Schedule & Readings

If anything changes below (readings, deadlines), I’ll let you know in class and via email. Readings listed next to dates refer to the texts we’ll be discussing on those particular dates. You’ll receive readings that don’t have hyperlinks by other means.


TH 1/28: Overview of course; “What is Digital Humanities?”(Various); “Getting Started in Digital Humanities” (Spiro)

Secondary Readings: The Oregon Trail (Various);Bambi vs. GodzillaDoom 2 ;“Encarta ’96”;“Where Online Services Go When They Die” (Edwards); Windows 95 Tips (Cicierega); “Web 2.0” (Various); “Good Intentions: The Later Works of Brian O’Nolan” (McGrath)

Backgrounds and Contexts

T 2/2 Excerpts from Hypertext 2.0 (Landow) and Hamlet on The Holodeck (Murray); “Intermedia: An Introduction” (Landow); “Credits: Who Wrote the Material in the In Memoriam Web” (Landow and Lanestedt); In Memoriam Web (Landow et al)

Secondary Readings“The History of Humanities Computing” (Hockey);“Hypertext” (Landow); “A Command Line Primer for Beginners” (LifeHacker)

TH 2/4 “Digital Dualism vs. Augmented Reality,” “Digital Dualism and the Fallacy of Web Objectivity” and “The IRL Fetish” (Jurgenson); Various works by Lauren McCarthy

Secondary Readings: “Your Internet Friends Are Real” (Chayka);“Digital Ephemera and The Calculus of Importance” (Cohen); “Brands Are Not Your Friends” (Biddle); “Augmented Reality Livens Up Museums” (Rieland); Second Life

T 2/9 “Promises and Perils of Digital History”  and “Exploring The History Web” (Introduction through “Discussion and Organizational Sites”) (Cohen and Rosenzweig); September 11 Digital Archive; Guantanamo Public Memory Project

Secondary Readings: “Snapshots of History” (Onion); “Between Archive and Participation: Public Memory in a Digital Age” (Haskins)

TH 2/11 “Digital Humanities As/Is A Tactical Term” (Kirschenbaum); “The Productive Unease of 21st-century Digital Scholarship” (Flanders);“Can Digital Humanities Mean Transformative Critique?” (Lothian and Phillips); Girls Who Code

Secondary Readings: “A Digital Humanities Manifesto” and “The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0” (Various); “Why are The Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation” (McPherson); “What’s Next? The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities” (Posner)

Media, Digital Media, and Digital Interfaces

T 2/16 “Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation” (Bolter and Grusin; link emailed to students); “Indistinguishable from Magic: Invisible Interfaces and Digital Literature as Demystifier” (Emerson; read via Brown’s ebrary edition); The Text Encoding Initiative and the Women Writers Project

Secondary Readings: “Sing to Me, O Muse (But Keep It Brief)” (Lehman); “The Future of A Thing is A Return To Its Values” (Visconti)

TH 2/18 “From Reading to Social Computing” (Liu); Excerpt from Always Already New (Gitelman); “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s In A Name?” (Price); “The Custodians” (Lerner); What Jane Saw

Secondary Readings: “The Cathedral of Computation” (Bogost); “So The Colors Cover The Wires” (Kirschenbaum); The Computer History Museum; Electronic Literature Organization


Archives and Digital Archives

TH 2/25 “facts and FACTS: Abolitionists’ Database Innovations” (Garvey); “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hennings” (Klein); Chronicling America; The Digital Public Library of America; “Radical Archives and the New Cycles of Contention” (Springer)

Secondary Readings: Serendip-o-matic“Digital Records of Incarceration” (McGrath)

T 3/1 “Archives in Context and As Context” (Theimer); “We’re All Digital Archivists Now” (Schaefer and Owens); “Can The Internet Be Archived?” (Lepore); “Personal Digital Archives” (Library of Congress); The Internet Archive and Archive-It

Secondary Readings:“Animating the Archive” (Schnapp); “The .txtual Condition: Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Archives, and The Future Literary” (Kirschenbaum); Silencing The Past: Power and The Production of History (Trouillot); “Venus in Two Acts” (Hartman)

TH 3/3 “Towards Generous Interfaces for Archival Collections” (Whitelaw); Omeka and Digital Archives

Analog and Digital Crowdsourcing

T 3/8 “Engaging the Public: Best Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines” (Crowd Consortium); Wikipedia

Blog Post due: Case Study of Digital Project

Secondary Readings:“Crowdsourcing and Community Engagement” (Peaker); “How an Ecosystem of Machine Learning and Crowdsourcing Could Help You” (Ridge)

TH 3/10 “Postcolonial Digital Humanities: The Rewriting Wikipedia Project” (Koh and Risam); “#transform(ing)DH Writing and Research” (Bailey); Wikipedia editing

Secondary Readings: “The News on Wikipedia in 2014” (Keegan); New American Notes Online Special Issue: “Digital Humanities, Public Humanities” (Various)

Data, Big Data, and Data Curation

T 3/15 “Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities” (Schöch); “The Red Herring of Big Data” (Croxall); “Google Ngram: An Intro for Historians” (Gratien and Pontillo); Google Ngram and Google Ngram FAQ

Secondary Readings: “What is Code?” (Ford); “Defining Data for Humanists: Text, Artifact, Information, or Evidence?” (Owens); “Mr. Penumbra, Distant Reading, and Cheating at Scholarship” (Cordell) 

TH 3/17 “Foundations of Data Curation: The Pedagogy and Practice of ‘Purposeful Work’ with Research Data” (Various); “An Introduction to Humanities Data Curation” (Flanders and Muñoz)

Secondary Readings: “Data Curation as Publishing for the Digital Humanities” (Muñoz)

Social Media

T 3/22 “What is an @uthor?” (Kirschenbaum); “A Call for Bots of Conviction” (Sample);  “After The Protests” (Tufekci); Every Three Minutes; How To Make A Twitter Bot with Google Spreadsheets (Whalen)

Secondary Readings:  Interview with Patricia Lockwood (HTMLGIANT); Mark Sample’s Twitter Bots; “The Best Twitter Bots of 2015”

TH 3/24 TAGS and Twitter Data; “History Hashtags: Exploring a Virtual Network of Twitterstorians” (Varin); Selfie City

Secondary Readings: “The Design of an International Social Media Event: A Day in the Life of the Digital Humanities” (Various);“Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University” (Losh)




Mapping: Data, Design, and Curation

T 4/5: “The Potential of Spatial Humanities” (Bodenhamer; pgs. 14-29); “Digital Maps and Social Data” (Long); The Roaring Twenties; Mapping Titian; Select ArcGIS Projects

TH 4/7: “Mapping the Digital Empire: Google Earth and the Process of Postmodern Cartography” (Farman); Neatline, Google Maps, and HistoryPin: Comparing Methodologies and Uses

Blog Post Due: Social Media

Project Development

T 4/12 Blog posts (#2) due

TH 4/14 “Ten Rules for Humanities Scholars New to Project Management” (Nowviskie); “Building Digital Humanities Projects for Everyone” (Reut)

Secondary Readings:“Project Management for Humanists” (Leon); “12 Basic Principles of Project Management” (Croxall)

 T 4/19 NEH Grant Proposals and Project Case-Studies; Examples of Scaling Up Projects; Examples of Specs and User Stories

TH 4/21 “How did they make that?” (Posner); “What Ever Happened to Project Bamboo?” (Dombrowski)

T 4/26  “Digital Preservation’s Place in the Future of the Digital Humanities” (Owens)

TH 4/28 Formal Proposal DRAFTS Due; Discussion of Proposal Drafts (Ignite Pitches)

T 5/3 Workshop Session (Digital Project 1.0)

TH 5/5 “Published Yet Never Done: The Tension Between Projection and Completion in Digital Humanities Research” (Various); “Done: Finishing Projects in the Digital Humanities” (Kirschenbaun)

Secondary Readings: “The Eternal September of the Digital Humanities” (Nowviskie)

T 5/10 Digital Project 1.0 and Final Drafts of Formal Proposals Due

TH 5/12 Blog Post Dissemination Due

T 5/17 tba