Proposed Schedule

This schedule should be considered a living document that is subject to change. We will iterate on this plan together as a class cohort, as this seminar should serve the needs of those participating. Canvas links are open only to those enrolled in the course.

Week 1 — January 19

What are the Digital Humanities?

We will work through definitions, examples, and the state of the field. We will discuss existing overlaps and tensions across Digital Humanities, Public Humanities, Digital Pedagogy, and Open Science / open research.

Lab: Discord and setting up accounts

Readings for next week:

  • Risam, Roopika. “Double and Triple Binds: The Barriers to Computational Ethnic Studies.” Computational Humanities, edited by Jessica M. Johnson, David Mimno, and Lauren Tilton, University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.
  • Tagliaferri, Lisa. “Humanistic and Technological Endeavors: Re-centering Innovation within the Humanities.” Computational Humanities, edited by Jessica M. Johnson, David Mimno, and Lauren Tilton, University of Minnesota Press, forthcoming.
  • Schroeder, Robyn. “The Rise of the Public Humanists.” Doing Public Humanities, edited by Susan Smulyan, Routeledge, 2020.
  • McGrath, Jim. “Podcasts and public history.” History@Work, 2019.
  • Corbett, Hillary. (2017). “Out of the archives and into the world: ETDs and the consequences of openness.” In Kevin L. Smith & Katherine A. Dickson (Eds.), Open access and the future of scholarly communication: Implementation (pp. 187-202). Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Week 2 — January 26

The public humanities and open source

What does it mean to be a public scholar and what does it mean to do open research?

Lab: Introduction to Markdown, Static Sites and Git

Readings for next week:

Week 3 — February 2

Digital impermanence: the web, repositories, stability, and authority

The Internet Archive, the rise of code, the sustainability of digital humanities, and how to do research when so much of digital knowledge production is ephemeral.

Lab: Web development continued, an introduction to the Humanities Commons, setting up public scholarly profiles

Readings for next week:

  • Zweibel, Stephen; Smyth, Patrick. “DH Box and Access in the Digital Humanities.” dh+lib, 2017.
  • Gil, Alex; Ortega, Élika. “Global outlooks in digital humanities: Multilingual practices and minimal computing.” Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, Research, edited by Constance Crompton, Richard J. Lane, Ray Siemens, Routledge, 2016.
  • Lingel, Jessa. “The Big Problems of Big Tech.” The Gentrification of the Internet: How to Reclaim Our Digital Freedom, University of California Press, 2021.
  • Dunbar-Hester, Christina. “Putting Lipstick on a GNU? Representations and Its Discontents.” Hacking Diversity: The Politics of Inclusion in Open Technology Cultures, Princeton University Press, 2020.

Week 4 — February 9

Computational humanities

Should humanists learn to code? What does humanistic software look like?

Lab: Introduction to the Linux terminal

Readings for next week:

  • Hall, Crystal. “Digital Humanities and Italian Studies: Intersections and Oppositions.” Italian Culture, 37:2, 97-115, 2019.
  • Alpert-Abrams, Hannah. “Machine Reading the Primeros Libros.” Digital Humanities Quarterly, Volume 10 Number 4, 2016.
  • Bergenmar, Jenny; Leppänen, Katarina. “Gender and Vernaculars in Digital Humanities and World Literature.” NORA - Nordic Journal of Feminist and Gender Research, 25:4, 232-246, 2017.
  • Toner, Gregory; Han, Xiwu. “Dating Texts: Principles and Methods.” Language and Chronology: Text Dating by Machine Learning, Brill, 2019.

Week 5 — February 16

The complexity of humanities data

The challenges of working with historical data, non-digital data, messy data. The challenges of multilingualism and non-textual data in an anglo- and literacy-centric field.

Lab: Linux automation and searching

Readings for next week:

  • W. E. B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America (selections). Princeton Architectural Press, 2018.
  • Marchese, Francis T. “Medieval Information Visualization.” IEEE VIS 2013, Atlanta, GA.

Week 6 — February 23

Data analysis and visualization

The history of data visualization. How to visualize data in the humanities.

Lab: Jupyter Notebooks, introductory data analysis with Python

Readings for next week:

Week 7 — March 2

Cultural and social networks

Visualizing and understanding historical networks, current social networks, and academic conferences.

Lab: Setting up a Python programming environment, intro to networking tools

Readings for next week:

Week 8 — March 9

Digital book history, digital archives, digital editions

What is the place of book history, archives, and editions in Digital Humanities? How do digital avenues to materials both enable and resist access?

Lab: Working with text files in Python and Python I/O

Readings for Week 10:

Week 9 — March 16

No class — Spring recess

Week 10 — March 23

Digital pedagogy

What Digital Humanities are relevant to the undergraduate classroom? How can we use digital tools to support humanistic education? How can the Public Humanities drive engagement in the classroom?

Lab: Design a class activity that features a Digital Humanities tool

Readings for next week:

  • Svensson, Patrik. “Humanities Infrastructure.” Big Digital Humanities. University of Michigan Press, 2016.
  • Roh, David S. “The DH Bubble: Startup Logic, Sustainability, and Performativity.” Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019, edited by Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Week 11 — March 30

Digital humanities project management

Creating projects at disciplinary crossroads. Can humanistic software development be informed by existing software development processes? Why do we call them Digital Humanities Labs?

Lab: Scrum and software lifecycles

Readings for next week:

Week 12 — April 6

Humanistic research and digital tools

We will each share Digital Humanities projects that resonate, and analyze how the digital tools serve the humanistic research. In particular, we will look at the digital turn in dissertations.

Lab: Scrum and software lifecycles

Readings for next week:

  • Rogers, Katina L. “Expanding Definitions of Scholarly Success.” Putting the Humanities PhD to Work, Duke University Press, 2020.
  • Alpert-Abrams, Hannah. Job Market Support Network.
  • Moretti, Franco. “Conjectures on World Literature.” Distant Reading, Verso, 2013.
  • Davidson, Cathy. “Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions.” Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K. Gold, University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Week 13 — April 13

Digital humanities futures

What does a Digital Humanities career look like? What are the possible futures for individual Digital Humanities practitioners and for the field?

Week 14 — April 20

Research presentations

Week 15 — April 27

Research presentations

Week 16 — May 4

No class — Reading day

Final submissions due by May 11