Visualizing the Virus, a project co-sponsored by the CDH, is seeking research curators for a six-month term beginning in late August. Advanced Princeton undergraduates and graduate students are eligible to apply. A summary of the position is below. Please download the PDF at the bottom of the page for full information about this opportunity.
The international digital project, Visualizing the Virus, is an interactive platform through which audiences can visualize and understand the Coronavirus pandemic from a variety of perspectives. It aims to highlight the inequalities the pandemic has made visible. Gaps between the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences are hard to bridge. This means that pandemics are often studied without considering their many interconnected histories. Visualizing the Virus connects insights from different disciplines to create a collective digital space for exactly such a convergence.
Research Curators will:
a) Propose and curate themed sections of the platform (“clusters”). This includes: generating entries (images, audio, video, text, tags, annotations, narrative, etc.); soliciting and coordinating cluster contributions from other scholars; and writing short introductions and commentaries to link entries and clusters.
b) Participate in monthly meetings with the Project Lead and other Research Curators.
c) Become familiar with the Ivy Plus Global Social Responses to Covid-19 Web Archive as a database of primary sources that they will use themselves or invite scholars, activists and thinkers to reflect upon. Research Curators will receive guidance from the Project Lead, as well as from Princeton faculty affiliated with the project. Support for using the web archive will be provided by the Program’s Web Resources Collection Librarian and curators of the web archive to make full use of the digital archives with which the Research Curators will be working.
Deliverables from the Research Curators:
- At least one original contribution in the form of short texts (500–800 words), or of a photo or video essay, recorded conversation or interview, or other experimental formats. The original contribution may also be in the form of an essay that uses text analysis or data visualization to allow us to understand the web archive in a way that we would not otherwise be able to.
- Capacity to solicit a minimum of 10 general contributions from other scholars to write or speak (will be uploaded as a recording) about a relevant topic.
- Fellows may also choose to bring together 1 cluster (themed section) with some of the solicited contributions and their own, along with an introduction to the section. They may also bring together pre-existing contributions on the Visualizing the Virus website to broaden the cluster. While this is an optional deliverable, it is a desirable one for early-career scholars, who will receive credit on the webpage for their cluster.
Working Hours & Compensation:
Research Curators will join the team for 6 months and be paid $1500 for the whole duration. The expected number of hours of work will be about 3–5 hours per week. Payments will be made via SAFE.
How to Apply:
Subject Line: Research Curator Application
- A statement of interest setting out relevant experience and interests (500 words)
- A CV (max 2 pages) which can include links to examples of your own contributions to ‘non-traditional’ academic platforms made over the past 1–2 years.
If you have any questions about the post, you can contact: email@example.com
Send us your applications by July 28th, 2021. You will hear back from us by August 5th, 2021. The position will start on August 30th, 2021.