Call for Applicants for the WhatEvery1Says Project Summer Research Camp

March 8, 2019

The WhatEvery1Says Project (WE1S) uses digital humanities methods to study public discourse about the humanities at large data scales. Based at University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), with core collaborators at California State University, Northridge and the University of Miami, WE1S was recently awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funding of $1.1 million to expand the scope and diversity of its data, to increase the range, nuance, and trustworthiness of its analytical methods; and to make its technical research environment available to the wider community. 

WE1S expects to hire up to two CSUN faculty members and ten CSUN students to form the cohort for its second Summer Research Camp, which will take place from July 1 to August 2, 2019. The Summer Research Camp will focus on interpreting the project’s collected corpus of public discourse materials related to the humanities through the machine-learning method of topic-modeling. Participants will be “reading” the results of machine collaboratively by following an “interpretation protocol” (a set of steps) developed by the project. Appropriate training in digital humanities methods, tools and technologies, and the project’s collaborative methods are offered as part of the research camp. No prior technical experience is necessary, although participants should have an interest in acquiring knowledge of digital methods and applicants who are able to contribute to the project’s technical infrastructure will be welcome.

For further information on eligibility and applications procedures, see the project's 2019 CSUN Summer Research Camp Application page. More information about the project can be found at http://we1s.ucsb.edu/about.