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Postdoctoral Fellowship Digital Humanities-- Call for Applications

Job Description

The Jackman Humanities Institute (JHI) at the University of Toronto, with support from the Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR) offers a one-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities - with a focus on digital cultures and computational approaches to humanities research. The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will have an established track record in their own discipline and/or the digital humanities. They will pursue their own research while at UofT, while working to foster the JHI’s new DH Research Network at UofT. They will receive training, research, and networking opportunities through CLIR.

The mandate of the JHI DH Research Network is to design and support initiatives that raise awareness of and build upon UofT's existing strengths in the digital humanities. In this context, digital humanities means the communities and methods, tools, and platforms-based approaches often associated with the term “digital humanities”; and a broader agenda that also encompasses interpretative or theoretical work on digitality, and a wide variety of computational approaches to humanities research.

Background

The tricampus University of Toronto has tremendous strengths in the study of digitality and digital cultures and computational approaches to humanities research. Alongside its still vital legacy projects, many based at UofT Libraries – e.g. ITER, LEME, and DOE at UTSG – are a great many newer initiatives: such as the DECIMA and Travels of the Lute projects’ ground-breaking work using GIS technologies (UTSG and UTM); the CRANE project’s work on data integration and analysis (UTSG); Mapping Ararat, an artistic experiment using augmented reality as a tool for historical understanding and ethical inquiry (UTM); the Serai project’s open online collaboratory (UTSC); and the Old Books New Science Lab’s work on manuscript research tool development in an international API ecosystem (UTM). However, there is currently no structure to leverage UofT’s strengths in computation for humanities research, nor to bring UofT’s humanist academics and librarians together to share ideas about the human impact of the digital revolution.

This in mind, the Jackman Humanities Institute has recently taken steps towards founding a Digital Humanities Research Network at UofT. Under the direction of Alexandra Gillespie (Chair, English and Drama, UTM), a JHI DH Steering Group has been charged with managing this process. The role of the incoming JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will be to foster the development of this network, by contributing their own skills and concerns as a researcher, and through a variety of initiatives undertaken in consultation with the Steering Group. The JHI DH Fellow will host meetings with interested faculty and run regular roundtables and workshops on digital humanities topics. They will build on the international network they establish through the CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship program and bridge gaps at UofT between disciplines, units, faculty, staff, librarians, students, and postdocs with interests in computational approaches to humanities research and/or the cultural impact of digitality.

Responsibilities

The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will be supported to attend the CLIR’s Postdoctoral Fellowship program's mandatory seminar July 24-31, 2016 at Bryn Mawr College and other CLIR events. The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will draw upon their disciplinary expertise and upon training provided by CLIR, the JHI, and UofT Libraries to connect and strengthen DH projects across the tricampus university.

Specifically, depending on their own skillset and research interests, the JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will:

direct the development and organization of the UofT launch of the DH Network, 24-26 August 2016 at UTM, in close collaboration with administrative staff;

establish and maintain a virtual space – including a discussion board – where members of the DH Network can share information about their research and discuss matters of common interest;

run regular roundtables and workshops at the JHI and with UofT Libraries on digital humanities topics;

organize, facilitate, and participate in other tricampus DH training initiatives;

facilitate introductions and connections between researchers within the DH Network;

in consultation with digital librarians, provide one-on-one and group consultancy to humanities researchers seeking to make use of infrastructure for digital scholarship in and beyond UofT.

 The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow will be expected to pursue their own research in their own discipline and/or the digital humanities. Suitable projects may include: a digital edition or catalogue; the development of digital tools that use techniques such as data visualization, data mining, and textual analysis; a use-case project for a digital tool or archive; digital archive or resource development; and research on the impact on their field or on human society and culture of digital technologies.

The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellow is a one-year position, from July 2016 to July 2017. It will be co-supervised by Alexandra Gillespie, as Director of the JHI DH Network, and Kimberly Yates, Associate Director of JHI. They may seek further research supervision from within UofT according to their special research interests. The JH DH Postdoctoral Fellow will have access to equipment and collaborative digital working space at JHI. The JHI DH Postdoctoral Fellowship provides an annual stipend of $45,000 (CAN) plus benefits.

Eligibility and Attributes

Applicants must have completed their degrees within five years of the beginning of the fellowship 20 July 2016. Applicants who will defend their thesis before 15 September 2016 are eligible, but a letter from their supervisor or Chair may be requested. Any award will be conditional on a successful defense. Applicants who received their Ph.D. prior to 20 July 2011 are ineligible.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate excellence in teaching and research and have an established track record in the digital humanities. They will have understanding of and interest in the history, development, and current state of the field; the ability to assess institutional processes and policies; willingness to work with a range of scholars in and outside of their own field; desire to learn and pursue research in an interdisciplinary, collaborative environment; and a commitment to open source development and open access scholarship.

The JHI Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities is open to citizens of all states. The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at UofT is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

Procedure

You must have a registered userID on the JHI website to apply.  Click on Funding to see the description of the fellowship and application procedures.  Scroll to the bottom of the description, and then click Apply Now to apply.

You will be asked to upload the following documents in your application:

1.    Letter of Application

2.    Curriculum vitae

3.    Statement of Digital Humanities Research Interests

4.    Research Sample (a completed thesis chapter, published article of about 30 pages, or digital publication or portfolio)

All documents must be in Word or .pdf format. The size limit for a complete application including all four documents is 4 mb. If your application is too large, you will see an error message; please adjust the size of your files and try again.

You will also be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three referees, whom we will contact to request letters of reference.

Deadline

 All applications must be made online at www.humanities.utoronto.ca by 11 July 2016 at 11:59 p.m. (EDT).  Faxed, emailed, and paper applications will not be considered.

Questions?

About the fellowship: contact Professor Alexandra Gillespie alexandra.gillespie@utoronto.ca


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