Call for Digital Humanities Project Proposals at Stanford

I’m pleased to announce that we’re now accepting proposals for new Digital Humanities projects starting in Winter 2012.  Humanities faculty and graduate students at Stanford are invited to review the proposal guidelines and submit a proposal by 12/02/2011.  While this might not seem to give much time, the proposals themselves are only two to three pages long and are not nearly so cumbersome as many grant applications.

A selected project will have dedicated time from myself, the new Digital Humanities Developer coming on in January, and Noemi Alvarez, the Humanities GIS Analyst here in Academic Computing.  As such, projects that involve mapping space and place, whether conceptual or geographic, are particularly well-suited to the core domain specialties represented by that group.  However, Digital Humanities does not merely mean maps, and over the next few days, I’ll be giving a quick survey of the types of projects I’ve been involved with here at Stanford to give some idea of the possibilities for future research.

Initially, these projects were designed to run for a single quarter, but that quickly proved too short an amount of time to do any serious work and so the typical length of project has been increased to two quarters.  During the last project cycle, we received two excellent proposals, the first from Ursula Heise in Modern Thought and Literature to explore the literary qualities of species biodiversity databases and the second by Walter Scheidel in Classics to develop a geographic network view of the Roman Empire.  If the same situation occurs with this call, then there will be no second call for proposals in the Spring.

If you have any questions about the process or would like to discuss possible proposals, please feel free to contact me at:

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