Geert Lovink on Mon, 25 Sep 2006 16:36:43 +0200 (CEST)
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<nettime-ann> digital humanities dartmouth
Dartmouth College is pleased to announce the creation of a senior
position in the Digital Humanities for a newly endowed Chair in
innovative fields. The successful applicant should be committed to
inter-disciplinary collaboration, technological innovation, and
creating curricular links within the Humanities and across divisions.
The position offers the opportunity to define a new area of research
and teaching, building on Dartmouth’s existing strengths in the
Humanities and Computing,
The field of research and teaching is open; we seek candidates with
practical and/or theoretical expertise in one or several of the
following disciplines in the Arts and the Humanities: visual arts,
screen studies, new media, performance arts, music and sound, film,
TV/Video, and literature. Expertise in computer hardware and/or
software will be welcome but is not essential.
The role of the Chair in Digital Humanities is intended to be broad in
scope, potentially incorporating current or future initiatives in
cyber-culture and the creation, performance, and critical study of
digital arts, including a consideration of the socio-political and
theoretical implications of new artistic technologies. The endowment
for this Chair provides additional funds for projects involving
research and teaching in the Digital Humanities. The successful
candidate will be located in a single Dartmouth department or program,
or jointly appointed to one or more departments or programs.
Considerable flexibility exists regarding joint appointments, which may
cross departmental or even divisional boundaries.
One of the most diverse institutions of higher education in New
England, Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action
employer and has a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we
are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad
spectrum of people, including women, persons of color, persons with
disabilities, and veterans.
The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications after October 1,
2006. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.
Please send letter of application, CV, and the names of three
Chair Search Committee in Digital Humanities
Dept. of German Studies
6084 Dartmouth Hall
Hanover, NH 03755 USA
Digital Humanities Chair Will Address Emerging Field
Through funding from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, a longtime
benefactor of the College, Dartmouth has created the new post of
Digital Humanities Chair, one of two Distinguished Professorships in
Emerging Fields in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences endowed by the
The Digital Humanities Chair, a senior-level appointment for which a
national search is being conducted, was created to lead Dartmouth's
efforts to integrate digital culture and innovation with the humanities
across disciplinary and departmental lines. Professor of German Studies
Gerd Gemünden, who chairs the search committee, explains, "The digital
revolution affects all fields-how we learn, how we write. By creating
the new chair, we are acknowledging the significance of the digital
Carol Folt, dean of the faculty of arts and sciences and professor of
biological sciences, says the College was motivated by a need to
integrate constantly evolving technology with its long-standing
commitment to the humanities. "In creating the Digital Humanities
Chair, the Dartmouth administration is seeking an academic of the
highest caliber who can coalesce nascent efforts, build on core
strengths ripe for advancement, effect major changes in curriculum and
scholarly development, and influence global discourse," she says.
Gemünden says the position is open to scholars from a wide variety of
disciplines and that the job will require the new chair to work across
disciplines and help coalesce the digital humanities work already
underway at Dartmouth. The new chair could be housed in almost any
department, or possibly be a dual appointment.
A second innovative faculty position is in development at Dartmouth as
provided for by the Sherman Fairchild Foundation's grant.
Already, several other institutions of higher learning have begun
exploring similar models of integrating digital and analog culture. The
Center for New Media at the University of California, Berkeley, and the
MIT Program in Media Arts and Sciences are serving as curricular means
of exploring the relationship between the humanities and information
technologies. Given the scale and ubiquity of the digital revolution,
Dartmouth's new chair will work in a challenging field. As Gemünden
notes, "The classes of 2008 and 2009 have never really lived without
Google. That puts the burden of learning on us."
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