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
Leah Rubinsky (she/her/hers)
Cuéntame, Mamá: An Auditory Archive of Mothering Across Borders
This Digital Humanities project compiles ethnographic audio narratives of stories and sounds of mothering to be recorded on a Chester Fritz-funded research trip to Colombia in the spring quarter of 2022. The material will support a scholarly podcast chapter of Leah's dissertation on motherhood, memory, and migration in circum-Caribbean women’s contemporary fiction. These recordings will be assembled into a digital archive of anecdotes and stories serving to amplify the voices of Latinx women mothering or being mothered across histories of displacement and migration.