Day of NEHC-DH: Digital Scholarship in New England

May 14, 2019

Humanities Institute Conference Room,

University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT




9-9:30 Breakfast and Welcome by Anke Finger (DHMS-UConn)

9:30-11 Session 1: DH at NEHC Institutions (intros, structures, projects, concentrations, stakeholders)

11-12:30 Session 2: Resources (strengths at each institution, needs, networks)


12:30-2:00 Lunch


2-3pm Projects and Goals: what can NEHC-DH do for us? What can we do for NEHC-DH?

3-4pm Breakout session (groups work on defined projects or goals)

4-5pm Discussion and next-steps for NEHC-DH


6pm Dinner at local restaurant

Apply Now for Faculty of Color Working Group Inaugural Symposium


New England Humanities Consortium is thrilled to announce the Mellon-funded, Faculty of Color Working Group Symposium on May 10, 2019, at Wheaton College, in Norton, Massachusetts.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation and New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), The recently formed Faculty of Color Working Group (FCWG) invites applications for a one-day, inaugural symposium at Wheaton College, MA, on May 10, 2019.

The climate of race, gender, sexuality, and class-based inhumanity in the United States and abroad disproportionately affects communities of color in their work lives, social relations, and health. In academe, despite the professional status achieved by people of color, these politics often play a significant role in their professional development opportunities (or lack thereof), job security, compensation, working environment, and health.

To respond to these issues and challenges, the Faculty of Color Working Group, part of the Mellon-funded New England Humanities Consortium (NEHC), currently invites applicants for the FCWG’s first symposium. We believe it will promote supportive professional networks and create cross-disciplinary mentorship opportunities.

This one-day symposium will feature multiple opportunities to participate in an array of interactive and networking sessions, including:

  1. Navigating Tenure and Promotion Processes
  2. Publishing Strategies including Public, Engaged, or Applied Scholarship
  3. Negotiating Institutional Politics
  4. Negotiating Demands Across the Academic Life Course
  5. Administrative Career Paths
  6. Networking and Mentoring Strategies
  7. Excellence in Teaching Practice

Confirmed Speakers include:

Courtney Berger Duke U Press
Crystal Williams Boston University
Pawan Dhingra Amherst College
Floyd Cheung Smith College
Renee White Wheaton College
Patricia Matthew Montclair State University

Please note that space will be limited to ensure a high level of interaction among all participants.


Symposium fellows will receive a $350 stipend to defray individual costs of travel. Lodging and most meals are provided. The symposium is open to faculty of all ranks.


Interested individuals should submit a brief letter of application outlining what the applicant hopes to gain by attending the workshop as well as a 2 to 3-page, abbreviated Curriculum Vitae.  Please submit your materials at: by April 2, 2019. To ensure proper receipt of your application you must put “FCWG SYMPOSIUM” in the subject line of your email. All fellows will be asked to complete a questionnaire relevant to planning the symposium and for identifying specific FCWG priorities moving forward. Please distribute this call widely to appropriate potential applicants and feel free to direct inquiries to Cathy Schlund-Vials ( and Melina Pappademos (

Day of NEHC-DH at UConn

DHMS at the UConn Humanities Institute will be hosting the first “Day of NEHC-DH” on May 14 at UConn.

One aim of the meeting in May is to identify from each of the 11 member institutions at least one representative to serve as a core member of our initial NEHC-DH working group. Our long-term goal is to build on the NEHC’s existing strengths by developing a solid network of DH practitioners in New England and a shared digital repository featuring collaborative, interdisciplinary research and instruction

More details and a schedule are forthcoming.

Touba Ghadessi at Wheaton

Touba Ghadessi, Associate Professor of Art History and Associate Provost at Wheaton College, will talk about her recently published book, Portraits of Human Monsters in the Renaissance: Dwarves, Hirsutes, and Castrati as Idealized Anatomical Anomalies. It focuses on the ways in which human difference has been historically represented, categorized, and interpreted in various Italian and French courts of the Renaissance. 

The talk will be available for viewing via Livestream.
The event is also open to the public, in person, at in the Holman Room of Mary Lyon Hall at Wheaton College (calendar details).

Researchers at URI seeking collaborators

Researchers at the University of Rhode Island are seeking possible collaborators; these collaborations may apply for NEHC seed grant funding. They are particularly interested in the following topics:


  • How to change fish-eating habits
  • Connecting jazz and philosophy
  • Radiation and cover ups

Interested researchers at NEHC member institutions should contact Annu Palakunnathu Matthew at for more details.

Posted in URI

2019 Call for Proposals of the Thomas Jefferson Fund

The 2019 Call for Proposals of the Thomas Jefferson Fund is open until March 5, 2019 | 12:00pm (midday) EST.

This program, launched by the Embassy of France in the United States and the FACE Foundation, aims to encourage and support cooperation among the most promising young French and American researchers, and foster forward-looking collaborative research projects.

Each selected French-American project will receive up to $20,000 over a period of two years.

Applications are accepted in the three following fields: Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS), Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Science for Society (interdisciplinary STEM-HSS projects).

In support of the Make Our Planet Great Again Initiative launched by President Emmanuel Macron in June 2017, the Thomas Jefferson Fund is offering additional grants this year for research projects related to Earth System Science, Climate Change and Sustainability, and Energy Transition.

Interested parties are invited to get more information and to apply here:

An Interview with Laurie Essig

Laurie Essig is Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Middlebury College. On February 14, she will be giving an NEHC-sponsored talk at Northeastern University. In anticipation of this event, Matt Guariglia asked Professor Essig a few questions.

First, I was wondering if you could tell us a little bit about your current project and what it is you’ll be lecturing about. 

My latest book — out this week — is Love, Inc. Dating Apps, the Big White Wedding, and Chasing the Happily Neverafter (UC Press). Love, Inc. argues that in the US we have turned to romance with a vengeance in the past several decades. In part that is because romance gives us hope for a better future. All we have to do is meet “the one” (and have the most spectacular engagement, the perfect wedding, and the most romantic honeymoon) and then we too can live happily ever after. Even as most Americans became poorer and the world begins to come to terms with the effects of global climate change, romance promises that tomorrow can be safe and secure. I’ll be talking about why romance is so central to capitalism, particularly the sort of neoliberal capitalism that took hold in the 1980s and why we believe in the promise of romance even though we know deep down love is not all we need.

The name of the lecture series is “Times Up: What now?” do you have any thoughts about what direction you would like to see the current movement headed in?

I think Time’s Up for fantasizing about a privatized future, one where we are safe and secure in a castle on a hill with our Prince/ss Charming. The truth is we can no longer imagine our futures as individual projects as the polar vortex and monster storms bear down on us. We can no longer imagine ourselves finding financial well-being by getting saved by Prince Charming (or a Vampire named Edward Cullen or whatever the current fantasies are). Instead, we need to pay attention to structure, to history and to economy before it’s too late. Or maybe it already is and it’s just the romantic in me that imagines there might somehow be more time to get things right.

The talk you are giving focuses on the love industry and digital dating, in an era where we are all having this heightened conversation about gender and power, do you see these technologies and industries unbalancing some of the dynamics or reinforcing them? 

I don’t think technologies per se are more or less misogynist or racist, but rather because racism and misogyny are so prevalent on social media platforms, it seems more “normalized” like it really is “#yesallmen” and “#yesallwhitepeople.” This certainly can start to see normal on dating platforms. Just look at Tinder and Grindr and being racist and sexist (and fat phobic and ageist and ablest, etc.) starts to seem depressingly widespread. And the platforms themselves have done little to regulate this kind of profile. But I am heartened by the fact that users (often women and/or people of color) are getting together to fight back with their own forms of public shaming like “Douchebags of Grindr” and “Bye Felipe” where the kind of men who create toxic cultures on dating apps are called out for it.

You’re giving this talk across a number of NEHC campuses, do you find particular value in getting this message to college students? Do you think the NEHC model of giving talks at multiple regional institutions allows you to think and address these issues in a new or intriguing way? 

What’s been fun is talking to students about all this. For two decades I have been teaching a course on the Sociology of Heterosexuality and my students always complain that I have destroyed their childhoods and their fantasies for the future. But I always point out that all of them will go off and have a big white wedding and a diamond ring anyway because that’s the power of hegemonic ideology. But I like to think that they at least learn to resist and subvert some of the conventions of romance and maybe, just maybe, they are paying a lot more attention to how to healthcare for all or forgive student loan debt than what kind of flowers they’ll have on their big day. The other interesting thing is that I have been talking to students at Tufts and Dartmouth about my other work on queerness in Russia (something that I have been doing for nearly three decades now). It’s kind of the polar opposite of a wedding: widespread homophobia and violence. And yet, I think it’s really important to point out how in both the US and Russia, sexuality is central to our notions of citizenship and being a patriot and so in some ways the pressure to engage in the rituals and costs of romance is intertwined with violence and hatred of those who refuse to participate.