The following schedule is subject to radical revision. Readings and other tasks will be added as we proceed through the course, so be sure to check this page often. Links to readings will be available in our Zotero group library.
UNIT ONE: Digital Literacies, Histories, and Definitions
Objectives: Grounding ourselves in DH debates, histories, and theories; learning to read digital projects.
Week 1: What are the Humanities and when did they get so Digital?
M 1/11 Introductions
You probably have a flock of accounts already–Google, YouTube, Facebook. Getting digital in the humanities requires making use of various digital spaces and also critically thinking about that use. Today, we’ll get started by creating your DH arsenal of accounts and beginning to think about how to professionalize your digital presence.
Zotero–join our shared folder
Gmail–email me your gmail address
Reading: Nicholas Carr “Is Google making us stupid?”
Exploring: Tracking hypertext as you read . . . using a pencil.
Week 2: Defining DH: A brief history and getting started
MLK, Jr. Day (No Class)
Reading: David M. Barry “The Computational Turn” Culture Machine Vol. 12 (2011);
Lisa Spiro “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” Journal of Digital Humanities 1.1 (Winter 2011); DH Manifesto 2.0
Exploring: Day of DH, install Tweetdeck, tweet #uncodh, make an area-specific column (in-class activities)
Week 3: Defining DH: What makes a DH project and who makes them?
Reading: Matthew K. Gold “The Digital Humanities Moment”; Lisa Spiro “‘This is Why We Fight’: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities”; Matthew Kirschenbaum “What is the Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in English Departments” All essays are in Debates in the Digital Humanities
Reading: The “Off the Tracks” Collaborators’ Bill of Rights
Viewing: Julia Flanders “Collaboration and Dissent” YouTube
Exploring: Look carefully at the following projects and be prepared to talk about them:
Looking for Whitman
Seattle Band Map
Modernist Journals Project
Consultations; Blog Post #1 due Saturday
Week 4: Case-study: the Modernist Journals Project
Reading: Read through the Modernist Journals Project site introduction and overview
Exploring: Choose a collection within the MJP to discuss in class.
Presentation on a DH journal: Digital Medievalist (Kristin)
Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Playing with Datasets, Google Analytics, and the MJP (Sarah)
Consultations; Blog Post #2 due Saturday
UNIT TWO: Archiving, Collecting, Amassing, Mapping: What do we do with all this digital content?
Unit Objectives: Conceptualizing visual representations of textual information; understanding and critiquing “distant reading”; interrogating issues of access; theorizing visual, temporal, spatial information and representation.
Week 5–Documentation, Interface, Preservation, Extinction
M 2/8 Guest Teaching (Content TBA)
Reading: Johanna Drucker “Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory” Culture Machine 12 (2011)
Presentation on a DH journal: Digital Humanities Quarterly (Betsy)
Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Presenting yourself the way you want to be seen on WordPress (Kaitlin)
Consultations; Blog Post #3 due Saturday
Week 6–Archives and Textbases–Absences and Gaps
M 2/15 Guest Teaching: please read Roland Barthes excerpt sent to your inbox
Reading: Jacques Derrida from Archive Fever on the Magic Mystic Pad (pgs. 9-19 [stop at “2”]); read the entries in Wikipedia on “Archive” and “Digital Preservation”; Christine Masters “Women’s Ways of Structuring Data” Ada: A Journal of Gender New Media and Technology; Playing with Orlando and reading the TEI markup
Presentation on a DH journal: Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology (Cae)
Consultations; Blog Post #4 due Saturday
Week 7–Visual Narratives
M 2/22 Guest Teaching (Ian Bogost on Video Games; Scarecrow by Chipotle)
Candidate assessment; Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Playing with StoryMap JS (Kristin)
Consultations; Blog Post #5 due Saturday
Week 8–Temporality–Whose time is it?
Reading: Franco Moretti “Graphs” from Graphs, Maps, Trees [pdf in Zotero]
Daniel Rosenberg “The Trouble with Timelines” and see “A Timeline of Timelines” Cabinet 13 (2004).
Presentation on a DH journal: Journal of Digital Humanities (Amelia)
Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Playing with Timelines (Timeline JS or XTimeline [Tiki-Toki or TimeToast]) (Betsy)
Consultations; Blog Post #6 due Saturday
Week 9–The Spatial Turn
Reading: Franco Moretti “Maps” from Graphs, Maps, Trees; Explore FemTechNet’s Wiki on Feminist Mapping; Presentation on a DH journal: DHCommons Journal (Kaitlin)
Consultations; Blog Post #7 due Saturday
Week 10–SPRING BREAK; Blog post #8 due Saturday (this post can be on any aspect of DH about which you wish)
Week 11–Theorizing Reproduction, Remediation, and the Clutter of the Anthropocene
Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Playing with Maps (Google Maps or Open Street Map) (Amelia)
Presentation on a DH journal: Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy (Tannis)
Reading: Reading: Walter Benjamin “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (pdf); Remediation by Adam Brekenridge;
Consultations; Blog Post #9 due Monday night.
Week 12–Dipping our Toes into Markup, Mining, and Text Analysis
Presentation on a DH journal: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (Austin)
Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Voyant 1.0 and 2.0 (beta) (Tannis)
Reading: “Going Electronic” in the Scholarly Introduction to the Orlando Textbase (Michener Library); “A Pleasant Little Chat about XML” Julie Meloni
Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Exploring TEI guidelines and oXygen (XML editor) (Cae)
Introduction to Scalar Webinar 5-7pm (Ross 0275); please arrive a few minutes early and feel free to bring your dinner.
Consultations; Blog Post #10 due Saturday
UNIT THREE: Building a DH Project
Unit Objectives: Developing a research agenda; determining workflow; learning a platform (Scalar); designing your product
Week 13–Forming Ideas
M 4/4 Adam Vaughan “Human Impact has Pushed Earth into the Anthropocene” (The Guardian, Jan. 7, 2016); Bethany Nowviskie “Digital Humanities in the Anthropocene”; Presentation/Lesson on a Tool: Playing with annotating images and video in Scalar (Austin)
F 4/8 DAY of DH! Follow a couple of blogs that interest you.
Consultations; Blog Post #11 on the Anthropocene due Sunday
Week 14–Collecting Material
Consultations; Blog Post #12 on Day of DH due Saturday
Week 15–Building Something
Consultations; Blog Post #13 due Saturday
Week 16–Presenting your Project
Presentations of Scalar Book–“World of Tomorrow: Humanity and the Outernet” Betsy Connor, Austin Rogers, Tannis Weaver
Presentations of Scalar Books–“YouTube: Toxicity on the Internet” Katilin Harris, Cae Herlin, Amelia Moseley
Consultations; Blog Post #14 due Saturday
Your final collaborative write up is due the day of the final exam, May 4th at 11:59pm. Please include a link to your Scalar book in your post. Tweet your link. Post your link in Zotero.