The ominous Friday the 13th was the day all academic job seekers in MLA fields await with nervous anticipation: the annual opening of the Job Information List (JIL), a repository of job ads updated weekly for another, ever-lengthening, season of job searches. A quick search of Twitter keywords “JIL” and “MLAJIL” indicates unsurprising dissatisfaction for the number of jobs available, unsustainable numbers for a pool of job seekers still recovering from the post-2008 job market meltdown, to say nothing of the challenges that existed before 2008. Conventional wisdom and personal experience suggest that more job ads will be forthcoming, given delays in administrative approval of lines that seem to get longer every year. Yet, if the first round of posted jobs is any indicator, it’s business as usual in the 21st-century corporate university. Continue reading Where Have All the DH Jobs Gone?
Over the past few months, I have had the chance to collaborate with a number of insightful scholars around issues of social media and public scholarship. One of the fruits of such collaborations is a panel proposal for the Digital Humanities 2013 conference in Lincoln, Nebraska next summer. While we’re still waiting to hear about the status of our panel for that particular conference, we hope it will find voice sooner rather than later. Continue reading Digital Humanities: Egalitarian or the New Elite?