The Devil is in the Details: Principles for Running Large Events

Every once in a while, I get an email, DM, or meeting that starts with the question: How did/do you run _____ (fill in event name)? A few weeks ago, I spent a hour consulting with a team of people who are getting ready to begin planning an international conference on digital humanities/digital media. They rang me up because for… Continue Reading The Devil is in the Details: Principles for Running Large Events

Making Digital Humanities Work

Here is a lightly edited text of the long (20-minute) paper Trevor Muñoz and I delivered at the Digital Humanities 2014 conference in Lausanne, Switzerland last week. As we noted at the time, the work offered here is extracted from a larger work in progress on these complicated issues. Since we were fortunate to receive so many excellent comments and… Continue Reading Making Digital Humanities Work

the “Original Americans” and Self-Serving Philanthropy

Last August, I wrote a piece on “The Fascination and Frustration with Native American Mascots” for the Society Pages.  I wrote about how sporting clubs’ used Native American names, imagery, and metaphors as a vehicle for identification. I drew lines from the historical roots of mascotry, through its racialization in the early twentieth century, and explored how their continued use… Continue Reading the “Original Americans” and Self-Serving Philanthropy

Suggestions on a More Humane Academic Job Market

I’ve just wrapped a pretty extensive academic job search looking for a tenure-track humanities job (in this case, history). I started the first application in my search in August and ended the last application in early November. I was joined on the market by no less than a dozen former and current colleagues also looking for academic jobs—almost entirely in… Continue Reading Suggestions on a More Humane Academic Job Market

“Alt-Ac” No More

After five years on the “alt-ac” track, I’m leaving and doing what some consider unthinkable. I’m going to join the dark side of the academy. Effective this August, I’m joining the Department of History at the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) as a tenure-track assistant professor. For those uninterested in where I’m going who want to get to why… Continue Reading “Alt-Ac” No More

Time, Money, and the Academy

Last week, I was honored to give a talk at the University of Delaware as part of their Digital Humanities Workshop Series on the theme “Public Humanities in a Digital World.” For UDelaware, I talked for a bit about “Building and Sustaining a DH Research Agenda”, ran a workshop “Getting Your Research Done”, and did some individual consultations with projects… Continue Reading Time, Money, and the Academy

I’ll see your open access and raise you two book contracts: or why the AHA should re-think its policy

This week, I’m co-teaching with Lynne Siemens at the European Summer School in Digital Humanities. Held at the University of Leipzig and directed by the esteemed Elisabeth Burr, it is an international gathering of scholars and students exploring the intersections of culture and technology.Lynne and I are teaching our Large Project Management and Development class. Lynne’s been here before but… Continue Reading I’ll see your open access and raise you two book contracts: or why the AHA should re-think its policy

The Research Leave Edition

Following the tradition established by my colleague Matt Kirschenbaum, this post serves as a public declaration of my forthcoming research leave.  I’m delighted to be taking part-time research leave beginning May 1st and running through September 1, 2013. Why am I taking leave? As both Neil Fraistat and Trevor Muñoz mentioned on twitter this week, I’ve signed a contract with… Continue Reading The Research Leave Edition