Readings are in CCLE unless they’re linked here. You can also download this syllabus as a PDF.
Week One: Overview
Key terms: digital humanities, mediation, episteme, techne
1A: October 6
What is digital humanities? What is a digital humanities project?
1B: October 8
Examples, basic terms, and approaches. Special guest: Dr. Stuart Dunn, King’s College London.
- David Berry (2011-06-01). “The Computational Turn: Thinking About the Digital Humanities.” Culture Machine.
- Rachel Deblinger, Memories/Motifs
- Stanford University, Kindred Britain
- Stephanie Evans and Moya Z. Bailey, Swag Diplomacy
Lab one, October 10
What are the components of the digital final project? Project management overview.
Week Two: Selecting, Sorting, Classifying
Key terms: classification, archive, metadata, n-dimensional space, controlled vocabulary
2A: October 13
How do we decide which information is relevant to a topic and which we can ignore? How do we decide how to divide up this information? What are the implications of these decisions?
- Gaffield, Julia. “Haiti’s Declaration of Independence: Digging for Lost Documents in the Archives of the Atlantic World.” The Appendix 2, no. 1 (January 2014)
- Chon Noriega, “Preservation Matters,” Aztlan 30:1 (2005)
- C. Sperberg-McQueen, “Classification and its Structures,” in Schreibman et al., ed., Companion to Digital Humanities (Malden, Mass: Blackwell, 2004)
- University of Sydney, Digital Harlem
2B: October 15
What is metadata? Why do we use metadata standards?
- Anne Gilliland, “Setting the Stage,” from Murtha Baca, ed., Introduction to Metadata (Los Angeles: Getty, 2008)
- National Information Standards Organization, “What is Metadata?” (Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, 2004)
Lab two, October 17
DEADLINE TO DROP CLASS
Divide into groups, brainstorm topics, buy server space, install Omeka.
Week Three: Classification, Continued; Research Techniques
Key terms: ontology, local knowledge
3A: October 20
What are the ideological effects of various systems of classification?
- Jessica Seddon Wallack and Ramesh Srinivasan, “Local-Global: Reconciling Mismatched Ontologies in Development Information Systems.” 42nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, 2009
- Selections from Bowker and Star, Sorting Things Out (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT, 1999)
- Alexis C. Madrigal, “How Netflix Reverse Engineered Hollywood,” The Atlantic, January 2, 2014
- Washington State University, Plateau Peoples’ Web Portal
3B: October 22 | Advanced Research Techniques with Dr. Zoe Borovsky
UC Libraries Research Tutorial
Lab three, October 24
Tour of Omeka, discussion of group roles, discussion of one-pager and group charter.
Week Four: From Data to Database
Key terms: database, relational database, data visualization
4A: October 27
- Stephen Ramsay, “Databases,” in Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Professional, 2004)
- David M. Kroenke and David J. Auer, Database Concepts (Upper Saddle River, N.J.: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008), chapters one and two
- Emory University, Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database
4B: October 29
Databases, continued; introduction to data visualization
- Michael Christie, “Computer Databases and Aboriginal Knowledge”
- Data + Design: A Simple Introduction to Preparing and Visualizing Information
- Selections from Isabel Meirelles, Design for Information (Rockport, 2013)
- Micki Kaufman, Quantifying Kissinger
Lab four, October 31
Data visualization techniques
Week Five: Information Visualization, Continued; Text Analysis
Key terms: data, capta, parameterization, unstructured data
5A: November 3
Historicizing and theorizing data visualization
- Johanna Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 5, no. 1 (2011)
- Lauren Klein, “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings., American Literature 85, no. 4 (December 1, 2013): 661–88
- Tim Sherratt, The Real Face of White Australia
5B: November 5
Introduction to text analysis
- William Turkel, Data Mining with Criminal Intent
- Commentary by Andrew Smith
- Emory University, Lincoln Logarithms
Lab five, November 7
Text analysis techniques
Week Six: Network Analysis
Key terms: network graph, edge, node, bimodal network
6A: November 10 | In-class project work and check-in
6B: November 12 | Lecture by David Shepard
Lab six, November 14
Week Seven: Working through Space
Key terms: GIS, Cartesian coordinates, Mercator projection
7A: November 17 | Lecture by Yoh Kawano
Introduction to GIS
- Alan McConchie and Beth Schechter, “Anatomy of a Web Map” (click each slide to advance)
- Jim Detwiler, “Introduction to Web Mapping“
7B: November 19
What cultural and political values are embedded in the way we model space?
- Ian Gregory, “Using Geographical Information Systems to Explore Space and Time in the Humanities”
- Sara McLafferty, “Women and GIS: Geosptial Technologies and Feminist Geographies”
Lab seven, November 21
Working with time and space.
Week Eight: Interfaces
Key terms: interface, materiality
8A: November 24
Interfaces and user experience.
- Kirschenbaum, Matthew G. “‘So the Colors Cover the Wires’: Interface, Aesthetics, and Usability,” in A Companion to Digital Humanities, edited by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth, 523–42. (Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2004).
- Jesse James Garrett, Elements of User Experience
- Ben Shneiderman, Eight Golden Rules
- Evan Bissell and Eric Loyer, The Knotted Line
- Evan Bissell and Eric Loyer, Freedom’s Ring
8B: November 26
No lab this week
Week Nine: 3D Modeling
Key terms: process-based question, product-based question, immersion, theory, praxis
9A: December 1
3D modeling and cross-cultural interfaces.
- Lisa Snyder and Scott Friedman. “Software Interface for Real-Time Exploration and Educational Use of Three-Dimensional Computer Models of Historic Urban Environments.” National Endowment for the Humanities, September 16, 2013.
- Diane Favro, “Meaning in Motion. A Personal Walk Through Historical Simulation Modeling at UCLA,” in Visualizing Statues in the Late Antique Forum.
9B: December 3
Where does theory fit into the digital humanities, and where does praxis fit in? How do we think about the way the two fit together? Wait, what is theory anyway?
- Johanna Drucker, “Theory as Praxis: The Poetics of Electronic Textuality.” Modernism/Modernity 9, no. 4 (2002): 683–91.
- Natalia Cecire, “Introduction: Theory and the Virtues of Digital Humanities,” Journal of Digital Humanities, March 9, 2012.
Lab nine, December 5
Design meetings, project documentation.
Week Ten: Tying Things Up
NO BLOG POST THIS WEEK
10A: December 8
Review session and project workday
10B: December 10
Final exam in class. Questions.
Lab ten, December 12
Finish final projects, prepare for final presentations
Friday, December 19, 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Presentations of final projects