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Google Digital Humanities Research Awards [updated 2011]

2011 update: Google now funds faculty research at this website: http://research.google.com/university/relations/research_awards.html. The annual deadlines are February 1 and August 1 (See Funding links as well). There is currently no special ‘digital humanities’ focus.

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Original post 3/16/10:

Google Research is reaching out to DH researchers for their 4/15/10 Research Awards deadline. The proposal process is unusually  simple for the award level (up to $50,000). UO Digital Scholars who are working on innovative digital programs and tools in Literature,  Linguistics, History, Classics, Philosophy, Sociology, Archaeology, or Anthropology should consider applying.

Google is clearly aiming to attract proposals from faculty whose research would utilize the Google Books database, and result in digital tools and protocols that could be widely adopted by other researchers. For details, read on:

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NHA Data Shows Decline In Funding for Humanities Researchers

From the National Humanities Alliance News, 2/26/10

“The humanities continue to play a core role in higher education and student interest is strong, but to meet the demand, four-year colleges and universities are increasingly relying on a part-time, untenured workforce. Those are among the findings from the Humanities Departmental Survey, conducted by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (AAAS) and a consortium of disciplinary associations. The survey, administered during the 2007-2008 academic year, includes data collected from English, foreign language, history, history of science, art history, linguistics, and religion departments at approximately 1,400 colleges and universities.

“The Humanities Indicators include data covering humanities education from primary school through the graduate level; the humanities workforce; humanities funding and research; and the humanities in civic life. Modeled after the National Science Board’s Science and Engineering Indicators, the Humanities Indicators serve as a resource to help scholars, policymakers, and the public assess the current state of the humanities.”

In The Landscape of Humanities Research and Funding, Alan Brinkley of Columbia University writes about the paucity of humanities research funding at the NEH, where the big chunk (32%) was as usual disbursed to state humanities agencies for public programs. This NEH funding pie chart from 2006 shows that just 13.3% of $138.3 million was allocated for individual and collaborative humanities researchers at IHEs and similar institutions. Continue reading


Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and NetworksCHAIN

A meeting was held at King’s College, London, on 26th and 27th October 2009, between representatives of several  networks, infrastructure projects, and planning initiatives working with digital technologies in the Arts and Humanities.

We identified the current fragmented environment where researchers operate in separate areas with often mutually incompatible technologies as a barrier to fully exploiting the transformative role that these technologies can potentially play. We resolved that our present, proposed, and future activities are  interdependent and complementary and should be oriented towards working together to overcome barriers, and to create a shared environment where technology services can interoperate and be sustained, thus enabling new forms of research in the Humanities.

In order to achieve these goals we agreed to form the Coalition of Humanities and Arts Infrastructures and Networks – CHAIN. Continue reading


Some of you may know about this resource already, and while I’ve been checking in on it for a while, I’ve only just started doing so in any depth as I prepare a course for next term. Here is the ‘about’ information from the AAARG.org site

AAAARG is a conversation platform – at different times it performs as a school, or a reading group, or a journal.

AAAARG was created with the intention of developing critical discourse outside of an institutional framework. But rather than thinking of it like a new building, imagine scaffolding that attaches onto existing buildings and creates new architectures between them.

Twitter. http://twitter.com/aaaarg

Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/aaaarg.org

RSS/XML. http://aaaarg.org/feeeed

Email Subscribe. http://aaaarg.org/cgi-bin/dada/mail.cgi

Contact. someone -at- aaaarg -dot- org

One of the ‘issues’ around which people have begun to collect texts is “Sharing and Remixing in the Humanities.” You’ll have to create an account to access any of the texts (or add to the library), but it’s easy and worth it…

UC Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) proposal calls

Snipped from an email I got the other day from the UCHRI

The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) invites proposals for various programs.

For more information, please go to:

Residential Research Fellowships 2010-11
Application Deadline: December 15, 2009

Residential Research Groups: Topic Proposals 2011-12
Application Deadline: December 15, 2009

Awards are contingent upon available funding.

Open Access Monographs initiative (Univ of Michigan)

Open Humanities Press (press release).

Romance Languages Open Access Mandate

The first humanities department in the world to adopt an open access mandate, the UO’s Romance Languages Department has voted to obligate each of its faculty members to place every peer-reviewed article and book chapter accepted for publication after May 2009 into the open access Scholars’ Bank.

Once the article or book chapter is published, faculty will send electronic versions of their work to the UO libraries, which will then make them available online for free after publication. Among the faculty who have already archived their work in the Scholars’ Bank are Amalia Gladhart and David Wacks.

With this vote, the Romance Languages department removed the final barrier between the field’s newest research results and the student and faculty researchers in high schools, the developing world, and the general public who need them.

[from College of Arts & Sciences article]