Example weekly UCLA DH email

Happy (day-late) Halloween! Both my daughter and Todd Presner’s son went as Captain Kirk, which I think indicates that DH people are decisive and possessed of exemplary leadership capabilities.

Three cool events this Monday, November 4:

  • Jeffrey Schnapp, head of Harvard’s metaLAB, is speaking on Monday at noon in 250 Humanities Building. More here.
  • The DH Working Group is holding a meeting from 4 to 7, in pods 19 and 20 of the YRL Research Commons. This is an informal, drop-in session, with no agenda — except that, thanks to Anne Cong-Huyen, Jentery Sayers, a professor of English at the University of Victoria, will be Skyping in at 5:00 to talk about teaching with the Scalar tool for long-form storytelling.
  • Todd Presner, Johanna Drucker, Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, and Jeffrey Schnapp will speak on their book, Digital_Humanities, at 6:00 p.m. at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. More here.

Did you catch DH faculty member Jon Christensen on KPCC’s Take Two this week? He was speaking about the L.A. Aqueduct and sounded great. And you may also have caught this article about DH faculty member Maite Zubiaurre’s very cool graduate seminar, “Landscapes of Waste.”

Undergrads, have you applied yet for the Re:Humanities conference at Haverford College? If you’re accepted, they’ll help you with travel and lodging is free. I know some of you are concerned about applying to speak on a collaborative project. In general, that’s totally fine; just let your fellow group members know, so that they can participate if they’d like. The deadline is December 1, and I’m happy to look over your applications if you’d like.

Speaking of deadlines, TODAY is the deadline to apply for the DH minor or the graduate certificate. So get your application in today!

As always, you can connect with the Digital Humanities program on Facebook or Twitter, and you can always find these events and opportunities archived here.

(And, inconceivable though the thought is to me, you can unsubscribe from this list here.)


Miriam Posner, Ph.D. | UCLA | Coordinator and Core Faculty, Digital Humanities Program

Public Affairs 1070 | (310) 206-7575 | @miriamkp

Tool of the Week

The Overview Project

I’ve been interested in this tool for awhile, but Overview only today announced the ability to ingest PDFs. Designed for journalists, Overview helps you wade through big sets of files. Upload a large collection of documents and Overview uses natural language processing to sort that stack of documents into piles by type. The result is a tree-like diagram that allows you to skim documents, tag them, and sort them by theme.

Project of the Week

The Roaring Twenties: An Interactive Exploration of the Historical Soundscape of New York City

Via Deputy Project Spotter Todd Grappone. Immerse yourself in the sounds of 1920s-era New York with this new project from Vectors journal.


Five-part data visualization series

“Visualization gives us fast access to actionable insight. And visualizations are compelling, often much more so than isolated facts or text. But, just as visualization is key to unlocking answers buried deep within our data, an ineffective or poorly designed or chosen visualization can hide the insight needed to make more informed business decisions. This series will teach you how to design effective visualizations enabling you to understand your data, then identify what’s important, and, ultimately, make the right decisions.”

Historical Software Collection at the Internet Archive

“This collection contains selected historically important software packages from the Internet Archive’s software archives. Through the use of in-browser emulators, it is possible to try out these items and experiment with using them, without the additional burdens of installing emulator software or tracking down the programs. Many of these software products were the first of their kind, or utilized features and approaches that have been copied or recreated on many programs since. (historic software, vintage software, antique software).”


$1,000 prize for best visualization of classical studies data

“Anvil Academic and Dickinson College Commentaries announce the availability of a $1,000 prize for the best scholarly visualization of data in the field of classical studies submitted during 2013. Two runners-up will be awarded prizes of $500 each. Submissions must include: one or more visual representations of data that involves some linguistic component (Latin, Greek, or another ancient language of the Greco-Roman worlds), but may also include physical, geospatial, temporal, or other data; a research question and narrative argument that describes the conclusions drawn from the data and the visualization; and the source data itself.” Submissions by December 31.


Quadcopter and Multirotor Intro Build Class

1:00 p.m., Sunday, November 3

Ctrl.Me (Venice)

“This class is a hands-on introduction to multirotors and we will be assembling and flying your quadcopter or hexacopter of choice. Please visit http://ctrl.me/Quadcopters-101 for brief intro to quadcopters.” $20 fee.

Livestreaming of the Digital Library Federation meeting

Tuesday, November 4

“The 2013 DLF Forum will be on November 4–6, 2013 in Austin, TX at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center. Participation is open to all who are interested in contributing to and playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museum and archives services, and collections. The Forum will feature presentations and panels, workshops, research updates, working sessions, demos, and more.”

DMA Lunchtime Lecture, Victoria Vesna

Tuesday, November 4, 12:15 p.m.

Broad Art Center DMA

“Victoria Vesna, Ph.D., is a media artist and Professor at the UCLA Department of Design | Media Arts and Director of the Art|Sci center at the School of the Arts and California Nanosystems Institute (CNSI). Victoria’s most recent project Octopus Mandala was a highlight at this year’s GLOW festival.”

Learn to Code at Crashspace!

Wednesday, November 6, 8:00 p.m.

Crashspace (Culver City)

Interested in learning to code or improving your skills? Join this group, led by our very own Director and professional Software Engineer Michelle Leonhart (@at0mbxmb) every week!

Diary of Smells

5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 7 

CNSI Building 114 

“Diary of Smells is an on-going multi-sensorial interactive & interdisciplinary project. It is a laboratory on the act of smell and its relationship to memory, time and place. Shards/Lab will be set as an act of smell. A short video brings the various segments of the book as the artist and public test different stages of the smells. Once the lab closes, the exhibit continues with a video projection. For the first week Smell Flasks will be projected along with the Smell of Nest dispersed in the gallery. The following week will present Ich kann ihn nicht riesen/I can’t smell him, a smell video.”

Discussing HackforLA and LA’s new OpenData Platform

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 13

Coloft (Santa Monica)

“Los Angeles just announced their new open data website that gives us a ton of info on financial data within the city both through visualizations and APIs. We’re going to have a talk about what kind of data this is and how it can be used.”

Ciaran Trace on Archives and Human Centered Computing.

3:00, Thursday, November 14 



February 22 (sign up now)

Via Deputy Event-Spotter Jamie Gravell. “When do teachers get an opportunity to learn from other professionals outside their own school or district WITHOUT someone else dictating the topic and schedule? That’s what EdCamps are all about. Come enjoy a day with colleagues from California and beyond. Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead or with the anticipation of a full day of learning. A session might explore a technology tool, a discussion about best practices, or a collaborative presentation with multiple facilitators.”


2nd Meeting of Humanistas Digitales: Digital Humanities in a Global Context

Mexico City, May 21-23 “Through presentations, keynote speeches, panel discussions, posters, discussions and project presentations, we seek to share answers and questions about the Humanities at the present time and the increasing use of technologies (mainly computational) in the different areas of study that make up our field of practice, the Digital Humanities.” Proposals by January 9.

Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide (articles that use digital technology in research)

“Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide has received a grant from the Mellon Foundation for a three-year capacity-building initiative to maximize the possibilities of the journal’s online format. With this in mind, NCAW is soliciting potential articles that take full advantage of new web technologies either in the research or the publication phase, or both. Please note, we are not funding the development of digital humanities projects, but rather the research and publication of scholarly articles. …Authors are not expected to have extensive technical expertise themselves; instead NCAW will work with them to help in realizing the computing aspects of their project. Authors should, however, be generally knowledgeable about the technological possibilities related to their project and should be able to articulate how both specific computer-based research methods and the online publication format connect with the research questions on which their project focuses.” No deadline listed.


International Program Manager, Code for America

“We are hiring an International Program Manager who will be responsible for coordinating Code for America’s international partnership program (Code for All). Responsibilities: Set strategic and programmatic goals for the program including content curation Create systems and processes to continually evaluate and enhance the program; including tracking goals, outcomes and metrics Make strategic program recommendations based on learnings and deep understanding of the ecosystem Represent CfA and Code for All at events Facilitate a global network of civic hackers through mailing lists, shared blogs, in-person meetings, Hangouts and other shared spaces Document learnings through funder reports, articles, blog posts and other relevant vehicles Analyze the global civic technology space and identify areas where Code for All can play a role”

Asst. Prof., American Lit/Culture (DH desirable), SUNY Cortland

“3-3 teaching load includes introductory, advanced, and graduate courses as well as American literature survey. Scholarship, student advisement, and service to the College and community are also expected. Additional competence in literary theory, film studies, or digital humanities.”

 Assistant Professor, Computational Linguistics/Digital Humanities, Rochester Institute of Technology

“The Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology invites applications for an Assistant Professor of English tenure-track position to begin August 13, 2014 with specialization in computational linguistics and/or innovative technical methods in language science , with a focus on one or more areas of application. Possible areas include: Cultural or social analytics Speech technology Human-computer communication Clinical, assistive, and/or access technology Cognitive modeling of linguistic processes (for example reading) Games and/or social media”

Senior Lecturer, DH, University of Western Sydney 

“The Senior Lecturer in Digital Humanities will work closely with the Research Group Leader on the development of interdisciplinary, collaborative Digital Humanities projects, initiatives and programs in the School and the University, and with external stakeholders. The successful candidate will be expected to make a significant contribution towards future teaching programs in Digital Humanities at all levels, but primarily focused on developing Masters level courses in Digital Humanities, and supervising Doctoral and Masters dissertations. S/he will also undertake administrative responsibilities.” (Search for job number 895/13.)

Asst. Prof., Public History (DH desirable), UC Riverside

“Regional specialization and time period are open. The department seeks an accomplished scholar who will broaden our existing graduate MA and PhD Program in Public History and contribute to the global focus of our undergraduate history major. We seek a candidate with both a strong academic background in historical research and a track record in implementing innovative public humanities projects. Scholars with demonstrated expertise in archival practices, digital humanities, and/or visual and material culture are encouraged to apply.”

Lecturer, Director of Digital Media Production, U Pittsburgh

“The Department of English at the University of Pittsburgh is expecting to create a new, non-tenure Stream position as the Director of Digital Media Production to begin August 2014, pending budgetary approval, and seeks a digitally-skilled, experienced educator to fill this cross-programmatic position. Our department recognizes that new genres of scholarship and pedagogy require writers, teachers, and students to learn and produce work in emerging audio-visual and interactive platforms. Through teaching, digital lab consultation, and curricular activities, the DDMP will support this work. Specifically, the DDMP will develop and disseminate digital media practice across programs in composition, creative writing, literature, and film, build on existing momentum, and forge new initiatives and partnerships that position Pitt English on the vanguard of digital media projects and pedagogy.”

Associate Director, Art and Technology, UC San Diego

“The Associate Director for Art and Technology will help faculty and TAs to implement innovative teaching methods, practices, and tools designed to develop student understanding and to integrate art and technology as powerful expressions and instruments of culture. In addition, this director will ensure that visual, media, and information literacy are effectively addressed within the curriculum and that the college’s digital literacy plan is embedded within the college’s program in such a way that it supports the mission of the college and our student learning goals, including the goals of the embedded composition program.”

Acquisitions Editor, University of Michigan Press

“Michigan Publishing seeks a talented and creative acquisitions editor for the University of Michigan Press, specializing in interdisciplinary humanities, who will report to the Editorial Director and be responsible for acquiring and developing major scholarly titles. This editor should demonstrate knowledge and competence in traditional academic publishing while at the same time possessing the flexibility and desire to work with other Michigan Publishing imprints. Fields of preferred expertise include cultural studies, digital culture, and history.”

Asst Prof, Creative Nonfiction (DH desirable), U of Northern Iowa

” Tenure-track Assistant Professor to teach Creative Nonfiction beginning August 2014 in the Department of Languages and Literatures at the University of Northern Iowa. Duties include an attractive course load teaching and developing craft and workshop courses in creative nonfiction, teaching a new multi-genre creative writing course, and working with graduate students directing MA theses. … We especially welcome candidates with experience or expertise in one or more of the following: writing studies; digital writing; digital humanities; publishing and editing; and other creative genres.”

Asst. Prof., Spanish (DH desirable), U of Arizona

“The Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona invites nominations and applications for a position in Spanish with a concentration in Border Studies and or Chicano Literary and Cultural Studies, to begin August 2014. … Candidates whose teaching and research interests encompass Visual Culture, Digital Humanities or transnational US Latino Literary and Cultural Studies, and whose work is widely transdisciplinary, are encouraged to apply.”

Asst Prof, Honors Interdisciplinary College (DH desirable), U of Western Kentucky

“The Honors College at Western Kentucky University (WKU) invites applicants for an Honors Interdisciplinary Studies faculty position. … Disciplinary background is open, but candidates should demonstrate a history of, and commitment to, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary engagement—with a specific interest in civic studies and public scholarship. Applicants with experience in digital humanities are encouraged to apply.”

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