The Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities (UNRH) invites project proposals for its inaugural conference to be hosted by The College of Wooster in partnership with Washington & Lee University, Davidson College, Hope College, and Hamilton College. The conference will be held on February 22nd-24th, 2019.
UNRH is a network founded by and for undergraduates in order to reimagine the undergraduate role in innovative humanities research. We aim to aggregate, present, and promote innovative student research as well as establish a sustainable network of digital scholarship through which students might question and break down leading models of teaching & learning in order to reclaim student agency.
This conference proposes to embody these purposes in four ways:
- We provide a physical platform for the competitive submission and presentation of projects alone or in collaboration.
- We engage in workshops, in order to develop skills for professional development, whether that be within academia or outside of it.
- We gather for innovative ‘design thinking’ sessions and discussions with the purpose of drawing out the problems in the current undergraduate research model in order to create actionable solutions.
- We establish a network for peer-learning and collaboration across institutions and countries.
Project Details and Criterion
These proposals may emphasize, but are not limited to:
- humanities research projects enabled by digital media, text analysis, data mining, and related methodologies;
- computer applications in literary, linguistic, cultural, and historical studies;
- digital arts, architecture, music, film, theatre, new media, games, and related areas;
- creation and curation of digital archival resources;
- digital humanities in pedagogy and academic tools and curricula;
- social, institutional, global, multilingual, and multicultural aspects of digital humanities.
Our criterion for selection is based upon four pillars:
- Relevance to the purpose of the conference (not the theme, the conference as a whole)
- Originality of project and innovation
- Rigor of scholarship
- Emphasis on innovative tools, methods, or theory
We will begin taking submissions on August 1st, 2018. The submission process will consist of an online form at “http://unrh.org/apply/application/” with a 100 word project abstract and a 2-3 page proposal including both a description of the project and a discussion of the methodology involved. Submissions are to be double-spaced in Times New Roman, 12 point font.
All submissions are due Sunday, November 11th, 2018 by 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time.
Should you be accepted, you are dedicated to come to the conference and to present your project, as well as participate in the workshops.
The conference will be held at The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, on Friday, February 22nd through Sunday, February 24th, 2019. There is no fee for registration, and food will be provided free of charge should your proposal be accepted for presentation. We advise that if your institution will provide hotel lodging for you that you accept this; if your institution does not, we are working to be able to help cover that cost.
This year’s theme will be Voices in Digital Humanities: By bringing different voices together in conversation, we as undergraduates can find and express our voices within the sphere of academics, and as global citizens. UNRH seeks to provide the space for such expression such that we can learn from one another, empathize, and ultimately have our values be heard. To be clear, project applications do NOT have to pertain to this theme, and 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 amplify the diversity of voices. To read more about this year’s theme, click HERE.
Before you submit your project proposal, please reach out to your institution to see if they can offer travel support. We cannot guarantee we will be able to offer travel reimbursements, but we will work next to you to fight for the support of your institution, such that pre-existing conference/travel funds might be diverted towards your competitive presentation opportunity. We do offer a few bursaries for international and domestic traveling. If you are unable to secure any support from your institution or external sponsorship, you may apply for a travel bursary. We cannot guarantee that you will receive one as we have limited funds, nor can we guarantee that we will be able to cover the full amount of your travel costs. However, we will work hard to find the best solution to bring you to the conference if not physically, then virtually.
We ask that faculty not accompany you as we aim to create a space just for undergraduates. However, should your institution or professor require that a faculty member accompany you, we ask that you inform them that observation but not direct participation is permitted for faculty.
The schedule for this year’s conference is HERE.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for further questions or check our Frequently Asked Questions page under the “Apply” tab.
Co-Host-Scott Stoudt, ‘19 The College of Wooster
Co-Host-Tanaka Chingonzo, ‘21 The College of Wooster
Arianna Montero-Colbert, ‘19 Davidson College
Aine O’Connor, ’20 Hope College
Fahad Ahmed Khan, ’20 Habib Unversity-Pakistan
Lilla Butterworth, ’20 Occidental College
Taylor Mills, ’17 Hope College