We are

Join PhillyDH today!

Upcoming Event: Lecture by Andrew Goldstone at Temple University, Wednesday, April 8

As part of the Center for the Humanities at Temple’s continuing series on Digital Humanities in Practice, there will be a lecture by Andrew Goldstone, English, Rutgers University on:

Quiet Transformations of Literary Study, 1889–2013

Wednesday, April 8
4:00 p.m., CHAT Lounge

The history of literary scholarship is usually presented as a succession of conflicting ideas. Yet gradual, distributed change is equally significant, and often less visible to practitioners, who remember recent dramas better than the unspoken norms of eighty years ago. Understanding such change requires new methodologies. I present an analysis using probabilistic topic modeling to reveal broad trends in more than 21,000 literary-studies journal articles. As literary and cultural studies confronts the interpretive challenges posed by topic modeling and other quantitative methods, we increasingly enter the methodological domain of the social sciences.

Upcoming Event: Lecture by Julia Flanders on TEI and Digital Project Strategy at Swarthmore College, Thursday, April 23

Upcoming event for folks interested in TEI (text encoding), women authors, the history of the book, digital project management, and other digital humanities topics:

A lecture on “TEI and Digital Project Strategy” will be offered by Julia Flanders (Digital Scholarship Group Director at Northeastern University) on Thursday, April 23, 4:00 PM at Swarthmore College (Science Center 101). Free and open to the public.

The Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) guidelines provide a tool for marking up texts to build a “smart” corpus and enable new forms of digital scholarship. Julia Flanders, a recognized expert, will talk about TEI as part of a long-term digital project strategy for the humanities, using the Women Writers Project (WWP, http://www.wwp.northeastern.edu/) as a case study. The focus of the WWP is on building an electronic collection of rare and less familiar texts by women in English, dating from 1526-1850, and on researching the complex issues involved in representing early printed texts in digital form.

Event details on the attached flyer and at http://bit.ly/1GAOluR.

Upcoming Event: Equity and Inequity in Digital Spaces at Temple University Library, Wednesday, March 25

As part of the “Digital Cultures” theme of this spring’s Beyond the Page Public Programming series, Temple University Libraries will be presenting a panel discussion on Wednesday, March 25, 2:30 PM on
The Politics of Inclusion: Equity and Inequity in Digital Spaces:

Join the next wave of digital scholars to discuss intersectionality, diversity, and inclusion in digital spaces in and outside academia. Our conversation will address inequities in digital spaces… on message boards, forums, communities, and ever-growing collections of digitized cultural heritage objects and in digital scholarship projects…and what we can do to address them.

The program will be held at Paley Library Lecture Hall, on the ground floor of Paley Library, 1210 Polett walk at the center of Temple Main Campus


Jessica Marie Johnson is an Assistant Professor of History at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Maryland, College Park and a B.A. in African & African American Studies from Washington University in St. Louis where she was also a Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellow.Her research interests include women, gender, and sexuality in the African diaspora; histories of slavery and the slave trade; and digital history and new media and has appeared in Slavery & Abolition and Meridians: Feminism, Race and Transnationalism. As a digital humanist, Johnson is interested in ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change.

Michelle Moravec is an associate professor of history at Rosemont College in Philadelphia, PA. After receiving her Ph.D. in US history from the University of California Los Angeles, she worked in a range of alt-ac positions including women’s leadership and directing the Women’s Center at William Paterson University. Her current project, the Politics of Women’s Culture, is being written in public on the web and has been funded by the Getty Research Institute, the Schlesinger Library, and Barnard College Library. Her completed digital history projects include Gender in the History of Woman Suffrage, Unghosting Apparitional Lesbian History, and Visualizing Schneemann. She also collaborates with students at Rosemont College and Villanova University on two additional digital history project, Till I’ve Done All that I Can: Alma A Clarke’s Great War, and Chapel of Delight: the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Rosemont College.

Roopika Risam is an assistant professor of English and English education at Salem State University. Her research examines the intersections between postcolonial and Africana studies and the role of digital humanities in mediating between them. Her monograph Postcolonial Digital Humanities is under contract with Northwestern University Press. Her digital scholarship includes The Harlem Shadows Project, on producing usable critical editions of public domain texts; Postcolonial Digital Humanities, an online community dedicated to global explorations of race, class, gender, sexuality, and disability within cultures of technology; and EdConteXts, an international network of educators.

More info: http://library.temple.edu/about/highlights/public-programs-paley-march-25​

Upcoming Event: Lecture by Jacqueline Wernimont at Temple University, Tuesday, March 24

This event has been postponed until further notice

As part of the “Digital Cultures” theme of this spring’s Beyond the Page Public Programming series, Temple University Libraries will be presenting a public lecture by Jacqueline Wernimont of Arizona State University:

Tuesday, March 24, 2:30 PM

Gender and Chimera: The Ladies Diary Almanacs, and Public Mathematics in Early Modern England

Jacqueline Wernimont’s work is situated at the intersection of feminism and digital humanities. A professor of English at Arizona State, Dr. Wernimont’s research spans early modern literature, digital humanities, history of science, and feminist and possible worlds theory. She is also affiliated with Arizona State’s pioneering Nexus Lab for Digital Humanities and Transdisciplinary Informatics, the ASU Center for Cybersecurity and Digital Identity, and the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. At Temple, she will discuss just one of her latest digital projects, which focuses on the Ladies Diary<, an early British mathematical periodical.

All programs are held in Paley Library Lecture Hall, on the ground floor of Paley Library, 1210 Polett walk at the center of Temple Main Campus

Check out info on the entire series here: library.temple.edu/about/programs

Job Opportunity: ITHAKA Intern at JSTOR Labs

ITHAKA is hiring a Digital Humanities Intern who will work with the JSTOR Labs team to extend Understanding Shakespeare (http://labs.jstor.org/shakespeare/) . This paid summer internship, which can be held in Ann Arbor, MI or New York City,  is a great opportunity for a Shakespeare enthusiast who is a current student or recent grad of a Masters-level program in Digital Humanities or related fields.

Visit the JSTOR Labs blog for a video description of the position:http://labs.jstor.org/blog/2015/03/12/intern-jstor-labs/. You can read the full description and apply online at https://rew22.ultipro.com/ITH1000/JobBoard/JobDetails.aspx?__ID=*B84A1B62F505FBDE .


Upcoming Event: Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at Philadelphia Museum of Art, Wednesday, March 25

Wednesday, March 25th from 5:30-8:30pm EST the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host an edit-a-thon to add and improve articles on African American artists in conjunction with our exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.  Check here for other events on the day.

Information on the edit-a-thon can be found here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Philadelphia/Represent_African_American_Artists.

The event is open to the public and free after Museum admission, which is pay-what-you-wish on Wednesdays after 5pm.  New and experienced editors are welcome.  Newcomers are encouraged to attend the first hour of the event for a basic training session, led by Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

We encourage attendees to bring their own laptops and power cords.


Job Opportunity: Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) is actively recruiting for a proven web project manager to lead internal staff and external vendors to redesign the CHF website.  The Website Redesign Project Manager will be responsible for spearheading this project to ensure that it remains on task, on time and on budget.  The successful candidate will excel at translating the web-content ideas and needs of CHF staff into concrete goals and requirements. This position is available immediately and will last through December 2015, with the possibility to extend.

The ideal candidate would possess the following experience and qualifications.

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Minimum of 3 years of progressive work experience as a web project manager, with experience managing multiple teams and delivering complex projects on time and on budget.
  • Demonstrated record of success with web relaunch projects, with an emphasis on content migration, training, support and establishing governance.
  • Advanced knowledge of Drupal, to include template use, establishing workflows, tagging and taxonomy, as well as ability to train non-technical authors.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to successfully engage colleagues across the organization.
  • Exceptional written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong knowledge of best practices in UI and UX.
  • Must possess a strong attention to detail, and possess high-level project and time management skills.

News: Penn Receives $7 Million Gift to Create Price Lab for Digital Humanities

Congratulations to the University of Pennsylvania, which recently announced a donation of $7 million to establish the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.

Additional information about the donation from the Penn Current may be found here.

Upcoming Event: Oral History Conference at Rutgers-Camden, April 9

OHMAR Conference
Oral History in the Mid-Atlantic Region (OHMAR) brings together experts and beginners from among the ranks of oral historians, historians, archivists, journalists, librarians, political scientists, sociologists and grassroots community interviewers interested and involved with oral history.

For the 2015 OHMAR Conference, we will be exploring the theme of Oral History and Health. Like the Unconference, we are encouraging new and innovative presentations and format, and we look forward to a program filled with a rich variety of projects touching on such issues as:

  • Oral history and psychology, therapy, or military and veteran’s issues.
  • Oral history’s use in medical practice, in enabling emotional and spiritual health, in holistic practices, and in other health related themes.
  • Oral history projects focused on communities, institutions, or individuals that engage with thoughts about, experiences with, and reactions to health and medicine—even when that was not the topic of the oral history interview explicitly.
  • Health, medicine, and the influence on our lives as conveyed through oral history.
  • Oral history and environmental health; community health; family health; or the health of loved ones, including oral history at latter stages of life and life histories.
  • Doctors, nurses, midwives, and health practitioner oral histories.
  • The experience of healthcare workers, providers, patients, and how various issues affect individuals, institutions, and communities.
  • Legal, ethical, and moral issues regarding oral history interviews of the sick or dying.
  • Creative, dramatic, or journalistic uses of oral history to draw attention to disease or public health issues.

Most conference events will take place on Thursday, April 9. However, we strongly encourage participants to stay through Friday afternoon for the Unconference. OHMAR will also be sponsoring an Introduction to Oral History Workshop on Friday morning, free to anyone who registers for either or both conferences!
On-site registration is also available.

Click here for more information on OHMAR and to view the Call for Papers.

Upcoming Event: Telling Untold Histories, An UnConference at Rutgers-Camden, April 10

Rutgers-Camden will be hosting an unconference, Telling Untold Histories, on April 10, 2015.

Telling Untold Histories is the first unconference in the South Jersey/Philadelphia region that will bring public historians and historical organizations together to tackle historical topics that, just a few decades ago, would have been unthinkable—from the history of slavery in the north to the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire, from the lives of gays and lesbians to Japanese internment—to present a more complete narrative of our past.

Join us to explore the hows and whys of engaging subjects that challenge our audiences’ expectations and expand their thinking.

Doing so means delving into complex and controversial topics. Not doing so means that our sites and institutions will become increasingly irrelevant to a rapidly changing public.

Telling Untold Histories is intended for public history organizations, GLAMS, historic sites, and scholars and students to discuss how to tackle difficult historical topics with the public. While it’s not primarily focused on the digital humanities, sessions on those topics would be very welcome!

To find out more, visit http://untoldhistories2015.wordpress.com/

Registration cost is $20, which includes lunch. You can register here.

Registration also gets you into a skills-based workshop. The topics we’re offering include Fundamentals of Oral History, Making Artifacts Talk, Using the Internet Archive, Pop-Up Museums, and Wikipedia 101.

This event is sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, New Jersey Historical Commission, New Jersey State Museum, Alice Paul Institute, Camden County Historical Society, The Aids Library, and the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.


Get every new post on this blog delivered to your Inbox.

Join other followers: