[globaloutlookDH-l] Research bursaries: a request for some advice

Domenico Fiormonte domenico.fiormonte at gmail.com
Sun Feb 3 15:44:09 MST 2013

Dear all,

I think that the idea of the bursaries is great -- we really need to
encourage young researchers to investigate this topic and tell us how
they see the "global" future of DH.

Personally I'd prefer to have less prizes with a little more money
(how about 3 projects / 650$?)

My main concern, as others I guess, is once again LANGUAGE.
If we want to encourage students from non-English speaking countries
to submit their projects we have at least to offer the possibility to
submit in two languages -- English and another. (We might require the
knowledge of more than two languages anyway.)
Such a requirement (abstract at least in 2 languages) would be also
useful for testing and evaluating their potential as contributor to a
genuine multilingual and multicultural dialogue.

What do you think?



2013/2/3 Daniel O'Donnell <daniel.odonnell a uleth.ca>:
> Hi all,
> As I noted a couple of days ago, the University of Lethbridge has given me
> $5,000 to use for Global Outlook DH. The money is budgeted primarily to fund
> research projects (under the terms of the grant, these research projects
> must assist me in my research, but since GlobalOutlookDH is one of my
> research projects, this requirement is easily satisfied).
> When we were setting GO::DH up, we though that the best use of the money
> might be to set up a competition for students and perhaps post-docs and
> junior faculty to propose research topics that they would investigate
> concerning global access to and participation in the Digital Humanities. We
> would then commission the best proposals and pay a consultant's fee upon
> submission of the completed report (again a requirement of the grant).
> I'd like to start this programme up. But as always, I think it is worthwhile
> consulting with this group first as to the viability of this plan and for
> advice on both the size of the awards and the parameters of the competition.
> I was thinking that a prize of $500 per successfully completed project would
> be a reasonable amount for each prize. Because I want to keep some money
> back to assist the web-team in case they need design assistance or similar,
> I would at this amount be able to offer 8 prizes. What do others think?
> In terms of the parameters of the competition, I was thinking of something
> like the following in terms of language:
> "Call for proposals: GO::DH is soliciting proposals for research on topics
> involving global access to and use of technology in the arts, humanities,
> and Cultural Heritage sectors.
> Possible topics might include: the use of technology in a single project,
> institution, region, country, or economic region; comparative studies of the
> use of technology in such contexts in different regions and/or types of
> economy; barriers to or opportunities for inter-regional collaboration and
> cooperation; and infrastructure issues. Other topics focussing on the
> interests of Global Outlook DH are equally welcome.
> The form the research may take is also open: theoretical or historical
> analysis, case study, policy proposals, are all also possible forms and
> formal experimentation is welcomed.
> A maximum of 4 projects will be commissioned in Spring 2013 (a second
> competition planned for Fall 2013). To apply, submit a CV and 200 word
> abstract explaining the proposed topic and format by XXX to YYY. Preference
> in the competition will be given to students, post-doctoral fellows, junior
> faculty members at institutions of higher learning, and scholars and
> researchers not associated with universities."
> I'm sure this needs a lot of work. But what to people think about the broad
> outline? Any suggestions?
> --
> Daniel Paul O'Donnell
> Professor of English
> University of Lethbridge
> Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4
> Canada
> +1 403 393-2539
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