Public Humanities Hub e-News | February 6, 2020

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UBC-V Public Humanities Hub newsletter | February 6, 2020

Dear friends of the Public Humanities Hub

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Between the visiting speakers, reception, working group and community partner lunches, grad pub meeting, and the two media workshops, we reached over 200 faculty and graduate students and staff across the university!

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Public Humanities Course-Release Awards 2020-2021

Deadline: March 1, 2020
The PHH is pleased to announce that the Public Humanities Course-Release Awards competition is open. These awards will support research excellence among Humanities scholars in the Faculties of Arts, Law, and Education at UBC and develop and highlight public-facing research in the Humanities.


Public Humanities Hub celebratory launch

We’ll be celebrating the inaugural year of the UBC-V Public Humanities Hub on March 9, 2020, with an afternoon tea for Humanities faculty, staff, media, and community partners. Keep an eye on your inbox for an invitation!

Celebrating Our Humanities Scholars at the Launch

Our launch is finally coming up in March and we would like it to be a celebration of recent works and projects by faculty in Arts, Education and Law. As such, we will be playing a slideshow featuring images of recent book publications (in the last 3 years) and/or public-facing projects. We have already received some great submissions from ENGL, SOCI, Asian Studies, and FHIS! And we thank those of you who’ve taken some time to submit you images and projects already. However, we’ve yet to hear from more of our colleagues from Departments like PHIL, HIST, CNES, GRSJ – CJS, AHVA and the School of LAW and the Faculty of EDUC. We ask that you submit, along with photos of your most recent work, a photo of yourself (headshot or action shot!) for the slide.

When uploading, please label the files beginning first with your last name and “BookCover” or public project title with date. Eg: “Smith_Jane”, “Smith_BookCover.jpg” and “Smith_CTVInterview2018.jpg”. Please upload your files no later than February 21st. Thank you!


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Research Clusters

Fostering collaboration is a central priority in UBC’s new strategic plan.
The Public Humanities Hub offers support for interdisciplinary research cluster development among Humanities scholars in the Faculties of Arts, Law, and Education at UBC-V and encourages these clusters, once established, to seek additional funding in the form of VPRI-funded Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters or SSHRC.

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Interested in exploring the possibility of starting a Humanities research cluster?
Would you like to organize a meeting with other UBC scholars who might be interested in forming a Humanities research cluster, applying for a grant, etc? Let us know! The Hub can reach out to potentially interested scholars; book a venue; provide catering; take meeting minutes; and, if desired, photograph or videotape your meeting.
Seeking funding to support the initial development of a Humanities research cluster?
The Public Humanities Hub Research Cluster grants are intended to promote interdisciplinary research activity and communication among humanities scholars at UBC and to help collaborators secure additional funding; cluster grants can serve, for example, as matching funds in SSHRC Connection Grant applications or Partnership applications. Clusters should consist of at least two Humanities faculty members and may also include graduate students and non-Humanities faculty. Each Research Cluster Grant can be for up to $15,000. A total of $75,000 is available each year.
Ready to apply for additional research cluster funding?
Talk to us about how to apply for VPRI-funded Grants for Catalyzing Research Clusters and SSHRC grants that fund collaborative research projects.  The Hub can put you in touch with successful Humanities applicants who can provide feedback on your application.
Portraits and names of the Principal Investigators of the Public Humanities Hub-funded research clusters 2020. Text copy below this image.
  • “Tracing the Scribe: Reassessing Professional Networks in the Paris Book Trade” (Erik Kwakkel, iSchool, PI)
  • “Unsettling Victorians: A Rare Books Exhibition for NAVSA 2020” (Gregory Mackie, ENGL, PI)
  • “Reasonable Trust: Fostering Humanities Methods in Public Engagement with Science and Technology” (Alan Richardson, PHIL, PI)
  • “Photographic Literacy Cluster” (Althea Thauberger, AHVA, PI)

Upcoming events

Pixellating Mixer 

Project showcase: UnRoman Romans

Dr. Siobhán McElduff
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Koerner Library, Room 480
Dr. McElduff, Associate Professor in the Department of Classical, Near Eastern & Religious Studies, and Public Humanities Fellow, will present her Open Educational Resource project, UnRoman Romans, which showcases the strength and power in undergraduate research, and how OERs can harness that for the good of other students. 

Public Humanities Media Training

Podcasting as Peer-Reviewed Scholarship

Dr. Hannah McGregor
Friday, March 6, 2020
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Buchanan Tower, 1873 East Mall, 10th floor, room 1099
Join us for the last media training session of the term: “Podcasting as Peer-Reviewed Scholarship” with Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professor in Publishing, SFU, and creator of Secret Feminist Agenda podcast. Co-sponsored with the Social Justice Institute.
Portrait of Dr. Hannah McGregor smiling in an alleyway.
Image credit: Christopher M Turbulence

Bonny Norton is standing at a podium, with an image projected on a screen behind her, which reads: Storybooks Canada Public Launch. Friday, November 2, 2018. 3:00 - 6:00 pm. Ponderosa Commons Oak House Ballroom, UBC. With illustrations of a bird flying over a hilly landscape and people, a child holding a book leaning toward a baby in a crib with a mobile above, and a chicken walking beside an antennaed, unidentified animal.

Storybook Canada’s Translation App

Dr. Bonny Norton, FRSC, Professor, Language & Literacy Education
Liam Doherty, PhD candidate, Language & Literacy Education
Thursday, March 12, 2020
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Ponderosa Commons, Oak House, Room 2012
Public Humanities Hub Course-Release Award winner Bonny Norton and PhD candidate Liam Doherty will discuss their work on the Global Storybooks project, youth literacy, and how translators negotiate linguistic and cultural issues while translating multilingual storybooks. Co-sponsored with the Department of Language & Literacy Education. Part of the LLED Research Seminar Series. Sandwiches will be served.

Creative Repatriation

Presenter: Dr. Dylan Robinson, Assistant Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts, Queen’s University
Thursday, March 12, 2020
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Roy Barnett Recital Hall, 6361 Memorial Road
Stó:lō scholar Dylan Robinson will give a talk about his collaboration with the National Arts Centre to re-write a section of Harry Somers’ opera, Louis Riel, to redress the misappropriation of a Nisga’a First Nations song. He will be joined by composer Ian Cusson, who was commissioned to write the aria “Dodo, mon tout petit” in its place, and by soprano Melody Courage, who will perform the new aria accompanied by an ensemble of musicians conducted by Jonathan Girard. Co-sponsored with the UBC School of Music

Digital Humanities Advising

Advanced Research Computing (ARC) Humanities and Social Sciences Specialist Megan Meredith-Lobay is available for consultations regarding proposed or ongoing DH projects. Dr. Lobay can help you learn more about how to use technology in your research; local and national resources for storing data, sharing data, or hosting research websites; information about training; research data management; grant writing; other Digital Humanities projects at UBC; and about where on campus to find other help and resources. 
Upcoming dates: Mar 2, Mar 16, Mar 30, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Buchanan Tower, 1873 East Mall, Room 626

Digital Humanities Conference

Interested in Digital Humanities? Save the date! UBC is hosting a DH conference October 29-31, 2020. Call for proposals coming soon. 

Public Humanities survey

We continue to welcome feedback to get a better sense of Humanities faculty’s priorities. If you haven’t already done so, you are invited to share your thoughts in this survey. It takes 10-15 minutes to complete. 

While our website is in progress, the best way to find out about PHH news is through our mailing list, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We invite you to connect with us there. 

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