DHSI 2019 Scholarship Application
2019 scholarship application deadline: 11:59 pm on Friday, December 14.
The Center for Digital Expression has an institutional sponsorship for Digital Humanities Summer Institute for the 2018 session. Included as part of our sponsorship is five tuition waivers.
The Digital Humanities Summer Institute provides an ideal environment for discussing and learning about new computing technologies and how they are influencing teaching, research, dissemination, creation, and preservation in different disciplines, via a community-based approach.
A time of intensive coursework, seminars, and lectures, participants at DHSI share ideas and methods, and develop expertise in using advanced technologies. Every summer, the institute brings together faculty, staff, and students from the Arts, Humanities, Library, and Archives communities as well as independent scholars and participants from areas beyond.
Described by one participant as an event that “combines the best aspects of a skills workshop, international conference, and summer camp,” the DHSI prides itself on its friendly, informal, and collegial atmosphere. We invite you to join the DHSI community in Victoria for a time of focused practice, learning, and connecting with (and making new) friends and colleagues.
Whitney Lew James (Rhet/Comp PhD Candidate)
DHSI 2017 Course: Digital Public Humanities
Before learning about DHSI, I would never have described myself as a “digital humanist,” but the Institute had so many amazing classes that I couldn’t resist applying. I chose the Digital Public Humanities course because it appealed to my interests in community literacy and digital composing. Throughout the week I learned about incredible projects taking place across the country and the globe that continue to inspire my work. The community of DHSI is incredible and brings together people from across higher education and the world.
Kassia Waggoner (Rhet/Comp PhD graduate)
DHSI 2015 Course: Feminist Digital Humanities: Theoretical, Social, and Material Engagements
My experience at DHSI 2015 was an invaluable experience that expanded my knowledge of several areas of digital humanities (e-literature, coding, theory, etc.) that I am now able to apply in my classroom and research practices. I am extremely grateful to the New Media Writing Studio for this opportunity and would encourage others to apply for this scholarship.
Dr. Sarah Robbins (English)
DHSI 2014 Course: Online Collaborative Scholarship: Principles and Practices (A CWRCShop)
I will describe my experience at DHSI 2014—a multi-faceted opportunity to learn about collaborative work in the digital humanities. The course I took was facilitated by a team affiliated with the Canadian Writing Research Collaborative (CWRC) project, whose website describes itself as “an online project designed to enable unprecedented avenues for studying the words that most move people in and about Canada.” At DHSI, the course focused not so much on the content of the CWRC (i.e., Canadian culture) as on the strategies embedded in its online operations to support collaborative archive-building. Because the course also had an unadvertised agenda of recruiting new members for the CWRC community, it was at times less helpful than I anticipated around its stated goal of “exploring possibilities for collaboration throughout the entire scholarly workflow, with an emphasis on leveraging computers to assist with the collaborative process.” However, the camaraderie among all workshop participants was inspiring, and watching the course leaders struggle every day with various elements in their online materials was inspiring, in that it offered a reminder that digital humanities work must be open to challenges—indeed, must impress “snafus” as normal.
Beyond the course, as my contribution to the NMWS session will emphasize, other avenues at the institute were at least—if not more—fruitful that the course. These included lunchtime “birds of a feather” sessions with engaging topics and outstanding plenary speakers. DHSI for me, overall, was energizing and enabling, as I’ll share in my part of this group presentation.
Joanna Schmidt (Rhet/Comp PhD candidate, Koehler Center staff)
DHSI 2014 Course: Text Encoding Fundamentals and their Application
This year was my third year at DHSI, and I finally had the opportunity to take Text Encoding Fundamentals. Although I had taken more advanced and interest-specific courses in past summers, learning the basics of TEI provided me with a stronger understanding of the unseen structure many Digital Humanities projects are built upon. It is also a skill set that wasn’t available to me during my own coursework or through faculty at TCU. As I spent a week struggling over TEI complexities with other junior and advanced scholars from around the world and across disciplines, the course gave us new ways to discuss how knowledge is made in other fields and how our work might be complementary. It embodies the goals I now hear about working in the Koehler Center: to break down academic silos, to do more collaborative work, and to share academic work more widely.
I hope anyone who holds similar goals and has an interest in shaping and crossing the boundaries of scholarship and technology has a chance to attend DHSI and represent TCU.
Tyler Branson (Rhet/Comp PhD graduate)
DHSI 2014 Course: Data, Math, Visualization, and Interpretation of Networks: An Introduction
I was reluctant to apply to DHSI because I didn’t technically consider myself a digital humanist, and, as a rhetoric/composition person, I wasn’t sure if my research interests would align much with scholars who are typically oriented toward literary studies. And while it was certainly true that the work done at DHSI was much different than my own, it is also true that this experience couldn’t have been more productive for me. By placing myself in an intellectually uncomfortable environment, I was able to meet new people doing really innovative work vastly different from my own, and I was able to learn from them, find unanticipated connections to my own work, and more importantly, learn about the varied and important work going on in the digital humanities that I wouldn’t have otherwise considered.
Ultimately, what I took away was that being a digital humanist isn’t necessarily about becoming an expert in both your own specialty and digital/computational methods, but rather, learning to collaborate with people who know more than you, sharing your own expertise with them, and gaining new skills through that collaborative exchange. The diversity of ideas, methods, scholarship, and disciplinary orientations at DHSI is truly inspiring, and I recommend the conference to anyone with a remote interest in technology studies, at any skill level, and from any humanities-based field.
Learn more about DHSI before you apply for a tuition waiver from the CDEx:
DHSI 2019 Colloquium
If you’re a TCU graduate student and you want to apply for a Graduate Student Travel Grant, you’ll need to present at the Colloquium to qualify for the travel grant (up to $800 for international travel).
Proposals are now being accepted for presentations at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute Colloquium, to be held in June 2019 at the University of Victoria. Open to all DHSI attendees, the DHSI Colloquium offers an opportunity to present research and projects within an engaging, collegial atmosphere. Submissions are peer-reviewed, with participants subsequently invited to contribute to a DHSI-themed special issue in an open-access journal.
We invite proposals of 300-500 words for these presentations. Proposals may focus on any topic relating to the wider Digital Humanities. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the scholar’s role in personal and institutional research projects, tool application and development, perspectives on Digital Humanities implications for the individual’s own research and pedagogy, reports on activities from the field, etc. Submissions are welcome from emerging and established scholars alike, including, but not limited to, faculty, graduate students, early career scholars and humanities scholars who are new to the Digital Humanities; librarians, and those in cultural heritage, alt-academics, academic professionals, and those in technical programs.
The CDEx encourages returning DHSI attendees to apply for the Colloquium.
Priority is given to the following: first time DHSI attendees, graduate students, and those from AddRan College. We will create a waiting list for other applicants.
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to make an appointment with Director Curt Rode or Assistant Director Whitney Lew James.
2019 scholarship application deadline: 11:59 pm on Friday, December 14.