Digital Humanities Summer Workshop

August 28 – September 8, 2017

Northwestern University’s Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop brings together humanities faculty, librarians, and technologists for a two-week intensive and collaborative experience in developing digital humanities pedagogical and research projects with meaningful roles for students.

Hosted by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities (AKIH), and co-organized by Northwestern University Libraries (NUL) and the Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences’ Multimedia Learning Center (MMLC), the workshop each year provides five Northwestern humanities faculty with the opportunity to learn and grow technology skills; think critically about digital information, tools and culture; conceptualize and collaborate on research and pedagogical projects; and participate in interdisciplinary seminars and discussions.

We define digital humanities broadly as humanities research, teaching and publication that is enabled by digital methods and tools, including, but not limited to digital mapping, digitization and online archives, text analysis, data visualizations, multi-media/modal narrative, and gaming. Examples of past projects include:

  • Ancient Rome in Chicago, a multimedia walking tour for classical receptions of Chicago architecture
  • Open Door Archive, a digital repository and exhibition space dedicated to the print culture and multimedia archives of multiethnic poetry
  • WildWords, a collaborative encyclopedic dictionary for Northwestern speech communities



Proposals should relate to a pedagogical or research project in the digital humanities that has meaningful roles for students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level. For pedagogical proposals, participants may revise an existing course or create a new course in the humanities in which digital technologies are incorporated into the syllabus, not merely as tools but as means to enable innovative critical thinking in the discipline or interdisciplinary field.

The scope and size of digital projects vary and, with them, the required time and effort commitments necessary for their implementation. While some projects require very little technological or development support, others can require significant resources. To allow adequate development time, course and curricular projects prototyped and scoped during the workshop should anticipate earliest implementation no sooner than Spring Quarter, 2018. Actual implementation time may be longer.

Faculty attending the workshop will be required to give a presentation and an update about their project work during the 2017-2018 academic year.



The workshop is open to Professors and Associate Professors; Assistant Professors and Continuing Lecturers (with Chair approval); and Post-doctoral Fellows (first year with chair approval, and with intent to teach in their second year). Participants will receive a $3000 stipend.



Proposals should provide (a) an introduction to your course/project, (b) a list of possible technology needs (if known, and it is fine to speculate), (c) proposed roles for undergraduates in a research project, (d) learning outcomes for undergraduates in either kind of proposal. Prior to submitting an application, please set up a brief consultation with Josh Honn, Digital Humanities Librarian or Matt Taylor, MMLC IT Director.

Proposals will be due March 30, 2017, and should be submitted to Tom Burke, Assistant Director of the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at [email protected].



Monday, August 28 – Thursday, August 31
Workshop Week 1

Friday, September 1 – Monday, September 4
Labor Day Holiday Break

Tuesday, September 5 – Friday, September 8
Workshop Week 2