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  • Scott Enderle working with an undergradute

    Jonathan Scott Enderle, 1979-2021

    The Price Lab and the wider DH community at Penn are mourning the death of our dear friend and invaluable colleague, Scott Enderle.

    The Price Lab and the wider DH community at Penn are mourning the death of our dear friend and invaluable colleague, Scott Enderle. Scott was the lead programmer and project manager at the Price Lab since 2015. But his connections and friendships on our campus date back much further. He came to Penn as a graduate student in the English department in 2004, after receiving his bachelor’s degree at Texas A&M. Under the direction of Michael Gamer, he wrote a dissertation on the rise of the novel, the emergence of copyright law, and debates over the origin and communication of ideas in 18th century Britain. He received his Ph.D. in 2011, leaving Penn to accept a position as assistant professor of English at Skidmore College, but returned four years later as our Digital Humanities Specialist, a newly created position in the Library and the Price Lab, funded by the Mellon Foundation.  

    As the University’s first DH Specialist, Scott played a major role in shaping both the research program and the curriculum in digital humanities at Penn. His depth of historical knowledge, evident in publications such as his 2016 essay on copyright law in PMLA, made him an important resource for scholars in the History of Material Texts group and the English department as well as in the Price Lab. Some of the research projects he developed include the English Playbills project with Michael Gamer, the Star Wars Fan Engagement Meter with Peter Decherney and James Fiumara, the Shakespeare Census with Zachary Lesser,  and the Mining Goodreads project with Jim English. But he had a guiding hand in nearly every DH project that focused on the history of the book or involved techniques of text mining, machine learning, or data visualization.  

    Scott made a point of including undergraduate students on all his project teams, helping them to become confident practitioners of data-driven humanities research. Over the years, he mentored dozens of students in addition to the many he taught in classrooms. As the English department’s Lecturer in Digital Humanities, he developed the University’s introductory course in programming for the humanities, and was one of the principal architects of the DH Minor program in the College of Arts and Sciences. His ability to explain complex matters of quantitative analysis and visualization to humanists was a boon to his faculty collaborators as well as his students. At team meetings in the Price Lab, he was often drawing on the white board with a marker pen, miraculously bringing clarity and simplicity to the most difficult concepts. Indeed, Scott was the great teacher to all of us at the Price Lab: unfailingly patient, empathetic, gentle, and good-humored. What we learned from him will continue to guide much of what we do for years to come. We count ourselves immeasurably fortunate to have been his colleagues.

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    Dream Lab Keynote: Marisa Parham

    Dream Lab 2021 is very excited to announce that Marisa Parham will deliver the Opening Keynote Address via Zoom on Monday, June 14 at 5pm.

    Dream Lab 2021 is very excited to announce that Marisa Parham will deliver the Opening Keynote Address via Zoom on Monday, June 14 at 5pm.

    This lecture will offer examples for what might be made possible at the intersection between Black expressive traditions, digital humanities, and electronic literature, with an eye to describing the chain of interactions that link theory to practice.

    Attendance is free but registration is required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dream-lab-keynote-marisa-parham-tickets-158...

    Zoom address will be provide upon registration.

    About Professor Parham:

    Marisa Parham is Visiting Professor of English at the University of Maryland, where she serves as director for the African American Digital Humanities initiative (AADHUM), and is the associate director for the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH). She also co-directs the Immersive Realities Lab for the Humanities, which is an independent workgroup for digital and experimental humanities (irLhumanities).

    Parham’s current teaching and research projects focus on texts and technologies that problematize assumptions about time, space, and bodily materiality. She is particularly interested in how such terms share a history of increasing complexity in literary and cultural texts produced by African Americans, and how they also offer ways of thinking about intersectional approaches to digital humanities and technology studies. Recently published examples of this work include “Sample | Signal | Strobe: Haunting, Social Media, and Black Digitality,” and the interactive longform scholarly essays .break .dance, and Breaking, dancing, making in the machine. She is currently developing Black Haints in the Anthropocene, a book-length interactive project that focuses on memory, haunting, digitality, and Black environmental experience.

    Parham holds a PhD in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and is the author of Haunting and Displacement in African-American Literature and CultureThe African-American Student’s Guide to College, and is co-editor of Theorizing Glissant: Sites and Citations. She has also carried fellowships and residencies at the Huntington Library, The WEB DuBois Center at Harvard University, and the School for Criticism and Theory. From 2001 – 2020 she served as Professor of English, Faculty Diversity and Inclusion officer, and Mellon Mays program advisor at Amherst College, where in 2018 she was awarded the Jeffrey B. Ferguson Teaching award. She is also a former director (2013-2017) of Five College Digital Humanities, serving Amherst, Hampshire, Mt. Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

     

  • DH Office Hours

    Every Friday, 1pm - 3pm

    Every Friday, 1pm - 3pm

    Do you have an idea for a digital humanities project but don't know where to start? Have you heard about a promising tool but aren't quite sure how it works? Are you a student with a question about a digital class assignment? Are you just curious about what digital humanities could mean for your work? Stop by the the Digital Humanities Office Hours and UPenn experts will do what they can to help.

    Zoom Link: https://upenn.zoom.us/j/96750024786

    Note, we are using the Waiting Room feature in Zoom.

  • Summer Support for Faculty, Graduate Students, and Research Staff

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 19, 2021
     

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 19, 2021
     
    The Price Lab and Penn Libraries are now accepting proposals for the Summer 2021 Project Development Awards. Applicants may be either faculty, research staff or graduate students from the School of Arts & Sciences. Faculty from other schools at Penn may apply, provided their project will involve some collaboration with faculty or students in SAS. Graduate Student applicants must name a faculty advisor and/or collaborator on the project, and include that faculty member's contact information as part of their application.
     
    Under the aegis of these awards, the Price Lab collaborates with humanities researchers at Penn as well as Penn Libraries and and student programmers to support the prototyping and/or development of digital projects across humanistic disciplines. The goals of this program are to:

    • provide an opportunity for SAS faculty, students, and staff to engage in the production of original digital research and scholarship.
    • provide students with transferable technical skills and experience in collaborative project building;
    • build capacity for experimental DH work at Penn.


    We define Digital Humanities very broadly and have experience supporting text mining, textual editing, data curation, new media and gaming studies, GIS mapping and other data visualization techniques, image analysis, and sound studies. To see examples of projects we support, visit the Projects At Price Lab page.
     
    We are committed to diversity and inclusion in collections, publications, and collaborations. This means, in part, prioritizing underrepresented and unjustly marginalized voices and perspectives. In your application, you will be asked to explain how your project will help us meet this commitment.
     
    Applicants may be either faculty, staff or students from the School of Arts & Sciences. Faculty from other schools at Penn may apply, provided their project will involve some collaboration with faculty or students in SAS. Student applicants must name a faculty advisor or collaborator on the project, and include that faculty member's contact information as part of their application.
     
    We understand digital humanities to be a diffuse and constantly evolving set of practices with no clear boundaries and we are prepared to consider all applications on their merits and to provide feedback in every case. If you are interested, please contact Stewart Varner, Managing Director of the Price Lab, (svarner@upenn.edu) to schedule a pre-proposal consultation.

  • Call for Applications: Mellon Seminar Fellows, 2021-22

    Applications due March 1, 2021

    Applications due March 1, 2021

    The Price Lab is pleased to offer up to twelve Andrew W. Mellon DH Fellowships for the 2020–2021 academic year. University of Pennsylvania tenure-track faculty, full-time lecturers, and research staff who are either in the humanities or whose work engages questions of significant concern for the humanities are eligible. Additionally, we are excited to announce a new Regional Fellows program that will allow us to offer up to three of the twelve fellowships to scholars from schools in the Philadelphia area. The awards carry a $5,000 research fund.

    Learn more.