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)

Draft straightaway a 500-word definition of the digital humanities. Submit via email / attachment.

Histories (Tues 8/27)

Productive Failure (Thurs 8/29)

Set up communications platforms: Twitter, HUMANIST, Zotero, RSS reader

Building (Tues 9/3)

In-class building project

Making (Thurs 9/5)

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.

Reports from the Field (Group 1): Storify essays

Text Encoding and Scholarly Editing (Tues 9/17)

TEI exercise (1)

Reports from the Field (Group 2): Storify Essays

Working with TEI (Thurs 9/19)

Prepare a text for editing. Download oXygen and a trial license. Familiarize yourself with the Tutorials and Examples most closely related to your text on TEI by Example.

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)

Digitization and Rare Books (Tues 10/1)

Field trip to NCSU Library Special Collections and digitization lab

Collections and Cultural Heritage (Thurs 10/3)

Omeka digitization and exhibition assignment

3. Domains of Criticism

Algorithmic Criticism (Tues 10/8)

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.

Text analysis exercise (2)

Reports from the Field (Group 2): Storify essays

Topic Modeling (Tues 10/24)

Data Mining (Thurs 10/26)

Topic modeling collaborations project

Network Analysis (Tues 10/29)

Virtual guest discussion with Professor Ryan Cordell

Images and Visualization (Thurs 10/31)

Visualization experiments

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.
  • Wall, John. “Virtual Paul’s Cross Project.” Virtual Paul’s Cross Project, 2013.

Visit to Hunt Library and project opening. (Note opening event and symposium earlier in the day, if you can make it.)

Course projects: initial proposals (send email / attachment)

Space, Time, and Neatlines (Thurs 11/7)

Neatline enhancements to Omeka projects, or Sandbox experiments

4. Pedagogy, Publishing, Politics, and the Profession

Learning in a Digital Age (Tues 11/12)

Reports from the Field (Group 1): Storify essays

Authorship, Publishing, Peer Review (Thurs 11/14)

Participatory crowdsource and open review projects (1)

Reports from the Field (Group 2): Storify essays

Scholarship and the Open Web (Tues 11/19)

Participatory crowdsource and open review projects (2)

Digital Diversity (Thurs 11/21)

Class cancelled (11/26); Thanksgiving (11/28)

Professional Developments (Tues 12/3)

Guest conversation with Brian Norberg

Course Projects Review (Thurs 12/5)

Pecha Kucha presentations

Course Projects Due (before 9:45 am, Tues 12/17)