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So Long, and Thanks for All the Muffins

Every conference needs a strategy. As a species they are overwhelming, packed end-to-end with intellectually appealing events and social occasions. Try to do too much and you’ll end up too exhausted for later events. Try to do too little and you’ll be victim of some intense FOMO. Your humble blogger has made both these mistakes at other conferences and, as a first-time attendee of DH, was determined not to make them again. I stayed in the McGill “dorms” (think 3-star hotel complete with free breakfast) for maximum proximity so that, between events, I could rest, hydrate, and change shoes so that I was never in heels for more than 3 hours at a time. (I broke this last rule the night of the closing banquet.)

Are you our new DH Developer?

The CDH is hiring!  We are looking for a curious, committed, and collegial colleague to join our Development and Design Team as our second Digital Humanities Developer. You will work with database designers, UX designers, project managers, fellow programmers and the faculty, students and staff of Princeton University to create innovating projects and contribute back to the Open Source software community.  

Congratulations to Valedictorian Jin Yun Chow '17 and Salutatorian Grant Storey '17

Congrats are in order for two stellar digital humanists: Jin Yun Chow, the valedictorian of Princeton University’s Class of 2017 and comparative literature concentrator, also worked at the Center for Digital Humanities, on both our Mapping Expatriate Paris and Derrida's Margins projects. She will delivered the valedictory address at the University’s Commencement ceremony on Tuesday, June 6. After graduation, Chow will pursue a Ph.D. in comparative literature at Stanford University, where she plans to study digital humanities and European-Chinese literary relations. Read more here!

Announcing the CDH's 2017-2018 Sponsored Projects

The CDH is delighted to announce our project slate for 2017-18! Our team has more than doubled since this time last year and with new programmers, developers, designers, we are enormously excited about the additional support we are able to offer our returning projects. Our four sponsored projects are all returning from previous grant years and we look forward to seeing them through to completion. In addition, we welcome our individual project grants from graduate students and postdocs in Civil Engineering, English, History, and Near Eastern Studies who will also meet together as a cohort dedicated to database design. You can read more about each project in more detail via our “Research” page.

Spring course descriptions

During Add-Drop period, take a look at the undergraduate course offerings related to digital humanities. Some of these courses offer the opportunity to develop technical skill sets applicable to digital humanities research in computer science and linguistics, while others probe into the media-dominated era we live in that allowed for the rise of digital humanities as a discipline. All of the following courses are eligible as electives for the digital track of the Humanities certificate program (

Open for postdoc applications

Postdoctoral Fellowships Every two years the Center for Digital Humanities seeks a two-year postdoctoral research associate. The successful candidate will collaborate with current Center staff, Princeton faculty, library staff, and graduate students while working on their own project, to be completed within the term of the fellowship. We seek innovative scholars who will bring theoretical, methodological, and technical expertise and research questions to the Center. Scholars in all disciplines of the Humanities and Social Sciences are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be required to teach one introduction to digital humanities course each year, subject to approval by the Dean of the Faculty, and will carry the title of lecturer when teaching.

After lives; or, the true history of Samuel Johnson in a digital archive

When the Princeton Prosody Archive received its original data from the HathiTrust Digital Library, this data included over three hundred entries attributed to Samuel Johnson. Such a high volume of entries (not to mention the peculiar breadth and range of topics covered in Johnson’s writing), posed a peculiar problem: How to organize these texts in a manner that acknowledges Johnson’s contribution to prosody, but which is also navigable, representative, and curated?
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