April 27, 2016

The Tri-Co Digital Humanities Newsletter 1.7: talks, workshops, courses, tools, projects, CFPs, and more

The Tri-Co Digital Humanities Newsletter

vol 1 no 7.  April 27 2016.


In this issue: a command line murder mystery, teaching with Wikipedia, neural networks, almost-instant text analysis, multimodal teaching, algorithms of oppression, insuetude, Caribbean digital 2016, the blockchain, Google Book art.


As always: Have an idea for a DH course or project? Get in touch to draw on our DH consultancy of Tri-Co faculty and outside experts. Have an item you would like included in this email? Let us know about it. Have an idea for a 2016-2017 TDH workshop, speaker, or other event? Let us know.


Thanks to those of you who have already told us about 2016-2017 courses, theses, workshops, and events for our special Tri-Co This Year in DH feature; please keep them coming!


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Coming up at the Tri-Co: workshops, talks, events, resources


If you missed the The TDH Spring Lectures: “Tudor Networks of Power” by Ruth Ahnert (School of English, Queen Mary University of London) and Sebastian Ahnert (Department of Physics, University of Cambridge) on their work reconstructing the evidence for Tudor government networks, despair not: you can still listen to them talk about their work or read their recent article.


Congratulations to Bryn Mawr, winner of a $260,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant that will allow the Bryn Mawr Library to expand the College Women digitization project beginning in Summer 2016. The College Women archives portal brings together digitized writings and photographs from seven libraries, dating from the mid-nineteenth through the early twentieth centuries, and documenting the experiences of students attending Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, and Radcliffe.


Tri-Co faculty and staff talk about “Multimodal Teaching, Learning, and Literacy” Friday, May 6th at this semester’s Teaching with Technology Forum and Arduino Workshop at Haverford, hosted by Haverford’s Instructional Technology Services in IITS. If you would like to take the Arduino workshop, please register online.


Perspectives on Learning Data in Liberal Arts Webinar. Wednesday, April 27, 11:30am-1:00pm. Through the Liberal Arts Consortium for Online Learning (LACOL), faculty and staff are invited to a 90-minute webinar/panel titled “Learning Data. What do we know? What do we want to know?” Swarthmore Associate Professor of Physics Catherine Crouch will be joined on the panel by speakers from Pomona, Williams, Haverford, and Carleton.


Blended Learning in the Liberal Arts Conference, Wednesday, May 18-Thursday, May 19, 2016, at Bryn Mawr College. These conferences are intended to be a forum for faculty and staff to share resources, techniques, findings, and experiences related to blended learning. Their definition of blended learning is quite broad, encompassing any combination of online and face-to-face instruction with a focus on supporting the close faculty-student interaction and emphasis on lifelong learning that are hallmarks of American liberal arts education. Includes panels on DH.


Re:Humanities was a great success! See photos, tweets and a summary to catch up if you couldn’t make it. Thanks to all who made it possible, including Miranda Canilang and the rest of the Re:Hum working group, BMC faculty advisor Alicia Walker, James Weissinger and others at the Hurford Center, and the many faculty, staff, and students in and beyond the Tri-Co who attended.  


The Swarthmore Digital Humanities Student Reading Group (DiHum) convenes on euphoria.io anytime and holds planning meetings every third Friday this semester, 6 pm. Take a look at their New Digital Humanities Manifesto. Students from across the Tri-Co are welcome to attend in person or via machine. Come share your interest in digital archive studies, critical informatics, social media research, videogame studies, computational text analysis, and more. Fill out this form or contact Claudia Lo (clo1@swarthmore.edu) for more information and for access to the group’s chatroom. Follow them on Twitter @SwatDiHum to meet their mascot, the cyborg Hu-Manatee.


You may also be interested in the weekly Swarthmore Digital Humanities Open Lab -  Mondays, 1-4. Most weeks we meet in the McCabe Computer Classroom. All are welcome.

Coming up in the region:


Hoyt Long and Richard Jean So (Chicago Text Lab), Modeling Racial Segregation in the US Literary Field, 1880-1990, April 27, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm - Meyerson Conference Center, Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania. In this talk, So and Long explore dynamics of segregation and inequality in the US literary field between white and black writers.  Drawing from both canonical minority discourse studies (Gates, Baker, Spillers) and quantitative models focused on inequality (Schelling), we both model the dialogism of different forms of racial discourse that inhere in the US novel, as well as how they compile to produce broader effects of racial interaction in the 20th century American literary field.  How do such large scale dynamics constrain the types of expression available within and between different racial groups of writers and artists?

If you are interested in attending email saravarney@sas.upenn.edu


Insuetude: Conversations in Technological Discard and Archaeological Recuperation, April 28-29, Columbia University Society of Fellows. “The past decade has seen an efflorescence of research in media studies dedicated to the topic of “media archaeology”, a field devoted to the curiosities and forgotten paths not taken in the history of technology. Rather than studying classic films or dominant presentational modes, media archaeologists favor objects like punch cards, prototypes, corporate technical reports, magic lanterns and other optical toys. This move toward artifactual histories of has been paralleled in archaeology by an interest in the contemporary past, and a questioning of how the accumulating material traces of the recent past challenge and complicate archaeology practice... It is the goal of this conference to explore what the discipline of archaeology - the field that studies how objects mediate our relationship to the past - might offer a media archaeology. Equally, we hope to stimulate new ways of thinking about the archaeological past and novel methods for doing so through the engagement of archaeologists with media theorists.”


The W0rdLab is a text analysis research interest community at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries for all related research and disciplines; all are welcome. http://w0rdlab.org/


The 2016 Keystone Digital Humanities Conference will be held at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from June 22-24, 2016. The call for papers deadline has past, but attending the conference can be a great way to meet collaborators and find out about work by your colleagues in PA, plus see Roopika Risam’s keynote presentation, entitled, “Only Collaborate! Postcolonial Imperatives for Community in the Digital Humanities.”

Archives, tools, and tutorials


Learn to use the command line with Command Line Murder Mystery by Noah Veltman. There are many other tutorials on this topic, DH-specific and not.


The flexible and engaging text analysis toolkit Voyant 2.0 has been released! It’s web-based and very easy to start using. More under “teaching resources” below.


Learn to create simple, beautiful, durable websites and host them for free on Github with Amanda Visconti’s excellent Programming Historian tutorial on Building Static Sites with Jekyll.


As always: UCLA’s Intro to Digital Humanities course materials are full of resources, tutorials, and readings to help get you started with some basic DH methods and approaches.The Programming Historian’s well-tested tutorials are an excellent path for those seeking more in-depth, detailed guidance on specific methods and topics.





The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database “has information on almost 36,000 slaving voyages that forcibly embarked over 10 million Africans for transport to the Americas between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries. The actual number is estimated to have been as high as 12.5 million. The database and the separate estimates interface offer researchers, students and the general public a chance to rediscover the reality of one of the largest forced movements of peoples in world history.” Do not be deceived by the old-fashioned website - the database is extraordinarily useful and lets you easily download datasets of your search results.


A neural network playground. With explanatory readings.


In the Art of Google Books Tumblr Krissy Wilson has been capturing “the adversaria of Google Books: captured mark of the hand and digitization as rephotography” since 2011.



This week in algorithms: Safiya Umoja Noble on "Just Google It": Algorithms of Oppression, Chava Gourarie at the Columbia Journalism Review on Investigating the algorithms that govern our lives, a comprehensive critical algorithm studies bibliography from the Microsoft Social Media Collective, and Haverford computer scientist Sorelle Friedler’s work on the algorithmic fairness, discrimination and disparate impact.


What is the blockchain and what does it have to do with education technology? Audrey Watters breaks it down for us.


Critical Studies in Media Communication’s new issue on Queer Technologies is worth a look.


The Los Angeles Review of Books continues its mildly controversial series on The Digital in the Humanities by interviewing Laura Mandell.

Notable new syllabi and teaching resources


Get started with text analysis right away with the just-released new and improved Voyant 2.0! Read the quick start guide, explore examples of assignments on their website, and read the companion book, coming soon to Tripod. Highly recommended. The TDH faculty consultancy can connect you with fellow instructors who have successfully worked with Voyant in the classroom.


If you are thinking about integrating Wikipedia editing work into your teaching, WikiEdu has amazing resources, and the TDH faculty consultancy can connect you with fellow instructors and outside experts who have successfully worked with Wikipedia in the classroom.


As always, the Digital Humanities Slack run by Amanda Visconti and others has more than 51 channels where you can learn from and talk to scholars and students from many different backgrounds and levels of expertise about topics ranging from annotation to crowdsourcing to visualization to involving students in DH projects. Sign up here.

CFPs, grants, workshops, opportunities




The Digital Spaces Unconference April 28-30, co-hosted by the Digital Arts, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH) Lab of SUNY New Paltz and the Experimental Humanities concentration is a series of workshops, discussions, and speakers focusing on bringing digital tools into teaching, research, and other collaborative endeavors.


HILT 2016 at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, June 13-16.

Several exciting week-long courses, some of which require no previous DH experience, including “Digital Pedagogy and Networked Learning,” “Getting Started with Data, Tools, and Platforms,” “Humanities Computing,” “Analyzing and Presenting Spatial Data” and - possibly of special interest - “Text Analysis from Object to Interpretation,” which will focus on “the intellectual challenges of text analysis: developing meaningful research questions, building representative corpora, choosing appropriate algorithms, and assessing and interpreting results.”

Rolling deadline, but they fill quickly.


Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria

Dozens of exciting week-long courses from foundational beginnings for faculty new to DH to advanced topics. Participants report that these courses are a great way to skill up quickly, think conceptual about DH possibilities for your research and teaching, and begin to build professional networks around these topics.

Rolling deadline, but they fill quickly.


The University of Guelph is hosting a series of 4-day workshops on topics related to digital humanities research and teaching, including Getting Going with Omeka, Introduction to Data Wrangling for Digital Humanities Projects, Minimal Computing for Digital Humanists, 3D Modelling for the Digital Humanities and Social Sciences, and Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices.

Registration starts mid-March. Learn more and fill out the pre-registration form here.


HistoInformatics (DH 2016 Pre-Conference Workshop, Krakow, July 12)

"HistoInformatics2016 - the 3rd International Workshop on Computational History will be held on July 11th in Krakow, Poland in conjunction with the 2016 Digital Humanities conference. The HistoInformatics workshop series brings together researchers in the historical disciplines, computer science and associated disciplines as well as the cultural heritage sector. Historians, like other humanists show keen interests in computational approaches to the study and processing of digitized sources (usually text, images, audio)." Papers by May 9.


Minimal Computing Workshop (DH Pre-Conf Workshop, Krakow, July 12)

"Scheduled for 12 July 2016, in Krakow, Poland, this Digital Humanities 2016 workshop will explore the practice and influence of minimal computing from both a practical and theoretical perspective. We use “minimal computing” to refer to computing done under some set of significant constraints, including constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, infrastructure, and power." Submissions by May 1.


Audiovisual Data and Digital Scholarship (DH Pre-Conf Workshop, Krakow, July 12)

"This workshop will address both the challenges of analyzing audiovisual data in digital humanities scholarship, as well as the challenges of educating contemporary digital humanists on how to access, analyze, and disseminate an entire century of information generated with audiovisual media." Proposals by May 1.


Text Data Workshop, Culture Analytics Institute at UCLA, May 23-27, 2016

Comprehensive collections of texts stretching back in time to the beginning of writing have become increasingly available in machine actionable form — from corpora of cuneiform writing, to the vast collections of medieval texts from Europe and Asia, to the immense “sea of the unread” represented by the Hathi Trust and Google Books collections. Similarly, millions of “born digital” texts are flooding the virtual world on a daily basis, from tweets, to blog posts, to other cultural expressive forms. These developments represent an unprecedented opportunity to advance knowledge in the broad domain of the impact of writing on the dynamics of culture. This workshop focuses on the leading approaches to (a) extracting entities, topics, or narrative patterns from large, unstructured collections of text and analyzing them to (b) derive meaning from textual data and (c) understand the dynamics of social interactions or historical change. These approaches include text mining tools, sentiment analysis, topic modeling, textual memes, cross-language information retrieval, trend analysis, information retrieval, recommendations, and predictions of whether something will go “viral”. Mathematical tools include Bayesian models, supervised and unsupervised machine learning, optimization, and statistical language modeling techniques.

Deadline: Monday, March 28th, 2016 for financial support



Advanced Collaborative Support, HathiTrust Digital Library

"The ACS call is for project proposals that utilize the HT digital library and HTRC computational tools to address scholarly research questions. Examples of such collaboration(s) include, but are not limited to running topic modeling analysis on a subset of the HT corpus, running large-scale analysis tasks, and visualizing density of word occurrences over time. HTRC anticipates awarding up to 4 ACS projects this round." Applications by May 2.


New! Digital Humanities Advancement Grants from the NEH. “The NEH is eliminating both the DH Start-Up Grant Program and the DH Implementation Grant program and replacing them with a single program that will be offered twice per year that will combine features from both programs. The new program is called Digital Humanities Advancement Grants (DHAG).” Deadline: January 11, 2017, with opportunities to apply every six months from that time forward.


The Digging into Data Challenge has been funding cutting-edge digital research in the humanities and social sciences since 2009. Now under the auspices of T-AP, the program will support collaborative research teams from three continents: Europe (Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal (to be confirmed) and the United Kingdom); North America (Canada, Mexico, the United States); and South America (Brazil and Argentina). A great grant for anyone doing international digital research.



thresholds journal issue on the Extraneous. The debut issue of thresholds will focus on the theme of the extraneous. We seek manuscripts that deal with the extra, the foreign, or the strange from any angle. We welcome contributions that combine the creative and critical in their approach, and are eager to consider work that is experimental in both content and form. Final submissions will be comprised of a short piece (a maximum of 7000 words) accompanied by a series of fragments. Please submit 400-word abstracts and a brief bio to thresholdsjournal@gmail.com no later than May 15, 2016. Final essays will be due July 31, 2016.


The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland kicks off new project “Synergies: Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture (#AADHum),” sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with a half-day conference May 16, 2016. “This convening of African Americanists and Digital Humanities scholars from around the greater Washington D.C. region is designed to generate lively conversations about opportunities to utilize new methods, archives and  tools of the Digital Humanities to ask and answer intriguing questions in African American history and cultural studies, as well as ways to broaden the reach of the Digital Humanities in these areas.” Register by May 5th.


The first Oberlin Digital Scholarship Conference, June 10-12, 2016 on the Macalester campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. “It is envisioned as an event for Oberlin Group staff and faculty with significant interests or responsibilities in digital scholarship, digital humanities, and other digital projects to meet, network, and learn together.” Register by April 20th.


Exploring the “Humanity” in the Digital Humanities: Africana/Black Studies’ Perspectives on the Digital Humanities (Purdue, Dec. 1-3) "The African American Studies and Research Center invites scholars, practitioners, and graduate students to submit proposals for papers, panels and digital presentations for “Exploring the “Humanity” in the Digital Humanities: Africana/Black Studies’ Perspectives on the Digital Humanities,” its 30th Annual Symposium on African American Culture & Philosophy to consider the relationship between the digital humanities and Africana/Black epistemological frameworks that ask, 'What Does It Mean to Be Human?'"

Abstracts by June 6.


Historicising the Digital, BAAL-CUP seminar at the University of Leicester, UK. 27-28 June 2016. This conference “provides a space in which researchers are encouraged to re-evaluate assumptions and claims of digital communication research. The event explores the extent to which digital practices really are “new”. What precedents might be found in earlier periods? What practices show continuity between the pre- and post-digital age? What practices constitute genuine innovation within digital spaces? The event invites speakers working within different historical periods who may not otherwise join in conversation to promote fresh discussions from a trans-historical perspective.”


French-Language DH (Digital Humanities Quarterly). "With the goal of highlighting the work of Digital Humanities in French to our audience, we invite you to participate in a special issue of the Digital Humanities Quarterly magazine. This number is the second of several planned for DHQ in different languages or regional traditions. The deadline for submitting articles is September 30, 2016. The items must be presented in French, and should be in the range of 10-30 pages, using the editorial guidelines of the DHQ journal. You should send the item, following these guidelines todhqfrench@gmail.com, with the subject “DHQ numéro spécial FR”, with French and English versions of the abstract." Via Miriam Posner.


Caribbean Digital 2016 (NYC, Dec. 2) "Following on conversations that animated our events in 2014 and 2015, we look forward in this third public forum to engaging critically with the digital as practice and as historicized societal phenomenon, reflecting on the challenges and opportunities presented by the media technologies that evermore intensely reconfigure the social and geographic contours of the Caribbean." Via Miriam Posner.  Abstracts by July 15.


Creating Spatial Historical Knowledge (Washington, D.C.,Oct. 20-22) "This event brings together into critical dialogue historians from North America, Germany, the international institutes of the Max Weber Foundation, and beyond, to comparatively examine emerging digital approaches, new research problematics, and implications for the discipline of history and its understanding, for those using or producing digital maps to create spatial historical knowledge." Travel expenses will be covered. Apply by May 15.


The Digital Library Federation invites proposals for their 2016 DLF Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 7-9 November 2016. See alo the calls for related meetings, including the DLF Liberal Arts Colleges Pre-Conference (6 November) and Digital Preservation 2016 (9-10 November), the annual conference of the National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA)— https://diglib.org/DLFforum2016 Proposals are due by May 15th at 11:59pm Pacific Time. Via Miriam Posner.

Digital Humanities Congress 2016, Sheffield, UK, Dept 8-10, 2016. “The University of Sheffield's Humanities Research Institute with the support of Centernet is delighted to announce its Call for Papers for a three-day conference to be held in Sheffield during 8th - 10th September 2016. 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.”  Submissions by May 1.


Negotiating Borders through Digital Collaboration (Bucknell, October 28-30)

"This conference will bring together a broad community of practitioners–faculty, researchers, librarians, educational technologists, and students–who are using technology to rethink seemingly intractable borders within and outside of the university. We define “borders” as boundaries that limit access; conditions that differentiate insiders from outsiders; or any obstacle that impairs open communication and collaboration. We invite proposals that explore or critique digital modes of scholarly, cultural, and political intersectionality. Special consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate how crossing institutional boundaries, whether within or beyond the university, can facilitate the expansion of borders, broadly conceived."

Proposals by May 31.


10th International Conference in the Philosophy of Computer Games (Malta, Nov. 1-4)

"We invite scholars in any field of studies who take a professional interest in the relation between philosophy and computer games to submit papers to the 10th International Conference on the Philosophy of Computer Games, to be held in Malta, 1-4 November 2016. This year’s edition focuses on the theme of Knowledge." Abstracts by May 31.



Selected jobs and paid internships for undergraduates:


Lots and lots of Vox Media jobs.


Metadata Associate, MIT Press.


The Harvard Library Innovation Lab is seeking thinkers and doers to join our Summer 2016 class of fellows. Our summer fellows program will bring together a small set of visionaries to explore future directions in libraries, law, and technology. We value different ways of thinking and strongly encourage brilliant minds from all disciplines and backgrounds to apply. A cohort of three fellows will join the Lab in June, 2016 and will stay through the end of August, 2016. Fellows will enter the program with their own projects and will collaborate with their cohort and members of the Lab to produce paradigm shifting research, design, code, and art. Energy from all corners of law, tech, and libraries is welcomed, with particular encouragement given to potential candidates that might benefit from some of the Lab's current work in web archives, open law,cryptography, war crimes research, and free textbooks. All stages of education and career are welcome - from drifters to undergraduates to practicing artists to working professionals.” See more at http://librarylab.law.harvard.edu/fellows

Deadline: applications rolling through April 27th


Research Fellow, Timeline Media; “We’re seeking a research fellow who can develop our ability to mine historical resources. The role sits at the intersection of journalism and the digital humanities.”


Digital Humanities Intern, The Library Company of Philadelphia, summer 2016. “The successful candidate will work on the Digital Paxton Project in early American history (described below) for four weeks during the summer, or a total of 140 hours (35 hours per week). The internship carries a stipend of $1,000. There are no benefits. The internship offers a chance to work on an exciting DH project at one of the nation’s leading research libraries. The intern will work with a project team comprised of the IT Manager, the Digital Collections Librarian, and an outside scholar. The Digital Paxton Project will ultimately create a web tool allowing scholars and educators free and open access to original pamphlets relating to the Native American-Colonial conflict in pre-Revolutionary Pennsylvania.”

Deadline: May 1


Assistant Editor, Film, Cultural, and Media Studies, Palgrave Macmillan (NYC)

"Palgrave Macmillan is happy to offer an exciting opportunity to join the highly successful Scholarly Division at Palgrave Macmillan, a leading global publisher in the humanities, business, and social sciences. We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic and highly organized individual to support our Editor of Film, Cultural, and Media Studies in our New York office based in Lower Manhattan. We welcome applications to this role at both Editorial Assistant and Assistant Editor level, depending on experience. The Editorial Assistant/Assistant Editor provides valuable support to the Editor, builds and maintains good working relationships with authors and reviewers, and handles day-to-day administration. At Assistant Editor level, the role would also include some commissioning of new titles to the list." Posting via pinboard.in/u:miriamposner/

No deadline listed.


Miriam Posner lists DH-related jobs and internships for undergrads (LA-focused, but including national and international opportunities) on her Pinboard.  


Digital Humanities Now jobs listings also may be of interest.

Jobs and fellowships for graduate students, faculty, and staff:


Swarthmore College Libraries is hiring a Digital Collections Librarian!


Swarthmore ITS is hiring an academic technologist!


Full-stack engineer / data scientist, The Open Syllabus Project. The OSP  is looking for someone who has experience with large-scale data analysis, natural language processing, web archiving, and web application development to work on a really interesting + humanistic project tracking trends in higher education.


NEH-Mellon Fellowships for Digital Publication.  Deadline: April 28, 2016


University of Delaware Postdoctoral Fellow of Special Collections and Digital Humanities. “We seek an untenured scholar in the humanities (PhD received January 2010 - June 2016). The mission of the Fellow is to promote primary sources related to African American culture found in Special Collections at the University of Delaware Library through collaborative instruction, programming, creative outreach, and project development.  The fellowship is a residential one-year academic appointment (September 2016-August 31, 2017), renewable up to three years. The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. We are looking for an engaged humanist whose educational background suits her or him to work at the intersection of the classroom, the museum and/or archive, and the digital realm. Relevant training in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required.”

Deadline: May 1, 2016