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Newsletter September 8th

Posted by on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 in Newsletters.

In This Newsletter

  • Upcoming Digital Humanities Events at Vanderbilt
  • Announcing the 2021/2022 Digital Humanities Working Groups
  • Upcoming Conferences and Workshops
  • Calls for Papers
  • Call for Mellon Partners for Humanities Education Collaboration Grants
  • Job Postings

Upcoming Digital Humanities Events at Vanderbilt

DiSC Trainings

The Disc Office is thrilled to resume in-person trainings this semester, augmented by online and asynchronous options. This Fall, beginning next week, we are offing introductory lessons in R and Python, as well as a new training on managing web pages with GitHub Pages. We will also offer intermediate sessions on using R for data visualization with ggplot2. Additionally, we 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 us directly at:

For additional information, including days, times, and locations of trainings, please visit our website:



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.



Announcing the 2021/2022 Digital Humanities Working Groups

The Center for Digital Humanities Working Groups for the 2021/2022 academic year are open and organizing their first meetings. These working groups are for anyone on campus interested in Digital Humanities, from absolute beginner to advanced practitioner. Below are the five working groups for this year, the names of the organizers, and a link to an interest form which you can use to get in touch with the organizers and sign up to get updates on when the group is meeting.

  • 3D Models and Immersive Environments DH Working Group (Melanie Forehand) – Sign Up Here!
  • Black Studies and DH Working Group (Brandon Byrd) – Sign Up Here!
  • Digital Collections Working Group (Mickey Casad) – Sign Up Here!
  • Text Analysis Working Group (Danielle Picard and Mark Schoenfield) – Sign Up Here!
  • Game Studies and DH Working Group (Derek Price) – Sign Up Here!

Upcoming Conferences and Workshops

  • 5th ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on Geospatial Humanities
  • Fall 2021 virtual HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) workshops
    • Workshop Description: This virtual workshop series will introduce attendees to the tools and services of HTRC. Each workshop, taking place on a different day, will address a different aspect of text and data mining using HathiTrust data and HTRC services. Attendees are not required to attend all workshops in a series, and can pick and choose the events that best match their interests and schedules. For someone totally new to text mining and to HathiTrust, it is recommended to attend the introductory session. Librarians who attend all 4 unique workshops will have the option to join the cohort of HTRC trainers from past workshop series, which provides access to a community list and additional training opportunities ( ). We look forward to seeing you in workshops, and let us know (via if you have any questions!
    • Series 1: 10-12 ET  on Sept. 27, Oct. 12 & Oct. 26: Register –
    • Series 2: 3-5 ET on Nov. 10, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 & Dec. 8: Register –
  • 2nd Annual Conference of the Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH)
    • Date of conference: April 2, 2022
    • Location: Flagler College, St. Augustine, FL
    • deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021.  
    • Conference Website

Calls for Papers

  • Journal of Documentation Special Issue on Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Heritage Materials
    • TITLE OF SPECIAL ISSUE – Artificial Intelligence for Cultural Heritage Materials
    • SYNOPSIS: This special issue of the Journal of Documentation will focus on the uses of Artificial Intelligence in the provisioning and use of digital cultural heritage collections with restricted or difficult access, whether due to privacy concerns, copyright restrictions, or the sheer volume of cultural heritage data (which, barring catastrophic data loss, is always on the increase) The three main questions to be explored in this issue are: How can we use AI to make digital cultural heritage collections more accessible?  How might we analyze these collections using AI research methods? And can we identify synergies and collaborative avenues among cultural organizations around the world that are engaged in AI-enhanced research and access methods? We invite scholars, curators, and other cultural heritage workers in any aligned fields — in the humanities; in the information, data, and computer sciences; and in the libraries, archives, and museums sector — to submit their work for publication in this important special issue. Founded in 1945, the Journal of Documentation is a leading journal in information studies and related fields, providing a unique focus on theories, concepts, models, frameworks and philosophies related to documents and recorded knowledge.
      • Submission deadline: January 2022
      • Review and editorial window: February-June 2022
      • Anticipated publication date: Autumn 2022
    • Please review carefully the Journal of Documentation Author Guidelines. All submitting authors must include a covering letter stating that the submission is for this special issue.

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:

Job Postings

  • Post-Doctoral Researcher, CACSSS Graduate School
    • Application due: 15 Sept 2021
    • Short description: The EURONEWS initiative, funded by the Irish Research Council and hosted by University College Cork, is looking for a postdoc to work for a year on a platform collecting images and transcriptions of early modern handwritten newsletters.
    • Further details: