Texas Digital Humanities Consortium Newsletter
Happy fall! The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium (TxDHC) works to promote the digital humanities in Texas and to connect the people who are doing or interested in this work for purposes of networking, collaboration, and mutual support. To raise awareness of digital humanities news, events and opportunities in Texas, we are pleased to launch our newsletter. To receive this newsletter, sign up for the TxDHC listserv and Google Group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/txdhc
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* THATCamp Clear Lake 2017 will take place November 3-4, 2017 at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. It will explore the theme Data Visualization in the Humanities with a November 3 pre-conference featuring Rafia Mirza, Claude Willan, Sylvia Fernández Quintanilla and Maira E. Álvarez. Registration is free at http://clearlake2017.thatcamp.org/.
* Marie Saldaña and Elisabeth Narkin (HRC Spatial Humanities Postdoctoral Fellows), Mapping and 3D Modeling: A Lightning Workshop (Rice University). Wednesday, November 8, 3-4 p.m. We will briefly introduce projects that use digital cartography and 3D modeling as tools for humanities research, then provide a quick, hands-on workshop demonstrating software to get you started on your own project. http://hrc.rice.edu/calendar
* Heather Richards-Rissetto, Sights and Sounds—Mapping and Modeling Synesthetic Experiences in Ancient Maya Cities (Rice University), January 18, 2018. Part of the Spatial Humanities Initiative Lecture Series. http://hrc.rice.edu/calendar
* ACLS Digital Extension Grants. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, “[t]his program supports digitally based research projects in all disciplines of the humanities and related social sciences. It is hoped that these grants will help advance humanistic scholarship by enhancing established digital projects, extending their reach to new communities of users, and supporting teams of scholars at all career stages as they participate in digital research projects.” Deadline: January 10, 2018. http://www.acls.org/programs/digitalextension/
* Digital Humanities 2018, Mexico City (June 26-29, 2018). Abstracts due 27 November 2017. https://dh2018.adho.org/en/cfp_english/
* The Texas Digital Humanities Consortium (TxDHC) is pleased to welcome Tanya Clement (University of Texas) and Claude Willan (University of Houston) to its steering committee. Interested in getting involved with TxDHC? Contact its chair, Lisa Spiro, at email@example.com.
* Claude Willan has joined University of Houston Libraries as Director of the Digital Research Commons. http://weblogs.lib.uh.edu/blog/2017/10/10/new-digital-research-commons-director/
* University of Texas Austin hosted HILT (Humanities Intensive Learning + Teaching) this summer in connection with its Digital Humanities Pop-up Institute. http://blogs.lib.utexas.edu/texlibris/2017/08/28/taking-it-to-the-hilt/
* Texas A&M University’s Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture is continuing its Programming for Humanist series with a fall 2017 course on Encoding and Analyzing Digital Editions (TEI, TEI Schemas, XSLT, Python and Gephi). http://programming4humanists.tamu.edu/overview/
* The University of Texas Arlington (UTA) Women’s & Gender Studies program is working to launch a bilingual (Spanish/English) digital archive about women in North Texas. The initiative is a collaborative project that involves researchers and faculty members from the Library, Departments of English, History, Modern Languages, Art & Art History, and the College of Education. The digital archive is a part of a larger digital humanities initiative. In June, the program hosted a one-day digital humanities workshop for girls that provided information on coding, archiving, hashtag activism, and women’s & gender studies. In July, the program received a received a Hidden Talent College Prep grant from the Jack and Jill Foundation https://jackandjillfoundation.org/awards-grants/ in the amount of $3237 to provide a digital humanities workshop to the TRIO Pre-College Program at UT Arlington.
* Gabriela Baeza Ventura and Carolina Villarroel at the Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage and Arte Público Press at the University of Houston are establishing the first program focused on digital humanities in US Latino/a studies. Lorena Gauthereau is serving as the first postdoctoral fellow, a position funded through a $167,700 grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Additionally, Baeza Ventura and Villarroel received a Mellon Foundation planning grant to research digital humanities centers in the US and to bring specialists on DH and social justice to Houston in Spring 2018.
* David Arditi, Assistant Professor of Sociology at UTA, has established a digital music archive for local DFW music called MusicDetour. This is a digital repository for music created and performed in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. MusicDetour will preserve all genres performed in the Metroplex and serve as a free public resource. Local musicians create music that often is not recorded or the recordings are not stored. By archiving this music, MusicDetour serves as a permanent record of local music upon which new culture can be produced. See http://www.uta.edu/news/releases/2016/07/arditi-music-archive.php
* Following up on two 2016 grants from UTA (a UT Arlington Dean’s Health and Humanities grant for “What Students Consider to be Healthy: Focus Group Data Tracking the Language of Pre-Diabetic Populations” and a UT Arlington Digital Arts and Humanities Institute grant for “Changes in Vernacular Perspectives on Health: Medieval to Modern Texts Highlighting Food and Health), a UTA interdisciplinary team is now compiling a searchable database of texts from different periods of English that represent how people talk about health. The Health Corpus of Diachronic English (H-CODE) will enable users to look at the concept of health across time. Bringing texts together in this way will show that the concept of “being healthy” has emerged and changed over time, and also that ideas of what is healthy can be different in different times and settings. Compiled by a team of scholars from Linguistics, English, Information Science, and the UTA Libraries, the body of texts will allow users to track or contrast terms across time, so that scholars in diverse disciplines can understand cultural, social, and even theological views of human well-being over the ages. The initial corpus of texts will contain digitized material from Old English (OE) (from the years 600–1150 A.D.) as well as 20th and 21st century American English materials (from 1995 to 2016). The files will be marked up with keywords and information on authors, dates, and the types of work each text comes from.
Dr. Julienne Greer was awarded one of UTA’s second annual Interdisciplinary Research Program (IRP 2016) grants for “Shakespeare and Robots: Examining the impact of a theatre intervention on psychological well-being in older adults.” She leads an interdisciplinary team consisting of College of Liberal Arts-Theatre Arts, UTA Research Institute (UTARI), and UTA’s School of Social Work. The objective of this pilot study is to examine the impact of a theatre intervention utilizing the text of Shakespeare on the psychological well-being of older adults. Dr. Greer and colleagues also received funding for A Robot Walks into a Waiting Room…Humor in Healthcare Waiting Rooms to Enhance HRI, which examines how Human-Robot Interaction (HRI), specifically the use of improvisational humor in an assistive robot, may positively impact attitudes toward HR.