Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop 2014
Workshop: August 4-August 14, 2014
Proposals Due: February 14, 2014
Made possible by a grant from the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
The second Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop is for Northwestern faculty members with an interest in developing either a curricular project in the digital humanities, or a scholarly project with a robust component of undergraduate research mentorship, but who seeks an enhancement to their technology skills to get started. We define “digital humanities” broadly as humanities scholarship that utilizes computational methods and/or digital tools to advance research and curricular projects. Methods and tools include but are not limited to: 3-D representation, digital mapping, electronic textual analysis, digitization of materials, data visualization techniques, and interactive digital media including game-based systems. Five faculty members will be selected to participate in a workshop that will be a mixture of hands-on work, demonstration and discussion; participants will work on their projects with colleagues from the Library’s Center for Scholarly Communication and Digital Curation and Weinberg’s Multi-Media Learning Center. In addition, colleagues from within and without Northwestern with relevant digital humanities projects will make presentations about their ongoing work. Faculty members with continuing appointments and undergraduate teaching responsibilities are eligible to apply. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend. Two kinds of proposals will be accepted for consideration, both of which require department chair or program director approval:
- a proposal for a scholarly project in the digital humanities that includes a meaningful role for undergraduates.
- a proposal to revise an existing course or create a new course in the humanities in which digital technologies are incorporated into the syllabus, not merely as tools but as means to enable innovative critical thinking in the discipline or interdisciplinary field.
The scope and size of digital projects vary and, with them, the required time and effort commitments necessary for their realization. While some projects require very little technological or development support, others can require significant resources. There are colleagues in many units on campus who are eager to assist with project implementation, each able to offer unique expertise and tools, tempered by particular factors of staffing, budget, and charter. Proposed projects should demonstrate some degree of ongoing sustainability starting with goals that are clear and achievable within the network of available resources. Faculty attending the workshop will be required to give a presentation and an update about their project work during the 2014-2015 academic year.
For assistance in estimating project scope, identifying potential campus technology partners, and understanding feasible implementation timelines, contact Josh Honn, Digital Scholarship Librarian (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Matt Taylor, MMLC IT Director, (email@example.com).
For more information on last year’s workshop, including a calendar of events and information about participant projects, visit: http://sites.weinberg.northwestern.edu/dh/. In addition, on Friday, January 31st, Professors Sylvester Johnson and Lis Elliott will give presentations of their projects at lunch hosted by the Kaplan Humanities Institute. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend.
Proposals will be due
February 3, 2014 February 14, 2014, and should be submitted to Mary Finn, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs in Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Proposals should provide (a) an introduction to your course/project, (b) a list of possible technology needs (if known, and it is fine to speculate), (c) proposed roles for undergraduates in a research project, (d) learning outcomes for undergraduates in either kind of proposal.
In addition to consulting with Josh Honn or Matt Taylor, if you have any questions or would like to discuss the application process further, please contact Mary Finn (firstname.lastname@example.org).