"Massively Multiplayer Humanities" PhD Student Certification Program
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"Massively Multiplayer Humanities" PhD Student Certification Program

"Massively Multiplayer Humanities" PhD Student Certification Program

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We are seeking Stanford PhD students in the Humanities and Social Sciences interested in:

- Acquiring hands-on, practice-based skills in collections-based teaching

- Getting to know colleagues and the inside workings of Special Collections and the Stanford University Libraries – and how they think about acquiring and using collections

- Partaking in a groundbreaking pedagogical pilot in archives-based learning, called "Massively Multiplayer Humanities"


The certification program will take place over two days:

- Friday, January 13, 9am to 1pm

- Friday, January 20, 9am to 1pm

During the first of these sessions, students will learn about basic archival handling techniques, usage guidelines, security issues, principles of archival organization, and bibliographic literacy around Special Collections materials, along with an insider’s tour of Special Collections. During the second, students will partake in a hands-on session using Special Collections materials, with a class session enactment that demonstrates the program’s concepts.

Students who complete both days of the training will be eligible for certification by Special Collections, enabling them to conduct in-archive classes without normal supervision (subject to further review by colleagues in Special Collections and the Stanford University Libraries).


You will learn the following skills:

- Selection and curation of archival documents for teaching purposes

- Handling of Special Collections materials in an instructional context

- Special Collections’ cataloging and organizational principles

- Guiding undergraduates in their encounter with the uncertainties and joys of archival work

- Assisting undergraduate students in developing their own research questions and building compelling arguments grounded in primary sources

- Leading undergraduates through the hands-on experience of knowledge production in Historical and other archival/primary source-based disciplines


The 2-part session is free and open to PhD students in all Humanities and Social Sciences disciplines.

- REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED and we expect the 12 slots to fill up quickly.

- To be eligible for certification, you must attend both sessions.

- For those attending both days, please register separately for each session (so we have an accurate attendance count).

- It is permitted to attend only the January 13 session. However, in order to attend the January 20 "hands-on" session, you must have attended on January 13.


The “Massively Multiplayer Humanities” (MMH) pilot, supported by VPTL, seeks to mobilize Stanford’s invaluable reservoir of archival resources and expertise in service of a new model for archives-based undergraduate teaching for large-format lecture courses.


For more information about the training session and MMH, please contact Tom Mullaney (tsmullaney@stanford.edu ) or Henry Lowood (lowood@stanford.edu).

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