Read this schedule as a list of due dates of readings and assignments. All readings will be provided for you. You do not have to purchase any texts. Assignments will always have more detailed instructions presented in class and on our course website. This schedule will change and grow as the term progresses, and I will announce these changes clearly in class and online. Our course material has two parts: (1) infrastructure and creation, and (2) analysis.
Meeting times: We will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:10am-12:00pm. Our weekly X-hour period is each Wednesday from 3:30-4:20pm. I have kept the x-hour time slots open on our course schedule, and we will use them regularly for practicum workshops, midterm essay workshops, or final project workshops. I will always be available to assist you during X-hour even if we do not meet as a class.
Part I: DH Infrastructure and Digital Data Creation & Display
Thurs 1/5: Course introduction, syllabus review
- Don’t worry, there’s nothing due for class today! We will get to know one another, and I will introduce the syllabus. In our remaining time, we will read and discuss selections from Amanda Visconti’s “Digital Humanities: What? Why? How?”; Tara McPhereson’s “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation”; and/or watch Elijah Meek’s “What is Digital Humanities?” video (10 min).
- Digital Activism for Day 1: Alex Gil, Around DH in 80 Days (you will find a very large sampling of DH projects from different parts of the world)
Tues 1/10: Thinking Through the Humanities to the Digital Humanities and back to Humans
- Reading: William Franke, “Involved Knowing: On the Poetic Epistemology of the Humanities,” The European Legacy 16:4 (2011), 447-467; Burdick, Anne, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. “Chapter One: From Humanities to Digital Humanities.” In Digital_Humanities (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012); Martha Nell Smith, “The Human Touch, Software of the Highest Order: Revisiting Editing as Interpretation,” in Textual Cultures, 2.1 (Spring 2007), 1-15; optional: Dan Rockmore, “A Crisis for Critical Thinking,” Huffington Post 30 November 2016.
- Note: The Franke article “Involved Knowing” is accessible through Dartmouth College’s on-campus or off-campus network access. It is the only reading that is not open-access (that is, accessible from outside of the Dartmouth network).
- Digital Activism: hastac.org (be sure to explore some blog posts)
- Practicum #1 Due: Register in Hastac.org and blog.
- In class: nuanced discussion of the readings for a foundation in understanding the Humanities and critical thinking; introduce midterm essay assignment; lesson on website evaluation; introduce idea of critical thinking in service of equality
Thurs 1/12: Texts, from Page to Screen, Interfaces
- Reading: Yin Liu, “Ways of Reading, Models for Text, and the Usefulness of Dead People” [PDF or HTML]; Andy Stauffer “My Old Sweethearts: On Digitization and the Future of the Print Record”; View: William Warner, Kimberly Knight, and UCSB Transliteracies History of Reading Group, “In the Beginning was the Word: A Visualization of the Page as Interface” (Flash animation)
- Digital Activism: American Prison Writing Archive
- Blog post due, optional prompt: The library is burning to the ground, and you have time to save one thing: a book on a shelf, a digital photo of the book and its pages, or or the book or manuscript digitally transcribed (that is, typed into a computer file or files). Which one would you save and why?
- Due by class-time: select the DH project that you will evaluate for your midterm essay.
- Guest expert: Michelle Warren
Tues 1/17: From Page to Screen, cont.: HTML, CSS
- Reading: Bethany Nowviskie “On the Origin of ‘Hack’ and ‘Yack’”; Mark C. Marino “Why We Must Read the Code: The Science Wars, Episode IV”
- Reading/doing: HTML & CSS, Complete in Codeacademy Learn HTML & CSS Part I, lessons 1-4.
- Digital Activism: Consider Codeacademy, in which you will complete an assignment for today. What do you like about it? Is it activist? What are your critiques of its mission?
- Practicum due: American Prison Writing Project transcription
- Download a free trial of Oxygen XML Editor, https://www.oxygenxml.com/xml_editor/download_oxygenxml_editor.html. It is a 30-day free trial. Make sure you can open it.
- Bring a rough draft (2 pages) of your midterm essay to class for a workshop
- Guest expert (via Skype): Gloria Li, ’16
Wed. 1/18: No X hour meeting
Thurs 1/19: Structured Data on the Web, part 2: Markup and Digital Editions (XML, TEI)
- Class will be taught by Drs. Ivy Schweitzer (Professor of English) and Laura Braunstein (Digital Humanities Librarian).
- Reading: Kirstyn Leuner “Markup Theory and Practice” lecture; Laura Mandell “Gendering Digital Literary History: What Counts for Digital Humanities” (PDF); For further reading/optional: James Cummings, “The Text Encoding Initiative and the Study of Literature” (it is quite long)
- Explore Module 1 (“Common Structure and Elements”) of the TEI By Example Tutorial
- Digital Activism: The Occom Circle Project
- Blog post due, optional prompt: consider a piece of writing that you think is important. It could be a historical document, a poem, or a recent news article. Use the readings to blog on or ponder what elements of this piece you would need to markup. What happens if they are not preserved well or at all in markup — anything? Is this piece marked-up (encoded in XML) anywhere already? If you can find it, link to it.
- Guest experts: Ivy Schweitzer (English & Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies) and Laura Braunstein (Digital Humanities Librarian).
Tues 1/24: Databases
- Reading: Stephen Ramsay, “Databases”; Michael Christie, “Computer Databases and Aboriginal Knowledge,” Learning Communities 1 (2003): 4-12.
- Digital Activism: Emory University, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database: The Voyages Database
- Practicum Due Today: TEI Encoding
- Guest expert: Margaret Williamson (Classics)
Wed 1/25: Bring Draft #2 of your midterm essay to class. This should be a full draft.
Thurs 1/26: From Database to Digital Archive
- Reading: Kate Theimer, “Archives in Context and as Context”; Matthew Kirschenbaum, “The .txtual Condition: Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Archives, and the Future Literary”
- Digital Activism: The Orlando Project (http://orlando.cambridge.org/ accessible only through the library’s portal, so it is not open access.)
- Blog post, optional prompts: Pick one of the two readings and use our readings from Tuesday (by Michael Christie and Stephen Ramsay) to discuss what is the relationship between a database and a digital archive? It will help perhaps to discuss a definition of “database” and “digital archive” with examples from the reading. Quote from / link to the articles to help you and your reader follow you.
- Guest expert: Caitlin Birch, Digital Archivist at Rauner
Tues 1/31: Collaboration and Crowdsourcing
- Reading: Julia Flanders lecture on Collaboration and Dissent in creating electronic editions for the Women Writers Project (watch video, 1 hr) (2010); Queer OS; David Auerbach, “Encyclopedia Frown” on Wikipedia’s editing disputes, Slate (11 Dec 2014)
- Digital Activism: Boston Marathon Bombing Project; The Counted: People Killed by Police in the US; Wikipedia
- Practicum due: Search the web for a crowdsourcing project that you believe to accomplish digital activism. Participate in that project and blog about it.
- Guest expert: Sukie Punjasthitkul, http://www.Tiltfactor.org
Wed 2/1: Bring revised full draft of your midterm essay to class.
Thurs 2/2: Social Media
- Reading: Lisa Nakamura, “The Unwanted Labour of Social Media: Women of Color Call Out Culture As Venture Community Management”; Pew Research Center, “Social Media Conversations about Race”; Optional: Pedagogies of Race: Digital Humanities in the Age of Ferguson
- Digital Activism: White Violence, Black Resistance & DocNow
- Blog post due, optional prompts: Find a recent news story about social media and issues of justice that you think is important. Blog about the relationship between that story and our course in general or any specific aspect of our coursework to date.
- Guest expert: Joe DiGrazia (Neukom Institute, Sociology) on using social media to understand the political landscape
Part II: DH Projects & Analysis
- Reading: Miriam Posner “What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of DH”;
- Digital Activism and Reading: Carefully read the Voyant analysis comparing how Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright address race: http://hermeneuti.ca/now-analyze-that. We will play with Voyant in class.
- Practicum Due: Wikipedia editing
- Midterm Essay Due by midnight, to Canvas
Wed. 2/8: NO X-HOUR
Thurs 2/9: Text Analysis 2: Algorithms and Topic Modelling
- Reading: Benjamin M. Schmidt “Do Digital Humanists Need to Understand Algorithms?”; Ted Underwood “Where to start with text mining”; Megan R. Brett “Topic Modeling: A Basic Introduction”; (For the intrepid, optional) Scott Weingart “Topic Modeling for Humanists: A Guided Tour”
- Digital Activism: Read Lisa Marie Rhody “Why I Dig: Feminist Approaches to Text Analysis”
- Blog post topic: Connect at least two of the readings we did for today (among Schmidt, Underwood, Brett, and Rhody) and discuss the presented pros and cons or challenges of text analysis. Also, what questions do you have about text analysis? Feel free to bring in our conversation with Dr. Merchant on Tuesday.
Tues 2/14: Text Analysis 3: Exploring Error (Happy Valentine’s Day!)
- Reading: Liz Losh et al. “Putting the Human Back into the Digital Humanities: Feminism, Generosity, and Mess”; “Messy Data and Faulty Tools” and “The Syuzhet Blog Posts” (Joanna Swafford, Matt Jockers) [Note: these blog posts contain technical jargon that I do not expect you to fully understand. But I do expect you to read for the gist of this important debate between two scholars. It may help to annotate as you read.]
- Digital Activism: FemTechNet Collective
- Practicum due: Text analysis with Voyant
- Guest expert via Skype: Joanna Swafford (English and DH, SUNY New Paltz)
Thurs 2/16: Mapping
- Reading: Franco Moretti “Maps” in Graphs, Maps, and Trees (PDF linked here); Ian Gregory et al. “Crossing Boundaries: Using GIS in Literary Studies, History and Beyond”
- Digital Activism: Explore Endangered Languages; Mapping Police Violence; Geotagged Hateful Tweets
- Guest expert: James Adams, Dartmouth’s Visualization Librarian
Tues 2/21: Network Analysis
- Reading: Scott B. Weingart “Demystifying Networks, Parts I & II” (if you want more, here’s more!”; Toran Hansen “Applying Social Network Theory and Analysis in the Struggle for Social Justice”(that link is through Dartmouth network) (Hansen PDF); Optional – Martin Grandjean “Introduction to Network Visualization with GEPHI”; Optional – Miriam Posner “Visualizing a network of film casts and crews”
- Digital Activism: Kindred Britain (Is this activist? Why/why not?)
Wed 2/22: X hour workshop on final project
Thurs 2/23: 2D and 3D, Performance Studies
- Reading: “Visualizing Theatrical Text: From Watching the Script to the Simulated Environment for Theatre (SET)” in DHQ; Melissa Terras, “Image Processing in the Digital Humanities”
- Digital Activism: Performing Archive: Curtis + “The Vanishing Race” ; Act.Feminism: A Performing Archive ; Apartheid Heritages/Projects/Soweto ’76 3D
- Guest expert: Kes Schroer (Anthropologist and Instructional Designer, Dartmouth EdTech) and 3D modeling to study changes in body shape of My Little Pony
Tues 2/28: Sound Studies and Podcasts
- Reading/Listening: Tanya Clement, “Distant Listening”; Sterne et al., “The Politics of Podcasting”
- Digital Activism: The Body Modification Podcast – listen to 1 episode (or more!)
- Practicum due: Network analysis with pre-made data set in either Gephi or Cytoscape (refer to 2/21 readings for step-by-step instructions)
- Guest experts: Kes Schroer and Memory Apata, hosts/creators/editors of The Body Modification Podcast
Wed 3/1: X hour workshop on final project
Thurs 3/2: Games
- Reading: Mary Flanagan, Excerpt (PDF linked), Values at Play in Digital Games; Liz Losh, “#GamerGate 101,” Virtualpolitik (blog) (17 Oct 2014).
- Digital Activism & Play: Spend quality time playing at least one game by Elizabeth LaPensée, and be prepared to talk about its specifics in relation to the reading http://www.elizabethlapensee.com/#/games/
Tues 3/7: Electronic Literature
- Reading: Leonardo Flores, “What is E-Poetry?”; Lori Emerson, “Activist Media Poetics: Electronic Literature Against the Interface-free”; “Digital Poet Jason Nelson urges other to forge new frontiers in electronic literature”; View (optional) Leonardo Flores “E-Poetry as Code and Data Remix”
- Digital Activism/Poetry: Judd Morrissey, and Lori Talley, “The Jew’s Daughter”
Wednesday 3/8: 3:30 – 4:30 presentation of Final Projects in the Arts and Humanities Resource Center (AHRC, 201 Bartlett Hall, above our classroom)
March 11-14 Final Exams