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Post-Doc Opportunity: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the Price Lab, University of Pennsylvania

The Price Lab invites applications for the 2018–2019 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities. Awards are available to untenured scholars in the humanities whose PhD must have been received between December 2009 and December 2017. The DH Fellow is required to spend the ten-month academic year (August 2018 – May 2019) in residence at Penn. Fellows are not expected to be in residence during the summer. Fellows have the option to renew the fellowship for a second year if they wish to stay but are not required to do so.

This fellowship is designed to provide an early career scholar with time and support for research, so teaching and other responsibilities are light. Fellows will teach one class during each year of the fellowship, topic and syllabus to be determined in consultation with the Lab’s directors and the Undergraduate Chair of the relevant department. In addition, fellows will lend their advice and expertise on projects that fall into their areas of interest, and will provide assistance at occasional Price Lab workshops and bootcamps.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible. In addition to scholars from the core humanities disciplines, those in related fields such as anthropology and the history of science are eligible to apply. Additional educational background in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required. We welcome applicants from outside the US who are eligible for appointment under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). No exceptions can be made and the Price Lab reserves the right to revoke a fellowship if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.

The Mellon Fellow will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Libraries, and will participate in the biweekly Price Lab Mellon Seminar. The fellow will pursue their own research project, presenting this work at the seminar, while also contributing to team-based projects at the Lab, and teaching one DH course during the year in the undergraduate College. (While the application requires a brief sample course description, actual specifications of the class will be worked out with the Price Lab’s Managing Director.)

The Mellon DH Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $58,350 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage of any dependents).

Information on How To Apply.


Apply Now for Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program. Deadline, July 9

Interactive Mechanics is gearing up for the second year of our fellowship program targeted at representation and inclusion in tech, and applications are open now through July 9!

About the Fellowship Program
The Interactive Mechanics Fellowship Program is a paid, part-time, low-residency program for entry level designers and developers. Now in its second year, this nine-month fellowship aims to build capacity for representation and inclusion in the technology field. Key features include one-on-one mentorship, a stipend, a part time and remote schedule to allow for other commitments, and facilitated conversations on soft skills and workplace culture issues.

The ideal candidate is interested in at least one of our areas of work (higher education, museums, or arts and culture) and has strong beginner or intermediate-level skills in front-end, back-end development, and/or digital design.

Learn about our 2017 fellows and their projects on our website and in this Technically Philly story. Deadline: July 9 – Apply now!

About Interactive Mechanics
Interactive Mechanics is a digital design firm that partners with cultural and educational organizations on design, development, user experience, and digital strategy. Our team builds beautiful, user-centered digital projects for web, mobile, and in-gallery exhibits that educate and empower your audiences. We’re a diverse, curious, and playful team, dedicated to learning from each of our projects and from one another. Learn more about us on our website.

About Our Fellowship Speakers
Fellows meet once a month at our Old City office to share project updates and to participate in a roundtable discussion with an industry leader. Confirmed speakers include:

Jen Dionisio, EPAM Systems
Doing Tech Outside Of Tech

Stephanie Lin, Elsevier
Card Sort All the Things! How to Make Decisions that are more Aligned with your Values

Sylvester Mobley, Coded By Kids
Why Mission Based Work Is Important For Technologists

Upma Singh, Digitas Health
Relationships Matter: Building A Network

Darla Wolfe, Sweatequite
Being Your Own Career Disruptor


CFP: SIGCIS Meeting in Philadelphia, October 2017

The Special Interest Group in Computing, Information and Society (SIGCIS) will be holding its annual conference with the theme: Measure, Model, Mix: The Computer as Instrument on October 29, 2017 in Philadelphia. Proposals for papers and panels will be accepted until June 30, 2017.

To learn more, see the Call For Papers (pdf).


Upcoming Event: WikiSalon at Chemical Heritage Foundation, June 10

Interested in joining the ranks of this online encyclopedia’s volunteer editors? Stop by for our monthly WikiSalon, a casual gathering of Wikipedia enthusiasts and those interested in learning more. Participants can edit articles of their own choice and suggest articles needing improvement to the group.

You provide your own laptop; we provide coffee, tea, and plenty of opportunity for spontaneous discussion and collaboration.

First-timer? No problem! One of our experienced guests will coach you through the process.

When:
June 10, 2017
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where:
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Upcoming Event: WikiSalon at Chemical Heritage Foundation, May 13

You are invited to this Saturday’s
WikiSalon
May 13, 2017
1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mary Mark Ockerbloom will  be answering questions about Wikipedia and working on articles.
You can bring your computer and edit, or just drop in to visit the museum,
ask questions, or suggest topics that need work!
https://www.chemheritage.org/event/wikisalon-0


A Calendar of DH-Related Events in the Greater Delaware Valley

If you want to keep abreast of workshops, talks, and other events related to the digital humanities in the Philadelphia area there is a handy calendar of Local Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy Events at the Blended Learning Blog hosted by Bryn Mawr Library’s Educational Technology Services.

Go to: http://blendedlearning.blogs.brynmawr.edu/local-digital-pedagogy-and-scholarship-events/ to learn more. And contact Beth Seltzer at Bryn Mawr if you think you have an event that should be included in the calendar.


Registration for Keystone DH is Now Open

Register at http://keystonedh.network/2017/

Now in its third year, Keystone DH is an annual conference and a network of institutions and practitioners committed to advancing collaborative scholarship in digital humanities research and pedagogy across the Mid-Atlantic.

We are thrilled to announce our 2017 keynote presentation will be delivered by Lauren Klein, Assistant Professor in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication and director of the Digital Humanities Lab at Georgia Tech.

Hope to see a lot of the greater PhillyDH community there!


Upcoming Webinar: Access and Inclusion Through Digital, May 24

Access and Inclusion Through Digital
Wednesday, May 24 3-4 PM EDT
You might think of digital as a potential barrier to entry—how do you know a visitor’s expertise or comfort level with technology? But there are ways to build inclusive digital projects that can even help you engage new or aspirational audiences. A website or mobile app can open up your experience to audiences that can’t access your physical space due to physical, cognitive, geographic, or financial reasons. A digital interactive can expand your ability to interpret an exhibit for visitors you might not otherwise reach.
We’ll discuss ways to design digital systems that are accessible to multiple audiences, including individuals with limited familiarity with technology, and those with physical or cognitive disabilities. We’ll focus on ways to understand and account for potential accessibility issues from the start of a project through user experience methodologies, including persona development, contextual inquiry, and usability testing. We’ll also review methods for considering accessibility throughout the design and development process, including accessibility audits and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
This webinar is for exhibit designers and developers, curators, content developers, and museum technologists.
If you have any questions, please contact Amelia Longo at amelia@interactivemechanics.com.

Call for Participation: Metadata Enhancement for In Her Own Right, at Temple University Library, May 12

The Technical and Metadata Working Group of the NEH-funded project In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920 invites librarians, digital humanists, public historians, students of all levels, and allies to enhance data describing materials related to women’s agency, circa 1820-1920. We have letters, journals, diaries, scrapbooks, publications, and pamphlets from seven libraries that tell the story of women working for their and others rights, and we hope to add to the data so that we’ll be able to make maps, timelines, network graphs and other visualizations. (More information about In Her Own Right below.)
How Will This Work?
We will all get together on Friday May 12, 2017 , 1pm – 5pm, Room 130 (Mezzanine Level), Paley Library, 1210 Polett Walk, Temple University. We will all have access to digitized letters, diaries, and other archival material. These items already have some form of description. We will work to describe it in more detail, by adding subjects, dates, personal names, locations and transcriptions.
We will be in a computer lab, and will have access to computers (though you’re welcome to bring your own laptop, if you’d like). We’ll use free Airtable Bases and/or Google Sheets, which will ensure that we can easily share our work and collaborate. Before we begin, we’ll review standards for subjects, names and methods for creating transcriptions.
How to Participate
Use this form to sign up: https://goo.gl/forms/VzYUu1ggMg3F43w12 , indicating your name, email address and any previous experience working with metadata (it’s not mandatory that you do, we’re just curious). If you have any questions about any of this, please feel free to reach out to Scott Ziegler, sziegler@amphilsoc.org .
Benefits to Participating
This is an experimental approach to enhancing library records for unique items. You might be wondering what you get out of this. For students, this is a great way to get started understanding metadata and its role in visualization and digital scholarship, to meet people in the field who share these interests, and to build your resume. For digital humanists, librarians, public historians and everyone, this is a great way to come together as a community to ensure this material is as useful as possible for us all. Everyone who participates will receive credit on the final website. Oh, and of course, there will be pizza.

We know everyone’s busy. This is a sign of appreciation.
Additional Information
● Directions to Temple’s Paley Library : http://library.temple.edu/about/locations/paley/directions
● Non-Temple participants will need to show a photo ID at the door.
● Airtable : https://airtable.com/
● What do we mean by metadata : We mean the structured description of books, letters,
journals and other material that will make it easier to find and identify these material. For example, subjects discussed in a letter, dates of a journal, and place names mentioned in a diary are all forms of metadata. The metadata will be used to create visualizations including maps, timelines, and networks graphs. We’ll discuss all this at the event.
More About In Her Own Right
In Her Own Right: Women Asserting Their Civil Rights, 1820-1920 is a pilot project identifying and aggregating material reflecting the early struggle for women’s rights in the collections of members of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL). The collections document women’s efforts to improve the lives of women, children and families in the 19th and early 20th century, leading to passage of the 19th amendment and suffrage for white women. When completed, collection metadata and representative images will be accessible through a single interface.
Even more information is here: http://pacscl.org/in-her-own-right


Upcoming Event: Unconference: Telling Untold Histories at Rutgers-Newark, May 11

Slightly outside of the Greater Delaware Valley catchment area, but PhillyDHers may be interested in the Telling Untold Histories unconference, which will take place on May 11, 9am-4pm at Rutgers University-Newark. As the name suggests, the goal of the unconference is to bring together public historians with librarians, archivists, artists, museum professionals, students, teachers, and community members to question why the histories we tell in public are not inclusive of the diversity of our communities. We also are trying to empower communities themselves to learn how to tell their own stories, with or without these organizations.

The format includes discussion sessions and lightning talks, and a series of skill-based workshops, some digital humanities-focused. Registration is $20 + small service fee on Eventbrite. It would be amazing to have you join us!

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-telling-untold-histories-unconference-tickets-31808137997

Conference Website: https://untoldhistories.wordpress.com

If you can’t make it in person, you can keep in touch through Twitter @untoldhistories or on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/TellingUntoldHistories).


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