[Humanist] 29.698 programming historian positions at Victoria (NZ)

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Tue Feb 9 07:10:13 CET 2016

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 698.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 9 Feb 2016 03:22:13 +0000
        From: Jason Ensor <J.Ensor at westernsydney.edu.au>
        Subject: Programming Historian Position(s) available : Digital Book History

[Via Dr Sydney Shep / Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and
Publishing Listserv]

Programming Historian Position(s) available: Post-Doctoral Fellow, Early
Career Researcher, Senior Research Fellow. Number and focus of positions
dependent on project requirements and suitable team-focused applicants.
Timeframes negotiable. Salary commensurate with experience and available

Wai-te-ata Press at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand is
looking for dynamic, agile, and innovative programming historians to
collaborate in a Royal Society / Marsden-funded digital history project
(2015-2018) entitled “Personal Geographies and Global Networks: William
Colenso and the Victorian Republic of Letters.” Requisite skills include
facility in programming languages and environments, such as Python and R,
proven expertise in one or more of text mining, social network analysis,
topic modelling, geospatial visualisation, sonification, as well as
familiarity with complex systems approaches, macroscopes and digital history
methodologies. Opportunities for teaching and capability building are also
available. William Colenso (1811-1899) was one of the most accomplished
polymaths of Victorian New Zealand, yet his contributions to Maori, Pakeha
and imperial history have been under-estimated, dismissed, or virtually
forgotten. This project features new digital humanities approaches and
advanced computational science tools used to identify and analyse Colenso's
local and international intellectual, scientific, linguistic, religious, and
political networks using his extensive published writings and voluminous
letter correspondence. Text mining, social network analysis, topic
modelling, and geospatial visualisation offer new insights into Colenso's
multi-facetted identity as well as his pivotal role in a global system of
information exchange and knowledge production.

For further information about the project, please consult:


Please send a one-page Expression of Interest, 2-3 page CV including links to recent digital projects, and the names of three references in a single .PDF file to:
Dr Sydney J Shep, Reader in Book History
The Printer, Wai-te-ata Press
Victoria University of Wellington, NZ
Sydney.shep at vuw.ac.nz<mailto:Sydney.shep at vuw.ac.nz>
EOIs will be reviewed as they are received.
Invitations to submit a fuller application will include an opportunity to test drive our data.

For inquiries about this list, please contact:
Dr Jason Ensor | Research & Technical Development, Digital Humanities
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Western Sydney University
P +61 2 9685 9891 | F + 61 2 9685 9075

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