PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge.

PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge graduate fellows regularly attend presentations in the shared lab space in Bay 4 of Smith Warehouse and discuss their work on digital project in the spring semester. Above, Max Symuleski (second from left) and Rebecca Uliasz (second from right) lead a PhD Lab discussion. Photo by Jennifer R. Zhou.

Deadline: September 1, 2019

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge at the Franklin Humanities Institute seeks PhD Lab Fellows for 2019-20. The purpose of the PhD Lab is to foster innovative new digital research and teaching practices in the humanities and interpretive social sciences. This program is targeted at PhD students at Duke in the humanities or social sciences, or in another program with a “digital knowledge” component that will benefit from a humanistic perspective, who are interested in sustained engagement with digital research and teaching through practice, critique, and collaboration. Fellows receive a noncompensatory supplement of $1,500 for the year and are expected to participate in Fellows lunch meetings and other events regularly.

In 2019-20, PhD Lab Fellows will be expected to enter the program with a digital project idea at any stage of development, attend required luncheon workshops (roughly every other Thursday from 11:30-1:15 pm), join a PhD Lab working group (groups set their own, separate meeting times), and participate in Lab events and activities. We also strongly encourage the use of our Lab in Smith Warehouse (Bay 4, C104) as a shared workspace when it isn’t scheduled for meetings or events.

During the Fall semester, our lunch meetings will be devoted to presentations and workshops by the Lab Directors and our invited guests around various digital concepts, methods, critical approaches, and hands-on applications. These sessions will be based in part on Lab member interest, and might include topics such as digital archives and exhibitions, digital mapping, digital publishing, VR/AR, physical computing, data visualization, and games. Theoretical and critical conversations are also welcome.

Spring meetings will generally revolve around Fellows’ working group presentations of their own works in progress. These meetings may also include workshops, clusters of readings, and other special sessions as the opportunities arise in coordination with other Digital Humanities Initiative and related activities on campus and beyond.

In order to spread the Fellows opportunity around, we are primarily seeking first-time PhD lab participants. However, returning Fellows may also apply. We are especially interested in returning Fellows who wish to organize a workshop/presentation and/or leading a working group as part of their Lab activities.

We are also interested in identifying potential Fellows who may wish to work as on digital teaching and research projects with other Labs and/or with the FHI-North Carolina Central University Digital Humanities Fellows. (Some compensatory TA/RA opportunities may become available here.) You will be asked to indicate your new/returning status, as well as potential interest in these opportunities, on your application.

The PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge is part of the Duke Digital Humanities Initiative, and is based in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Smith Warehouse. It partners with many existing programs on campus. It was founded by Professor Cathy Davidson. Next year, the PhD Lab will be in its eighth year, and will be co-directed by Professors Philip Stern and Victoria Szabo.

Apply now using our online application form.