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Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute 

In August 2018, the National Endowment for the Humanities announced that they awarded $231,093 for Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Advanced Institute. The investigator team for the project includes Center Affiliate faculty: Dr. Laurie Taylor, UF’s digital scholarship librarian and the dLOC’s digital scholarship director, Dr. Hélène Huet, European studies librarian, Dr. Paul Ortiz, Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program in the Department of History, and Dr. Leah Rosenberg, professor of Caribbean Literature in the Department of English.

In partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC), we proposed this collaborative project to host a weeklong, in-person workshop and five additional monthly virtual workshops on collaborative Digital Humanities (DH) and Caribbean Studies. This grant proposal and project developed from our shared feminist technology practices, where we approach and utilize technology to best meet community needs. Feminist technology practices are transdisciplinary, recognize the importance of people in relation to technologies and technical practices, and are socio-technical, encompassing people, policies, communities, and technologies together. As such, this project begins by acknowledging distributed and diverse expertise in our communities, respecting diversity and difference, and affirming the power and value of our communities and networks, including both working collaboratively together as members of the investigator team as well as working in relation to our connected communities.

Applications are due February 1, 2019. We expect to select a mix of faculty, graduate students, and information professionals who are engaged in teaching Caribbean Studies. Participants will gain DH teaching experience and in-depth knowledge of how to utilize digital collections in teaching, including virtual sessions and  an onsite session in Gainesville, Florida, May 20-24, 2019. The Institute will provide training in tools, processes, and resources for developing lessons, modules, and/or courses. This DH Advanced Institute is the most recent of ongoing initiatives for building capacity and community for Caribbean digital libraries, from digitization for access and preservation, to building upon digitized materials for research and teaching. In addition to our team of investigators, our team includes others from across UF and the Caribbean region who will be instructors for this Institute.

We look forward to collaborating over the next two years with the 26 participants selected for this program. We are particularly excited to connect together following feminist technological practices for mutual aid, shared benefit, and community building.

Please see the Institute pages linked above, including the application page. Please also see the full grant proposal for more information. 

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This Institute has been made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

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ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.