ImageMAT at Kalamazoo and Montréal, 2012

Christine McWebb, our p.i., and Mónica Ann Walker, our post-doctoral fellow, have recently presented ImageMAT at the 47th International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Western Michigan, and at the 10th International Congress on New Directions in the Humanities, Montréal, respectively. In both presentations, the conceptual idea for the project was set forth before demonstrating the potential applications of ImageMAT as an effective teaching tool in the medieval/early modern literature and culture classroom and as a tool for scholarly research, focusing primarily on the tool’s interoperability with a range of image-based repositories (such as the Roman de la rose database at Johns Hopkins University, the collection of medieval illuminated manuscript in Gallica, Bibliothèque nationale de France, and others). Both presentations were received very positively and a number of people and institutions expressed their desire to participate in the next testing phase.

Postdoctoral fellow announced

imageMAT welcomes Mónica Ann Walker Vadillo to the MARGOT team as a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Humanities. Mónica joins us from Complutense University of Madrid in Spain, where she received her Ph.D in the History of Art. Mónica will provide scholarly leadership and, more generally, add scholarly content to the project site such as manuscript descriptions and blog posts. She will consult on content creation, and assist with the training of graduate students in content creation and be responsible for website moderation.

In addition, Melissa Guenther and Tara Hargrave, both Ph.D candidates in the department of French Studies at the University of Waterloo, as well as Chahinda Ezzat Abdel Kader, Lecturer in the department of French Studies, Cairo University have joined the project. Working with the database of Roman de la rose manuscript miniatures, they are responsible for generating annotations on various aspects of the images. In addition to content creation, this group will be the first users testing the annotation software in its beta version.

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at MARGOT

UPDATE: The application process is now closed.
The MARGOT Annotation Tool project (imageMAT), funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation – Scholarly Communications and Technology Program (2011-2012), invites applications to its 2011 competition for a postdoctoral fellowship. imageMAT offers a one-year postdoctoral fellowship valued at $31,500 + 14% vacation pay and benefits to PhD students in the final year of their program and recent graduates. Applicants must have knowledge in medieval iconography and/or literature and manuscript culture/production. Applicants must also have solid computer skills. The postdoctoral fellow will provide scholarly leadership and, more generally, add scholarly content to the project site such as manuscript descriptions and blog posts. He/she will consult on content creation, and assist the developer and McWebb with the training of graduate students in content creation and be responsible for site moderation.

Knowledge of French would be an asset, but is not required. The award is tenable at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, and is supervised by Christine McWebb. The start date is September 1, 2011.

Applicants must not hold a tenure or tenure-track position or other full-time employment. Fellows are expected to engage in full-time postdoctoral research during the term of the award.

Preference will be given to recent graduates, that is, to graduates applying within five years of receiving their doctoral degree. The awards are not renewable beyond the first year.

Please send a cover letter, current c.v., and the names of three referees by email to:

Christine McWebb
cmcwebb@uwaterloo.ca

Application deadline: 1 June, 2011

Christine McWebb
Associate Professor
Associate Chair, Graduate Studies
Département d’études françaises
ML 337
University of Waterloo
200 University Avenue
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Canada

T.: 519-888-4567×32426
http://margot.uwaterloo.ca