Information for University of Western Sydney Applicants

We would like to draw your attention to the “New Scholars Seminar in Digital Humanities”, a great upcoming opportunity for UWS research students to participate in an international digital humanities event designed for them to interact with some of the leading scholars in this area, and to take part in the International Digital Humanities Conference at UWS (Parramatta). Please pass this on to any students you think may be interested.

While the New Scholars Seminar will include young scholars from all over the world, UWS is sponsoring places for 10 UWS students under a special scheme, so applications from UWS students should be sent directly to Rachel Hendery at r.hendery@uws.edu.au  For successful applicants we will cover the cost of attendance at both the new scholars seminar and the full registration cost for the Digital Humanities conference.

Applications should be a maximum of 1 A4 page sent to r.hendery@uws.edu.au by the 22nd of May, including

  1. the student’s name and contact details
  2. the student’s research topic/area of interest
  3. a short paragraph explaining the relationship of the student’s research to Digital Humanities
  4. a paragraph about a specific question or problem that the student is working on that would benefit from discussion with senior DH researchers and/or a small group of peers.

The Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI), centerNet and UWS are collaborating to organize a pre-conference seminar for new scholars interested in the digital humanities. There is no charge to participate but places are limited. 10 places are reserved for research students from the University of Western Sydney.

What is the New Scholars Seminar?

The NSS is a two-day unconference event on Monday June 29th and Tuesday 30th connected with public events on Building Communities and Networks in the Humanities. The events are for new scholars to meet and develop research collaborations in the digital humanities. The agenda for the unconference events will be set by the participants. The events are timed to take place before DH 2015 (dh2015.org) at the University of Western Sydney in Sydney, Australia.

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New Scholars Seminar Programme

The programme for the seminar will be developed by the participants once accepted and coordinated by the Kule Institute for Advanced Study. The idea is to empower new scholars to develop their own research directions and collaborations. There will therefore be two phases:

  1. Before the on site portion of the Seminar there will be an online component. Participants will share their Statements and negotiate what will happen during the seminar. We expect there will be clusters of research interests that emerge which can form the intellectual backbone of the Seminar. KIAS will coordinate an online conversation that will encourage leadership to emerge from within the group so that the actual structure of the on site days will be primarily organized by the participants.
  2. The on site portion of the Seminar will take place over two days before the DH2015 conference (29 and 30 June). The program will include short presentations by participants addressing issues identified in online discussion and unconference activities. Informal drinks are planned for the Monday night at the Bavarian Bier Cafe in Parramatta. On the Tuesday morning there will be a panel of senior researchers from the DH community discussing careers in the digital humanities and an opportunity to talk with these researchers in small groups.

Confirmed senior researchers on the panel and leading the small groups include:

  1. Professor Melissa Terras, the director of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities at University College London (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dis/people/melissaterras);
  2. Professor Jeffrey T Schnapp, faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard (http://metalab.harvard.edu/) and;
  3. Professor Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing at King’s College, London (http://www.mccarty.org.uk/).
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