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Michigan State University MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Organization Location

East Lansing, Michigan


Dean Rehberger, Ph.D., Director

Description of the Fellow’s Role

Matrix: Digital Humanities and Social Science Center will support two Mellon Public Humanities Fellows for a Digital Humanities experience. This is a chance for fellows to work in one of the top Digital Humanities centers in the country and experience all sides of project development. The two fellows will have a chance for a variety of experiences. A fellow may choose to work on a several projects or plunge more deeply into a single project. Interns will have the opportunity to: participate in Matrix staff meetings to learn about the operation of a Digital Humanities center; work on and review grant applications; work in the digital lab on a variety of media and formats; and work on projects, including:

  • Scholarly publishing and the Public Philosophy Journal (refining publication platform and amplifying its use in other communities and/or disciplines);
  • Oral history and the Digital Age (updating and redesigning site or implementing metadata multimedia synchronizer);
  • What America Ate (launching crowdsourcing tools and implementing linked open data);
  • African Online Digital Library (developing federated search and browse functionality or working on site redesign);
  • Archaeology Resource Cataloging System (ARCS) (publishing linked open data and refining crowdsourcing interface and interactions);
  • Slave Biographies (developing and online space for research on slavery and learning about the history of slavery);
  • Mbira (an open source platform for creating and managing location-based and mobile cultural heritage experiences)

We may also have a variety of new projects by next summer. The key will be to learn about and experience the digital humanities from the inside of one of the oldest and largest digital humanities centers in the country.

Time Commitment and Stipend (i.e., schedule, days per week)

  • 3 days per week, 8 weeks. Flexible mid-May-August.
  • $3,360 stipend
  • $450 travel allowance
  • Note: this site requires commuting to East Lansing, MI

About the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Matrix, the Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences at Michigan State University, is devoted to the application of new technologies for teaching, research, and outreach. As one of the premier humanities computing centers in the United States, Matrix creates and maintains online resources, provides training in computing and new teaching technologies, and creates forums for the exchange of ideas and expertise in the field. Matrix houses major digital library repositories including the African Online Digital Library (AODL), Detroit Public Television’s American Black Journal video archives, Historical Voices, and the Quilt Index. Matrix partners with many units at Michigan State University and with external organizations such as museums, libraries, and archives that hold collections of cultural resources important for public access and humanities research, teaching, and learning. Matrix works with these partners to digitize collections, preserve digital resources, and present them online for teaching and research purposes. Matrix has been involved in a range of training initiatives, notably with teachers in the Great Lakes region and with diverse groups in Western and South Africa.

Visit the MATRIX Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Website