Overview The course catalogue will tell you that this course is about an "Introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of the Digital Humanities, including the historical and ongoing debates over its boundaries, methodologies, objectives and values." I suppose that's more or less correct. Doesn't actually tell us much about what 'dh' is about. Let us turn to the web:
Well, still no good answer, which is great, for it gives us much territory to explore. I'm loathe to
define DH. But I will say this much: it's not just about tool use or shiny new digital toys applied to humanities-type materials. It is also about exploring what our tools do to us. I would suggest that's the more important aspect. Archaeology teaches us that our things help make us us as much as we make our things. What kind of a world are we building? There is no such thing as 'data'. There are only ' capta'. We will read, and we will make. We will build!
Let us begin.
Introduction to the Course VIDEO Required materials Assessment
DH is public facing. As such, a certain amount of what you'll be assessed on will be your public engagement with DH materials. But there's public, and then there's public:
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There's also the question of
the authenticity of the exercise if I force you to do it in public. That's a really important issue that we need to discuss.
For all public-facing work, you may use a psuedonymn for everything that leaves a trace on the internet, if you so desire. Just let me know who you are! There is value in using your real name, and I strongly suggest you look into
reclaiming your digital identity; but what is safe for me as a middle-aged white man to do online is not safe for everyone. You have the right to not have any public facing work at all; we will arrive at an equitable solution that meets the learning objectives of this course. In class work:
seminar 20% Public facing work (subject to any provisions arrived at in the previous paragrah):
tool tutorial. 10%
community building pass/fail (ie, you don't do this, you don't complete the course) Final project work:
A DH Primer for your respective field (with Pecha Kucha presentation). 30% What is a tool tutorial? #tooltutorial #assessment What is a seminar? #seminar #assessment What is an assignment? #assignment #assessment What is community building? #community #assessment What ? on earth is a 'DH Primer' #primer #assessment Pecha Kucha? You're joking? Yes? No. #pechakucha #assessment Schedule Please note the schedule for the #digh5800 #prodh speakers' series is here. Before our first meeting on Sept 29:
Get your Github, Twitter (optional), Course site (which uses the 'Known' platform), and Slack accounts set up:
On Teaching High School ; Sherrat, Unremembering the Forgotten; Posner, What's Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities #assignment September 29: Introduction
Getting set up with
your own DH Laboratory; The principles of open access research; splitting content from form; push, pull fork & clone. See also this suite of exercises from HIST3907b. We will sort out who will do which seminars, and also the #tooltutorial. Look over the schedule below to get a sense of which topics you'd be interested in exploring. October 6: How we got here; 'code' (ie, you could choose to write a tool tutorial on one of the following) #tooltutorial October 13 The Crowd: sourcing, milking? Roy Rosenzweig, "Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past",
http:/ / chnm.gmu.edu/ essays-on-history-new-media/ essays/ ?essayid=42 Tebor Scholz, Crowdmilking
http:/ (update sept 20: this appears to have gone off line. Try this link: / collectivate.net/ journalisms/ 2014/ 3/ 9/ crowdmilking.html https:/.) / web.archive.org/ web/ 20141028184927/ http:/ / collectivate.net/ journalisms/ 2014/ 3/ 9/ crowdmilking.html Tim Causer and Valerie Wallace, "Building a volunteer community: results and findings from Transcribe
Bentham," DHQ 6.2 (2012). http:/ / discovery.ucl.ac.uk/ 1362050 .
Avi Santo and Christopher Lucas, "Engaging Academic and Nonacademic Communities through Online Scholarly Work." http:/ / www.jstor.org.proxy.library.carleton.ca/ stable/ 20484454 Any piece in part 2, '
The Wisdom of Crowds(ourcing)', in Writing History in the Digital Age, Kristen Nawrotzki; Jack Dougherty eds. DigitalCultureBooks, Ann Arbor. #assignment November 3 Visualization & Other Ways of 'Seeing': Design Issues & the objects of study NB: We will meet in the Library's Discovery Centre, RM 481 today Assignment: Colour, layout, & graphs November 17 Maps & Digitized Space NB: We will meet in the Library's Discovery Centre, RM 481 today #tooltutorial assignment: Make a map December 1 DH Images, audio, music
(pay attention in those last two to the
platform and its usage). Projects to explore: #tooltutorial January 12 Text analysis Jean-Baptiste Michel, et al. "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books," Science Vol. 331, 176 (14 January 2011).
Tanya Clement et al., "How Not to Read a Million Books".
http:/. / people.brandeis.edu/ ~unsworth/ hownot2read.html Geoffrey Rockwell, "What is Text Analysis, Really?," Literary and Linguistic Computing 18.2 (2003): 209-220.
S Graham, I Milligan, S Weingart The Historian’s Macroscope: Big Digital History.
http:/. / www.themacroscope.org/ ?page_id=113 Lev Manovich, "Trending: The Promises and Challenges of Big Social Data," in Gold, ed.
http:/ / manovich.net/ index.php/ projects/ trending-the-promises-and-the-challenges-of-big-social-data Tressie McMillan Cottom Nascent Thoughts on Text Analysis Across Disciplines
http:/ / tressiemc.com/ 2015/ 08/ 06/ nascent-thoughts-on-text-analysis-across-disciplines/
assignment: Comparing Text Analysis Tools #tooltutorial January 26 Algorithmic writing: games, simulations, visualization games: simulation:
(I've published a bunch of stuff on these lines. I won't put them on the list, but if you're interested, look me up on Google Scholar for links).l
visualization Lev Manovich, "What is Visualization?"
http:/ uploads/2010/10/manovich_visualization_2010.doc. / manovich.net/ blog/ wpcontent/ ---., "Cultural analytics: Visualizing cultural patterns in the era of more media."
http:/. / softwarestudies.com/ cultural_analytics/ Manovich_DOMUS.doc Johanna Drucker, "Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display," Digital Humanities Quarterly, Winter 2011: v5 n1.
http:/. / digitalhumanities.org/ dhq/ vol/ 5/ 1/ 000091/ 000091.html Martyn Jessop, “Digital visualization as a scholarly activity,” Literary and Linguistic Computing 23.3 (2008): 281-293.
Daniel Price et al., “Curating Digital Spaces, Making Visual Arguments: A Case Study in New Media Presentations of Ancient Objects,” DHQ 7.2 (2013),
http:/. / www.digitalhumanities.org/ dhq/ vol/ 7/ 2/ index.html GG (because, games should be treated as art only when gamers find it convenient, right?) assignment: Twine http:/ / dhcu.ca/ 2015/ twine February 9 Sustainability & Preservation Stephen Ramsay and Geoffrey Rockwell, "Developing Things: Notes toward an Epistemology of Building in the Digital Humanities," in Matthew K. Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities. 75-84
http:/ . / dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/ debates Jentery Sayers, “Tinker-Centric Pedagogy in Literature and Language Classrooms”. In Collaborative Approaches to the Digital in English Studies. Available at:
http:/. / ccdigitalpress.org/ cad/ Ch10_Sayers.pdf Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, "Done: Finishing Projects in the Digital Humanities," DHQ 3.2.
http:/. / www.digitalhumanities.org/ dhq/ vol/ 3/ 2/ 000037/ 000037.html Susan Brown et al., "Published Yet Never Done: The Tension Between Projection and Completion in Digital Humanities Research," DHQ 3.2.
http:/. / www.digitalhumanities.org/ dhq/ vol/ 3/ 2/ 000040/ 000040.html Jerome McGann, “The Elephant in the Room: Sustainability.”
http:/. / cnx.org/ content/ m34328/ latest/ ?collection=col11199/ latest Bethany Nowviskie and Dot Porter, “Graceful Degradation: Managing Digital Humanities Projects through Times of Transition and Decline.”
http:/ papers/html/ab-722.html. / dh2010.cch.kcl.ac.uk/ academicprogramme/ abstracts/ February 23 Scholarly Publishing & Collaboration & Open Access
http:/ / blogs.plos.org/ scicomm/ 2015/ 04/ 13/ hello-world/ Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence
http:/ (intro, section 2, section 3) / mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/ mcpress/ plannedobsolescence Jo Guldi's 2015 entries on her blog,
http:/ , concerning the reception of The History Manifesto / landscape.blogspot.ca/ http:/ / historymanifesto.cambridge.org/ read Colleen Morgan and Judith Winters 'Introduction: Critical Blogging in Archaeology'
Internet Archaeology 39 http:/ / intarch.ac.uk/ journal/ issue39/ editorial.html Tressie McMillan Cottom 'Who the Fuck Do You Think You Are?': Academic Engagement, Microcelebrity and Digital Sociology from the Far Left of the Matrix of Domination
Ada 7 2015 http:/ / adanewmedia.org/ 2015/ 04/ issue7-mcmillancottom/ Meg Lambert and Donna Yates Crime, Controversy and the Comments Section: Discussing archaeological looting, trafficking, and the illicit antiquities trade online Internet Archaeology 39
http:/ / intarch.ac.uk/ journal/ issue39/ 6/ toc.html Shelia Cavanagh, Living in a Digital World: Rethinking Peer Review, Collaboration, and Open Access Journal of Digital Humanities 1.4 2012
http:/ / journalofdigitalhumanities.org/ 1-4/ living-in-a-digital-world-by-sheila-cavanagh/ Expanding Communities of Practice, Journal of Digital Humanities 2.2 2013
http:/ / journalofdigitalhumanities.org/ 2-2/ expanding-communities-of-practice/ Jack Dougherty, Kristen Nawrotzki, Charlotte Rochez, and Timothy Burke. Conclusions: What we learned from Writing History in the Digital Age
http:/ / writinghistory.trincoll.edu/ conclusions-2012-spring/ #tooltutorial March 8 Archives & databases #tooltutorial
March 22 So what is DH anyway? Future DH! Matthew K. Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities., Part III, "Critiquing the Digital Humanities," 139-248.
http:/ / dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/ debates Amy E. Earhart, "Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon," in Matthew K. Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities. 309-318
http:/ / dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/ debates Alan Liu, "Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?,"n Matthew K. Gold, ed., Debates in the Digital Humanities. 490-510.
http:/ / dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/ debates Adeline Koh. “Niceness, Building, and Opening the Genealogy of the Digital Humanities: Beyond the Social Contract of Humanities Computing.”
differences (2014) 25(1): 93-106. Richard Grusin, “The Dark Side of Digital Humanities: Dispatches from Two Recent MLA Conventions”.
differences 2014 (25.1): 79-92. April 5 Pecha Kucha: DH Primers Ahoy!
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