Spring 2020 Digital Humanities Collaborative Institute

Digital Humanities & Community Engagement
University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Thursday, March 5th – Friday, March 6th
UNCG in Greensboro, North Carolina

Spring leaves and the UNC Greensboro logo advertising the March 5-6 2020 Digital Humanities Colaborative Institute (http://triangledh.org/dhci)

The spring DHC-NC Digital Humanities Collaborative Institute (DHCI) will be held at UNC Greensboro (Greensboro, NC) on March 5 and 6, 2020. The theme of this Institute is “Digital Humanities & Community Engagement.” The Institute will feature lightning talks, posters, workshops, presentations, and a discussion forum related to digital humanities projects and pedagogy, community-engaged scholarship, and the digital humanities community in North Carolina and beyond.

Registration – Open Monday, February 10, 2020

Registration for this free Institute will open on February 10, 2020. Please use the link below to register. Register early! Space will be limited. We will maintain a waitlist after registration reaches our cap.

Registration form: https://forms.gle/ZDSLvrLG5rCWbx7w8


THURSDAY, MARCH 6 – All events in Moore Humanities Research Administration (MHRA)

9am Registration & Coffee

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10am Opening remarks from Interim Dean of University Libraries, Mike Crumpton

Keynote from Lisa R. Withers, the Green Book Project

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11am Re-imagining History with Game Development Technology 

Justin Johnson, William Peace University

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Undergraduate Perspectives on Research in the Digital Humanities

Tristan Kelleher & Jackson Cooksey, Duke University

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12pm Lunch on your own
1:30pm The Geography of Slavery in North Carolina: GIS and Digital Archives 

Claire Heckel, UNC Greensboro, & Brian Robinson, CLIR/UNC Greensboro

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Oral Histories of Montagnard Community Members / Honoring and Preserving the Artistry of Indigenous Elders 

Catherine Bush, Elon University & Betsy Renfrew, Montagnard / Southeast Asian Community Disparities Research Network

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2:30pm Speed Networking for Researchers 

Aubrey Turner & Julie Voorhees, UNC Greensboro

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FRIDAY – All events in Moore Humanities Research Administration (MHRA)

9am Registration & Coffee

Poster Session:

  • Lowering the Barrier of Entry: Developing an Online Self-Guided Learning Module for Information Technology Skills: Claire Cahoon, UNC-Chapel Hill;
  • The Soul of a People: Developing the Black Charlotte Timeline, Maya Brooks, UNC Greensboro;
  • Black Lives Matter Chicago: Mirroring Entanglements in the Rogue Digital Archive, Ericka Christie, Loyola University Chicago;
  • Greensboro’s Women’s Betterment Association: A Digital Exploration of a Complicated Group of Women, Natalie Branson, UNC Greensboro

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10am Lightning Round:

  • Sylvia Miller, Duke University: Publishing Makerspace;
  • Jennida Chase, UNC Greensboro & Hassan Pitts, Filmmaker: Recollection Project;
  • Lynn Harris, East Carolina University: Case Studies in Using Digital Tools to Preserve Coastal Heritage at Risk;
  • John Esposito, UNC Greensboro: Visualizing and Enriching Leadership Concepts Using the Semantic Web
  • Thomas Herron, East Carolina University: Turning Textbook Case Studies into Place Studies;
  • Sarah Maske, UNC Greensboro: Little Archives, Big Stories: Digitizing Temple Emanuel’s Community Archive;
  • Andrew Young, Montagnard / Southeast Asian Community Disparities Research Network: Winning, Losing, and the Influence of Game Design on My Community Work 

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11am The Cyber Lama: Spiritual Community Engagement with the Tibetan Diaspora using a Virtual Reality Experience

Greg Grieve, UNC Greensboro & Chris Helland, Dalhousie University

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Building Community through Pedagogy & Practice: UNCW Staff, Faculty, and Grad Students Reflect on a Growing DH Initiative

Jennifer Lozano, John Knox, Hayley Swinson, Jess Stallings, UNC Wilmington

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12pm Lunch (provided) & DHC-NC Town Hall

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1:30pm An Introduction to Text Analysis for the Humanities

Nathan Kelber, JSTOR Labs

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Visualizing Objects, Places, and Spaces: A Digital Project Handbook

Hannah Jacobs & Beth Fischer, Duke University

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3:00pm Blacks in Agriculture in North Carolina: A Collaborative Course and Interdisciplinary Research Project Between NC A&T and NCCU

Discussion Forum: Charles Denton Johnson, North Carolina Central University & Arwin Smallwood, James Stewart, & Awendela Grantham, NC A&T State University

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Logistical Information

The Institute will be held at the Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) Building at UNC Greensboro. Complimentary free parking will be available for attendees in the adjacent Oakland Parking Deck.

Call for Proposals (Now Closed)

The organizers of the upcoming DHC-NC Institute at UNC Greensboro accepted proposals for presentations, panels, discussion forums, workshops, posters, and lightning talks; proposals were due on February 5, 2020 and are currently under review. Proposals with a focus on either community-engaged digital humanities or collaborations within the digital humanities community are being prioritized by the selection committee. However, proposals related to other themes or approaches for digital humanities pedagogy, projects, and partnerships are also welcome. Anyone, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic rank, was welcome to submit a proposal!

Important Dates for Proposals:
Monday, January 20, 2020 – Proposal submission form opened
Wednesday, February 5, 2020 (4:59 pm) – Proposals due
Saturday, February 15, 2020 – Decisions sent out

The DHCI at UNC Greensboro is made possible in part by generous funding from UNCG’s Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) and University Libraries, with additional logistical support provided by UNCG’s Office of Sponsored Programs and Institute for Community and Economic Engagement.

About the Digital Humanities Collaborative Institute:

The Digital Humanities Collaborative Institute (DHCI) is a 1-3 day Institute that occurs several times each year in North Carolina with the goal of promoting digital humanities projects across North Carolina in an equitable fashion. Any institution in North Carolina can host the event.

The Institute is flexible depending on the host, but often features digital humanities workshops to learn skills and/or tools, unconference sessions (small group discussions, lightning talks, open mic for news/jobs/project plugs), and opportunities for attendees to share their work with the network. Similarly, the theme is chosen by the institute planning committee, but could focus on scholarship, pedagogy, collections, public projects, social justice, or a combination of all of these. The goal is to meet in person to promote digital humanities projects across North Carolina in an equitable fashion.

Interested in hosting a DHCI in the future? Please contact DHC-NC at triangledhnetwork@gmail.com.


Past Institutes

Looking for an institute that has already happened? See schedules, session descriptions, and other website content from past Digital Humanities Institutes.


The DHCI is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is one of fifteen Digital Humanities Research Institutes formed in partnership with the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

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