Mississippi is a fascinating state to study in and work towards a PhD. The state houses a series of leading research universities, but they are not always in discussion with each other. State-wide football and educational rivalries can divide the state – especially in the fall. Fantastic digital humanities and digital scholarship goes on in a state which frequently remains the wrong end of people’s jokes when discussing education. Individuals work within R1 universities, but lack the larger network of digital humanists to rely upon for expertise and advise.
With such challenges to overcome, the most sensible solution is to form a state-wide Digital Humanities Collective to pull ideas, resources, and brain power. With that goal in mind, myself and Nickoal Eichmann of MS State, have formed the Mississippi Digital Humanities Collective. We are in the very beginning stages of developing this state-wide initiative, but initial responses indicate wide-spread support. Throughout our own universities (University of Mississippi and Mississippi State), faculty, staff, and graduate students have overwhelmingly declared an interest in such a collaboration. We have created a website to showcase the fascinating work going on in the state of Mississippi. We hope to create a state wide forum for communication, and maybe one day even a state-wide conference. In the mean time, I seek to continue to get feedback and input from my colleagues and fellow DHers whether they live in MS or outside the state.