Week 1: Introductions
W August 27: Overview of course and assignments; create accounts for Twitter and Course Blog; Discussion Leader sign-ups.
Week 2: Origins, Definitions, Debates
M September 1: No Class—Labor Day [be sure to start reading early for Wednesday’s class]
W September 3:
- Matthew Gold. “The Digital Humanities Moment.” In Debates.
- Matthew Kirschenbaum. “What Is Digtial Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?” In Debates.
- John Unsworth. “What’s Digital Humanities and How’d It Get Here?” Blog Post.
- Anne Burdick et al. “A Short Guide to the Digital Humanities.” [Read pages 2-5 and 14]
- Neil Fraistat. “The Function of Digital Humanities Centers at the Present time.” In Debates.
- Lisa Spiro. “‘This Is Why We Fight’: Defining the Values of Digital Humanities.” In Debates.
- UCLA Digital Humanities. “A Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0.”
Week 3: Building, Making, Productive Failure
M September 8: TWITTER STORIES DUE [post links to Storify on “Twitter Stories” page of course blog]
- Stephen Ramsay. “On Building.” Blog Post.
- Stephen Ramsay and Geoffrey Rockwell. “Developing Things: Notes Toward an Epistemology of Building in the Digital Humanities.” In Debates.
- Annette Vee. “Understanding Computer Programming as Literacy.”
- Wendy MacDonald. “Why Students Need to Fail: How Falling Flat On Your Face May Be a Terrific Way to Learn.”
W September 10: TLR Post #1 Due
- Lisa Spiro. “Group and Method: Collaboration in the Digital Humanities.” [Read description and view slides]
- Erin Fisher. “Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries.”
- Shaun Macpherson. “Makerspaces in the Humanities.” Video.
- Annette Vee. “Hacking and Tinkering.” Video.
Week 4: Diversity and Inclusion
M September 15:
- Alan Liu. “Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities.” Blog Post.
- “Postcolonial Digital Humanities (#dhpoco).” Mission Statement.
- George H. Williams. “Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities.” In Debates.
- Tara McPherson. “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? Or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation.” In Debates.
W September 17: TLR Post #2 Due
- Amy E. Earhart. “Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon.” In Debates.
- Zeynep Tufekci. “What Happens to #Ferguson Affects Ferguson.”
- Dan Krutka (host). Teaching #Ferguson.
- Niall Harbison. “The Danger of Algorithms.” (watch embedded video, too)
Week 5 & 6: Texts and Technologies
M September 22: Text Analysis
- Kathryn Schulz. “What Is Distant Reading?”
- John Burrows. “Textual Analysis.” In A Companion to Digital Humanities.
—Experiment with at least 2 text analysis tools (and post a link to one of your results on the Text Analysis page of the course blog):
W September 24: Text Encoding (TEI: Text Encoding Initiative)
- David Birnbaum. “What Is XML and Why Should Humanists Care? An Even Gentler Introduction to XML.”
- TEI By Example.
- Browse “The Women Writer’s Project.”
M September 29: Data
- Alexander Furnas. “Everything You Wanted to Know About Data Mining But Were Afraid to Ask.”
- “Digging Into Data Challenge.” [Read abstracts of 2013 award winners]
- Bethany Nowviskie. “What Do Girls Dig?” In Debates.
- Mark Moschel. “The Beginners Guide to Quantified Self.”
- Anonymous. “Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, and There’s a Website to Prove It.“
W October 1: Topic Modeling | TLR Post #3 Due
- Megan R. Brett. “Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction.”
- Scott Weingart. “Topic Modeling for Humanists: A Guided Tour.”
Week 7: Visualization & Mapping
M October 6:
- “What Is Data Visualization?” Video.
- Lev Manovich. “Media Visualization: Visual Techniques for Exploring Large Media Collections.”
- Stéfan Sinclair et al. “Information Visualization for Humanities Scholars.”
—Explore the Best Data Visualization Projects of 2013
W October 8:
- Johanna Drucker. “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display.”
- UCLA Digital Humanities Bootcamp. “How Did They Make That? [Read the section titled “A Mapping Project”]
—Learn about/explore these tools:
Week 8: Sounding the Humanities
M October 13:
- The SoundBox Project.
- Inertia: A Conference on Sound, Media, and the Digital Humanities (check out topics in the CFP).
- HiPSTAS (High Performance Sound Technologies for Access and Scholarship).
—Listen to/Interact with Emily Thompson’s “The Roaring Twenties.”
—We will also be checking out the following projects together in class:
- Tactical Sound Garden
- The National Mall App
- Open Sound New Orleans
- Austin Music Map
- The Sonic Memorial Project
W October 15: Individual Analysis of DH Project Due; Presentations
Week 9 & 10: E-Lit and Digital Scholarship
M October 20:
- Electronic Literature Organization. “What is E-Lit?”
—Choose 1 E-Lit Project to read/interact with and be prepared to talk about your experience in class
W October 22: TLR Post #4 Due
- Read/Interact with Shelly Jackson’s “The Body”
- Read/Interact with Erin Anderson’s “The Olive Project“
M October 27:
- Read/Interact with “Freedom’s Ring” Project
- Read/Interact with Sharon Daniel’s “Public Secrets” [make sure to click “View Project” on the right side of the screen]
W October 29:
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. Read “One: Peer Review” (and all 9 subsections to that chapter)
- Dan Cohen. “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web: Introduction: Burritos, Browsers, and Books.”
Week 11: Futures, Participation, Possibilities
M November 3:
- Cathy Davidson. “Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions.” In Debates.
- Browse/Learn about HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and be sure to check out the HASTAC Scholars Program.
- Browse/Learn about “Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars.”
W November 5: TLR Post #5 Due
- Brainstorm Topics and Assign Teams for Collaborative Final Project
Week 12: Collaborative Project
M November 10: Team Meetings (outside of class) | “Plan of Action” Due
W November 12: Team Meetings (outside of class)
Week 13: Collaborative Project
M November 17: Project Workshop
W November 19: In-Process Project Drafts + Peer Feedback
Week 14: Collaborative Project
M November 24: Project Production + Troubleshooting
W November 26: No Class (Thanksgiving Travel Day)
[Thanksgiving Break: November 27-28]
Week 15: Collaborative Project
M December 1: Project Production + Troubleshooting
W December 3: Project Production + Troubleshooting
Week 16: DH Showcase!
M December 8: Final Projects Due + Team Presentations