NEH Caribbean Studies Digital Humanities Institute

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Information For Participants for the Migration, Mobility, and Sustainability: Caribbean Studies and Digital Humanities Institute 


The 26 selected participants will be supported for costs of lodging at UF for 6 nights (expected arrival on May 19 and departure on either May 24 or 25), meals at UF for 6 days, airfare and related transportation (expected average of $700 each), and stipend for completion of in-person participation, virtual participation, and module development paid in year two ($400 each). Housing and meal costs will be covered directly by the Institute. 


All events will be held at the University of Florida (UF), in Gainesville, Florida. Wifi is available with eduroam authentication and guest access.


Gainesville is served by a regional airport, and is a 2-3 hour drive from larger airports in Jacksonville, Tampa, and Orlando. UF will work with participants for travel arrangements. 

Lodging & Meals

Housing will be on UF's main campus, in the Hume Honors West Hall  (and see the room setup). Participants will have their own room, in dorm style housing, where two rooms share a common bathroom.

Meals will be covered through the campus food plan. 

Email List

The group will communicate before, during, and after the Institute using the group email list.

About the Institute Curriculum and Program

The CSDHI curriculum will cover DH tools and practices, collaborative teaching, and methods for partnering within library and archival communities on teaching. The coordination and training assignments to be presented during the CSDHI will take place in five phases:

  • Phase 1: Pre-Institute, March-May 2019: Distribution of asynchronous communication and reading assignments. The CSDHI website and email list become available for initiating the community of practice among participants.
  • Phase 2: In-person Session, May 20-24, 2019: Week-long, in-person session at UF. Initial development of new DH Caribbean Studies teaching materials.
  • Phase 3: Virtual Sessions and Asynchronous Communication, July-December 2019: Delivery of virtual sessions on technologies and practices. Ongoing asynchronous communication with participants. Refinement of teaching materials by participants.
  • Phase 4: Teaching Modules Development for Teaching DH Locally, January-April 2020: Participants develop and, if course selection allows, implement their DH course materials in early 2020. Ongoing asynchronous communication continues for the group through the email list.
  • Phase 5: Publication and Dissemination, May-August 2020: Final evaluation processes. Publication of participants’ DH assignments and all resulting Institute materials, including the white paper. Promotion and dissemination of materials.

The Institute’s overarching goals are that participants will learn and adapt DH tools and practices to meet their own needs for their students and for teaching and inclusion in a community of practice for DH pedagogy. The CSDHI curriculum will achieve three interconnected goals: 1) introduce participants to the processes of finding and using Open Access materials from digital repositories to provide a foundation for teaching through, and building with, DH; 2) provide intensive training on tools and practices for analyzing, mapping, and presenting materials in relation to the themes of migration, mobility, and sustainability; and, 3) provide intensive training in DH teaching methods for incorporating these practices and themes into classrooms as part of the ongoing process for sustaining a community of practice in Caribbean Studies.

The Institute will begin with a series of readings to be completed prior to the in-person training to familiarize participants with core questions and practices in DH, in relation to Caribbean Studies. The primary training activities will take place during a week-long, in-person session hosted at UF, to be held May 20-24, 2019. This training will provide participants with an intensive, hands-on DH demonstrations and practice sessions for using Scalar, StoryMapJS, Google Maps, and TimelineJS.

The Institute’s featured technologies were selected based on the following criteria for enabling a community of practice across many fields, disciplines, and geographical regions: 1) no-cost; accessible across classes and institutions (e.g., not institutional subscriptions/single-institution limited services); sufficiently accessible for students such that the technology can be taught as coupled with the subject matter for teaching and integration; 2) usable after the students and teaching team complete the class, to continue building for future courses; and, 3) ideally, usable on lower-bandwidth and without software beyond a web browser, to remove barriers to collaboration.

During the academic year following the in-person training (fall 2019-spring 2020), participants will get to know each other’s assets and interests and begin interacting with leading experts in DH and digital pedagogy while sharing, and seeking resources and mentorship via the CSDHI’s email list. These exchanges will create the scaffolding for participant development of DH teaching materials through the identification and implementation of best pedagogical practices. The virtual sessions and asynchronous communication will provide mentorship and guidance for the completion of their teaching materials. The sessions, communication, and feedback and mentoring on DH teaching materials will facilitate individual capacity development and interdependent relationships necessary for forming a learning community through shared experiences, questions, and resources. This continuous supportive and highly resourced environment will encourage practice and implementation of what participants have learned during the inperson training, while maintaining relationships for ongoing mentoring and collaboration after they return to their home institutions. All CSDHI materials will be shared openly online, supporting DH and Caribbean Studies and related communities which share synergies in the themes. 


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

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Institute, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


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