Community Histories Workshop Featured in Rocky Mount Telegram

On December 2, 2016, Community Histories Workshop team members escorted a group of UNC faculty, library directors, and students to Rocky Mount Mills where Capitol Broadcasting Co. treated us to a tour. What a unique opportunity to take in a “before” view of the mill buildings in their current states, as well as two homes in the surrounding village—one recently renovated and one awaiting its facelift. We also had the great pleasure of meeting with folks from Braswell Memorial Library, Harrison and Harrison, D.J. Rose and Son, JOIN Development, SpringboardNC, Rocky Mount’s own Jean Kitchin (’70) and other interested parties to exchange ideas about how to engage with and best serve the community.

It was an eventful day! To read more about the visit and our collaborative project, see the full Rocky Mount Telegram article from December 3rd.





Debut of Prospect Nears

Within weeks the UNC Digital Innovation Lab will release a beta version of Prospect, its open-source, next-generation data curation and visualization collaboratory. Although Prospect has been designed and implemented to support the needs of humanities scholars in particular, its powerful curation and visualization features can deal with data belonging to a wide variety of domains.

Gallery The Prospect website will contain information, resources and training materials to support the use of our exciting new digital platform.

CFP: Digital Humanities Course Development Grants

The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI) is soliciting proposals for digital humanities course development grants. Current funds will be devoted toward graduate courses, but applicants may also propose courses at mixed, graduate/undergraduate levels.

Awards will consist of a $5,000 summer stipend. Note that stipends are subject to reductions related to university benefits, taxes, etc. Applicants may request up to an additional $1,000 for professional development pertaining to creating the course. Applicants should include a budget detailing how any requested professional development funds will be used (e.g., for specific workshops or training).

CDHI Curricular grants might be used to:

  • Develop a course focused on activities or topics associated with the digital humanities
  • Extend the reach of digital humanities course offerings beyond campus to non-degree seeking students–e.g., through hybrid or online options or through summer school
  • Explore and implement pedagogical innovation in a course through digital tools and methods
  • Implement digital activities to facilitate team teaching and/or interdisciplinary exchange
  • Integrate experiential work with digital materials and activities into a course
  • Develop a course that explores multiple modalities of digital activities–e.g., the visual, aural, video, performance
  • Create a course that engages the transformative potentials for digital humanities–political, social, cultural, scholarly.


All tenure track and fixed term faculty at the University who are eligible to teach graduate level courses may apply.


Award recipients agree to

  • Create a new or revise an existing course that can be taken for graduate credit
  • Consult with the CDHI Curriculum Committee and Director regarding the development of the course
  • Work as advisors (as appropriate) with course participants pursuing the Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
  • Deliver a report to the CDHI Curriculum Committee detailing the course development activities, the disbursement of funds, and the outcomes of the grant-supported efforts during the grant cycle
  • Obtain Chair’s approval and agree to offer the course at least three times in the five years following the receipt of the funds, starting with the 2015-16 academic year.


Submit a current cv and proposal of no more than two pages to Daniel Anderson no later than 11:59 PM on December 6th.

For questions related to the proposal process, contact Daniel Anderson.

Seeking Applications for Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities (English / Comparative Literature)

The Department of English and Comparative Literature at UNC Chapel Hill seeks a digital humanist with experience in digital methods applied to an additional area of literary or rhetorical studies. Successful candidates will demonstrate a record of digital engagement either through project development, significant deployment of digital methods, and/or innovations in digital composing, publishing, or pedagogy. We encourage candidates with interests at the intersections of the digital with poetry, medieval, modernist, and/or rhetorical studies, but depth of digital engagement applied to a subject area is most important. The position begins 1 July 2015 and carries a 2-2 teaching load with significant expectations for research as well as departmental service.

The hire will participate in The Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative and collaborate with the University’s Digital Innovation Lab. The position carries a $50,000 start-up fund with the expectation that the candidate will arrive on campus prepared to pursue a robust and innovative digital research agenda. (This fund includes moving expenses.)

Review of applications will begin on 10 November 2014 and interviews will be conducted at the MLA convention in January.

Read more about this job on the MLA Job Listing, or view and apply for the job here.

Accepting Applications for the Faculty Learning Community in Digital Humanities

The application window is currently closed. Stay tuned for future opportunities to join a Faculty Learning Community in Digital Humanities.

This past spring, the Digital Innovation Lab and the Center for Faculty Excellence launched a Faculty Learning Community in Digital Humanities (DH FLC). We are now accepting applications from UNC-CH faculty members interested in joining the group beginning in Fall 2014. Current members of the DH FLC do not need to reapply.

The group will meet on the first and third Fridays of each month throughout the fall semester from 9am-11am:

  • September 5, 2014
  • September 19, 2014
  • October 3, 2014
  • October 24, 2014 (rescheduled from October 17, which is Fall Break)
  • November 7, 2014
  • November 21, 2014
  • December 5, 2014
  • December 19, 2014

The DH FLC is intended for faculty who are interested in incorporating digital technologies and approaches into their humanities teaching and research. Over the course of the year, the DH FLC will learn together and from one another about digital humanities approaches and methodologies, study exemplar projects, and be exposed to a range of open-source tools for creating digital humanities projects. Participants will apply what they learn toward developing a digital humanities project to be used for hands-on, undergraduate learning.

The DH FLC is meant to be an interdisciplinary and diverse group. Faculty with little/no technical knowledge are encouraged to apply, as are those with DH experience. There are no technical or experiential prerequisites for joining the DH FLC beyond an interest and curiosity in DH teaching and research. UNC-CH faculty at all ranks (tenure, tenure-track, fixed-term, adjunct, research or clinical rank, lecturers, or instructors) are invited to apply.

The DH FLC is part of the Curricular Innovation and Professional Development program of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative (CDHI), an effort supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to develop a sustainable and scalable model of digital humanities at UNC.

Learn more about the DH FLC and how to apply. Applications are due Monday, August 25, 2014 by 5pm. Questions should be directed to Stephanie Barnwell or Molly Sutphen.

2015 DIL/IAH Faculty Fellowship Application Period Open

Part of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative the DIL/IAH Faculty Fellowships support UNC faculty who are interested in developing digital humanities as a significant dimension of their academic practice; pursuing an interdisciplinary, collaborative digital humanities project arising from their research, pedagogy, or engaged scholarship that is likely to be of interest to users beyond academic specialists and which raises larger social, historical, literary, or artistic issues; reflecting upon and discussing with colleagues the implications of digital humanities for their own academic practice; and applying what they have learned as DIL/IAH Faculty Fellows to their graduate and/or undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

Applications are due Friday, September 26, 2014. Please review the 2015 Guidelines thoroughly. Apply online at the Institute for the Arts and Humanities website.

Interested faculty are strongly encouraged to arrange for a consultation before applying. Please email DIL Associate Director Pam Lach as soon as possible, but no later than September 15, to schedule a consultation. We cannot guarantee that DIL staff will be available to consult or provide feedback on an application after September 15.

A project proposal workshop will be held on Tuesday, August 26, 3-5 pm in the Digital Innovation Lab (Greenlaw 431). Email Stephanie Barnwell, CDHI Programs Coordinator, to RSVP no later than Friday, August 22.

Michael Newton Receives Saltire Award

Newtown recieved Saltire AwardDIL/CDHI Technology Lead Michael Newton is the inaugural recipient of St. Andrews University Scottish Heritage Center’s Saltire Award for “outstanding contributions to the preservation and interpretation of Scottish history and culture.” The Scottish Heritage Symposium marks its 25th year convening in Laurinburg, North Carolina, the site of the largest settlement of Scottish Highland immigrants in eighteenth-century North America.

This award recognizes Dr. Newton’s innovative and prolific research in the field of Scottish Studies. His latest book, The Naughty Little Book of Gaelic, was also launched at the Scottish Heritage Symposium. The book is the first detailed discussion of “adult” texts in Gaelic.

Read more:  BBC  |  Herald News

Seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow in Public Digital Humanities

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks to fill a twelve-month post-doctoral fellowship position in public digital humanities. This fellowship is a part of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, which is supported by a generous grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This fellowship is hosted by the UNC Digital Innovation Lab, which is administered through the Department of American Studies. The initial appointment will be for a period of 12 months. Continuation of the position for a second year is possible, contingent upon available funding.

The fellow will serve as the UNC-Chapel Hill Scholar in Residence for the History Center in the renovated and restored Loray Mill complex in Gastonia, North Carolina. This iconic structure — the largest textile mill in the South when it opened in 1902 — will reopen in the summer of 2014 as a 450,000 square foot residential (300 apartments), commercial, and retail hub for this city of 72,000 (20 miles from Charlotte, NC), which was once the center of textile manufacturing in the state. Both the mill and the surrounding 30-block mill village are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Responsibilities of this position include:

  • working with the staff of the Digital Innovation Lab to develop and deploy (on-site and online) the Loray Digital Archive: an online, multi-media, digital archive of materials relating to the social, cultural, and economic history of the mill, the mill village, and the wider community
  • working with the Gaston County Museum of Art and History, the Gaston County Public Library, other community organizations, and property managers to develop, execute, and evaluate public programming designed to engage residents, visitors, and community members with the history of the mill and the village
  • conducting original research on the history of the mill and its community, and disseminating research findings through digital and non-digital forms to academic and non-academic audiences
  • working with members of the community to recover and document their family histories and connections with the mill and the mill village
  • working with community partners and the DIL, to develop and execute a summer (2015) field experience in digital public humanities, based in the History Center
  • working with community partners and the DIL to incorporate community-contributed materials and oral history interviews into the Loray Digital Archive
  • teach or co-teach (with a UNC faculty member) a graduate level course in digital public humanities spring semester 2015.

The fellow will be based in Gastonia, but will be expected to spend some time each month in Chapel Hill on a schedule to be worked out with the Director of the Digital Innovation Lab.

The fellowship carries an annual stipend of $45,000 (plus benefits). The position is supported by a $5,000 fund for research, programming, travel and other costs. The start date for the position is negotiable between August 1 and October 1, 2014.

Further information regarding the mill renovation, the planned history center, and the Loray Digital Archive is available here.

For more information about the position, or to apply online, visit

DIL Collaborates in Development of Loray Mill Digital Archive and History Center

"Firestone Cotton Mills, Gastonia, N.C." n North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

“Firestone Cotton Mills, Gastonia, N.C.” in North Carolina Postcard Collection (P052), North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, Wilson Library, UNC-Chapel Hill

The Digital Innovation Lab is partnering with the Gaston County Museum of Art & History and the Gaston County Public Library to help develop a public history center and digital archive for the Loray Mill Redevelopment Project in Gastonia, N.C. The mill was once the largest textile mill in the South, and was the site of Gastonia’s bloody 1929 labor strike. Firestone took over the mill in the 1930s, where the company manufactured tire cord until 1993.

Efforts to redevelop the 600,000-square-foot, 110-year-old building began in April 2013 and are expected to be completed this summer. The redeveloped space will be mixed-use, with commercial and event space as well as residential space.

The developers have set aside prominent space for the creation of a history center. The DIL is already hard at work creating a DH Press project that maps the residents of the 1920 Mill Village. Learn more about what the DIL is doing.