Digital Humanities (grad level)

This is rough outline of the syllabus with readings/sections. I ran this course with it’s own blog and under Chatham House rules, so I need to pull materials over here (as time allows). Big h/t to courses by Jentery Sayers and Johanna Drucker, which were models for this course.

Section 1: History of Humanities Computing, Digital Humanities, and Digital History,

To Read:
• Lisa Spiro “Getting Started in the Digital Humanities”
• Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth “The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction“
• Jaime Skye Bianco, “This Digital Humanities Which Is Not One” in Gold (pp 96-112)
• Mark Sample, “A Digital Hornbook for the Digital Humanities?”
• Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzwig, “The History Web”
• Daniel J. Cohen, Michael Frisch, Patrick Gallagher, Steven Mintz, Kirsten Sword, Amy Murrell Taylor, William G. Thomas III and W. J. Turkel. “Interchange: The Promise of Digital History.”

To Do:
Please introduce yourself with a blog post and tell us briefly (2-3 sentences) about your experience of digital technologies (what you use, know about, want to use and to what ends). Then imagine a digital project that you would want to develop; this might entail reviewing existing work, conducting new research, or making a new creative-analytic project. Write a short, informal post of 300-500 words and post to the blog.

Section 2: Analyzing Digital Projects: front-end,” “back-end,” & processes in the middle

To Read:
Johanna Drucker “Analysis of Digital Projects”
Johanna Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory”

To Do:
Exercises in the “Analysis” reading and a weekly blog post

Section 3: “Crawling” and “Authoring” – structures of data, markup, and media

To Read:
• A Gentle Introduction to Metadata
• Drucker “HTML and Structured Data”
• Drucker “Classification Systems”
• Wiley Introduction to Search Engines and Navigation (this is the link to the PDF of the whole book, please read Ch 1, 2, 4, and 9)

To Do:
Blog post prompt: that’s a lot of information about the web and classification structures, what elements are going to be most relevant to your work going forward. What questions/challenges do those elements raise for the kind of work you want to do?

Section 4: “Crawling” and “Authoring” continued

To Read:
• Drucker “Ontologies and Metadata”
• A Gentle Introduction to TEI
• Juola, P. “Killer applications in digital humanities.” Literary and Linguistic Computing, 23(1), 73-83. killerAppsinDH
• NEH Office of Digital Humanities Programs and Guidelines

To Do:
Weekly reading response blog post – (moved) please spend one hour exploring one of the authoring tools described in today’s readings and include your impressions in your post
NB: Begin researching DH projects for presentations!

Section 5 Critical Making: computational poetics, desktop fab, & physical computing
9/22 and 9/29 (No CLASS 9/24 JW at UKansas Digital Forum

To Read:
Henry Jenkins, “Critical Making, Social Media, and DIY Citizenship”
Jentery Sayers, Jeremy Boggs, and Devon Elliott, “Made to Make” (use the right/left arrows to move through presentation)
Devon Elliott, Robert MacDougall and W. J. Turkel. “New Old Things: Fabrication, Physical Computing, and Experiment in Historical Practice.”

To Do: Spend one hour exploring one of the authoring tools described in last week’s readings and write a blog post (due this Thursday) and then take some time to tinker (at least an hour) with the mobile FabLab in the NexusLab and include your impressions/reflections/experiences in your second post (next Thursday).

Thursday 10/1 Guest conversation with Jentery Sayers and Nina Belojvic re: making

Section 6 Code Cultures

To Read:
• Wendy Chun, “Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory”
• Annette Vee, “Coding Values” in Enculturation
• Tara McPherson, “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White…?” in Gold
• Lisa Nakamura, “Indigenous Circuits” (if you’re not on campus, access through Project Muse via Library)

To Do:
“DHPoCo” and other efforts to draw attention to issues of accessibility, exclusion, and privilege within DH and within digital cultural more generally are the topic for this week’s blog post. Introduce us to a favorite intervention on behalf of accessibility, inclusion, equity, etc by crafting an assignment that would require students (you pick the level) to engage or discover said intervention. Write it up for the blog and please include goals, expected outcomes, and modes of assessment.

Research on your own (aka – no class, fall break +)

Section 7 Collaborative Spaces –information portals, wikis, and documentation

Lauren Orsini: GitHub for Beginners: Don’t Get Scared, Get Started
Claire Warwick et al, “Documentation and the Users of Digital Resources in the Humanities”

Section 8 Databases and Big Data – database, data storage/retrieval, HPC

To Read:
Michael Witmore, “Text: A Massively Addressable Object” in Gold
and the PMLA debate on Whitman as database literature (here’s the Folsom,
and you can see the responses in the cited issue of PMLA)
Melissa Terras, “The Potential and Problems in using High Performance Computing in the Arts and Humanities”

To Do
Big data isn’t new and it’s not just for the humanities (!). Locate a popular media account of “big data” and write up a short synopsis of the article and its subject(s); help us think through the rhetorics of the piece. Be sure to include links where relevant.

Section 9 Visualizing Information – digital maps and distant reading

Guest Discussant: Dr. Joshua MacFadyen
To Read:
Franco Moretti from Graphs, Maps, and Trees (just Graphs) (graphs maps trees)

***I screwed up and didn’t get everything up until late, so focus on the Moretti for Tuesday***
What is the Spatial Turn? (read both intro and browse through sections, please see also Projects and Groups)
Richard White, “Spatial History”

To Do:
In your weekly blog post, please introduce the class to one or more spatializing projects in the humanities.

Section 10 Data Mining/Modeling and Text Analysis

No Class 11/10 or 11/12 JW Presenting at 4S and at University of Michigan Archives conference

11/17 11/19
Guest Discussant: Dr. Michael Simeone
To Read:
Mills Kelly, “Visualizing Millions of Words” in Gold
To Do:
For your blog post, please also include two well-formed queries or questions based on the readings.

Section 11 Digital Playing – video archives, digital performance, & game spaces

11/24 and 12/1 (No Class on Thanksgiving)
To Read:
Liz Losh, “What can the digital humanities learn from feminist game studies?”
and “Play, Things, Rules, and Information: Hybridizing Learning in the Digital University”
IFTR “Digital Humanities in Theater and Performance Research”
Global Shakespeare Project and the Video Archive

To Do:
select one of the web-based games discussed in the readings (and available as a hyperlinked list on the blog) and play for at least one hour. Include your reflections in your blog post.

Section 12 Proposal Presentations

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