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Unconferences are quickly becoming an alternative to traditional academic conferences. The model is especially appealing because it actively promotes collaboration and discussion acrossdisciplines, and participants are engaged at every level. This fall, Dana Bublitz, a graduate staff assistant at the Simpson Center, had the opportunity to attend two unconferences: InfoCamp (Information Camp), held here at the UW, and THATCamp (The Humanities and Technology Camp): Digital Humanities and Libraries in Denver, Colorado.
The “New Books in Print” series, hosted by the Simpson Center, provides UW scholars an opportunity to discuss their recently published books. Book talks by faculty members Jessica Burstein (English) and Eric Ames (Germanics) will take place during Winter Quarter, so mark your calendars!
We are very excited to announce that, counting funds and pledges raised thus far, we are just $25,000 away from our goal of matching the NEH Challenge Grant in support of the Digital Humanities Commons! Thanks to all who have donated to this initiative, helping us move even closer toward our goal of $1,875,000!
Noted scholar Shu-mei Shih visits the UW in November to deliver a Katz Distinguished Lecture in the Humanities. Her talk is also the keynote address for the international conference New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World.
On Wednesday, November 7, UW Professor of Geography Victoria Lawson will present the first Katz Distinguished Lecture of the 2012-13 academic year.
Ralina Joseph (Communication) received a Certificate in Public Scholarship (CPS) course development grant from the Simpson Center this year, to explore the possibilities for further project-based collaboration between her Black Cultural Studies classes and the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM). Together with CPS graduate fellows Maurice Dolbery (Education) and Melanie Hernandez (English), and NAAM staff members Chieko Phillips, Leilani Lewis, and deputy director Brian Carter, she’ll be laying the foundations for a sustainable partnership between NAAM and the graduate and undergraduate sections of this course. She teaches the undergraduate class every Winter, and the graduate level course is taught in alternating years.
The Simpson Center is currently accepting applications for Society of Scholars research fellowships, Collaboration Studio Grants, conferences and collaborative projects of all scales, as well as nominations for Katz lecturers and Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest travel grants for the 2013-2014 academic year. The deadline is November 14, 2012.
Anticipated to begin in 2014, the Digital Humanities Commons—a summer fellowship program for faculty and graduate students at the UW—will support innovative and experimental research both inspired by new technologies and about these new methods of research and forms of communication. Where research in the humanities is often undertaken by a single scholar, the Commons will enable faculty and graduate students to collaborate with librarians, technologies, and designers to animate their scholarship with new visualization tools, digital media, and communications platforms.
Through an examination of the role of women artists, the past and future of feminism, and the visual representation of gender and sexuality, Sonal Khullar (Art History) and Sasha Welland (Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies) aim to reorient scholarly discussion of contemporary art towards nonwestern centers, from Mumbai and Shanghai to Tokyo and Jakarta. Together they have been organizing an international conference, New Geographies of Feminist Art: China, Asia, and the World. It takes place at the UW November 15-17, 2012. With support from the American Council of Learned Societies, the conference focuses on the transnational circulation of feminist aesthetics and politics.
The 2012-13 Simpson Center Annual Newsletter is hot off the press! Have you seen it yet? If not, read it online and/or download a PDF copy! Print versions are also available at the Simpson Center, so stop by if you'd like one!