[Humanist] 28.695 last call: an Institute with a difference
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 3 08:48:18 CET 2015
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 28, No. 695.
Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2015 07:35:58 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: last call: the Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies
Summer Institute in Digital Textual Studies
National Humanities Center
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, U.S.
June 2015 and 2016
Conducted by Willard McCarty (King's College London; University of
Western Sydney) and Matthew Jockers (University of Nebraska at Lincoln)
The intention behind the Institute in Digital Textual Studies is to
equip participants for confronting a central epistemic dilemma of
digital research in the interpretative disciplines: what does it have to
do with the core interpretative act? The focus of the Institute is
discursive text, whether the scholar's interest is historical,
sociological, philological, literary or linguistic. Its means of
confronting this dilemma is analytical distant reading carried out with
tools built by participants. No prior experience with or knowledge of
programming is needed or required, rather willingness to make simple
tools and to probe text digitally with them. The Institute is thus a
hands-on seminar, simultaneously practical and philosophical. It is
based on the conviction that a thorough understanding digital humanities
is best pursued by combining direct experience of digital tools with
wide-ranging consideration of the intellectual inheritance borne by
computing and the implications it carries: where tools and ideas
intersect the traffic is bi-directional and mutually transformative. For
this reason time is devoted both to reading and discussing and to
building and experimenting.
The Institute is intended for the kind of scholar that the National
Humanities Center normally selects for residential fellowships, i.e.
mid-career or senior scholars working in any area of the humanities. 15
will be selected by the convenors.
About the NHC
The National Humanities Center is the only major independent American
institute for advanced study in all fields of the humanities. Privately
incorporated and governed by a distinguished board of trustees from
academic, professional, and public life, the Center was planned under
the auspices of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and began
operation in 1978. It provides a national focus for the best work in the
liberal arts, drawing attention to the enduring value of ancient and
modern history, language and literature, ethical and moral reflection,
artistic and cultural traditions, and critical thought in every area of
humanistic investigation. By encouraging excellence in scholarship, the
Center seeks to insure the continuing strength of the liberal arts and
to affirm the importance of the humanities.
Application for the Summer Institute remains open until 20 February.
Details of the Institute and link to the application form may be found
Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Digital Humanities Research
Group, University of Western Sydney
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