Apps due Jan 25: NEH ODH Summer Institute in the Digital Humanities on "Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies"

Monday, January 25, 2016 - 12:00am


Summer 2016 NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities

"Space and Place in Africana/Black Studies: 
An Institute on Spatial Humanities Theories, Methods and Practice"
June 5-26, 2016 & April 14-16, 2017
(our schedule for the three weeks this summer is now also on-line at

Deadline for applications: January 25, 2016.  

The African American Studies & Research Center (AASRC) and History Department at Purdue University and the Digital Humanities Initiative (DHi) at Hamilton College are pleased to announce an NEH ODH Institute for Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities for summer 2016.  The Institute is designed to offer twenty (20) early and mid-career Africana/Black Studies scholars, graduate students, librarians and archivists an opportunity to think critically about the relationship and intersections between Africana/Black Studies and the spatial humanities. 

Application and Logistics:

Up to 20 fellowships will be awarded to individuals who demonstrate serious interest in the application of geo-spatial technologies to issues in Africana/Black studies. While all early and mid-career Africana/Black studies scholars and graduate students are eligible to apply, we are especially interested in collaborating with those who have experience in one or more geo-spatial technologies as well as scholars who have thought critically about the spatial dimensions of Africana/Black Studies as a field.
All fellows will participate in a three-week residency June 5-26 2016 at Purdue.  Residency will include colloquia and working sessions in which participants collectively develop project foundations and address relevant issues in spatial humanities. Fellows  will also be provided the opportunity to present their own projects.  Applicants need not be proficient with geo-spatial technologies but must demonstrate some level of engagement with them as well as with spatial questions and analyses.  Evidence of the capacity for successful interdisciplinary collaboration and for scholarly innovation is required. 
Fellowship awards will include a stipend of $3,800 for each participant, which will be used to cover expenses for accommodation, travel and meals for the Institute and Workshop.  Participants are required to attend the Institute and Workshop to fulfill the terms of their fellowship.

Applications should include the following:

  • Two to three-page statement describing how participation in the Institute will fit the scholarly and professional goals of the applicant.
  • One-page description of the applicant’s experience with geo-spatial technologies and spatial analysis.
  • Brief CV (maximum of three pages).
  • Letter of support from department chair for non-tenured faculty or from their dissertation advisor for doctoral candidates.  
  • Projects that articulate a clear understanding of the potential of spatial humanities and the problems associated with the use of geo-spatial technologies in humanities scholarship will be regarded favorably.

Electronic applications are required.  Please assemble all application materials, except for letters of recommendation, into one PDF file.   

Submit to
Deadline for applications: January 25, 2016. 
Fellowship recipients will be notified February 25, 2016.  

Questions may be directed to Institute Co-PIs and /or


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