Between 2013-2014 and 2015-2016, the College of Arts and Sciences will hire three new tenure-track digital humanities faculty. CAS aims to hire the brightest and most promising young scholar-teachers in their fields who are pushing the intellectual boundaries of their disciplines and who appreciate the transformative potential of digital technologies for their own research and teaching agendas. These new hires will also appreciate the role digital technologies can play in expanding the audience for humanities scholarship and in engaging a wider public. Each position carries $50,000 in start-up funds.
CDHI Faculty Hires
Whitney Trettien joined the UNC English and Comparative Literature’s faculty in July 2015 as a CDHI faculty hire. She studies the early modern period and works within the fields of book history, digital humanities, sound studies, and media studies. She is currently working on a digital book project, Cut/Copy/Paste: Echoes of Little Gidding, examining the cut-and-paste biblical harmonies made by the women of the Anglican community at Little Gidding in the 1630s and 1640s. Pairing an online collection of selected Harmonies with imaginative close readings of their material form and afterlives, this digital project illuminates a unique Caroline devotional aesthetic even as it listens for its echoes across sites as diverse as Harriet Bowdler’s editorial work, T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, the 1939 World’s Fair, and digital remix culture. She has also recent co-founded thresholds, a digital journal for creative/critical scholarship, and writes Grok this!, a hybrid print/digital zine for electronic hardware experiments. Professor Trettien has left UNC to take a position at the University of Pennsylvania.
Lilly Nguyen joined the UNC Women’s Studies faculty in July 2015 as a CDHI faculty hire. Her research explores the cultural politics of race, labor, and information technologies in transnational circulation. With a focus on Vietnam and the Vietnamese diaspora, her work asks how tenable is difference as a value to uphold when marginalized people seek to establish themselves as modern subjects, as equivalents, as legitimate equals through the work of information technologies? She explores this question through ethnographic fieldwork of pirated disc shops in Hanoi, of free/open source software projects throughout Vietnam, and of the ‘start-up’ community in Ho Chi Minh City. She approaches this work from the diverse fields of information studies, feminist science and technology studies, and Asian-American Studies. She is currently revising her dissertation into a book manuscript tentatively titled “Time and Being of the Counterfeit: The Cultural Politics of Software in Vietnam.” Previously, she worked on a variety of critical socio-technical projects including an ethnography of data practices in Silicon Valley community colleges, the development of an open education resources portal, and a social networking site for the South Asian community in the ethnoburbs of southern California.
The first of the three tenure-track faculty hires under the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative, Seth Kotch conducts research at the intersections of a number of fields and disciplines, most prominently modern American history, digital humanities, and oral history. His digital projects include “Playback Station,” a public-facing interactive sound curation project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities that shares and contextualizes historic radio broadcasts and “Mapping the Long Women’s Movement,” an experiment in empowering researchers to explore oral histories in new ways. He is developing two other digital projects, one which will digitize and present archival material on criminal justice in North Carolina, the other of which will use oral history and documentary material to explore racial geographies in the rural South.
He served as Co-Principal Investigator of “Media and the Movement,” a project sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeks to understand the role of journalists and the media in the civil rights movement during and after the 1960s and Digital Civil Rights Radio, which is digitizing and curating historic radio recordings. He served as PI and Project Supervisor on the Civil Rights History Project, a nationwide oral history research endeavor administered by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress.