Tentative schedule. Assignments may change with advance notice. Please find any readings not linked below on our course Moodle site. You can also get a citation library for all the items below on Zotero.
1. What Is/Are The Digital Humanities?
Introductions (Thurs 8/22)
Heppler, Jason. What Is Digital Humanities?, 2012. http://whatisdigitalhumanities.com/
Draft straightaway a 500-word definition of the digital humanities. Submit via email / attachment.
Histories (Tues 8/27)
- Hockey, Susan. “The History of Humanities Computing.” In Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/
- Kirschenbaum, Matthew. “What Is Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in English Departments?” ADE Bulletin 150, 2010. http://mkirschenbaum.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/ade-final.pdf
Productive Failure (Thurs 8/29)
- Unsworth, John. “Documenting the Reinvention of Text: The Importance of Failure.” Journal of Electronic Publishing 3, no. 2 (December 1997). http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=jep;view=text;rgn=main;idno=3336451.0003.201.
- Flanders, Julia. “The Productive Unease of 21st-century Digital Scholarship.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 3, no. 3 (Summer 2009). http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/3/3/000055.html.
Building (Tues 9/3)
- Ramsay, Stephen. “On Building.” Stephen Ramsay, January 11, 2011. http://stephenramsay.us/text/2011/01/11/on-building/
In-class building project
Making (Thurs 9/5)
- Fisher, Erin. “Makerspaces Move into Academic Libraries.” ACRL TechConnect Blog, November 28, 2012. http://acrl.ala.org/techconnect/?p=2340.
- Macpherson, Shaun. “Makerspaces in the Humanities.” Maker Lab in the Humanities, University of Victoria, June 4, 2013. http://maker.uvic.ca/makerspaces/.
Visit to the Hunt Library Makerspace, conversation with Emerging Technology Librarian Adam Rogers
2. Hypertext, Archives, Databases
Digital Materiality (Tues 9/10)
- Selections from Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2008.
Hypertext and Text Encoding (Thurs 9/12)
- McGann, Jerome J. “The Rationale of Hypertext.” In Radiant Textuality: Literature After the World Wide Web, 53-74. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
- Smith, Martha Nell. “Electronic Scholarly Editing.” In A Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Ray Siemens, John Unsworth, and Susan Schreibman. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/.
Reports from the Field (Group 1): Storify essays
Text Encoding and Scholarly Editing (Tues 9/17)
- “HTML Introduction.” W3Schools.com, 2013. http://www.w3schools.com/html/html_intro.asp (follow the chapters through “HTML Images”)
- Birnbaum, David. “What is XML and why should humanists care? An even gentler introduction to XML.” 2013. Web. http://dh.obdurodon.org/what-is-xml.xhtml (skip the sections on “Entities and numerical character references” and “The XML family of standards”)
TEI exercise (1)
Reports from the Field (Group 2): Storify Essays
Working with TEI (Thurs 9/19)
TEI exercise (2)
Archives and the Digital (Tues 9/24)
- Manoff, Marjorie. “Theories of the Archive from Across the Disciplines.” portal: Libraries and the Academy 4, no. 1 (January 2004): 9-25.
- Folsom, Ed. “Database as Genre: The Epic Transformation of Archives.” PMLA 122, no. 5 (October 2007): 1572-79.
Case studies of selected archives and online collections
Archive review assignment
Google / Books (Thurs 9/26)
- Nunberg, Geoffrey. “Google Books: A Metadata Train Wreck.” Language Log, August 29, 2009. http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1701. (please also note the comment stream with responses by Google engineers)
- Cecire, Natalia. “The Visible Hand.” Works Cited, May 3, 2011. http://nataliacecire.blogspot.com/2011/05/visible-hand.html.
Digitization and Rare Books (Tues 10/1)
- Gleick, James. “Books and Other Fetish Objects.” The New York Times, July 16, 2011, sec. Opinion/Sunday Review. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/17/opinion/sunday/17gleick.html?_r=1.
- Werner, Sarah. “Fetishizing Books and Textualizing the Digital.” sarahwerner.net, July 24, 2011. http://sarahwerner.net/blog/index.php/2011/07/fetishizing-books-and-textualizing-the-digital/.
- ———. “The Serendipity of the Unexpected, or, a Copy is not an Edition.” sarahwerner.net, August 1, 2011. http://sarahwerner.net/blog/index.php/2011/08/serendipity-of-the-unexpected/.
Field trip to NCSU Library Special Collections and digitization lab
Collections and Cultural Heritage (Thurs 10/3)
- Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (2005-2011). http://dublincore.org/documents/usageguide/. (browse to get a basic sense of what it is)
Omeka digitization and exhibition assignment
3. Domains of Criticism
Algorithmic Criticism (Tues 10/8)
- Ramsay, Stephen. “Algorithmic Criticism.” In A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, edited by Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companionDLS/.
Reports from the Field (Group 1): Storify Essays
Fall Break, no class (Thurs 10/10)
Distant Reading (Tues 10/15)
- Selections from Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for A Literary History. London: Verso, 2005.
- Michel, Jean-Baptiste, Yuan Kui Shen, Aviva Presser Aiden, Adrian Veres, Matthew K. Gray, The Google Books Team, Joseph P. Pickett, et al. “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books.” Science 331, no. 6014 (January 14, 2011): 176-182.
Text analysis exercise (1)
Text Mining and Analysis (Thurs 10/17)
- Rockwell, Geoffrey. “What is Text Analysis, Really?” Literary and Linguistic Computing 18, no. 2 (2003): 209 -219.
- Witmore, Michael. “Text: A Massively Addressable Object.” Wine Dark Sea, December 31, 2010. http://winedarksea.org/?p=926.
Text analysis exercise (2)
Reports from the Field (Group 2): Storify essays
Topic Modeling (Tues 10/24)
- Jockers, Matthew. “The LDA Buffet Is Now Open; or, Latent Dirichlet Allocation for English Majors.” Matthew J. Jockers 29 Sep. 2011. http://www.matthewjockers.net/2011/09/29/the-lda-buffet-is-now-open-or-latent-dirichlet-allocation-for-english-majors/
- Underwood, Ted, and Andrew Goldstone. “What Can Topic Models of PMLA Teach Us About the History of Literary Scholarship?” The Stone and the Shell. 14 Dec. 2012. Web. http://tedunderwood.com/2012/12/14/what-can-topic-models-of-pmla-teach-us-about-the-history-of-literary-scholarship/
- Nelson, Robert K. “Introduction.” Mining the Dispatch 2011-. Web. http://dsl.richmond.edu/dispatch/pages/intro
- Ratliff, Clancy. “Initial Foray into Topic Modeling for Rhetoric and Composition.” CultureCat 12 Feb. 2013. Web. http://culturecat.net/node/1564
Data Mining (Thurs 10/26)
- Cohen, Daniel J. “From Babel to Knowledge: Data Mining Large Digital Collections.” D-Lib Magazine 12, no. 3 (March 2006). http://www.dlib.org/dlib/march06/cohen/03cohen.html.
- Digging Into Data Challenge. 2009-. http://www.diggingintodata.org/
- Nowviskie, Bethany. “What Do Girls Dig?” Bethany Nowviskie, April 7, 2011. http://nowviskie.org/2011/what-do-girls-dig/.
Topic modeling collaborations project
Network Analysis (Tues 10/29)
- Weingart, Scott. “Demystifying Networks, Parts I and II.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1, no. 1 (March 15, 2012). http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-1/articles/demystifying-networks-by-scott-weingart/.
Virtual guest discussion with Professor Ryan Cordell
Images and Visualization (Thurs 10/31)
- Manovich, Lev, et al. ImagePlot. Software Studies Initiative, University of California, San Diego (2011). http://lab.softwarestudies.com/p/imageplot.html.
- Manovich, Lev. “Media Visualization: Visual Techniques for Exploring Large Media Collections.” In Media Studies Futures, edited by Kelly Gates. Blackwell, 2012. http://softwarestudies.com/cultural_analytics/Manovich.Media_Visualization.web.2012.v2.doc
Sound Studies (Tues 11/5)
- Trettien, Whitney. “Towards a Noisier Digital Humanities.” Presentation at DH2013, Lincoln, Nebraska. July 18, 2013.
- Lingold, Mary Caton, Darin Mueller, and Whitney Trettien. “soundBox.” soundBox, 2013. http://sites.fhi.duke.edu/soundbox/who-are-we/.
- Wall, John. “Virtual Paul’s Cross Project.” Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, 2013. http://vpcp.chass.ncsu.edu/.
Course projects: initial proposals (send email / attachment)
Space, Time, and Neatlines (Thurs 11/7)
- Nowviskie, Bethany. “Space, Time, and the Problem of Scale: Digital Storytelling with Neatline.” presented at the Digital Dialogues, MITH, November 6, 2012. http://www.livestream.com/mithdigitaldialogues/video?clipId=pla_3cb1ed80-1f2a-4fd0-9a2a-1eaf42aa085e.
- Nowviskie, Bethany, et al. “Geo-Temporal Interpretation of Archival Collections with Neatline.” LLC: Literary and Linguistic Computing 28.4 (December 2013): 692-699. http://llc.oxfordjournals.org/content/28/4/692.full.
4. Pedagogy, Publishing, Politics, and the Profession
Learning in a Digital Age (Tues 11/12)
- Carr, Nicholas. “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” The Atlantic, July/August 2008. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/07/is-google-making-us-stupid/6868/.
- Davidson, Cathy N. “Project Classroom Makeover.” Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn. New York: Penguin, 2011. 61-104.
Reports from the Field (Group 1): Storify essays
Authorship, Publishing, Peer Review (Thurs 11/14)
- “How to Read this Text,” “Introduction” (w/ three subsections), and “One: Peer Review” (w/ nine subsections) in Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. MediaCommons, 2009. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence/.
Participatory crowdsource and open review projects (1)
Reports from the Field (Group 2): Storify essays
Scholarship and the Open Web (Tues 11/19)
- Cohen, Dan. “The Ivory Tower and the Open Web: Introduction: Burritos, Browsers, and Books [Draft].” Dan Cohen, July 26, 2011. http://www.dancohen.org/2011/07/26/the-ivory-tower-and-the-open-web-introduction-burritos-browsers-and-books-draft/.
- Becker, Jonathan. “Scholar 2.0: Public Intellectualism Meets the Open Web.” UCEA Review 52, no. 2 (June 16, 2011): 17-19. http://www.ucea.org/special_feature_52_2_pcp/2011/6/16/scholar-20-public-intellectualism-meets-the-open-web.html
Participatory crowdsource and open review projects (2)
Digital Diversity (Thurs 11/21)
- Koh, Adeline, and Roopika Risam. “Open Thread: The Digital Humanities as a Historical ‘Refuge’ from Race/Class/Gender/Sexuality/Disability?” Postcolonial Digital Humanities. Accessed August 22, 2013. http://dhpoco.org/blog/2013/05/10/open-thread-the-digital-humanities-as-a-historical-refuge-from-raceclassgendersexualitydisability/.
- McPherson, Tara. “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities, edited by Matthew K Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/29.
Class cancelled (11/26); Thanksgiving (11/28)
Professional Developments (Tues 12/3)
- Selections from Nowviskie, Bethany, ed. Alternative Academic Careers for Humanities Scholars. MediaCommons, 2011. http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/.
Guest conversation with Brian Norberg
Course Projects Review (Thurs 12/5)
Pecha Kucha presentations
Course Projects Due (before 9:45 am, Tues 12/17)