Call for Proposals and Participants (2012)

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Call for Applications: Chairs of Literature Departments

NINES / NEH Summer Institute: Evaluating Digital Scholarship

June 19 – June 22, 2012

University of Virginia

Hosted by NINES 

In 2012, NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship) at the University of Virginia will be hosting the second of two NEH Summer Institutes in Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities.   The topic is “Evaluating Digital Scholarship.”

Last summer’s Institute brought together scholars and administrators for a series of conversations about scholarly values and the opportunities and challenges of the digital.  Information and documents generated at the 2011 Institute can be found at our website. (

This year we are planning to gather chairs of literature departments from a range of colleges and universities to address these issues specifically at the level of departmental leadership.  Working from documents produced last year, we aim to produce collaborative working papers that could help guide the activities of literature departments as scholarship moves into digital forms.

The 2012 Institute will be focused on five categories of departmental activity, with attention to the specifics of literary studies and the digital humanities:

  1. Promotion and tenure
  2. Hiring and retention
  3. Graduate training
  4. Curriculum and teaching
  5. Departmental culture 

The NINES / NEH Institute will begin on the morning of June 20 and continue through the evening of June 22, 2012.   Participants will be reimbursed for their travel expenses and hotel costs and given a modest honorarium.

Applications should consist of a c.v. and a brief narrative (not to exceed 800 words) describing your background/perspective, your reasons for wanting to be part of the Institute, and your thoughts on departmental activities in reference to the changing nature of scholarship in a digital age.

Please send applications BY DECEMBER 15, 2011 to  You may direct questions to the organizers: Andrew Stauffer (, Laura Mandell (, or Susan Schreibman (

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