First Digital Innovation Lab/IAH Faculty Fellows Announced
The Digital Innovation Lab and the Institute for the Arts and Humanities are pleased to announce the first recipients of the new DIL/IAH Faculty Fellowship in Digital Humanities: Renee Alexander Craft, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, and Tessa Joseph-Nicholas, Lecturer and Director of Digital Arts and Humanities Projects in the Department of Computer Science.
Part of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, the fellowships allow outstanding faculty at all ranks to explore the possibilities of digital humanities for extending their research, teaching, and engagement with humanities audiences beyond the university. These new fellowships will encourage research at the intersection of traditional and engaged scholarship, the effective use of digital technologies in research and teaching, and interdisciplinary collaboration.
Craft and Joseph-Nicholas will work with the DIL to complete and launch a digital humanities project by December 2013. They will be able to access Lab resources, and will each receive a modest digital project fund.
These projects represent two important approaches in the Digital Humanities. Renee’s project is a cultural preservation and access project which seeks to connect researchers and community through digital technologies. With a strong public engagement component, this project provides the community with the training and tools for recording and preserving their own oral history/tradition. Tessa’s project, in contrast, seeks to build a tool for harnessing big data for pedagogic purposes. Hers is a highly computational project aimed at facilitating connection-making and analysis across very large data sets. Together, these two projects encapsulate the DIL’s and CDHI’s broader goals of creating digital humanities as public goods, as well as finding ways of processing and using big humanities data.
Work will begin in the spring semester, as the Fellows coordinate with the DIL to lay the groundwork for their projects, including finalizing the scope and scale; determining a project budget; and acquiring the requisite skills, training, and staff to complete each project. The fellows will be relieved of all teaching duties in the Fall 2013 semester in order to complete their projects. At the same time, they will serve as IAH Fellows, participating in an interdisciplinary intellectual community with the other IAH Faculty Fellows.