NINES / NEH Summer Institute: Evaluating Digital Scholarship

Call for Proposals & Participants

NINES / NEH Summer Institute: Evaluating Digital Scholarship

May 30 – June 3, 2011
University of Virginia
Hosted by NINES (

How does the profession of literary studies evaluate and grant credit for born-digital scholarship? What are the intellectual stakes of such work, and how might we better understand the changing nature of scholarly inquiry and communication in a digital age? NINES (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic
Scholarship) will be hosting two NEH Summer Institutes (in 2011 and
2012) focused on these issues, gathering together digital practitioners in the field and administrative/institutional leaders to advance the conversation. We aim to address the range of literary fields and periods, with an eye towards producing collaborative working papers that might influence the larger cultures of peer-review and promotion/tenure in the profession.

The 2011 Institute will be focused on five broad categories or aspects of humanities scholarship, with attention to the specifics of literary

1. conceptualization
2. evidence and discovery
3. remediation
4. interpretation
5. communication

Accordingly, we hope to receive applications from two types of
applicant: first, literary scholars involved with sophisticated digital projects; and second, administrative or institutional leaders engaged with policies related to peer-review and promotion/tenure.
Individuals from this latter group need not have previous experience in evaluating digital scholarship.

The NINES / NEH Institute will begin on the afternoon of Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) and continue through the evening of June 3, 2011 Participants will reimbursed for their travel expenses and given a $500 stipend to offset housing in Charlottesville.

Applications should consist of a c.v. and a brief narrative (not to exceed 800 words) describing your background/perspective, your reasons for wanting to be part of the Institute, and your thoughts on peer-review and promotion/tenure in reference to the changing nature of scholarship in a digital frame of reference.

Please send applications BY DECEMBER 1, 2010 to
Direct questions to the organizers: Andrew Stauffer (, Laura Mandell (, or Susan Schreibman (

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