Call for Applications: Woodress Scholar Research Grants (2019)

The Cather Project of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln announces the availability of a Research Grant for visiting scholars. This grant provides financial support for scholars to travel to and reside in Lincoln, NE, for four consecutive weeks, in order to conduct research on Willa Cather using Cather resources in Nebraska and at UNL.

Applications are invited from early career scholars, advanced graduate students, recent PhDs, and faculty not yet tenured. Projects should reflect the need for research at the UNL Archives and in Nebraska. Each Woodress Research Grant is $4,000 and the scholar is expected to be in residence in Lincoln for four consecutive weeks during March 1 – December 20, 2019. The Cather Project will assist with advice about travel, lodging, and a trip to the Willa Cather Foundation in Red Cloud, Nebraska (2 ½ hours by car) to enable the scholar to research materials in the Foundation’s archives and visit the area of Cather’s childhood.

The Cather Project produces the Willa Cather Scholarly Edition and Cather Studies, both published by the University of Nebraska Press. The Archives and Special Collections of the UNL Libraries hold the largest collection of Cather letters to and from her; edited typescripts; manuscripts; multiple editions of her works; and many other Cather-associated materials.

Funding for the grants is from the Roberta and James Woodress Fund (created from a gift by Roberta and James Woodress; Mr. Woodress was an eminent Cather biographer and emeritus professor of English at University of California-Davis).

To apply, please send, as e-mail attachments, to Beth Burke at eburke3@unl.edu, the following items:

  • your c.v.
  • a statement of no more than 3 pages describing the proposed research project and the importance of materials and resources at UNL to your project
  • a sample of scholarly writing (20-25pp: preferably focusing on Cather, though not necessarily exclusively)
  • In addition, two letters of recommendation should be sent directly by your recommenders to Beth (eburke3@unl.edu). Letters should be specific to the fellowship and proposed project rather than general letters of recommendation from your job placement dossier.
  • The deadline for submission of materials is DECEMBER 30, 2018 and we will inform successful applicants by FEBRUARY 1, 2019.

http://www.cather.unl.edu

CFP: Digital Americanists Panel at ALA 2018

The Digital Americanists Society solicits abstracts (c. 250 words) for papers to be included in the Society’s pre-arranged session at the 2018 American Literature Association Conference (San Francisco, May 24-27, 2018).

We are especially interested in submissions focusing on data-sets, texts, archives, tools or projects/methodologies that deal with intersections of gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and/or disability in literature and digital work. Submissions focusing on texts from any period of American literature are welcome.

In keeping with the Digital Americanists’ commitment to a broad understanding of American literature, culture, digital media, and computational methods, we are pleased to consider submissions that address any facet of the relationship between those terms or that question the terms themselves. Submissions from early-career scholars and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.

Deadline for submissions is Monday, January 15, 2018. Send abstracts or questions by email to digitalamericanists@gmail.com. For more information about the Digital Americanists Society, see http://digitalamericanists.org. For information about the ALA and the 2018 conference, see http://americanliteratureassociation.org.

 

 

New Board for the Digital Americanists

Dear past, current, and future members,

We are happy to announce that the Digital Americanists have found a new board. Beginning September 2017, the leadership of DA will be:

Stefan Schöberlein (President) is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Iowa, the managing editor of the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and a research assistant for the Walt Whitman Archive. His work has been published in journals like Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, American Literature, and the Journal of American Studies.

Kevin McMullen (Vice-President) is a PhD candidate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a senior assistant editor at the Walt Whitman Archive. He is also a co-founder and editor of Fanny Fern in The New York Ledger, a project working to digitize the newspaper columns of nineteenth-century American writer Fanny Fern.

Stephanie M. Blalock (Secretary/Treasurer) is a Digital Humanities Librarian in the Digital Scholarship and Publishing Studio, at the University of Iowa Libraries. She is the Associate Editor of the Walt Whitman Archive, the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, and The Vault at Pfaff’s. She is the author of “Go to Pfaff’s!”: The History of a Restaurant and Lager Beer Saloon, a peer-reviewed digital edition published by Lehigh University Press and The Vault at Pfaff’s, and she has also published several essays in Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. Her research focuses on Walt Whitman and Pfaff’s Beer Cellar and the reprinting and circulation of Whitman’s short fiction.

The new board looks forward to helping share and facilitate discussions of the exciting digital work happening in the field of American literature and culture around the world. Stay tuned to our website and social media channels for more information about upcoming DA events.

We would like to close by thanking Matthew Wilkens, Ryan Cordell, and Matthew Lavin for their years of dedication to the Digital Americanists.

On that note, and fully embracing our collective Whitmanian bias: Ya-honk!