CFP: Employing & Amplifying Rhizomes (EAR) Fellowship 

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Project Directors Karen Mary Davalos, University of Minnesota, and Constance Cortez, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, propose the creation of an intellectual Latinx Digital Humanities (DH) community through monthly virtual meetings and one-on-one conversation with the intent of creating materials that employ and amplify Rhizomes: Mexican American Art since 1848, specifically our portal. 

Mexican American Art Since 1848 is a new portal that aggregates state and national collections of visual art and related documentation. Launching in Sept. 2021, the portal will harvest visual information and documentation from the Digital Public Library of America (11,000+ assets), Calisphere (6,000+ California murals and prints), The Portal to Texas History (2,000+ assets), and the Smithsonian Collections Search Center (24,000+ assets). 

Nominations and queries should be submitted to Self-nominations are welcome. 


Applicants must

Cohort of Latinx individuals who are interested in digital humanities

The seven-month fellowship culminates in the dissemination of new knowledge that aligns with the Digital Humanities (DH) career goals of each EAR Fellow. Our regular meetings create a cohort of Latinx individuals invested in DH, providing mentorship to emerging Latinx DH scholars to enhance their career goals while fostering awareness about Rhizomes and gathering user feedback about the portal. As EAR Fellows they will literally lend us an ear and evaluate the functionality of the portal. EAR Fellows will facilitate and determine the agenda for regular one-hour, virtual meetings that support their perspectives, goals, and proposed projects. 


Each fellow will produce and disseminate knowledge about the portal by writing a 800- to 1,000-word product, including but not limited to a review of Mexican American Art Since 1848, a research essay using the portal, or a lesson plan for elementary, middle school, or high school teachers that is informed by the portal. The final project will align with the EAR Fellows’ career goals and objectives and will be determined in consultation with the Project Leaders. We are open to emergent scholars’ ideas and support exploration of the portal beyond our own disciplinary backgrounds. 


In addition, the fellowship supports amplification of Rhizomes through social media and other DH venues. The EAR Fellowship has multiple purposes:

Terms of Award 

Fellowship Schedule

Six cohort meetings, three one-to-one meetings with project directors, and additional activities

June 21, 2021  Extended to July 12, 2021

July 2021 

Aug. 2021 

Early Sept. 2021 

Mid Sept. 2021

Oct. 2021 

Nov. 2021 

Nov. 2021 - Jan. 2022 

Jan. 31, 2022 

mid-Feb. 2022 

Application Guidelines

Nominations and queries should be submitted to Self-nominations are welcome. Deadline for applications: July 12, 2021 11:59 pm local.

Application components

Evaluation criteria

Reviewers are mindful of inclusive excellence and of how equity and diversity are integral components of merit. We are especially interested in supporting scholars who hail from diverse institutions and groups that are underrepresented in the academy.