Missed us? Catch up on a summers worth of DH

This week’s DH on Campus email was JAM PACKED with a summer’s worth of Digital Humanities. Check out the latest news in the field, new tutorials and guides, and a long list of DH related jobs.

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A long, unorganized list of things to catch up on!

The Digital in the Humanities: A Special Interview Series” Los Angeles Review of Books

There is a lot of competition for the biggest DH conversation of the summer, but the LARB interview series is *perhaps* at the lead. Leading DH practitioners, supporters, and critics weigh in on the state of the field, the popular frustrations with DH, and work being done. The best contribution of the series might be its recognition of just how big the DH umbrella is. As they write, “‘digital humanities’ seems astoundingly inappropriate for an area of study that includes, on one hand, computational research, digital reading and writing platforms, digital pedagogy, open-access publishing, augmented texts, and literary databases, and on the other, media archaeology and theories of networks, gaming, and wares both hard and soft.”

The election: in tweets 

David Robinson, “Text analysis of Trump’s tweets confirms he writes only the (angrier) Android half”
Have you seen this data analysis of Trump’s tweets? Data scientist David Robinson, analyzed Trump’s Twitter feed to argue that when Trump tweets himself, he uses more bombastic language than when someone from his campaign tweets. On the one hand – more computational nonsense confirming common sense. On the other – a well articulated and executed case study in data analysis. Worth a read.

Digital Humanities 2016: Krakow, Poland

In case you missed the Digital Humanities 2016 conference, held in Krakow, Poland, you can check outhundreds of tweets in a series of Storifies, a summary of presentations by Dale Askey, and a reflection on the conference by Andrew Prescott of the University of Glasgow.

New Proposed Guidelines for assessing Digital Scholarship
The Executive Board of the Association for Computers and Humanities have drafted proposedGuidelines for Assessment of Digital Scholarship in Tenure and Promotion. Check them out and comment.

Shelly Leachman, “A World without Humanities
A report on the University of California’s website A report on 4Humanities, an advocacy initiative at the UCs, led by UC Santa Barbara Professor Alan Liu.

The Tate Museum + Artificial Intelligence 

Consider this a follow up to last year’s event about art, creativity and artificial intelligence: how Britain’s Tate Museum is using artificial intelligence to match digitized artwork to contemporary news and photojournalism.

An update on Neatline from UVA Today
Katie McNally reports on Neatline, a spatial-temporal exhibition mapping software at the University of Virginia. Neatline works as a plug in for Omeka and can provide a platform for layering geographic, narrative, and visual meaning.

On “International Big Data Research in the Humanities & Social Science
An interview with Brett Bobley, the Chief Information Officer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, on the Digging for Data research initiative and how he ended up at the NEH.

Digital Humanities In the Library / Of the Library
Check out a special edition of dh+lib! Read especially the introduction by Sarah Potvin, Thomas Padilla and Caitlin Christian-Lamb

DH in the Guardian

– It’s like hitting a painting with a fish“: What can computational analysis tell us about literature?

– A Digital Review of Bjork’s Album: A VR-based album/experience in London from Bjork called “a peculiar affair”

Defying the Nazis VR (Life Magazine)
Step inside a ship carrying child refugees who were fleeing Nazi France in order to find safety and freedom in the United States in 1940.

Where should you/can you publish Open Access?
Thomas Padilla started building a list so that we don’t have to.

A Digital Humanities What, Why, & How
Amanda Visconti’s Digital Library Federation eResearch Network talk. Of particular interest – the section on “Why DH?

Maxine Joselow, “Labs are for Humanities, tooInside Higher Ed
What’s with all the DH labs, centers, and commons (like our own new Digital Scholarship Commons)? An exploration on what labs bring to humanities work.

An exploration of Digital Yoknapatawpha
Anne E. Bromley explores efforts to digitally map the life and times of author William Faulkner, with the use of interactive maps, timelines and other resources.

Digital storytelling + the work of Frank O’Hara
Ryan Black at Rochester Institute of Technology describes a project that uses unconventional storytelling techniques to present the work of poet Frank O’Hara.


Jump back in to building and experimenting

From manuscript to visualisation – a guide for network analysis
A brief ‘how to guide’ by Edmond Smith for using social network analysis to better understand early modern institutions and people.

the sourcecaster by Thomas Padilla and James Baker
A guide to help you use the command line to work through common challenges that come up when working with digital primary sources, including: how to turn a bunch of PDFs into machine readable TIFFs.

An intro to Machine Learning
A visual introduction to machine learning built with #D3. Worth a look if only to check out the possibilities for data visualization!

A discussion of language analysis and guide to Topic Modeling
Teddy Roland, “Topic Modeling: What Humanists Actually Do With It
and “A Humanist Apologetic of Natural Language Processing; or A New Introduction to NLTK

Data Visualization Checklist: A project Ann K. Emery and Stephanie Evergreen 


Grants, Webinars, Conferences, Jobs, Postdocs

Opportunities on Campus 

Digital Instruction Project | Find more details & apply >
The Digital Scholarship Commons and Center for Innovations in Teaching and Learning (CITL) will be launching a year long opportunity for faculty and instructors to develop and implement new, engaging assignments. Work with us and a cohort of your peers to brainstorm and then refine a new digital assignment for a Winter 2017 course.

Jobs & Postdocs

Digital Publishing Lead, George Mason University

Assistant Professor of English: Writing Studies and Digital Studies, University of Mary Washington

Assistant Professor, Public History/Digital History, Auburn University

Assistant or Associate Professor, Digital Humanist (focused on Technology and Diversity in Historical Context), San Diego State University

Assistant Professor, Mediterranean World History (DH desired), Bradley University

Two-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in the contextual study of science, technology, or medicine, Northwestern University, Science in Human Culture Program (SHC)

Statistical Support Services Manager, Yale University

Assistant Professor, Public History – Museums & Material Culture, Colorado State University

Assistant Professor, Ancient Mediterranean (Digital projects experience preferred), University of Utah

Director of the Center for the Humanities, Virginia Tech

Digital Scholarship Outreach Librarian, Michigan State University

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Post-Doctoral Curatorial Fellowship, American Philosophical Society | Applications due Nov 28

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows, American Association for the Advancement of Science

Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, Illinois Institute of Technology | Applications due Oct 15

Associate Professor, Digital History, Texas State University | Applications due Nov 11

Assistant Professor, Tech Comm & Data Visualization, Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor, C18 Lit (DH desirable), University of Richmond

Assistant Professor of Science Fiction, Florida Atlantic University

Acquisitions Assistant, MIT Press

Assistant Professor of Spanish (DH Desirable), Dickinson College

Judaica Digital Humanities Coordinator, University of Pennsylvania