Humanities Collaboratory Coordinator Peggy McCracken attended a meeting at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington last week entitled “The Humanities Laboratory: Discussions of New Campus Models.” Inside Higher Ed posted the article “Labs are for Humanities, Too” summarizing the discussions and highlighting what various institutions are doing in collaborative humanities research.
The Humanities Without Walls consortium invites applications for funding from cross-institutional teams of faculty and graduate students wishing to collaboratively pursue research topics related to “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate.”
The new research initiative seeks proposals for collaborative research in the field of environmental humanities, as well as the development of new humanities-centered paradigms for thinking through the limits and possibilities of climate change policy.
Full information is available in the Humanities Without Walls’ Request for Proposals (AMENDED 7/12/16).
The Karanis Project, funded by the Humanities Collaboratory, has launched the website Karanis-Collaboratory as part of their project development process. Check out the website to learn more about this project, the people involved, Karanis in general and ongoing research.
We are excited to announce a collaboration between the Humanities Collaboratory and Institute for the Humanities!
The two units have teamed together to offer a one-year alternative career post-doctoral internship. This is a year-long opportunity commencing in summer 2016 through June, 2017; specific timing to be negotiated. 50% appointment each in the Institute for the Humanities and the Michigan Humanities Collaboratory
Humanities Institute Responsibilities:
- Develop and advance outreach to undergraduate students on behalf of the Institute for the Humanities; work with humanities units to develop undergraduate initiatives; develop and implement a strategy for encouraging undergraduate students to participate in Humanities Institute programs and opportunities both in cooperation with the Assistant Director, Arts Programming and through separately developed academic programming. Act as advisor and coordinator of the HI Undergrad Advisory Group and undergraduate book read groups.
- Develop, organize and manage workshops, lectures, symposiums, etc… related to digital pedagogy in cooperation and coordination with CRLT for the graduate certificate program in teaching with digital media (GTC+). Expand the knowledge, use and understanding of digital research and pedagogical work in the humanities to faculty and graduate students working with Hatcher library resources and others.
- Engage faculty/instructional staff in the activities and programming of the Institute through collaboration and coordination of programming with targeted classes. Volunteer to be a guest speaker in classes related to programming at the Institute. Initiate and develop relationships with instructional staff in order to increase awareness of the Institute and collaboration possibilities across campus.
- Act as a public presence and face in collaboration with the Director and Assistant Director, Arts Programming for the Institute.
- Coordinate and plan two or three endowed lectures per year. Within the guidelines established by each endowment donor provide a forum for university constituencies as well as the regional community to hear about and discuss issues of broader societal relevance within the humanities and the Institute’s yearly theme.
- Promote, solicit and review applications for fellowships and grants administered by the Institute for the benefit of Michigan graduate students.
- Utilize social media to make constituencies on campus and beyond of above outlined activities and links to pertinent articles or activities elsewhere related to the humanities and its importance to society.
- Teach one interdisciplinary topics course for the Institute (cross listed or meet together with a humanities department) per year (1-3 credits). Topic to be agreed upon between Director and Research Fellow.
Michigan Humanities Collaboratory Responsibilities:
- Provide highly responsible administrative support to the Faculty Coordinator and Project Manager. Coordinate seed grant proposal and project proposal process. Create, organize and gather applications, coordinate proposal review with Steering Committee members and external evaluators. Oversee and support general administrative needs including ordering office supplies and equipment as needed. Respond to inquiries from faculty and the university community at large as needed and appropriate. Staff Collaboratory space, provide administrative support to faculty teams as needed and directed in cooperation. Provide logistical support to faculty teams with public dissemination stage of projects. Plan and organize workshops, project recruitment activities, meetings and other events as needed. Take minutes at Steering Committee meetings. Provide general space/facilities support as needed.
- Work with Faculty Coordinator to develop assessment tools, gather data, track and analyze data. Develop reports to present assessment findings to steering committee and other oversight bodies. Research grant opportunities for scholars in the humanities; post links and resource information on website. Assist Faculty Coordinator and Project Manager with special projects as needed and assigned (i.e. research status of collaborative team research in the humanities at R1 institutions across the nation, shadow collaboratory teams to analyze the collaborative process).
- Work with graphic design staff to develop publicity for workshops and collaboratory in general. Ensure proposal deadlines, workshops and public dissemination events are extensively publicized through various means such as websites, posters, emails, etc… Proactively update website as needed; assure news/announcements/workshop events are updated eekly. Update general content regularly. Prepare and disseminate weekly newsletter through MailChimp.
Qualifications: Recently defended (since January 1, 2015) or defended by August 2016 University of Michigan PhD in the humanities; experience and expertise in some aspect of digital humanities work; knowledge of scholarly and pedagogical currents in DH work including digital communication; strong interest and/or experience in the future of scholarly communication in the humanities. Some experience in academia organizing projects/programs. Proven ability to initiate and proactively network, form relationships and collaborate with faculty and graduate/undergraduate students. Demonstrated ability to work independently while exercising sound judgement, decision making and problem solving skills. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. Experience teaching an undergraduate course in the humanities is required.
The ideal candidate has the ability to think outside the box: to think creatively and imaginatively about programmatic possibilities for the Institute with the practical ability to understand and implement the details behind those ideas. The ability to exercise a high level of initiative, to handle a wide variety of diverse hands-on tasks, and to do so with a friendly, customer-service oriented approach are key characteristics of a successful candidate for this position. Prior experience in social media is highly desired.
Submit your application on-line through the U-M job postings site, Research Fellow 12483.
Decisions on the first round of proposal developments grants awarded by the Collaboratory were communicated to recipients on Wednesday, February 24. We were especially pleased to be able to support five (5) projects. Congratulations to the following projects and teams:
Audio Visual Africa; Kwasi Ampene PI, Associate Professor, Department of Afroamerican and African Studies
African American and Women Artists; Anita Gonzalez PI, Professor School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Precarious Networks and Digital Inequalities; Lisa Nakamura, PI, Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture and Screen Arts and Culture
Hyecho’s Journey; Donald S. Lopez, Jr. PI, Arthur E Link Distinguished Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures
Karanis Egypt, Arthur Verhoogt, PI, Professor of Papyrology and Greek, Classical Studies
The Humanities Collaboratory was featured in an interview with Peggy McCracken on Michigan Radio January 18, 2016. Listen to The Next Idea, a segment of Stateside, devoted to the new innovations and ideas that will change our state.
Sidonie Smith’s forthcoming book, Manifesto for the Humanities: Transforming Doctoral Education in “Good Enough” Times (University of Michigan Press, 2015) is available through open access. The print version is expected to be released in early 2016.
Recent articles on research and education in the humanities broadly and specifically on U-M’s campus will be posted here from time to time.