In December, the Digital Humanities team recruited six new College of Humanities undergraduates to advisory intern positions, based in the Digital Humanities Lab. The interns commenced work with us at the beginning of the new term. We received an impressively large number of applications and, following a competitive interview process, we were pleased to appoint candidates with a keen interest in the field, enthusiasm, strong problem-solving skills, and an interest in careers within the Digital Humanities.
The team have put together an introduction to their roles below, and some background on their own interests. The team bring with them positive energy and new perspectives on our projects and we welcome them and their ideas to the Digital Humanities Lab research community:
Hello! We are Rachel, Hannah, Hannah, Kezia, Daniel and Emily, and we make up the Digital Humanities Advisory Intern team.
We will, over the next six months, be aiding in the day-to-day running of the Digital Humanities Lab, as well as working towards both personal and established academic research projects.
We have been graciously welcomed into the Digital Humanities team, having undergone a number of interesting experiences. We’ve assisted in the technological supervision of webinars, begun exploring and discussing the various research interests of the team, and undergone crash courses on the complex workings of the Lab’s various gadgets. Our first big upcoming project will be the creation of a series of posters that serve to celebrate the opportunities afforded by the study of Digital Humanities, and consider how these elements can be incorporated into our own passion projects. As students from a range of disciplines, from Archaeology to English, and with interests spanning from 3D printing to Text Encoding, our skills are varied, yet we are already forming a web of intersecting commonalities that we hope will allow us to make the most of this internship as a team, and allow us to meaningfully contribute to the constantly shifting and expanding field of Digital Humanities.
We are excited to work with College staff and students within the Digital Humanities Lab, supporting DH activities, and assisting our colleagues to undertake digitisation work and ongoing team projects.
“I’m Daniel, and my interests revolve primarily around the theory behind Digital Humanities: the potential of coding and digital publications over print, the opportunities afforded by processes like Distant Reading, and the ethics of preservation.”
“I’m Rachel, a third year History student, and my interests relate to my passion for history. I am fascinated by the incredibly important projects the Digital Humanities Lab is involved in, and can’t wait to get involved more with the Lab.”
“Hi, I’m Hannah (Houghton). I’m a third year English student with an interest in storytelling and conversation in the digital age. I’m fascinated by the ways in which the Digital Humanities can affect our encounters with history and art, and I’m excited to get stuck into upcoming projects with the DH Team.”
“I’m Kezia, and I’m in my fourth year studying History and Spanish. I am drawn to Digital Humanities through my interest in history, and am keen to find out more about the digitisation of historical sources and documents, and how new technologies will affect the future of archives and museums. I’m really excited to be working with such impressive equipment at the DH Lab, and to help with the different projects alongside the DH team.”
“I’m Hannah (Britton), a second year History and Archaeology student with a keen interest in Digital Humanities – especially 3D digital methods for visualizing artefacts and archaeological materials. I am excited about being trained to use the equipment within the Lab and I hope to assist with future projects.”
“I’m Emily, another third year English student, specifically interested in Modernisms. During my time interning in the DH lab, I hope to explore the various issues surrounding the creation of sustainable digital archives, and how these will revolutionise teaching practices within universities. The discourse between the authenticity of print and the accessibility of online archives is something I find especially interesting.”