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2016 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2016 Fellows.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 HUM courses

Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2016 Attendees

For the fifth year, the Simpson Center sponsored the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

Winter 2016

Winter 2016 HUM courses

Alison Wylie

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What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. Her abiding interest as a philosopher of science is in questions about how we know what we (think) we know.

Lauren Berlant

On Humorlessness
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics

Professors talk in seminar room

A new program forges innovative forms of scholarship and teaching beyond traditional academic circles, supported by a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Christof Mauch

How Vulnerable Is Our World? Environmental Sustainability and Lessons from the Past
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Christof Mauch is a distinguished environmental historian and director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society in Munich, Germany, one of the world’s largest research centers for the environmental humanities and social sciences.

Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2013 Attendees

For the second year, the Simpson Center sponsored the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2014 Attendees

For the third year, the Simpson Center sponsored the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

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provide UW faculty groups with leave to catalyze, deepen, or reconfigure cross-disciplinary research and to work toward publication.

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include speaker series, international research, and working conferences. They are selected for support based on their crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus.

This series provides an opportunity for UW humanities scholars to discuss their recently published books.

seed new collaborations between faculty and graduate students who share research interests.

The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public. 

encourage crossdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students through organized readings, screenings, dissertation working groups, and other activities.

are awarded for faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research through both internal and external grants.  

are supported by small discretionary grants that facilitate opportunities for interdepartmental lectures, colloquia, and conferences at UW.

fund extended crossdisciplinary, collaborative projects that are often aligned with Simpson Center initiatives.

include the tri-annual Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities and the Joff Hanuaer Lectures in Western Civilization.

at the Simpson Center includes interdisciplinary graduate courses and the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

supports projects that promote collaboration between scholars and community partners in education, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations.

stand at the leading edge of change by promoting collaborative, crossdisciplinary research and transformational scholarship.

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Check here for a listing of scholarly blogs related to Simpson Center initiatives, programs, and projects.

Reading groups and microseminars with a number of UW faculty whose research interests dwell outside the usual purview of Asian American Studies.

In 2007, the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization was established through a gift from Seattle businessman and philanthropist Jerry Hanauer, in memory of his son. It supports two professorships and several graduate student fellowships in Western Civilization, in addition to a lecture series.

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provide UW faculty groups with leave to catalyze, deepen, or reconfigure cross-disciplinary research and to work toward publication.

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include speaker series, international research, and working conferences. They are selected for support based on their crossdisciplinary and interdisciplinary focus.

This series provides an opportunity for UW humanities scholars to discuss their recently published books.

seed new collaborations between faculty and graduate students who share research interests.

The Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities Series recognizes scholars in the humanities and emphasizes the role of the humanities in liberal education. The series is named after Solomon Katz, who served for 53 years at the UW, as an instructor, professor, Chair of the Department of History, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Provost, and Vice President for Academic Affairs. All Katz Lectures are free and open to the public. 

encourage crossdisciplinary collaboration among graduate students through organized readings, screenings, dissertation working groups, and other activities.

are awarded for faculty, postdoctoral, and graduate research through both internal and external grants.  

are supported by small discretionary grants that facilitate opportunities for interdepartmental lectures, colloquia, and conferences at UW.

fund extended crossdisciplinary, collaborative projects that are often aligned with Simpson Center initiatives.

include the tri-annual Katz Distinguished Lectures in the Humanities and the Joff Hanuaer Lectures in Western Civilization.

at the Simpson Center includes interdisciplinary graduate courses and the Certificate in Public Scholarship.

supports projects that promote collaboration between scholars and community partners in education, governmental, non-profit, and grassroots organizations.

stand at the leading edge of change by promoting collaborative, crossdisciplinary research and transformational scholarship.

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Check here for a listing of scholarly blogs related to Simpson Center initiatives, programs, and projects.

Reading groups and microseminars with a number of UW faculty whose research interests dwell outside the usual purview of Asian American Studies.

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In 2007, the Joff Hanauer Endowment for Excellence in Western Civilization was established through a gift from Seattle businessman and philanthropist Jerry Hanauer, in memory of his son. It supports two professorships and several graduate student fellowships in Western Civilization, in addition to a lecture series.

Books

Simpson Center publications include books, the Short Studies series, and newsletters. This section also highlights publications that have developed out of Simpson Center funded projects.

Katharyne Mitchell and Rajesh Rao Receive Guggenheim Fellowships

Two Simpson Center collaborators have been awarded prestigious Guggenheim Foundation fellowships, which will allow them to pursue creative and scholarly projects over the coming year.

2016 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2016 Fellows.

Tips for Effective Proposal Writing

The Simpson Center eagerly invites project proposals that support our goals of crossdisciplinary exchange and scholarship at the leading edge of change. We hope the following will be helpful in drafting your proposal.

Stephanie Coontz to Scholars: Talking to the Public Will Sharpen Your Work

Stephanie Coontz talks to students

The Evergreen State College historian and veteran media commentator urges academics to find their voice in the public square.

Anthony Geist Awarded Knighthood by Spain

Anthony Geist (Spanish and Comparative Literature) has been awarded knighthood by Spain, one of the nation’s highest civil honors.

Michael Blake Awarded NEH Fellowship To Study Justice, Migration, and Mercy

Michael Blake (Philosophy and the Evans School of Public Policy & Governance) has been awarded a summer fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study justice, migration, and mercy.

Vicente Rafael Publishes ‘Motherless Tongues: The Insurgency of Language amid Wars of Translation’

Longtime Simpson Center collaborator Vicente L. Rafael (History) examines the vexed relationship between language and history gleaned from the workings of translation in the Philippines, the United States, and beyond.

The Instagram Militia and the Limits of Empathy

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Tad Hirsch stitches together 80,000 assault-rifle selfies to examine America’s gun divide.

Faculty Workshop on Academic Book Proposals with Larin McLaughlin of UW Press

Submission/Application Deadline: 
Mon, 04/18/2016 - 12:00

Workshop is May 26.

Is the genre of the book proposal a complete mystery to you? UW Press Editor in Chief Larin McLaughlin will lead a workshop on the academic book proposal on May 26. The workshop will consist of a large-group discussion on model proposals and breakout discussions on proposals submitted by the participants. Proposals of ten to fifteen pages should include the following:

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2014-15 Co-Sponsored Community Events

Each year the Simpson Center supports events in the greater Seattle community with small discretionary grants.Learn

2014-15 Co-Sponsored UW Events

Each year the Simpson Center co-sponsors dozens of interdepartmental speaker events and conferences with small discretionary grants. 

2015-2016 Society of Scholars

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another's work. Meet the 2015-16 Scholars.

2016 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways. Meet the 2016 Fellows.

Access to Information as a Human Right

This conference with the UW Center for Human Rights examines access to information as a tool in securing truth, justice, and reparations for victims of crimes against humanity.

Affect & Audience in the Digital Age: Translational Poetics

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This symposium examines artistic, archival, and activist projects that move from the digital to the analog, from embodied performance to notation.

African Media and Materialities

The African Media and Materialities research group focuses on media and materialities to bring together several strands of thought and research.

Certificate in Public Scholarship

CPS students in seminar discussion

The Certificate in Public Scholarship brings together a crossdisciplinary cohort of UW graduate students and faculty interested in public scholarship, campus-community partnerships, community-engaged research, digital and multimedia publication, and profession development for careers inside or outside of higher education.

Comics Studies

Comics have entered university curricula and multiple annual conferences, such as the International Comic Arts Forum, specialize in comics scholarship.

Digital Humanities

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Integrating computer technologies with humanities research. Using computational tools to retrieve, analyze, and visually represent data.

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships

Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships support scholars pursuing research projects that use digital technologies in innovative and intensive ways and/or explore the historical, social, aesthetic, and cross-cultural implications of digital cultures. 

Digital Humanities Summer Institute 2016 Attendees

For the fifth year, the Simpson Center sponsored the University of Victoria’s renowned Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI).

Disability Studies

Disability studies is a quickly growing field that approaches disability from a social-justice perspective.

Effable and Ineffable: Gabriel Fauré and the Limits of Criticism

Beloved by musicians yet inaccessible to scholars, Fauré's music provides a unique focal point for rethinking the relationship between music and discourse.

Ethnographic Aesthetics: Image, Sound, Word

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Ethnographic Aesthetics is a speaker series featuring innovators whose work in poetry, sound, and film expands the practice of ethnography through humanistic, sensory forms of knowing.

Feminism and Classics

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Feminism and Classics is a conference exploring the multiple interconnections among the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean and the study of feminism, women, and gender.

Hebrew and the Humanities

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The symposium Hebrew and the Humanities: Present Tense examines the experience of Americans who have traversed the cultural distance from English to Hebrew. Why do they do it? What is its value? How does the embattled position of Hebrew reflect the broader challenges of language arts and humanities education today?

Histories and Futures of Publication

Histories and Futures of Publication is an interdisciplinary lecture and colloquium series in manuscript, print, and digital cultures.

HUM Courses

The Simpson Center offers courses at the graduate level that reflect its commitments to crossdisciplinary research, digital humanities, and public scholarship.

 

International Piers Plowman Society Conference

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The International Piers Plowman Society meets to foster critical study of the poem(s) Piers Plowman, a fourteenth-century alliterative narrative told in a series of dream visions.

Intersectional Animal Studies: Thinking Humans and Animals Together

Following scholarship on intersectionality, a particularly powerful analytic tool for understanding identity formation and experience, we argue that species can be added to—and can intersect with—gender, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality, to better understand how vectors of power and privilege are formed and how we might start to shift them in the direction of greater social justice.

Lake Union Laboratory

Lake Union Laboratory: Curating Collaborative Urban Research in the Digital Realm supports a cross-disciplinary team exploring the potential for digital platforms and tools to generate new transdisciplinary knowledges in and of ur

Mediating Difference: Sights and Sounds

Difference is a term that late twentieth and early twenty-first century scholars of race, gender, and sexuality have claimed and yet left largely un-theorized.

Medieval Studies

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The Medieval Studies Graduate Interest Group fosters collaboration between disciplines on topics concerning the Middle Ages by bringing together medieval scholars from diverse departments on campus and the community.

Moving Images

The Moving Images graduate interest group brings together students from a variety of departments focused on the study of moving images, including narrative and documentary film as well as television and new media.

Palestine and the Public Sphere

This research cluster brings together faculty and graduate students for critical and cross-disciplinary conversations and activities concerning the cultural, political, and economic situation of Palestine and its framing in U.S.

Performance Studies Research Group

The Performance Studies Research Group draws together scholars from various disciplines to discuss foundational and new work in the field of performance studies.

Producing a Worthy Illness

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For Americans experiencing chronic and acute illnesses, fundraising through crowdsourcing websites has become a popular method to pay for the extraordinary costs of health care and medication. This project studies these new forms of self-representation from the perspectives of public health, medical anthropology, and media and communication studies.

Public Scholarship

The Simpson Center advances scholarship as a publicly engaged practice, promoting mutually beneficial partnerships between higher education and organizations in the public and private sectors and providing pathways for scholars to share their academic work with broader public audiences.

Reading and Writing Affect

Reading and Writing Affect is a monthly reading group and writing workshop that offers a thorough overview of the current field of affect theory and related discourses

Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics

Professors talk in seminar room

A new program forges innovative forms of scholarship and teaching beyond traditional academic circles, supported by a four-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Science, Technology & Society Studies

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An interdisciplinary graduate certificate program in Science, Technology & Society Studies (STSS) welcomes its first cohort in the 2015-16 academic year, with 14 students from eight departments beginning the new program.

SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project

The SeaTac-Seattle Minimum Wage Campaign History Project produces a digital web archive documenting the two successful historic struggles for a $15 minimum wage as well as continuing advocacy for better wages, sick pay, reduction

Seattle’s Freeway Revolt: A Living Legacy of Civic Activism

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Seattle citizens joined together to oppose the construction and expansion of freeways that would have destroyed the heart of Seattle.

Shakespeare, Music, and Memory

To celebrate the life of William Shakespeare, this conference explores the connection of music and memory in his plays.

Socially Engaged Art in Japan

The symposium Socially Engaged Art in Japan explores work that crosses the boundaries between art and social activism and how Japan’s experience can inform a global understanding of such work.

Society of Scholars

The Society of Scholars is an intellectual community of humanists of diverse generations, academic ranks, and departmental affiliations who contribute to and learn from one another's work. The group meets biweekly throughout the year to discuss their current research. It is composed of faculty, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Space, Movement, and Translation

Space, Movement, and Translation brings together a diverse group of graduate students from different disciplines and backgrounds interested in novel ways of representing historical movement, space, and translation in scholarship.

Spring 2016

Spring 2016 HUM courses

Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities

Created in collaboration by the UW’s Undergraduate Research Program and the Simpson Center, the Summer Institute in the Arts & Humanities provides twenty competitively-selected undergraduates an intensive opportunity to engage in primary interdisciplinary research.

Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology brings together graduate teaching assistants from various departments to discuss and develop technology-based teaching tools and lessons.

The Politics of Storytelling in Island Imperial Formations

Javanese outrigger canoe, courtesy of Judith Henchy, Southeast Asia Collection, UW Libraries.

Politics of Storytelling is an essay collection that builds a theoretical language about the form and function of storytelling in the historical creation and recreation of modern island formations

Troubling Translations

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Our research cluster pursues the questioning of translation as a way of enlarging our understanding of the humanities and the social sciences.

Unmapping Global Studies

Unmapping Global Studies advances the critical study of Oceania and the global mobilities of Pacific Islanders and all native peoples.

Winter 2016

Winter 2016 HUM courses

Christof Mauch

How Vulnerable Is Our World? Environmental Sustainability and Lessons from the Past
Wednesday, December 2, 2015 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Christof Mauch is a distinguished environmental historian and director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment & Society in Munich, Germany, one of the world’s largest research centers for the environmental humanities and social sciences.

Lauren Berlant

On Humorlessness
Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Lauren Berlant is the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor of English at the University of Chicago.

Alison Wylie

Venus de Medici and closeup of eye
What Knowers Know Well: Why Feminism Matters to Archaeology
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
Kane Hall 210

Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. Her abiding interest as a philosopher of science is in questions about how we know what we (think) we know.