By Mary Balkun
This session will introduce attendees to a newly created organization (September 2016) dedicated to advancing the digital humanities in New Jersey: The New Jersey Digital Humanities Consortium. Created in the spirit of collaboration between universities and digital humanities programs, centers, and initiatives throughout the state, the NJDHC is modelled on similar consortia in New York, Massachusetts, Florida, and Texas, to name a few. The NJDHC is a partnership between Seton Hall University, Rutgers University, Montclair State University, Drew University, Princeton University, and Stockton University. Centenary College was recently added as a participating member. The NJDHC is dedicated to advancing both digital teaching and research, as well as promoting the humanities in a digital landscape. The consortium’s primary objective is to provide a forum for collaboration at many levels. The goals, which were articulated at our first meeting in September 2016, include sharing of materials, workshops, and speaker events in a time of limited resources; fostering inter-institutional communication and awareness of projects, whether new or long standing; cooperating on grants that will benefit the digital humanities both institutionally and more broadly; and providing avenues that enable and support various forms of collaboration–faculty to faculty, faculty to student, and student to student–at the participating colleges and universities. In this Spark! session we will give a brief history of the creation and purpose of the consortium, a quick snapshot of the projects at the member institutions, the current organizational structure, and our plans for moving forward. The goal of the sessions is to make people aware of this new resource for those involved in the digital humanities, to showcase the advantages of this kind of collaborative venture, and to encourage membership from additional institutions or individual faculty members.