The Undergraduate Network for Research in the Humanities (UNRH) invites project proposals for its inaugural conference to be hosted by Hope College in partnership with Washington & Lee University, Davidson College, and Hamilton College, and The Association for Computers in the Humanities (ACH). The conference will be held on February 16th-18th, 2018.
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
- Originality of project and innovation
- Rigor of scholarship
- Emphasis on innovative tools, methods, or theory
We will begin taking submissions on August 1st, 2017. The submission process will consist of an online form at “unrh.org/submit” 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.
The deadline for submissions is November 12th, 2017. We will get back to you by December 1st with a decision.
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 Hope College in Holland, Michigan, on Friday, February 16th through Sunday, February 18th, 2018. 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 InterHumanities: The Importance and Challenges of Interdisciplinary, Inter-institutional 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. 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 benefit from “inter”-related elements. 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 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 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 him or her that observation but not direct participation is permitted for faculty.
When the schedule is finalized, it will be available at unrh.org.
Host-Taylor Mills, ‘17 Hope College
Miranda Donnellan, ‘17 Cornell College
Isabel Friedman, ‘18 Colby College
Meredith Foulke, ’18 Davidson College
Hakob Parsamyan, ’20 Lake Forest College
Ian Treger, ’20 Washington & Lee University