1.Open call: Modeling Travels in History: an ORBIS-esque Hackathon @ Uni Vienna (July 18-20, 2018)
Everyone is familiar with Google Maps—all of us are using it on a daily basis. In 2012 a group of researchers at Stanford (led by Walter Scheidel), developed Orbis (http://orbis.stanford.edu/), which, one may put, applied the same geographical principles to a particular historical context. Dubbed “a Google Maps for the Roman Empire”, this model became a popular historical online resource and an object of envy for scholars working in other historical contexts.
Inspired by Orbis, the Uni-Wien DH Team is organizing a three-day hackathon at the University of Vienna on the theme of map visualisations for historical data. One specific objective of the hackathon will be to build a sort of “Orbis-in-a-Box”—an open-source platform that would allow others to model movements of people and objects in different historical and cultural contexts. (For more details on this particular idea, see: http://kgeographer.com/orbis-in-a-box/).
We are inviting interested digital humanists with an inclination for coding to partake in this 3-day event in Vienna. We are able to offer small bursaries to offset traveling costs.
If you would like to attend, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with “ORBIS-esque Hackathon” in the subject by 30 June 2018, stating your current institutional affiliation (if any) and your motivation for participating in the hackathon. Please also specify whether you are applying for a bursary.
Uni-Wien DH Team
Tara Andrews, Mária Vargha, and Maxim Romanov
2. Vatican Library makes 15,000 manuscripts available online for free
3. Ernst Herzfeld Society, 14th Colloquium: The History of Material Cultures and Visual Arts in Islamic Lands: Current State of Research & New Perspectives (Strasbourg, July 5–7, 2018)
4. BRAIS Workshop Grants 2018
Following the success of its 2016/17 Workshop Grants scheme, BRAIS will be offering two further grants of up to £1000 in 2018.
The grants aim to provide opportunities to develop original research ideas in any area of Islamic Studies, to disseminate and increase the impact of current cutting-edge research, and to engage early career academics and post-graduate students based in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. For more information about previous workshops, see: http://www.brais.ac.uk/resources/grants/2016-17-winners
All documentation should be submitted in .pdf or .doc files to email@example.com by 5 pm GMT, Friday 14th September 2018.
For more info: http://www.brais.ac.uk/resources/grants
5. Charles Wallace India Trust Fellowship at the British Library
The British Library announces the call for applications to the Charles
Wallace India Trust Fellowship 2018-19. Awarded by the Charles Wallace
India Trust (CWIT), the fellowship will be offered to an early to
mid-career India-based scholar to work at the British Library. This
Fellowship opportunity will involve working with the British Library’s
collections from and relating to South Asia. A team of specialist curators
work on this internationally-important collection of South Asian books,
manuscripts, archives, and visual arts. The Fellowship offers an
opportunity to be based with the curators to learn more about the work of
the British Library. It also provides the chance for hands-on experience
with the collection, to develop curatorial skills.
This year we are inviting applicants who are in the early stages of their
career or who have recently completed their postgraduate studies. There are
five possible themes, outlined below (see website). The best applicant will be selected from across all of them. Whichever their preferred project, the Charles
Wallace India Trust Fellow will get a real sense of the work of the British
Library, and their contribution will make a difference to the delivery of
the Library’s plans for engagement with South Asian collections and
The Fellowship will be for a period of three months, to be completed on or
before 30 April 2019. Funding from the Charles Wallace India Trust will
consist of a contribution of £600 towards international fares and a monthly
living grant of £1500 for accommodation and living costs in London.
The closing date for applications is 13th July.
Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Skype.
Please email your documents to Azadeh.firstname.lastname@example.org
More information is listed on the Charles Wallace website. See: https://www.britishcouncil.in/study-uk/scholarships/charles-wallace-trust/visiting-fellows
6. CIWAS MA in Islamic and West Asian Studies
Call for Applications
Applications are invited for a new MA programme in Islamic and West Asian Studies at Royal Holloway University of London. The programme is a joint initiative of the History Department and the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy, and is attached to Royal Holloway’s Centre for Islamic and West Asian Studies (CIWAS).
Royal Holloway, University of London is based in Egham, Surrey in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London. The MA in Islamic and West Asian Studies is a 12-month taught postgraduate programme designed for students interested in the Islamic and West Asian world, as well as those wishing to pursue either a career in international affairs or further research on Muslim and West Asian communities.
The programme consists of core and methods courses, as well as optional courses offered by the History Department and the School of Politics, International Relations and Philosophy. Students have access to a wide range of postgraduate activities, as well as the many events and facilities that London has to offer, including access to University of London Libraries and the British Library.
Some fee-waiver and maintenance grant scholarships are available. Those wishing to be considered for these should complete their online application, and send a CV and Statement of Purpose (maximum two pages) to email@example.com by 15 July 2018.
For more information about the programme, entry requirements, and the online application please visit:
For inquiries about scholarships please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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