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Ethnography Workshop Graduate Assistant Application 2020-21

Graduate Assistant Application
The Ethnography Workshop
Due: June 15, 2020, by noon EST.

I. Position Description

The primary responsibility of the Workshop’s GA will be the daily coordination of the Workshop. The GA serves as the connection point between Workshop faculty, graduate student fellows, and the Humanities Unbounded administrative and support staff.

The Workshop events for the 2020-2021 year will take place in the midst of the continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 global pandemic.  We hope to organize events that engage in deeper, reflective dialogue about the human, social, and political implications of COVID-19 for the Duke and Durham communities, and for the places and people where we do our anthropological work. We want to consider what our COVID moment means now for the doing of Ethnography, as borders close down, new surveillance regimes emerge, new forms of racism and anti-immigrant populisms intensify, and everyday life is even further mediated by screen time, as we to teach, organize, communicate, and do fieldwork through Zoom and other forms of platform capitalism. What new forms of Ethnography are emerging to document, record, theorize, and tell stories about our present moment? We are particularly looking for applicants who want to work with us to think through these and other issues related to the doing of Ethnography in this historical juncture. 

Specific duties (~10 hours/week) may include:

  • Maintain timely communication with Workshop faculty, Humanities Unbounded staff, and staff in Friedl Building;
  • Attend regular Workshop meetings with faculty and occasional meetings with Humanities Unbounded staff as needed;
  • Participate in Workshop events and activities;
  • Work with the Humanities Unbounded staff to provide administrative coverage for Workshop events;
  • Coordinate with the Workshop’s graduate student fellows to implement the Graduate Colloquium (one colloquium per semester);
  • Design and implement public events for courses embedded in the Workshop (two courses in AY 2020-2021, one event each); and
  • Assist in drafting periodic activity reports for the Humanities Unbounded Steering Committee.
  • Work to establish an archive and website on Workshop activities.
  • Establish and maintain a list of resources on ethnography in the time of COVID.

The GA position carries a stipend of $6,100 per semester, plus fringe.

II. Application: Please fill in the requested details below, and send it to EthnographyWorkshop@duke.edu by noon on JUNE 15, 2020.

1) Name:

2) Year in Program (as of Fall 2020):

3) In 2-3 paragraphs, please share your interest in the GA position. In addition, please address the following two questions:

  • What skills and interests do you have related to ethnography, and what skills and interests would you like to develop to achieve the aims of the Workshop?
  • The Workshop’s GA will have the opportunity to implement a public activity/event related to the aims of the Workshop via its embedded courses (on topics including ethnographic writing, ethnographic practice, and multimodal/multimedia ethnography). What activity do you envision carrying out?

Ethnography Workshop Organizers for 2020-2021:

Anne Allison, Department of Cultural Anthropology
Yun Emily Wang, Department of Music
Ralph Litzinger, Department of Cultural Anthropology


Digital Humanities Research Assistant (Remote)

Part-time, Summer 2020

We seek a graduate student research assistant, previously trained in digital humanities and/or documentary studies, to participate in the creation of a digital archive and online exhibition of the Duke University School of Medicine’s annual Medical Student/Faculty Show. This is a PAID opportunity and alll work can be conducted remotely. This assistantship follows a year-long research project, funded by Duke AHEAD, to study the impact of the 2020 Medical Student/Faculty Show using a mixed methods approach. Our focused research question has been: what are the impacts of the annual Medical Student/Faculty Show on the academic performance (students), psychosocial well-being, resilience and attitudes of student and faculty participants and non-participants?

In addition to academic student performance data, this research project generated numerous contemporary digital artifacts throughout the project-year and connected the research team to archival materials from past shows, including materials from the Medical Center Archives. We seek a research assistant to help us assemble a digital archive and create an online exhibition showcasing the decades-long history of this annual Medical Student/Faculty Show. If possible, we would also aim to create a short documentary video describing the history of the show and highlighting the research process we have undertaken in pursuit of our current academic study.

We are looking for a graduate student who can commit to up to 20 hours per week for the summer of 2020 (May  15-August 15).

Research team:

Deborah Engle, School of Medicine, Medical Education

Taji Phillips, MSc-GH 2020, Duke Global Health Institute

Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute and Department of Cultural Anthropology

Leonard White, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

Direct supervisors:

Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute and Department of Cultural Anthropology

Leonard White, School of Medicine, Department of Neurology

RA duties and responsibilities:

Work up to 20 hours per week; however, hours are very flexible. Weekly WebEx meetings.

Duties: Lead and execute all aspects of research, documentation, curation, and implementation necessary to create a digital archive of research materials, an online exhibit and possibly a short film.

Specific skills required:

Experience with digital humanities is required. For example, novel approaches to digital storytelling combining 2020 ethnographic data (interviews and direct observation) with archival materials from Duke Medical Center Archives (photos and ephemera); creative ideas for digital museum exhibits (OMEKA and metadata skills), etc. Experience with website design is required (HTML, WordPress, etc).

Previous experience with qualitative data analysis, such as interviewing, memoing, codebooks, coding, and applied thematic analysis is desirable. In addition to digital humanities computer skills, the research assistant will also need familiarity with productivity software such as Microsoft Office (proficiency with Word and PowerPoint) and research software such as Zotero, DukeBox, GoogleDocs. Previous experience with NVivo software is desirable.

Strong written and oral communication skills. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Ability to work well both independently and as a team member. Fluency with other online technologies such as social media platforms (Twitter, Instagram) would be an asset.

Academic outputs and dissemination:

Our expectations are that the research assistant will be a co-author on all products related to the digital component of this research project.

Salary/Contact:

RA salary is to be determined within a range, as determined by Executive Vice Provost. Please contact Kearsley Stewart to learn more and to arrange for an advance interview.  k.stewart@duke.edu


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