We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote speaker as Dr. Jacob Heil! In addition to his impressive experiences with digital humanities, Jacob was an advocate for UNRH at its inception at the ILiADS conference in 2015. We are excited to invite him to our conference. Jacob Heil, PhD, is the College of Wooster’s Digital Scholarship Librarian and the Director of its Collaborative Research Environment (CoRE). As the former, he partners with library colleagues, faculty, and students as they explore digital technologies and resources for teaching and research. In his capacity as the latter, he collaborates with campus stakeholders to build CoRE into an environment that is not only for collaborative research, but is one in which students’ process-based projects provide an ever-evolving backdrop. Additionally, he offers a course in Digital Humanities meanings and methods at the College. Most recently, Dr. Heil was the Mellon Digital Scholar for The Five Colleges of Ohio, working under the auspices of the Digital Scholarship: Projects & Pedagogy grant, which was generously funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. As the Ohio Five Digital Scholar, he worked with librarians and faculty across the five colleges to help small, often interdepartmental teams to imagine, plan, and develop digital pedagogical projects. Before joining the Ohio Five, he was a book historian and project manager on the Early Modern OCR Project (eMOP), a Mellon-funded initiative centered at his alma mater, Texas A&M University.
We at UNRH are proud to announce receiving official sponsorship from the Association of Computers for the Humanities (ACH). The ACH is a prominent organization in the digital humanities field with a long history of supporting and promoting digital scholarship and research. According to the ACH’s site:
Founded in 1978, the ACH dates back to a period when the landscape of computing, and its relation to the humanities, looked very different from that of today. In the more than three decades since, developments in both technology and in the ways humanists understand and use technology have fundamentally transformed both domains. As the major US professional association for computing humanists, the ACH has provided a forum for the research, discussions, and technical explorations that have fueled this transformation. It has also grown from a small community into a much more substantial association; the annual Digital Humanities conference (now sponsored by ADHO, ACH’s parent organization) now attracts about 400 attendees and continues to grow.
UNRH expresses many thanks to ACH member Amanda Viscontini for seeking us out, as well as the ACH board for approving a generous donation for UNRH’s 2018 InterHumanities Conference.
This year’s theme will be InterHumanities: The Importance and Challenges of Interdisciplinary and International Collaboration in Digital Humanities Research. During these divisive times worldwide, we at UNRH want to stress the significance of a diversity of ideas and connections to produce meaningful scholarship. We will not be giving preferential treatment to projects that align well with this theme, but we hope to encourage applicants to consider how their projects could or already do benefit from “inter”-related elements.
We are excited to discuss this theme with you this spring!
This year we are excited to announce Hope College in Holland, MI will be hosting UNRH’s 2018 conference! Hope has a long history with Digital Humanities, pioneered by William Pannapacker, author of several published articles about DH in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Dr. Pannapacker also founded Hope’s Andrew C. Mellon Scholars Program, a digital liberal arts chapter cultivating research and digital interests in some of Hope’s most enthusiastic learners. Mellon students have produced volumes of digital projects, presented at the National Celebration of Undergraduate Research, Posters on the Hill, and of course, UNRH, to name a few. Hope College is very excited to expand its connections with other students who are involved in digital humanities research and looks forward to hosting.
Click here to learn more about Hope College’s Mellon Scholars Program.