Apply for PhD Lab 2020-21!


Deadline: Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Please read the fellowship details below carefully. To apply, complete this Qualtrics form:

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge seeks PhD Lab Fellows for 2020-21. The purpose of the PhD Lab is to foster innovative new digital research and teaching practices in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. This program is targeted at PhD students at Duke in the humanities or social sciences, or in another program with a “digital knowledge” component that will benefit from a humanistic perspective, who are interested in sustained engagement with digital research and teaching through practice, critique, and collaboration. Pending University approval, Fellows receive a non-compensatory supplement of up to $1500 for the year. They are expected to participate in virtual Fellows gatherings and other events regularly. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, all Lab events and activities will be online until in-person group gatherings are once again permitted at Duke.

In 2020-21, PhD Lab Fellows will be expected to enter the program with a digital project idea at any stage of development, attend Fellows luncheons (roughly every other Thursday from 12-1pm), join a PhD Lab topic-based interest group (groups set their own, separate schedules and agendas), and participate in Lab events and activities.

During the Fall semester, our regular gatherings will be devoted to presentations and discussions by the Lab Directors and our invited guests around various digital concepts, methods, critical approaches, and hands-on applications. These sessions will be based in part on Lab member interest, and might include topics such as digital and virtual pedagogy, digital archives and exhibitions, digital mapping, digital publishing, VR/AR, physical computing, data visualization, and games. Theoretical and critical conversations around topics such as decolonizing and intersectional approaches to the digital humanities, accessibility, and environmental issues are also welcome.

Spring activities will generally revolve around the Lab interest groups and fellows presentations of their own projects. There may also be clusters of readings and other special sessions as the opportunities arise in coordination with other Digital Humanities Initiative and related activities on campus and beyond.

In order to spread the Fellows opportunity around, we are primarily seeking first-time PhD lab participants. However, returning Fellows may also apply. We are especially interested in returning Fellows who wish to organize special presentations and/or lead an interest group as part of their Lab activities.

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge is part of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, and is based in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse. It partners with many existing programs on campus. It was founded by Professor Cathy Davidson. Next year, the PhD Lab will be in its eighth year, and will be Co-Directed by Professors Philip Stern and Victoria Szabo. To apply, please complete this Qualtrics form:

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