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Scholars’ Lab: Call for Praxis Fellowship Applications

Applications are due February 15th, 2018 for the 2018-2019 cohort.

The Praxis Program is a radical re-imagining of the annual teaching and training we offer in the Scholars’ Lab. Its fellowships support a team of six University of Virginia PhD students from a variety of disciplines, who work collaboratively on a shared digital humanities project. Under the guidance of Scholars’ Lab faculty and staff, Praxis fellows conceive, develop, publish, and promote a digital project over the course of an academic year.

For more information, go to:

Scholars’ Lab: Feminist Digital Humanities @ UVA: A Collaboration

Feminist Digital Humanities @ UVA: A Collaboration
January 12-13, 2018

The Scholars’ Lab and UVA Library are pleased to bring to Grounds four leaders of literary digital projects focusing on a diverse range of women writers across history.

These four different digital projects share innovative ways to study networks of biographical records, including little-known early modern or eighteenth-century women writers, or all women writers associated with Britain, or women of many occupations across history, as represented circa 1830-1940. The projects have theorized and reflected on the argument and scholarship that go into ontologies, editorial practice, and database and visualization designs. Research collaborators and users of the projects can follow different paths into the archives of text or the personographies. Data visualization; the Text Encoding Initiative in a publishing and repository context; documenting the circulation of reviews, citations, and texts; tagging trends in gender ideology and typologies within the changing features of women’s biographies; and textual analysis are among the approaches we demonstrate and question in our practice.

Please join us on Friday for a full day of presentations as well as frank discussion of the challenges and rewards of our different approaches. All are welcome.

Susan Brown, Professor of English, University of Guelph, Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship; Director of The Orlando Project and Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory

Julia Flanders, Professor of the Practice of English, Northeastern University; Director, Digital Scholarship Group; Director, Women Writers Project

Laura Mandell, Professor of English, Texas A & M University; Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture; ARC (Applied Research Consortium); The Poetess Archive

Alison Booth, Professor of English, University of Virginia, and Academic Director of the Scholars’ Lab; Director of Collective Biographies of Women in collaboration with Rennie Mapp, Worthy Martin, Daniel Pitti, Jeremy Boggs, and many others

Friday, January 12
8:30 am–4:30 pm
Alderman Library, Room 421

8:30-9:30       Coffee and pastries
9:30-10:15      Susan Brown, Linking: Feminism, DH and Infrastructure
10:30-11:15     Julia Flanders, Open-Access Data from the Women Writers Project
11:30-12:15     Laura Mandell, Visualization and Gender Discovery
2:00-2:45        Alison Booth, Can the Typologies Speak?: Problems for Feminist Biographical Networks
3:00-4:30        Discussion

A reception will follow from 5:00-7:00 in the Rotunda, Multipurpose Room.

Saturday, January 13
Working Session on Project Collaboration
9:00 am-2:00 pm

Newcomb Hall Boardroom (Room 376)
To reserve your space, please RSVP to for working session.

With Digital Tools, Students Take Learning Into Their Own Hands

UVa students are learning to use cutting-edge, web-based digital tools, developed at UVa by the Sciences, Humanities & Arts Network of Technological Initiatives (SHANTI), to enhance their learning and research experiences and skills. This was demonstrated on Tues., Dec. 5 in the Rotunda’s Dome Room where students participating in the seminar, “Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts,” presented their final digital projects.

To read the complete UVaToday article, click here.

Read more about teaching using interactive visualization and the University of Virginia’s Research Seminar Initiative here.

Visual Presentation: Exploring Identity in Tibet

Please Join Us for a Visual Presentation

Exploring Identity in Tibet

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
11:00am – 12:00pm
The Rotunda (Dome Room)

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Please join us in the historic Rotunda for a presentation of Exploring Identity in Tibet, a digital visualization about change in Tibet by an undergraduate seminar. It was created in Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts (Media Studies 3703), a project-based learning class that uses interactive technology to explore topics in the humanities.

Exploring Identity in Tibet is an interactive visualization that explores the changes in Tibetan Identity using contemporary artist Gonkar Gyatso’s work as a guide to the geopolitical, religious, and cultural changes to Tibet, from traditional times to the modern Tibetan diaspora. The result is an interactive visualization using SHANTI’s VisualEyes tool that tells the story in an engaging manner.

This class is a prototype of an evolving effort we call research seminars (RSEMs), to connect undergraduate students and faculty in creating an interactive visualization that invites deep inquiry into that faculty member’s research interests. The students from the seminar will present the visualization and discuss their research and process in creating it.

Tuesday, December 5th @ 11am-12pm
The Rotunda – Dome Room

Hope to see you there!

Bill Ferster and Ana Cristina Lopes


DH Mixer

DH Mixer

Thursday, November 30, 2017

4:15pm to 5:45pm
Harrison Small Auditorium

Hello DH colleagues and friends:

Please join me for a DH mixer next Thursday, November 30 at 4:15. We’ll be welcoming visitors involved with two other DH events on Grounds:

In addition to the usual tasty finger food and libations, at this mixer you can expect conversations about everything from digital annotations of historical maps to digital reconstitutions of destroyed art. These projects are examples of the digital humanities at their most generative, and we’re fortunate to have this opportunity to learn about others’ scholarship, collaborations, tools, and processes. I hope you can take advantage of all of these events.

  • When: Thursday, Nov. 30 from 4:15-5:45
  • Where: Harrison Small Auditorium, downstairs in the Special Collections building
  • Please register here:  simple registration form

I’d also like to draw your attention to DH@UVa’s calendar of events, where, with the help of the intrepid DH Communication Committee, I do my best to list all of UVa’s DH events.  I hope you find it useful.  Please don’t hesitate to submit an event or contact me with questions or suggestions.

All best,


About DH Mixers:

DH Mixers are sponsored by the offices of the VP for Information Technology, the Dean of the Libraries, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Provost.  They are organized by Rennie Mapp, project manager for strategic DH initiatives. (Please contact me at with any questions or concerns.)

About DH Mixer registration:

It  helps if you register here so that we can have a nametag printed for you, and so that we can let the caterers know how much food and drink to provide. But if you don’t register for some reason and then discover at the last minute that you can attend, you should absolutely just show up—and bring a friend or colleague! 

About the DH Communications Committee:

The DH Communications Committee meets on a biweekly basis to ensure communication and collaboration among the DH organizations at UVA as well as to support the DH@UVa website. Its members are John Alexander of SHANTI; Rennie Mapp, editor and manager of DH@UVa; Laura Miller of Scholars’ Lab; and Sarah Wells of IATH.