Archive for February, 2009

Mellon lecture series: A Cultural Pre-History of Environmentalism

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

Just heard about this upcoming lecture series from the UCLA English Department.  To view the flyer, click the image below.  Or for more information, click here.A Cultural Pre-History of Environmentalism

The Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts

Friday, February 13th, 2009

The Chronicle for Higher Education posted a story in the Wired Campus column about UCLA English Department faculty member Matthew Fisher’s new project creating a Catalogue of Digitized Medieval Manuscripts. The Chronicle article is available online at

You can find the Catalogue itself at

Digital humanities fellowship opportunity – Vectors

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

 If you have a digital humanities project up your sleeve, here is an opportunity for you.  Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular is an open access, multi-media humanities journal produced by USC and published by Open Humanities Press.

The University of Southern California’s Institute for Multimedia Literacy and the electronic journal Vectors are pleased to announce a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Program for summer 2009 designed to foster innovative multimedia research. Titled “Broadening the Digital Humanities,” the Institute will offer scholars the opportunity to explore the benefits of interactive media for scholarly analysis and authorship, illustrating the possibilities of multimodal media for humanities investigation. Fellows participating in the program will learn both by engaging with a variety of existing projects as well as through the production of their own project in collaboration with the Vectors-IML team. The projects fellows create will at once enrich their own understanding of the digital humanities and model the field for other scholars. Select projects will be published in Vectors.

For more information, please visit our submissions page at

Best wishes,
The Vectors Journal

19th century UK pamplets in JSTOR

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

I don’t usually tell scholars to go search JSTOR for something.  Generally speaking, things that are stored in JSTOR show up in searches done in other databases or catalogs and then our handy UC-eLinks service sends you to JSTOR to get the text in question.  JSTOR is definitely good for browsing academic journals, and for certain areas of study it may well be a decent place to search, but you must remember that it doesn’t contain the most recent 5 years of publication.

That said, JSTOR just announced that it is providing University of California Libraries free access to its new 19th Century British Pamphlets collection until June 30, 2009.  This pamphlet collection includes the Cowen Tracts (1603-1898), the (John) Hume Tracts (1769-1949) and the Knowsley Pamphlet Collection (1792-1868).  If you want to browse the pamphlet collection, you can open JSTOR and just type in the name of the collection in the search box.  For example, type “Hume tracts” in the search box to see documents in this collection.  Alternatively, you can open this link  in JSTOR if you are connected to the UCLA network.  Doing so will give you a list of the JSTOR collections that UCLA folks can access.