Graduate Digital Scholarship Initiative

2011 - 2012

* NEW: Click to see Call for Proposals for the inaugural GDSI competition * 

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Grad digital word cloudBuilding on our long-standing support for graduate student research and career development, the FHI is launching a new initiative in digital scholarship for PhD students in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. As the world of scholarly publication continues to change within the digital era we would like to provide an opportunity for the emerging generation of scholars both to learn more about multi-media (and multi-modal) digital publication and to have the chance to collaborate on research in these new forms. To that end, we will be providing resources (non-stipendary) for small teams of graduate students to convene working groups in areas of shared research interest, to commission an essay from a leading scholar in that field, and then to work with the author to produce a digital text. We will be seeking proposals that take up transdisciplinary engagements between the humanities and sciences, especially around questions of energy, the environment, and/or life forms. 

The GDSI is intended not only to support students whose work already engages with new media technologies.  Our goal is to provide a space where students with a range of expertise can, learning from and working with each other, participate in emerging modes of scholarly inquiry and production. We anticipate issuing the inaugural CFP in late Fall 2011/early Spring 2012. 

In parallel with this initiative, the FHI will be organizing an ongoing series of workshops on digital scholarship over the course of the coming years. Speakers for 2011-12 include Tara McPherson (University of Southern California, founding editor of Vectors), Kim Fortun (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, past editor of Cultural Anthropology), Paolo Mangiafico (Director of Digital Information Strategy, Office of the Provost), Liz Milewicz (Head of Digital Scholarship and Production Services, Duke Libraries), Kevin Smith (Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke Libraries), and others to be announced. Please see the Events sidebar for more information.

* Image: word cloud based on student responses to a query about their interest in humanities and digital technologies