2018 Call for Proposals

August 27 – September 7, 2018
Hosted by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with Northwestern University Libraries and the Media and Design Studio

Application Deadline
April 6, 2018

Info Session
February 21, 2018 12:00-1:30pm

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’ Media and Design Studio (MADS), the workshop provides 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 scholarship that utilizes computational methods and/or digital tools to advance research and curricular projects. Methods and tools include but are not limited to: digital mapping, electronic textual analysis, digitization and archiving of materials, data visualization techniques, 3-D representation, and interactive digital media including game-based systems. Five faculty members will be selected to participate in a workshop that will be a mixture of hands-on practicals, demonstration and discussion; participants will work on their projects with colleagues from the Northwestern University Libraries, Weinberg’s Media and Design Studio, and other campus partners. In addition, colleagues from within and without Northwestern with relevant digital humanities projects will make presentations about their ongoing work.

The workshop is open to Professors and Associate Professors; Assistant Professors and Continuing Teaching-Line Faculty (with Chair approval). Participants will receive a $3500 stipend.

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.

Examples of past projects include: Chicago Mural Movement, a georeferenced archive of visuals and narratives related to the Black Arts Movement in Chicago; WildWords, a collaborative encyclopedic dictionary for Northwestern speech communities; Open Door Archive, a digital repository and exhibition space dedicated to the print culture and multimedia archives of multiethnic poetry; Ancient Rome in Chicago, a multimedia walking tour for classical receptions of Chicago architecture.

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, 2019. 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 2018-2019 academic year.

Information Session
Interested faculty may wish to consider attending an information session hosted at the Kaplan Institute on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 12-1:30 pm. The overview event provides additional background on the workshop, showcases past projects and allows interaction with former participants. Lunch is provided.

Submitting a Proposal
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 (josh.honn@northwestern.edu) or Matt Taylor, MAD Studio IT Director, (mtaylor@northwestern.edu)

Proposals will be due April 6, 2018, and should be submitted to Thomas Burke, Assistant Director of the Kaplan Institute using the following e-mail address:   thomas.burke@northwestern.edu