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Job: Open Rank Professor and Synergies Project Director

Come work with us on this wonderful opportunity connecting Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture!

Open Rank Professor and Project Director

Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture

The College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland seeks a dynamic scholar at the rank of advanced assistant, associate, or full professor with a proven record of conducting innovative research and teaching at the intersection of African American History & Culture and Digital Humanities to direct a major Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project: Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture. The successful candidate will develop and oversee individual and collaborative research, pedagogy, and outreach. The Project Director will participate in preparing a diverse cadre of scholars and students whose work in African American History & Culture and the Digital Humanities shall enrich arts and humanities research and teaching with new methods, archives, and tools. For additional information about Synergies, see http://arhusynergy.umd.edu.

In collaboration with the project’s principal investigators, the Dean, and the directors of the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy, and the Maryland Institute for Technology and the Humanities (MITH), the Project Director will be responsible for: setting research goals and outcomes; developing curriculum, training, and associated programming; representing and communicating the work of the project to relevant campus, disciplinary, and public communities; supervising project staff, scholars, and students; and, ensuring successful implementation of all project activities. . . . Continue Reading

NEH launches contest to use Chronicling America database for new web-based creative projects

MITH would like to call attention to a new opportunity from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to create new web-based creative projects. The Library of Congress has developed a user-friendly Application Program Interface (API) to explore the data contained in Chronicling America. While previously working at the Library of Congress, MITH’s Lead Developer Ed Summers helped design this API and the open source application that makes it available. Read below for more information on the contest.

WASHINGTON (October 28, 2015) — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today launched a nationwide contest, challenging members of the public to produce creative web-based projects using data pulled from Chronicling America, the digital repository of historic U.S. newspapers.

The Chronicling America database, created through a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress, provides free digital access to ten million pages of historically significant newspapers published in the United States between 1836 and 1922.

In a competition posted at Challenge.gov, NEH encourages contestants to develop data visualizations, web-based tools, or other innovative web-based projects using the open data found at Chronicling America. . . . Continue Reading

Please welcome Oliver Gaycken as MITH’s newest Vambery Fellow!

MITH is pleased to announce that Oliver Gaycken, Vambery Distinguished Professor of Comparative Studies for the 2015-16 academic year, has also been named a MITH Vambery Fellow for the same period. Faculty recipients of the Vambery fellowship are selected on the basis of demonstrated work in European and American comparative literary studies in print, in film, or in other newly discovered technological forms. Gaycken is an Associate Professor in the English Department and a core faculty member of the Comparative Literature Program and the Film Program. He teaches courses on silent-era cinema history, the history of popular science, and the links between scientific and experimental cinema. He has published on the discovery of the ophthalmoscope, the flourishing of the popular science film in France at the turn of the 1910s, the figure of the supercriminal in Louis Feuillade’s serial films, and the surrealist fascination with popular scientific images. His book Devices of Curiosity: Early Cinema and Popular Science, appeared with Oxford University Press in the spring of 2015.

During his fellowship year, Oliver will work on his project, “‘The Living Book of Knowledge’: Visions of the Moving-Image Encyclopedia,” which traces the history of attempts to create an encyclopedic archive of recorded movement, from the late nineteenth century to the present. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: Murder Networks: A New Materialist Look at Violence

Trisha-Campbell Trisha Campbell, Assistant Professor of EnglishSalisbury University@digitaltrisha
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, November 10, 201512:30 pm

For some time, there has been a pressing need for studies that approach murder as something other than a pathological, criminological, or sociological problem to be explained, analyzed, and resolved. In this talk, I take up a new materialist approach to murder, arguing, first, that we must begin by postponing blame, and, second, that inner-city murder is distributed through multiple key non-human rhetorical agents before and leading up to the violent act itself–and that any meaningful intervention must first account for and trace these agents. Using new materialist rhetoric, affect theory, and discourse analysis, I share my research on murder as it happens across, and in part because of, the partial agency of social networks, where language, discourse, and affect intra-act and resonate contagiously. Through a case study of a 2014 “murder-event” in Pittsburgh, PA, I illustrate how Facebook and Twitter become agential actors in murder themselves. Ultimately, my research suggests that individual agency is no longer sufficient and that we must, instead listen to other powerful rhetorical agents and their networks, which have thus far been excluded, as a new intervention into violence in the 21st century. . . . Continue Reading

MITH, ARHU and Synergies Mellon project featured in President Loh video

This morning President Wallace D. Loh circulated a video to the UMD community that featured selected research and creative work being conducted throughout the university. In addition to all of President Loh’s narration being shot on location at MITH, the video features the new Mellon-funded project Synergies among Digital Humanities and African American History and Culture: An integrated research and training model, awarded to the College of Arts and Humanities (ARHU) and co-directed by MITH and the Arts and Humanities Center for Synergy. The video includes footage of the MITH team in action on the project, along with Labor Collections Archivist Jennifer Eidson and ARHU Associate Dean for Research, Interdisciplinary Scholarship and Programming Sheri Parks.

MITH is delighted to have been featured so prominently by President Loh, and is excited to start actively working on the Synergies project. Special thanks to Gabe Unterman and his team from Multimedia Production, who did a great job capturing a ‘day in the life’ at the MITH offices. See below for President Loh’s introductory message about the video.

Dear University of Maryland community:

Advancing science, culture, and the arts — and translating these advances to solve the great problems of our times, enrich our quality of life, and drive economic opportunity in our state and nation — are at the core of the University of Maryland’s 21st century mission as a research and land-grant institution. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: Music, Technology, and Digital Scholarship

Richard_Freedman Richard Freedman, Associate Provost for Curricular Development and Professor of HumanitiesHaverford College
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, November 3, 201512:30 pm

Putting new media in the service of old scores, the digital environment offers much that will advance the study, teaching, and performance of music. There are on-line image archives, research databases, digital editions, tools for computational analysis, and even social media sites devoted to the serious study of music, in all its richness. But what good are such tools? And how do they relate to the peer-reviewed journals, books, and monuments with which they jostle for attention and resources?

I would like to offer some perspectives on the promise and peril of the digital domain for the study of music, highlighting some current accomplishments and pointing out some challenges for the years ahead. Along the way we will pause to consider the long history of transformative intersections of music and technologies of writing and reproduction. And we will reflect on the how these new modes new tools might enable new kinds of disciplinary collaborations, new relationships among teaching and research, and new models of intellectual property and publication.

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Podcast: Experimental Models and Art Historical Computing: Networks in the Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Printmaking

Matthew_Lincoln Matthew Lincoln, PhD Candidate in Art HistoryUniversity of Maryland@matthewdlincoln
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 27, 201512:30 pm

“In the context of research, a model is an experimental device, modelling an experimental technique.” Willard McCarty, Humanities Computing.

What is a research model, and what is an experiment, in the context of art history? As we begin to compute data troves derived from catalogues raisonné and museum collections in new ways, we are challenged to grapple seriously with how to map different computational models (e.g. spatial, network, visual) to historical models of society, market, religion, gender, and more.

My talk will focus on my in-progress dissertation “Modeling the Network of Dutch and Flemish Print Production, 1500–1700”, in which I adapt existing museum collections databases in order to analyze large-scale changes in the organizational patterns of reproductive printmakers and publishers in the Netherlands during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. I will discuss the importance of formal network concepts to understanding artistic print production, and demonstrate how multiple analytical perspectives, including both measurement and descriptive analysis, as well as simulation modeling, compel us to revisit standing narratives and methodologies. This attentiveness towards computational modeling and the concept of the humanistic model in general, I will argue, has particularly high stakes for art historians as we continue to construct and evaluate the relationships between our historical narratives and the objects from which we derive them. . . . Continue Reading

Podcast: The Archipelago of Multimedia Publishing

Cheryl_Ball Cheryl Ball, Associate Professor of Digital PublishingWest Virginia University@s2ceball
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 13, 201512:30 pm

As academic publishing turns more and more toward peer-to-peer review, multimedia-rich work, and publication of data sets, the Vega team is developing a modular, open-source platform that can accommodate a broader range of publishing models that scholars and practitioners want to and can publish. Vega will be a free, editorial-management platform that supports peer review, copy-editing, and publication of multimedia-rich and data-driven scholarship and creative works in all areas of research. With the support of an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant, Vega is being designed with a unique editorial workflow that recognizes and values the importance of screen-based multimedia research, including digital humanities projects and electronic literature. What many journals and presses that publish this kind of work lack is an editorial management system that will move a piece of scholarly multimedia through the submission, review, and production processes as a single, scholarly entity. I will discuss the platform, its authorial and editorial features, and welcome questions and comments from an audience of potential users of Vega, which is only part-way through its first year of a three-year development cycle.

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Fall 2015 Digital Dialogues Pre-Season Mixer

Good news! So many of you expressed interest in having a Fall 2015 Digital Dialogues Pre-Season Mixer, that we will definitely be holding the event here at MITH on Tuesday, September 27, 2015 at 12:30pm. Although we asked all of you to express initial interest by this past Tuesday the 14th through the online survey, you can still RSVP up until the day before the event.

For those of you who didn’t see the original announcement, the mixer is a chance for you to come see our our offices, meet MITH staff members, and engage with other faculty and staff members on campus who are interested in digital scholarly work in the humanities. There will be refreshments served, as well as a few brief lightning talks with graduate students discussing their research and projects.

Starting in Fall 2015 with this event, MITH will begin posting its events on our Facebook page. If you haven’t done so yet:

Podcast: What Counts as Contemporary Fiction? Scale, Value, and Field

James-English James English, Professor of English and Director of the Penn Humanities ForumUniversity of Pennsylvania
MITH Conference RoomTuesday, October 20, 201512:30 pm

Scholars of contemporary fiction face special challenges in making the turn toward digitized corpora and empirical method. Their field is one of exceptionally large and uncertain scale, subject to ongoing transformation and dispute, and shrouded in copyright. I will present one possible way forward, based on my work for a special issue of Modern Language Quarterly on “Scale & Value” that I’m co-editing with Ted Underwood. My project uses quantitative relationships among mid-sized, hand-made datasets to map the field of Anglophone fiction from 1960 to the present. Some significant findings of this research concern a shift in the typical time-setting of the novel and a concomitant change in the relationship between literary commerce and literary prestige.

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