What does DH look like at your institution and does that work in getting more scholars interested?
I spent last week showing several prospective PhD students around Vanderbilt and telling those who were interested about on-campus Digital Humanities (DH) efforts. During those conversations I realized that while Vanderbilt has many scholars who are interested in DH, we don't really have a centralized forum where people can learn about what's going on here. Instead, things are a little more nebulous, with several centers (i.e., Curb Center for Art, Enterprise and Public Policy, Center for Teaching, Robert Penn Warren Center for Humanities, Center for Second Language Studies, and Vanderbilt Institute for Digital Learning) and individual scholars on campus that report on DH matters that are relevant to their purposes and aims.
As I began to type an email to a prospective PhD student about DH at Vanderbilt, I started to wonder if it would be useful to make this information more widely accessible. And this is where I could use your help. Right now, my goal is to create a website that provides a centralized location for information with links to the Vanderbilt DH initiatives and suggestions about local scholars to follow on Twitter or via RSS. But, is that my best option?
If you have a moment, I'm looking for DHers to answer a few questions and provide links to their institutions or other informative organizations:
- Does your institution have a centralized way of learning about its DH initiatives? Or are they more nebulous? (Relatedly, does that work for your institution or can you imagine something better?)
- When you started learning about DH, what would have been helpful to know?
- What information about DH would you want to be able to access more readily?
Thank you in advance for your responses and suggestions!