The second workshop in the Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis series will be held September 16th and 17th, 2022, from 8am to 5pm. In partnership with Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Lindenwood University will host this workshop on its St. Charles campus.

Expanding Access to the Digital Humanities in St. Louis aims to develop a robust network of digital humanities practitioners in the St. Louis region, with a particular focus on using the digital humanities to support student learning. The purpose of this workshop is to set long-term objectives for the network and drive inter-institutional collaboration in pursuit of those objectives. Any secondary education or higher education humanities faculty member in the greater St. Louis region may apply to participate. Participants will work together to assess the current state of digital humanities education in the region and to develop plans for improving access and pedagogy. All faculty who participate both days will receive a $400 honorarium.

Over the course of the two-day workshop, twelve higher education humanities faculty and twelve secondary education humanities faculty will perform a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) analysis about digital humanities practices and education in the St. Louis region. Using this analysis as a starting place, they will then identify achievable objectives that would benefit from inter-institutional collaboration, and, in smaller working groups, begin developing actionable plans for pursuing those objectives beyond the conclusion of the workshop. Participants will also work together to develop a set of guidelines for student participation in digital humanities projects, with the goal of making it possible for a student at any area educational institution to remotely participate in digital humanities projects hosted at any other institution.

Participating in the workshop entails a couple additional commitments. Prior to the workshop, the project directors will distribute readings on the digital humanities that all participants will need to read in preparation for the workshop. Following the workshop, participants will be expected to work with their home institutions to encourage adoption of these guidelines. The project’s directors will assist them in this effort.

To apply for participation at the workshop, email Dr. Geremy Carnes ([email protected]) with your name, your discipline, the institution at which you are an instructor, and your answers to the following questions:

  1. What is your experience with digital humanities practices as an instructor?
  2. How do you believe you can contribute to the workshop’s goals?
  3. What ongoing collaboration(s) can you envision that you would be interested in helping the network to develop?
The application deadline has been extended to June 20th.