RMMLA panel on Digital Humanities Microclimates (Click on title to link)
A blog by Paige Morgan, one of the participants at the RMMLA panel on “Digital Humanities Microclimates.” I attended this panel, and it was very helpful to hear about how others are starting digital humanities “microclimates” at their institutions with very little (or no) funding and no infrastructure. Paige’s contribution was especially helpful because she is a PH.D. student in the humanities, like me. Her strategies for finding room for digital humanities in a program with no support was very helpful. Some of my take-aways:
- Present opportunities that grad students do not have to read ahead or prepare for ahead of time. This is limiting, but you will get more participation.
- As much as possible, use existing structures to communicate (i.e. departmental listservs, or facebook or twitter, whatever channels your audience already uses).
- Present opportunities in an inclusive, non-threatening way.
- Find someone to partner with, and don’t get discouraged. Take small steps.