1) Is being a Vivero Fellow a paid position?
Yes! Vivero Fellows are expected to work eight to ten hours a week during the term, for which they will be compensated at the rate of $9.50 an hour.
2) I’m interested in being a Vivero Fellow, but I have no experience with the digital liberal arts. Can I still apply?
Yes! Having prior experience working on a digital liberal arts project is not a pre-requisite. Nor is having a strong technical background. What’s most important to us is that Vivero Fellows be comfortable and willing to experiment and play with new hardwares and softwares, and that they have an aptitude for sharing this knowledge with others. We will help to get you started through the summer bootcamp, but Fellows will also be expected to have the self-initiative and self-motivation to learn more on their own, whether it be through College resources, each other, and/or the wider digital liberal arts community.
3) Can you explain more about the summer bootcamp?
All Vivero Fellows will be required to attend an intensive summer bootcamp in the digital liberal arts during the last week before classes, scheduled for August 20-24, 2018. Fellows will be compensated for their time at the bootcamp, as well as housed and fed. Fellows will only be financially responsible for their transportation to campus. If this poses a hardship, please consult with one of the co-leads. The Co-Leads will teach the majority of the bootcamp, but external speakers as well as other members of the Grinnell digital liberal arts community will also be brought in. The content of the bootcamp will be a combination of discussions of foundational readings in the digital humanities and skill sessions on common digital scholarship methods and tools. And a lot of fun!
4) Who can apply for Vivero?
Vivero is open to all undergraduates except current fourth-years. Accepted Fellows commit to a term one year at a time, but we hope that many will opt to continue for a second year, graduation date permitting. Digital scholarship takes time, particularly if Fellows are working on long-term projects. Moreover, Fellows will have the opportunity to present their research at academic conferences, which also requires longer term commitment to the program.
You can apply to Vivero if you are planning on studying abroad, but you must be able to attend the bootcamp if accepted.
5) What is digital scholarship? What are the digital liberal arts? What is digital humanities?
That’s a great question! There is no one unifying definition of digital humanities. There is, in fact, an extensive and on-going debate over the definition of digital humanities. Part I of the 2012 edition of Debates in Digital Humanities is a good place to start. At Grinnell, we prefer to refer to it as the digital liberal arts, a term William Pannapacker described in 2013. Vivero is committed to pursuing a critical and transformative digital scholarship that has been heavily influenced by Miriam Posner and the #transformdh movement.