DHi is now accepting applications for 2017-2018 CLASS Scolars!
Join us for an information session, February 15 at noon in DHi (CJ102). Lunch is provided.
Applications from faculty/student collaborative researchers must be received by Februray 28, 2017.
Applicants will be notified of their status by March 10, 2017.
Please contact DHi Co-Directors, Janet Simons (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Angel Nieves (email@example.com) with any questions or to set up a CLASS project proposal discussion.
Basic literacies for the digital age are critical skill sets for students entering the professional world in the 21st century. The Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) provides new opportunities for students in the humanities to become fully engaged citizens in this ongoing digital revolution. Much of this revolution is taking place in the broadly defined field of the digital humanities. The digital humanities is an interdisciplinary field of study, research, and teaching primarily concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. As some scholars have argued "the digital humanities today is about a scholarship (and a pedagogy) that is publicly visible," and that may very well reinvigorate the humanities for the next generation of leaders in the fields of teaching, communications, and new media.
In response to this explosion of interest, support, and scholarly production, the humanities-based classroom is experiencing significant shifts: Hamilton’s Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) is taking the lead in promoting new cross-institutional collaborations with faculty and students. CLASS is an undergraduate fellowship and research program in the digital humanities based on three-broad areas of scholarly inquiry and their intersection with new and emerging digital technologies: 1) Culture, 2) Liberal Arts, and 3) Society. CLASS provides a unique partnership between departments and programs across the liberal arts.
The Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) offers three fellowships a year to students, working with a faculty researcher, who wish to explore new interdisciplinary models and research methods. Culture, Language, Arts & Society Scholars (CLASS) work on a component of a researcher's larger research agenda to leverage the potential of technology to access, ask questions of, and manipulate, information. As co-researchers and co-creators of knowledge, CLASS students are expected to develop and learn digital research approaches to complex interdisciplinary humanities questions. DHi experts collaborate with CLASS faculty and student researchers during the CLASS award period to develop and implement digital research approaches.
Faculty and students apply jointly for CLASS fellowships. Faculty propose a component of their research that would benefit from digital research approaches and work with DHi to integrate student collaborators into their research process. DHi experts provide expertise, skills development, funding, and project management to facilitate digital scholarship. Students must express interest in sustained collaborative research (15 month program) that integrates digital methods and results in multimodal presentations and/or publications. To apply, faculty/student collaborators submit a two-to-three page proposal of the research project and the research question(s) to be explored by the student. CLASS students will also research and complete a project for presentation to both the Hamilton Community and to a broader off-campus conference during the 15 month program as an outcome of the work they will do as part of the research project (former CLASS students and their projects).
The CLASS program is a 15 month commitment that includes two-summer internships, research during the academic year between the summers, and research presentations on campus and at conference(s).
Two summer commitment: (1) summer of sophomore-junior year; (2) summer of junior-senior year
First summer: Immersive digital humanities/digital scholarship experience at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in Victoria British Columbia June 4 - 17, 2017. Followed by research project work at Hamilton with faculty research project director and DHi.
Academic year - work up to 10 hours a week (paid hourly) with faculty research director on components their long term digital research agenda.
Second summer: partially funded continued research on the same long term research project.
The CLASS fellowship includes the following:
Student stipend of $4000.00 for the first summer of research on campus at Hamilton College (~10 weeks). Potential funding of second summer internship up to $2000.
Funding in the first summer for the student to attend the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria in Victoria British Columbia June 4 - 17, 2017.
Up to $500 for approved research expenses related to the CLASS research project
DHi instruction in DH methods and approaches
DHi invited speaker recommendations
DHi consultation and connections to DH expertise locally, nationally, & internationally
CLASS fellowships will be awarded by March 10, 2017
Process and Outcomes
Through their participation in an undergraduate research project, students will be able to:
- Develop an interdisciplinary research question, problem, or design using digital methodologies;
- Apply basic principles and knowledge found in the inter/multi/trans-disciplinary literature related to the research question;
- Develop a research proposal in collaboration with faculty project director to address or resolve a specific research question or problem;
- Apply and evaluate interdisciplinary methodologies throughout the project;
- Collect, interpret, and critique data using digital methodologies in order to resolve a research question or evaluate a design;
- Utilize digital skills (digital collection development, documentary media production, geospatial visualization, text analysis, virtual reality construction) necessary for robust digital scholarship;
- Communicate complex research findings in oral presentation and digital publication platforms.
CLASS students are expected to present their collaborative research projects in multiple venues. DHi will promote and help support students presenting at conferences and community events. We will also provide and promote digital communication forums for presentation of student collaborative research with faculty. Through these avenues, CLASS students/faculty teams will illustrate in-progress research approaches and connect to scholars with similar interests. Blogging and other social networking forums allow CLASS students to model undergraduate humanities research, goals, methods, and digital skills to the liberal arts community. Social media features of the website will facilitate discussion, and ongoing dialogue with other scholars and potential internship partners. We also work with students to maintain a portfolio as they conduct research, engage in dialogue, and publish their work.