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Digital Humanities Resources for Graduate Students

Getting Started

On DH

  • For a quick introduction to the field of DH, check out Lisa Spiro’s blog “Digital Scholarship in the Humanities,” especially her tips for getting started.
  • For a more in depth overview, take a look at The Digital Humanities Literacy Handbook
  • For an overview of current discussions happening in the Digital Humanities and the Humanities writ large, see the CUNY Manifold project and University of Minnesota Press series Debates in the Digital Humanities.

Tools for Beginners

At Vanderbilt

  • Center for DH Library: Collection of texts on digital tools, computing and humanities debates around technology and its uses. Vanderbilt DH Library HTML
  • DH Working Groups: Our Center hosts multiple working groups on DH tools open to faculty, staff, and graduate students. Check out the website’s Events section for details.
  • Digital Scholarship and Communications Office: Vanderbilt Libraries are an essential on-campus resource; check out the DiSC site for a list of their events, bootcamps, and workshops or contact the Office’s Director Andrew Wesolek at andrew.j.wesolek@vanderbilt.edu.
  • THATcamp: Every year,  Vanderbilt hosts a THATCamp (“The Humanities and Technology Camp”), an un-conference organized by the Center and our campus partners. THATCamps offers scholars, students, researchers, professors, and the larger Nashville community an opportunity to learn about Digital Humanities projects and tools. For info on the next event, check back here in Spring 2020.
  • DH Bootcamp: An intensive two-day long introduction to digital tools and methods offered by the Center every August. Information about the next camp will be available in Summer 2020.

Off-Campus Training Opportunities 

  • DHSI: DHSI (Digital Humanities Summer Institute) is an intensive training camp held in Victoria, Canada comprising two week-long series of classes and discussion groups. Participants can attend for the full session or for a week. For more information about the Institute, funding details, and a full list of classes, please visit the DHSI website.

Professional Organizations

ACH (The Association for Computers and the Humanities)
The ACH is the largest professional society for the digital humanities in the U.S. They support and disseminate research and cultivate a vibrant professional community through conferences, publications, and outreach activities. To become a member, visit their website.

ADHO (Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations)
An international umbrella for DH organizations. To learn more, read the ADHO’s mission statement.

HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory)
HASTAC is an interdisciplinary community of humanists, artists, social scientists, scientists, and technologists from over 400+ affiliate organizations including Vanderbilt University. Check out their website to become a member, read about the annual conference, look for DH tools, share ideas, and learn about HASTAC initiatives.

For more information about HASTAC at Vanderbilt, please contact Dr. Daniel Genkins at daniel.n.genkins@vanderbilt.edu

Interassociation Caucuses
Many discipline-specific organizations like the American Historical Association, American Library Association, and the Modern Language Association have working groups or committees dedicated to DH based research. Check out the links below or the homepage of your professional society to find out more.

Funding

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Mellon Foundation is a key provider of academic funding at the institutional level. While students cannot apply to receive individual support directly from the Foundation, keep an eye out for opportunities offered by the Foundation’s many campus partners. For example, Vanderbilt graduate students are eligible to apply for year-long Mellon Fellowships with the University’s Center for Digital Humanities; more information about our 2020-2021 openings will be available on this website in Spring 2020.

CLIR (Council on Library Information and Resources)
Important CLIR funding opportunities include dissertation research grants and postdoctoral fellowships. The latter are usually hosted at libraries and academic institutions around the country, and the majority require DH skills.

NEH Office of Digital Humanities
From funded summer institutes to research grants, start-up support to digital publishing awards, the NEH is an important intellectual and financial resources for digital humanists. To learn more, check out their DH page.