning, he is responsible for HarvardX.
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014, noon to 1 p.m. “Securing Grant Funding for Digital Humanities Projects.” This panel discussion features Jason Rhody from the NEH Office of Digital Humanities (via desktop video conferencing), Phyllis McBride from Rice’s Office of Proposal Development, and Katie Carpenter from the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations. Room TBA. Please sign up by February 24 so we can make sure you get a lunch.
  • Friday, February 28, 3:00-5:00 PM: Fred Gibbs, “Processes and Products in the Digital Humanities,”  University of Houston, AH 106. Gibbs, who is Assistant Professor of History University of New Mexico, studies the  intersection of natural philosophy, medicine, and the human body throughout the medieval and early modern periods.  His publications include “Critical Discourse in the Digital Humanities,” “The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing,” and “A Conversation with Data: Prospecting Victorian Words and Ideas” (with Dan Cohen).

Also, abstracts for the Inaugural Texas Digital Humanities Conference are due on February 15. The conference will take place on April 10-12, 2014 at the University of Houston, Main Campus and features some great keynote speakers: Erez Lieberman Aiden (of Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Google Labs), Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta), Tanya Clement (University of Texas at Austin), and Elijah Meeks (Stanford).

If you’d like to participate in the Rice Digital Humanities group, please fill out a survey to help define the group’s mission.

Finally, please sign up for the Rice Digital Humanities mailing list: https://mailman.rice.edu/mailman/listinfo/ricedh

 

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Environmental Scan and Pecha Kucha

As each group prepares to do its pecha kucha in which you describe your project’s humanities innovation and offer a brief environmental scan, here are a few useful resources:

Have fun!

 

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Digital Humanities Talks at Rice in November

Don’t miss these upcoming lectures by leading thinkers (and doers) in digital humanities:

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Upcoming Events and Opportunities

I wanted to make you all aware of an exhibition, resource and event relevant to our class:

  • Don’t miss Lina Dib’s “Murmurations” at the Lawndale Art Center, which is located at 4912 Main Street. Lina will be visiting our class in a few weeks. I believe the exhibition closes on September 28.
  • Check out Mark Sample’s list of Digital Humanities sessions at MLA 2014. Even if you’re not going to MLA, it’s always intriguing to see the range of DH work in literary studies.
  • Consider participating in the University of Houston’s Digital Humanities Reading Group. The first meeting of the semester will take place on Monday 9/30 from 4:00-5:00 in Agnes Arnold 512. The group will discuss Christine Borgman’s important article “The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities,” http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/3/4/000077/000077.html
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Wordle does not work with Google Chrome/Digital Humanities wording issue

Wordle is great, thanks Carolyn! I just tried it with a paper I wrote and found the diagram that it produced fascinating. I also wanted to remind everyone that you’ll need to install Java and use Safari as browser, or something other than Google Chrome.

Another comment on the DH wording issue: In my funding application process for the upcoming Digital Humanities Workshop at Rice (Apr. 5-7, open to the public, announcement forthcoming), I was told that by one computer scientist here that the word “digital” is overused and almost meaningless. I was tempted to change the title of my workshop to “Computational Approaches to the Humanities,” but decided against it.

 

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Digital Humanities in the Chronicle of Higher Ed, 2.18.2013

I follow William Pannapacker on twitter, and I was incredibly intrigued when I saw the title of his latest story: “Stop Calling it ‘Digital Humanities'”. Pannapacker’s controversial title did its work and drew me in, yet as I read through his 9 point plan for the Digital Humanities, I found my initial skepticism softening. Pannapacker’s article provides solid, tangible suggestions for ways that academics can bring the Digital Humanities to their institutions and firmly ensconce these new meta- and interdisciplinary efforts in higher education. And, arguably, many of the ideas Pannapacker suggests will pave the way for institutions of higher education to see the Humanities as scholarly pursuits that have the ability to evolve and change with new technologies and modes of discovery, which means that when the next generation of something like DH comes around, hopefully departments and scholars will have an easier time convincing their administrations of its pertinence.

What I still cannot get over is Pannapacker’s lead in: that changing the name of the Digital Humanities to the Digital Liberal Arts will somehow make scholars from other disciplines see it as less exclusive and “elitist”. I do not disagree with Pannapacker that this might be how others view DH, but it seems to me that the Digital Liberal Arts are going to have the same problem eventually. I think that in his suggestion of a title change that Pannapacker hits on something inherently problematic to the field of the Digital Humanities but that his cosmetic solution (point 1 of 9) is a superficial answer. I think that this comes down to the same problem our group had on Day 1, which is answering the question: “What is the Digital Humanities?”. Sure, if all humanists spin DH as is digital archives, then why would scholars other than humanists care about it? But through the technologies we are engaging with in this certification course: GIS Mapping, Text Encoding, Data Mining, Collaborative blogging etc. I just simply do not see how DH can be an exclusive Old Humanists Club. DH demands that humanists build bridges across campuses and interact with scholars in other fields. It asks scholars to ponder how someone else in another department might understand and benefit their project, which in my mind is the first step in breaking down academic work barriers. I think that what needs to happen, along with Pannapacker’s 8 other positive suggestions, is for DH scholars to really utilize these technologies in all aspects of their academic life. If we can get the scholarly community and students both recognizing that DH goes beyond scanning documents to make them accessible to more people on the internet, then subsequent scholars will see how DH really combines fields and disciplines to increase accessibility to academic work. Because, ultimately, just as I might need the computer scientist to build me a blogging platform, the computer scientist also needs my work in order to show off his/her designs.

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Wordle power!

I had such fun making the Wordle for the blog header  — creating random word clouds is addictive!  Give it a try:  http://www.wordle.net/  – Carolyn Adams @ the HRC

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Fondren Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship and the Humanities Research Center are pleased to award certificates of completion to those graduate students who participate in at least seven of the workshops in the bootcamp series.

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