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Syllabus & schedule

* pdf of 510 syllabus








Introductions all around

“When I'm asked, I like to say that digital humanities is just one method for doing humanistic inquiry.”
-Brian Croxall (from

Tuesday, August 30th   
Introduction to the class & each other
Show your selfie
Read: syllabus & course website & blog, “What is Digital Humanities?” (on blog), & “The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0”

Thursday, September 1st
Situating the Digital Humanities  
Class planning: units & real-world connections  
Read: Preface (p. x) and chapter 1: Digital Humanities Overview (p. 1),
Blog post

Unit 1: What in the digital humanities? Situate this

“Digital formats are ephemeral, vulnerable, and depend upon elaborate material infrastructures” (9).

Tuesday, September 6th   
Discussion: What is Digital Humanities?  
What’s involved? Materials, processing, and presentation
In-class look at DH projects
Introduce project 1: DH project options/sign-ups
Read: Chapters 2: Data Modeling and Use (p. 19) and 3: Digitization (p.34)

Thursday, September 8th  
Proposals/project sign-ups
Your project at first glance: purpose and audience
Blog post

Tuesday, September 13th  
Discussion: DH projects and purpose
Read: Chapters 4: Metadata, Markup, and data description (p. 52) and 5: Database design (p. 70)

Thursday, September 15th   
In-depth project analysis: materials, process, presentation
Blog post

Tuesday, September 20th
Discussion: Significance of metadata and design in DH projects
DH project analysis presentations
Chapters 6: Information visualization (p. 86), “Problems of Scale” &“What is Distant Reading?”

Unit 2: Data mining & visualization: Analyze that  

“Digital Humanities is not a unified field but an array of convergent practices that explore a universe,” -Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0

Thursday, September 22nd
Essays due
Introduce Unit 2 & Project Gutenberg (Poe & Wharton)
Read: Chapter 7: Data mining and analysis (p. 110), Six Degrees of Francis Bacon and Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow, blog post

Tuesday, September 27th
Discussion: Quantitative data/DH tools for literary analysis
Proposals/Project Gutenberg story sign-ups
Introduction to Voyant tools
Practice exercise

Thursday, September 29th
Scholar consultation in groups
Share findings, compare/contrast
Blog post

Tuesday, October 4th  
Voyant findings/preliminary presentations
Maine Sound & Story, VR tours, & Museum L-A website
Read: chapters 8: Mapping and GIS (p. 130) and 9: Three-dimensional and virtual models (p. 151)

Thursday, October 6th  
Discussion: audio & VR (& maps)
Virtual tourism, heritage
Introduce Unit 3 & curation project
Project teams: audio database & 360 tour
Blog post