We are pleased to announce that the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL) has been approved to host two twelve-week undergraduate Mitacs Globalink Internships for May–July 2021:
- Digital Scholarship Internship: Open Scholarship & Technology
- Digital Scholarship Internship: Open Scholarship, Digital Humanities, & Pedagogy
Short project descriptions are included below. Internships will be based in our lab, the ETCL, at the University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, Canada. As per Mitacs’ regulations, applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student in an undergraduate or combined undergraduate/Master’s degree granting program in an official Mitacs partner country: Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Mexico, Taiwan, Tunisia, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, or the United States. For successful applicants, Mitacs provides round-trip airfare to Canada; stipends for housing, food, and incidentals; and health insurance, among other support.
Digital Scholarship Internship: Open Scholarship & Technology
This project will be hosted in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), U Victoria, with interrelated themes of open scholarship, technology, and knowledge creation. There are two key objectives for this project:
- the intern will engage with a research team to explore key technologies and approaches used in digital humanities;
- the intern will investigate emerging trends and potential uses in public-facing knowledge contexts.
The successful achievement of these objectives will lead the intern towards a better understanding of academic community engagement, the possibilities and limits of open scholarship, and the affordances and challenges of social engagement. Outcomes for the intern include an increase in expertise in software development and experience implementing tools that facilitate public-facing exchanges of knowledge, technologies, methods, and resources.
The research project is a subset of a larger partnered project: the Canadian Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) Commons. The Canadian HSS Commons is a national-scale online research platform currently under development as an Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE) Partnership initiative, in partnership with the Canadian Social Knowledge Institute, CANARIE, Compute Canada, ETCL, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences, Modern Language Association (MLA), and others. The Canadian HSS Commons will foster a bilingual environment for HSS researchers to share, access, re-purpose, and develop scholarly projects, publications, educational resources, data, and tools—following the model of the MLA’s Humanities Commons.
Within the context of the Canadian HSS Commons, the intern will study how computer-mediated technologies can facilitate open, social scholarship. The main research question addressed in this study is investigating how computer programming can be used to mediate the distribution of online research outputs free of cost or other access barriers—within the context of the digital humanities.
Digital Scholarship Internship: Open Scholarship, Digital Humanities, & Pedagogy
This project will be hosted in the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab (ETCL), U Victoria, with interrelated themes of open scholarship, technology, knowledge creation, and humanities pedagogy. Within the context of the 2021 Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), coordinated by the ETCL, the intern will study how technology-oriented pedagogy in the humanities can facilitate open, social scholarship. The key research inquiry is to investigate social or public engagement elements of digital humanities pedagogy.
The intern will research whether digital humanities teaching occurs across the off-campus/on-campus divide, and which community groups it is targeted toward. The intern will also explore key technologies and approaches used in digital humanities. This project will lead to a better understanding of emerging trends and potential applications of the digital humanities and open scholarship in public contexts. The intern will also learn about open-access academic publishing and, as a key outcome, will become one of the leading co-authors of an annotated bibliography that explores open scholarship, digital humanities pedagogy, public humanities, and social engagement. DHSI 2021 will welcome ~500-750 participants for 2 weeks of learning, teaching, and sharing cutting-edge digital humanities work via week-long training courses, paper sessions, lunchtime talks, and institute lectures from prominent scholars. This internship will include 3 distinct sub-projects:
- Developing a research corpus / annotated bibliography on the interrelated themes of open scholarship, digital humanities pedagogy, public humanities, and social engagement, within the context of knowledge creation (May 3-July 23);
- Assisting with and participating in a large scale academic event (June 7-18);
- Preparing and submitting the annotated bibliography for publication in an open-access venue, as one of the leading co-authors (June 21-July 23).