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Virtual Residencies: Plant Humanities Lab

June 14–24 | Two-week virtual faculty residencies to facilitate the integration of the Plant Humanities Lab and associated resources into curricula related to plants and people.

Residents

The Plant Humanities Initiative at Dumbarton Oaks, with generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, invites applications for two-week virtual faculty residencies in June 2021. The residencies are designed to facilitate the integration of the Plant Humanities Lab, and associated resources developed by the Plant Humanities Initiative, into curricula related to plants and people. We welcome applications from teachers at two- and four-year colleges and universities who are interested in integrating primary and digital sources on plants into their teaching. Participants will receive a stipend of $800 for their participation.

The residency will include an asynchronous component (June 14–18) followed by four days of synchronous seminars and workshops (June 21–24). The total time commitment for the synchronous events will be 10–12 hours. A draft schedule can be found below. During the week of June 21–24, participants will attend group demos and seminars as well as an individual session with the Plant Humanities team to workshop a module or syllabus that incorporates the Plant Humanities Lab and related sources.

Applicants are invited to submit a résumé and one-page statement of interest and description of their teaching needs to PlantHumanities@doaks.org by May 21. Participants will be notified by May 28.

 

More Information

The Plant Humanities Lab is an innovative digital space that supports the interdisciplinary study of plants from the various perspectives of the arts, sciences, and humanities. In its current first phase, the site contains 15 visual essays on plants with rich cultural histories that can be used to introduce students to different perspectives on plant-human interactions, from economic, medicinal, and ornamental uses to the role of indigenous knowledges and colonial botany. The visual essay tool demonstrates how primary sources (such as herbarium specimens and botanical illustrations) can be integrated within narratives that also draw on large databases such as JSTOR and the Biodiversity Heritage Library to tell complex and engaging stories about plants. Students can use the Lab’s search interface to mine these digital repositories for information, and the visual essay tool to create their own narratives and presentations.

The residency will include an asynchronous component of recorded demos explaining the functionality of the Plant Humanities Lab, followed by a week of synchronous seminars and information sessions. During the first week, June 14–18, participants will familiarize themselves with digital resources developed for the Plant Humanities Lab in their own time. During the week of June 21–24, participants will be introduced to case studies of how the Lab can be integrated into specific teaching modules (e.g., on plants and empire, plants and evolution, food and culture, plants in art) and the basic digital skills required to create a visual essay using Juncture, the open-access essay tool developed by our collaborators at JSTOR Labs. Participants will also be introduced to bibliographic and digital resources that support the study of plants. The residency will include a forum where faculty will share information about their teaching and classroom needs and discuss ways to integrate the Plant Humanities Lab and related resources into their curriculum. For us, this will be a valuable opportunity to receive feedback from faculty on how we can improve and develop this digital platform.

 

Residents

Blakley

Christopher M. Blakley

Occidental College

Kyra N. Krakos

Kyra N. Krakos

Maryville University

Alicia L. Monroe

Alicia L. Monroe

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Romita Ray

Romita Ray

Syracuse University

Sumana Roy

Sumana Roy

Ashoka University

Ashanti Shih

Ashanti Shih

Wellesley College

Leah Sobsey

Leah Sobsey

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Citlali Sosa-Riddell

Citlali Sosa-Riddell

Los Angeles Pierce College

Amy E. Traver

Amy E. Traver

Queensborough Community College, City University of New York