Brigham Young University

  • Workshop Date: May 16-17, 2019
  • Call for Regional Participation Released: March 21, 2019
  • Deadline for Applications: April 11, 2019
  • Date of Notification of Acceptance: April 18, 2019
  • Bursaries: Up to $1,000 available to cover travel and lodging for each out-of-town participant.

For this convening of the Sustaining DH Institute, we will be actively recruiting participants from the Western and West-Central United States. The day-by-day schedule planned for all workshops may be found at this link, or by using the “Daily Workshop Schedule” entry in the main menu. All additional site-specific information about the convening hosted by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah will be posted by March 7, 2019.

For a more general description of the Sustaining DH Institute (an NEH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities), please see our project’s homepage. A list of all five of the sites chosen for the Sustaining DH Institute, as well as the dates scheduled for their workshops, may be found on the homepage as well as the main menu.

To Apply

All applicants are to submit two brief statements in order to be considered for participation in this “Sustaining DH” workshop. First, applicants must produce an abstract of 500-750 words describing the digital project that they wish to bring to the workshop at Brigham Young University (May 16-17, 2019), including a statement of their commitment to its sustainability. This brief description should address:

  1. The project’s intellectual goals,
  2. A description of the project’s current use of digital technologies,
  3. The size of its team (although no preference will be given to larger or smaller teams),
  4. The audience the project aims to reach,
  5. How long it has been in existence (although no preference will be given to newer or more mature projects), and
  6. The scope of any current sustainability plans and the team’s commitment to the project’s ongoing sustainability.

In addition to this abstract, applicants are to offer a brief (250-500 word) logistical description of:

  1. The nature and extent of the project’s local digital sustainability resources,
  2. Its current institutional support (if any),
  3. The number of project team members who wish to attend as well as those team members’ role(s) on the project, and
  4. The distance the project team members will need to travel to attend.

Participants will be selected for inclusion in the workshops based on the robustness of their project description, including their commitment to attend to its sustainability. The recipients of the travel bursaries will be selected on the basis of the distance the participant(s) need to travel in order to attend the workshop as well as the fragility of their local digital sustainability infrastructure. We will also prioritize those applicants who currently work with, or who are currently training to work with, underrepresented communities or who are being trained to work with diverse, expansive publics.

These two statements (project abstract and logistical description) should be combined into a single PDF file along with brief (two-page) CVs for those team members who wish to participate in the workshop. This PDF should then be sent to the Institute’s organizers, Alison Langmead, Aisling Quigley, and Chelsea Gunn, at vmwshop@pitt.edu. The application deadline for the Sustaining DH Workshop at Brigham Young University is April 11, 2019.

All self-recognized digital humanities practitioners are welcome to apply, including (but not limited to) those who call themselves librarians, archivists, museum professionals, information professionals, university faculty, staff, and independent scholars.

Should you have any questions about the workshops or the application process, please do not hesitate to be in touch with this workshop’s facilitators, Alison Langmead and Chelsea Gunn, at vmwshop@pitt.edu. We are also holding weekly “virtual office hours” Tuesdays from 10am-12pm and Wednesdays from 3-5 pm during which we will be available to answer questions about both this NEH-funded Institute and also any digital-humanities-focused sustainability questions you might have.