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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
(Try Matterport)
Blog post

Unit 3: Curate it/put it into practice

“I see a curator as a catalyst, generator and motivator - a sparring partner, accompanying the artist while they build a show,
and a bridge builder, creating a bridge to the public.” -Hans-Ulrich Obrist

Tuesday, October 11th  
Final analysis essays due
Meet with Rachel F. from Museum L-A

Thursday, October 13th  
Project planning goals meetings & proposals
Blog post

Tuesday, October 18th
Meet with Rachel F. from Museum L-A with team proposals/planning

Thursday, October 20th  
Collecting, digitizing audio and 360 images
Potential Art Museum Visit

Tuesday, October 25th
Creating oral history files, searchable key words
Adding exhibit image, video, and comments

Thursday, October 27th  
Adding artifacts to the new WordPress site
Introduce Unit 4
Interface ideas and platform options
Blog post

Tuesday, November 1st
Assessing your materials/artifacts
Maps & timelines
Look at Scene, Google Earth, & ThingLink for 360

Thursday, November 3rd
Museum L-A projects due for final review
e-lit, Twine
Read: Chapter 10: Interface (p. 172), My Body, a Wunderkammer by Shelley Jackson & Depression Quest by Zoe Quinn
Team reflections due Friday!
Blog post

Tuesday, November 8th  
VOTE! No class, Friday schedule

Unit 4: ME-diate: interface & web presentation

“A cyborg is a cybernetic organism, a hybrid of machine and organism, a creature of social reality
as well as a creature of fiction.” –Donna Haraway

Thursday, November 10th 
Discussion: Interface: purpose and design
Platform reviews
Read: Chapters 11: Web presentation formats and networked resources (p. 193) and 12: Project design and intellectual property (p. 211), blog post

Tuesday, November 15th
Final Presentations to Rachel F.
Discussion: Significance of website design and usability
Website analysis
Brainstorming, storyboarding, project planning
(revisit Interface & Presentation pgs. 178 & 198 for design, tips, preparing)
Look at Google MyMaps & Knightlab StoryMap for Thursday

Thursday, November 17th
Map/timeline workshop
Download & look at Twine for Tuesday (ctrl click to open for Macs)
Website proposals/plans (by Monday night)

Tuesday, November 22nd
Story workshop
Look at Scene & ThingLink for Tuesday

Thursday, November 24th No class! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 29th
360 viewing party/workshop

Thursday, December 1st
Revision worktime
Workshop/usability testing

Tuesday, December 6th    
ME-diation presentations!

Thursday, December 8th   
ME-diation presentations!

Final website revisions/reflection due Thursday, December 15th