PhD Fellowship in German and Digital Humanities @ .txtLAB

As part of the multi-university partnership, “NovelTM: Text Mining the Novel,” .txtLAB is sponsoring a 5 year fellowship open to students with a background in German literature or cultural studies and a demonstrated interest in digital humanities. The fellow will be part of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University and an active participant in all activities related to the multi-university partnership, “Text Mining the Novel,” a six-tear research project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada that involves nine universities across North America. In addition to the regular coursework, the fellow will craft a dissertation project in conjunction with the research partnership and have the opportunity to participate in exchanges at other member universities; attend annual training events at the HathiTrust Research Center; and present at annual workshops and conferences.

The ideal candidate will have native or near-native fluency in German and some exposure to methods in computational text analysis. The funding package will be worth approx. $25,000/year and will include opportunities for teaching assistantships.

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Andrew Piper

William Dawson Scholar of German and European Literature

Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures

McGill University

M.A. Fellowship in Digital Humanities

The Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at McGill University is offering a 2-year fellowship to an incoming master’s student to participate in the recently funded Digging into Data project, “Global Currents: Cultures of Literary Networks, 1050-1900,” directed by Prof. Andrew Piper.

Project Overview

This project undertakes the cross-cultural study of literary networks in a global context, by integrating new image-processing techniques with social network analysis. Four unique databases will be examined, ranging from post-classical Islamic philosophy to the European Enlightenment. For more information, see here.

Research Team

Humanities scholars and computer scientists located at McGill University, Stanford University (U.S.A.) and Groningen University (Netherlands) will be involved in this project. The McGill team includes researchers from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, the Department of East Asian Studies, the Institute of Islamic Studies, and the School of Computer Science. The master’s fellow will be based in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and will be supervised by Prof. Andrew Piper.

Duties and Responsibilities

The master’s fellow will participate in all facets of the research project, learning about new techniques of visual language processing and social network analysis. Previous experience in digital methods and/or text mining an advantage. The fellow will participate in group meetings, develop a thesis around the project, and prepare research reports and other materials to facilitate knowledge sharing within the Digging into Data/Global Currents team and with external audiences.

Financial Support

The student will receive a stipend of $12,000 per year for two years.

To apply

Students wishing to be considered for this fellowship must apply for admission to the Languages, Literatures and Cultures master’s program by Jan 30, 2014. The successful student will begin work in the Fall 2014 semester. Please see the departmental admission requirements and application procedures and apply via McGill’s online application system. In addition, please send a CV and a cover letter expressing your interest in this fellowship opportunity to as soon as possible.