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Newsletter September 1st

Posted by on Wednesday, September 1, 2021 in Newsletters.

In This Newsletter:

  • Call for Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaboration Grants
  • DiSC Workshops Fall 2021
  • Close Reading, Far Reading: Text Analysis Panel
  • Calls for papers and conferences

Call for Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaboration Grants:

The Mellon Partners for Humanities Education program is pleased to announce the fourth and final round of collaborative grants to support the shared teaching and research goals of faculty in the humanities and humanistic social sciences from our consortium of partner institutions: Berea College, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Vanderbilt University. Applicants may apply for grant funds totaling between $1,000 and $20,000 for a one-year project. Full details at:

DiSC Workshops Fall 2021:

Our colleagues at the Library’s Disc Office will resume in-person trainings this semester, augmented by online and asynchronous options. This Fall, beginning next week, they are offing introductory lessons in R and Python, as well as a new training on managing web pages with GitHub Pages. They will also offer intermediate sessions on using R for data visualization with ggplot2. Additionally, they will run two series of GIS workshops, with foci on ArcGIS, QGIS, ArcPro, ArcGIS Online, and working with raster data.

As always, the DiSC office is happy to work with you, your class, or other group to tailor trainings to your needs. The Digital Literacy and Research Productivity series offer some examples of one-off workshops we have taught in the past and could run again. Whatever your digital scholarship need, we’re here to help! Contact them directly at:

Close Reading, Far Reading: Using Text Analysis in Research and Scholarship

  • Sponsors: Digital Commons, Center for Digital Humanities
  • Panelists: Mark Schoenfield, professor of English, Rebecca VanDiver, assistant professor of African and African American art, and Pedro Rodriguez, postdoctoral fellow in data science and political science
  • Date and Time: Monday, October 25th, 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Location: Digital Commons, Room 200 (upstairs)

Between born-digital texts and the digitization of archival texts, researchers in the humanities and social sciences now have digital access to large bodies of written materials. How might this access enable both new questions and new answers to old questions? What tools and techniques can faculty and scholars use to see patterns in collections of digital or digitized texts? And how do we train computers to understand the meanings encoded in these texts?

Join us for a panel of faculty and researchers who are learning and developing text analysis techniques to practice both close reading and “far” reading. Their work will provide inspiration for new approaches to your scholarship, and they will recommend ways to get started with text analysis methods.

Open to Vanderbilt faculty, staff, postdocs, and students.


Calls for Papers and Conferences:

Registration for Digitorium 2021 is now open! We have in-person and virtual registration available here.

All attendees and presenters need to register. If there are any issues with the registration process or anything else, please contact me. The program, plenary, and travel information can be found on the website at


The Digital Humanities Association of Southern Africa (DHASA) is
organizing its third conference with the theme “Digitally Human, Artificially Intelligent”. 

Submission deadline extension (29 August 2021)
Final call for papers DHASA Conference 2021


Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook ( is an open online resource providing guidance for anyone starting or working on their own digital projects. Structured around project stages and digital methods, the Handbook incorporates examples of research and teaching submitted by scholars and practitioners from around the world. The Handbook editors are seeking submissions of sample assignments and case studies. Find out more & submit: We accept submissions on a rolling basis and will next be reviewing new submissions on September 30, 2021.


The Humanities Editors Collective housed in the Department of Humanities at York University is excited to announce a special issue for the journal Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies. Imaginations is a multilingual, open-access peer-reviewed journal with a core focus on international visual cultural studies. Led by Editor-in-chief, Markus Reisenleitner, the journal is funded by the federal granting agency of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and showcases original artwork and scholarly research in original languages.

Original research essays should be between 5000-7000 words. Book reviews (750 – 1000 words), short essays (3000 – 4000 words), and experimental artworks will also be considered. Please include a separate 250-word author biography and contact information. The deadline for submissions is September 30th, 2020. Please send all inquiries and submissions to

African Electronic Literature Alliance International Workshop Conference (AELAIWC- 2021)  

Conference Date:  22nd –25th November, 2021.

Venue: University of Lagos, Nigeria/University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah, Morocco (Hybrid: Virtual/in-person). Conference Languages: French, Arabic & English.

Registration is free but membership is mandatory. Please register here: .