Announcing the NITLE Digital Humanities Council

Campers at THATCamp Liberal Arts Colleges, photo by Quinn Dombrowski

To further the work of NITLE’s initiative in the digital humanities, NITLE has established a Digital Humanities Council, selecting fourteen leading digital humanists to serve on the council for the next two years.  The council will promote the value of digital humanities in higher education, especially for undergraduates, working with NITLE to break down silos within the digital humanities community and beyond. Council members will help develop and maintain connections between digital humanists at small liberal arts colleges and the larger digital humanities community; work with and advise NITLE staff members on NITLE activity in the digital humanities; and advise the NITLE community on appropriate resources and opportunities in the digital humanities.

Council members were selected to represent a variety of institutions (liberal arts colleges, state institutions, research universities, and digital humanities centers), disciplines (history, literature, classics, new media), and roles (librarians, faculty members, technologists).  All have played an active role in the digital humanities community.  We especially sought council members who understood the importance of pedagogy, collaboration, and the liberal arts college experience.  I am pleased to announce NITLE’s first digital humanities council:

  • Christopher Blackwell, The Louis G. Forgione University Professor of Classics, Furman University*
  • Ryan Cordell, Assistant Professor of English and Director of Writing-Across-the-Curriculum, St. Norbert College* and DHCommons board member
  • Gregory Crane, Winnick Family Chair in Technology and Entrepreneurship, Professor of Classics, Editor-in-Chief of the Perseus Project, Tufts University
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association (formerly of Pomona College*)
  • Neil Fraistat, Professor of English and Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH), University of Maryland and co-chair of the centerNet Steering committee
  • Amanda French, THATCamp Coordinator, Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, George Mason University
  • Katherine D. Harris, Tenured Assistant Professor of English Literature, San Jose State University
  • Kent Hooper, Professor of German, Director of the Humanities Teaching Collective, University of Puget Sound*
  • Laura Mandell, Professor of English, Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture, College of Liberal Arts, Texas A&M University and DHCommons board member
  • William Pannapacker, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Andrew W. Mellon Scholars Program in the Arts and Humanities, Hope College
  • Katherine Rowe, Chair and Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College*
  • Janet Simons, Associate Director of Instructional Technology, Co-Director, Digital Humanities Initiative, Hamilton College*
  • Michael Spalti, Head of Library Systems, Willamette University*
  • Kathryn Tomasek, Associate Professor of History, Wheaton College*

We look forward to working with this dynamic, innovative group to further to advance the development of digital humanities at liberal arts colleges and promote the valuable contributions these colleges make to and within the broader digital humanities movement.

* indicates NITLE network membership

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Posted on November 1, 2011 at 3:34 pm by Rebecca Davis · Permalink
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  1. Written by Craig Bellamy
    on November 1, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    This looks like a good initiative: I wonder what this means though?

    “…working with NITLE to break down silos within the digital humanities community and beyond”

    It would be good to unpack this idea of a ’silo’. It is a fairly simplistic metaphor and I not sure what it means?

  2. Written by Rebecca Davis
    on November 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

    Thanks for the comment, Craig. In this case I was thinking of how Diane Zorich used the term, “silo” to describe how digital humanities centers overlapping projects without ensuring interoperability: “The silo-like nature of centers also results in overlapping agenda and activities, particularly in areas of training, digitization of collections, and metadata development.” (Diane Zorich, A survey of digital humanities centers in the United States (Washington D.C.: Council on Library and Information Resources, 2008), 42.) We see similar silos between digital humanities activities at small liberal arts colleges and research universities, as we described earlier this year in our white paper, Divided and Conquered: How Multivarious Isolation Is Suppressing Digital Humanities Scholarship. Essentially, we are trying to help digital humanists at small liberal arts colleges get plugged into the larger digital humanities community and raise awareness in that community of the work that happens at small liberal arts colleges.

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