CFP 2016-2017 Announcement
All applications must be received by March 11, 2016. A detailed letter of support from the nominating faculty member must accompany the application also with a deadline of March 11, 2016. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 11, 2016.
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 and humanities at Hamilton and the Career Center.
CLASS provides students with skills training in digital literacies through intensive research and scholarship coupled with two unique internship experiences. In the summer between sophomore and junior years, students work alongside a faculty member and project team as a co-collaborator on a proposed project. It is required that collaborative research in the digital humanities be the primary focus of the student's summer work – the equivalent of a full-time job – typically for 11 weeks. In the summer between junior and senior years, CLASS, in partnership with the Career Center, offers undergraduate students an intensive professional development experience and provides a comprehensive overview of work in their respective fields of interest. The second internship experience is chosen by the student from an agreed upon list of pre-approved opportunities with cultural organizations and/or multi-media business entities. After their second internship experience students are prepared to enter employment and/or graduate study having mastered a range of new digital literacies.
Students with a faculty research mentor may apply or faculty may recruit potential DHi CLASS students. Students must express interest in sustained collaborative research (15 month program) that integrates digital research approaches and results in multimodal presentations/publications. To apply, students submit a two-to-three page proposal of the research they wish to engage in with a researcher. The proposal must contain a research question that will be explored by the student in addition to the work they will do as part of their advisors larger research agenda. The student proposal must be accompanied by a detailed letter of support from their nominating faculty member by mid-March each year.
CLASS students must be prepared to make a binding commitment to the CLASS program. This includes two-summer internships, research during the academic year between the summers, and research presentations on campus and at conference(s). CLASS includes a curricular component, to also be completed within the two-year period of the award, in the junior and senior years. Students are required to take two Cinema & New Media Studies (CNMS) Courses which might include CNMS/Intro Course (or from a select list) and CNMS/Intro to Digital Humanities (Spring ’12).
- Two summer commitment: (1) summer of sophomore-junior year; (2) summer of junior-senior year .
- First summer: research experience on campus with a faculty member, coupled with a two-week intensive training course (DHi CLASS program w/faculty member )
- Second summer: an "applied," in the field experience.
The Award also includes the following:
- Student stipend of $4000.00 on campus for the first summer. Potential for funding of second summer internship.
- Up to $500 for approved research expenses related to the CLASS project
- DHi instruction in DH methods and approaches, DH invited speakers
- DHi consultation and DH expertise in the longer research agenda of the faculty mentor
Department and program participation is expected under the broad themes of CLASS. DHi will collaborate with departments on campus to bring guest lecturers and workshop opportunities to campus that are directly correlated with the CLASS digital research goals. These events will connect digital humanities approaches to specific disciplinary interests and fuel faculty/student collaboration in digital humanities projects.
- Culture: Asian Studies, Anthropology, Dance & Movement Studies, East Asian Languages, Foreign Languages, Japanese, Russian Studies, Spanish, etc.
- Liberal Arts: Art, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English & Creative Writing, Music, Theatre, etc.
- Society: American Studies, Education Studies, History, Latin American Studies, Medieval Studies, Religious Studies, Sociology, Africana Studies, Women’s Studies, etc.
Media-based organizations, cultural institutions and corporations, colleges and university research centers provide students with the applied internship experience during the second-summer.
- WGBH Boston
- Museo del Barrio, NYC
- Film studios
- Munson Williams Proctor, Utica
- University of Southern California (USC)
- Tri-College Consortium (Haverford/Swarthmore/Bryn Mawr)
- The NY Public Library
- Electronic Textual Cultures Lab University of Victoria
- Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
- British Museum London
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 humanities methodologies;
- Apply basic principles and knowledge found in the inter/multi/trans-disciplinary literature related to the research question;
- Develop a research proposal to address or resolve a specific research question or problem in the digital humanities using new technologies;
- 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 (TEI, GIS, digital collection development, media object creation, geospatial visualization) 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 work. Through these avenues, CLASS students 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.