[Humanist] 25.215 events: Getting Started (MLA 2012)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 215.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 4 Aug 2011 15:27:12 -0500
        From: Ryan Cordell <ryan.cordell at snc.edu>
        Subject: MLA Workshop: Getting Started in Digital Humanities with DHCommons

This workshop isn't really pitched at the experienced digital humanists 
of this list (though some will be on the workshop's panel of experts), 
but if you have colleagues who are interested in getting started in the 
digital humanities, you might encourage them to apply to DHCommons' 
preconvention workshop at MLA 2012 in Seattle. The event will be 
cosponsored by NITLE and the Texas A&M Initiative for Digital 
Humanities, Media, and Culture. Representatives from a range of 
prominent DH projects and centers will be on hand for training and 
consultation. The full announcement is below.

Ryan Cordell

Assistant Professor of English | St. Norbert College | 
ryan.cordell at snc.edu | twitter: @ryancordell

MLA Workshop: Getting Started in Digital Humanities with DHCommons

Thursday, 5 January 2012, 8:30-11:30 am

Digital methodologies and new media are changing the landscape of 
research and teaching in modern languages and literatures. Scholars can 
now computationally analyze entire corpora of texts or preserve and 
share materials through digital archives. Students can engage in 
authentic applied research linking text to place, or study Shakespeare 
in a virtual Globe Theater. In the face of all the digital humanities 
buzz--from the MLA to the New York Times to Twitter--where can scholars 
interested in the field turn to get started? This three-hour 
preconvention workshop welcomes language and literature scholars who 
wish to learn about, start, or join digital scholarly projects for 
research and/or teaching. Representatives of major digital humanities 
projects and initiatives will share their expertise on project design, 
available resources and opportunities, lead small-group training 
sessions on technologies and skills to help participants get started, 
and be available for follow-up one-on-one consultations later in the 
day. Experts will come from projects such as the Walt Whitman Archive, 
Blake Archive, Romantic Circles, Civil War Washington, NINES, 18th 
Connect, centerNet, the History Engine, Hypercities, and Spatial 
Humanities. Participants will leave with a plan for getting started in 
the digital humanities and a resource for connecting to scholars and 
projects in their disciplines.

When and where: This workshop will be held 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. on the 
first day of the MLA Convention (Thursday, January 5th, 2012). Panelists 
will hold one-on-one counseling sessions with participants after the 

Sponsors: The workshop is co-sponsored by the National Institute for 
Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) and the Texas A&M Initiative for 
Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture.

Organizers: Rebecca Davis (NITLE), Lisa Spiro (NITLE), Laura Mandell 
(Texas A&M University), Ryan Cordell (St. Norbert College), and Quinn 
Dombrowski (University of Chicago)

The workshop will serve as the launch of the Digital Humanities Commons 
(DHCommons), a new registry designed to match innovative scholars with 
opportunities for collaboration and expertise, and increase the 
community of participants engaged with established digital projects, 
initiatives, and centers.

Application Process

Scholars must apply in advance for the workshop by either 1) outlining a 
digital project they would like to undertake or 2) suggesting the type 
of project on which they would be interested in collaborating. This 
collaboration may include developing curriculum or pedagogical 
approaches to the use of the project. The workshop aims to help new 
digital humanists find exciting work; thus, applications will not 
require scholars to have a fully-developed project idea. Small group 
training sessions will be determined by the needs of accepted 
participants. Apply below.

Application and Deadlines

Visit http://dhcommons.org/mla2012 and fill out the application. Review 
of applications will begin on September 15. The review board will 
consider applications and accept participants on a rolling basis until 
the workshop is full. Those whose applications were received by 
September 15 will be notified by September 30.

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