Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships
The Simpson Center offers annual summer fellowships for faculty and doctoral students to pursue 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. The program has three primary goals:
- To animate knowledge—using rich media, dynamic databases, and visualization tools
- To circulate knowledge—among diverse publics
- To understand digital culture—historically, theoretically, aesthetically, and generatively
UW faculty and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply either on an individual basis or in teams for Digital Humanities Summer Fellowships every fall. Where research in the humanities is often undertaken by a single scholar, this program enables faculty and graduate students to collaborate with each other as well as with designers, information technologists, and librarians. Applications from scholars using the open-source multimodal authoring and publishing platform Scalar are particularly encouraged; the Simpson Center is an affiliate of the Alliance for Networking Visual Culture, which developed Scalar. Review additional eligibility and application information for faculty and graduate students.
Up to 8 scholars—4 faculty and 4 doctoral students—will be selected each year; they will be required to be in residence for 6-8 weeks during the summer and will meet weekly to share their research. In addition to summer salary, each will have a research budget that can be used for expenses such as hourly support and software.
The Simpson Center gratefully acknowledges the support of a National Endowment for the Humanities Challenge Grant and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation as well as many donors to the endowment which is underwriting these fellowships.
2022 - 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellows
2022 - 2023 Digital Humanities Summer Fellow
Jasmine Mahmoud (she/her/hers)
Digitizing Black Curatorial Practice: Dr. James Washington, Jr. at MOHAI
Digitizing Black Curatorial Practice supports the Winter 2023 exhibition at MOHAI about the works and world of Dr. James Washington, Jr., the Black Mississippi-born artist who spent most of his life living and working in Seattle’s Central District. Rooting this project is the development of a microseminar -- engaging in Black and Digital Curatorial Studies -- to query how digital tools animate and extend the exhibition’s display, history, aesthetics, and community engagement, and how interactive spaces themselves act as sites of archival work, historiography, and anti-racist curatorial practice.