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

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: (be sure to explore some blog posts)
  • Practicum #1 Due: Register in 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

Tues 1/17: From Page to Screen, cont.: HTML, CSS

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

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 ( 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

Wed 2/1: Bring revised full draft of your midterm essay to class.

Thurs 2/2: Social Media

Part II: DH Projects & Analysis

Tues 2/7: Text Analysis 1 (TAPoR, Ant-Conc, Voyant)

Wed. 2/8: NO X-HOUR

Thurs 2/9: Text Analysis 2: Algorithms and Topic Modelling

Tues 2/14: Text Analysis 3: Exploring Error (Happy Valentine’s Day!)

Thurs 2/16: Mapping

Tues 2/21: Network Analysis

Wed 2/22: X hour workshop on final project

Thurs 2/23: 2D and 3D, Performance Studies

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

Tues 3/7: Electronic Literature

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

[1] Roberto A. Busa, “Foreword: Perspectives on the Digital Humanities.A Companion to Digital Humanities. Eds. Susan Schriebman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth. Oxford: Blackwell, 2004. Web.

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