Call for Papers: Digital Diasporas: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, 6-7 June 2019 Venue: School of Advanced Study, Senate House, University of London Conference website: Since Appadurai wrote on the intertwined phenomena of electronic media and migration as disruptive and defining features of modern subjectivity (1996), the relationship between digital technologies and diasporic communities has emerged as a critical area of study across a number of disciplines. However, such research risks remaining isolated within disciplinary silos, often despite the similar processes, practices and materials studied. This conference aims to inspire greater dialogue across disciplinary boundaries in order to develop a richer understanding of the role of the digital in creatingRead More →

Thanks to my fantastic colleague, the amazing Hélène Huet for sharing this news! The Florida Digital Humanities Consortium (FLDH) will be hosting its inaugural statewide conference at the University of North Florida (UNF) on March 29-30, 2019. Friday, March 29, will be a formal research symposium, and Saturday, March 30, will follow a more spontaneous THATCamp format. The deadline for submissions to the Friday, March 29 portion of the conference is December 15, 2018. For more information and to submit a proposal, see More →

In 2004, the Provost established the UF Creative Campus Initiative to encourage “highly innovative approaches to teaching or multi-disciplinary inquiry.” One of the projects awarded funding in 2018-19 promotes virtual exchange (VE) and is entitled “Collaborating Across Undersea Cables: Creating a Collaborative International Teaching Network (CITN).” The CITN is led by Dr. Mary Risner (Center for Latin American Studies), with the collaboration of Paloma Rodriguez (UF International Center), Dr. Laurie Taylor (UF Libraries), and Dr. Crystal Marull (Spanish & Portuguese Studies). The CITN seeks to guide and support UF faculty so they are able to engage creatively with collaborative international teaching opportunities. The CITN aimsRead More →

I’m now Chair of Digital Partnerships & Strategies, a new department. The Digital Partnerships & Strategies Department provides leadership for digital partnerships between the Smathers Libraries and partners across the university, regionally, nationally, and internationally. DP&S provides program development and manages program operations for Scholarly Communications, the LibraryPress@UF, and the Institutional Repository (IR@UF), ensuring alignment with the Smathers Libraries’ Strategic Directions and support for the Libraries’ collaborative partnerships, initiatives, and programs. This includes projects associated with the UF Digital Collections (UFDC), Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), the IR@UF and other digital collections and scholarship efforts hosted at UF, including support for digital scholarly publishing.Read More →

Thanks to In These Times for sharing a term new to me, solastagia. The term is in the August 28, 2018 article by Elizabeth Catte “How Fallout 76 Can Help Us Rebuild West Virginia,” where the term is used in relation to videogames, memory, and nostalgia. The article is highly recommended reading for everyone for many reasons. In the article, Catte explains: Solastalgia, a corrupted form of nostalgia, is the psychic pain that occurs when one’s home vanishes, usually through unwelcome environmental change, be it a natural disaster or mountaintop removal. It’s a form of mental distress among individuals with a strong place connection and is characterizedRead More →

Join us to learn how to connect with students and faculty around the world through virtual exchange as part of UF’s Collaborative International Teaching Network (CITN). By interacting online with peers in other regions of the world and by collaborating on projects, students develop broader perspectives on global issues and develop digital literacy skills.   Tuesday, September 18, 2018  Virtual Exchange Faculty Showcase UFIC Large Conference Room 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be concurrent presentations, stop by, grab some lunch, and stay for as long as your schedule permits.   Thursday, October 4, 2018   Virtual Exchange Workshop UFIC Large Conference Room 9:00 a.m.Read More →

From the UF International Center website on this UF project: Collaborative International Teaching Network  (CITN) The CITN has been modestly funded by the Provost’s Creative Campus Initiative.  The goal of the CITN is to guide and support faculty to engage creatively with collaborative international teaching opportunities. Virtual exchange (VE) enables students and faculty to connect virtually across national borders and campuses to engage in asynchronous and synchronous project-based activities to examine global issues and problem-solving from diverse perspectives. The CITN will facilitate these opportunities by building upon existing UF VE initiatives to connect UF faculty with each other and with international partners. It will organize andRead More →

In partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean, University of Florida researchers led a collaborative project, which has been awarded $231,093 to host a week-long, in-person workshop and five additional monthly virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) and Caribbean Studies. The project is entitled Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute. The lead researchers will open a call in October to select participants for the program. Participants will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. Twenty-six participantsRead More →

“Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits”  Webinar on August 17, 1pm ET Below is from the ALA press release: Interaction with strangers cultivates creativity and provides opportunities for joining forces to achieve great ends. However, most people tend to avoid talking or working with people they do not know, whether in the library, a classroom, or in academic and nonprofit settings. And to do so is to short-circuit much of the creative potential that is so necessary for innovation, and that organizational stakeholders crave. Enter CoLAB, a workshop developed and presented by Bess G. de Farber at workshops across the country,Read More →

[Updated with more names thanks to Simone Clunie on 7/25/2018, 7/27/2018, and 8/6/2018); updated with names from UF files, on 7/24/2018 at 1:50pm; ] In speaking with the always-inspiring Dr. Julian Chambliss about his public-digital scholarship work and that he’s working on a potential project of 100 best/top, or just 100 of X, I–like most people–also thought about how inspiring work inspires, and how I want to contribute. Anthology and compilation projects are great ways to give overviews and openings to invite researcher and work with greater depth. I’m interested in finding/compiling and collaborating to support more information being available from and about Caribbean librarians,Read More →