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Digital Humanities

The so-called digital humanities is a burgeoning and contested field in academia. Lauded as a solution to the "death" of humanities and loathed for its status as an ambiguous buzz word, this seminar seeks, at its core, to shed light on both the term and the contemporary practice of digital humanities scholarship.To this end, we envision our seminar as an opportunity to explore the wide field of digital scholarship, which includes faculty, librarians, artists, technologists, and alternative academics whose collaborations are advancing humanities research into new digital realms. In particular, our inclusion of alternate academics is aimed to address the post-graduation challenges for new PhDs in the Humanities.

Our seminar consists of monthly meetings, reading colloquia, and works-in-progress presentations as well as a series of guest speakers/workshops. The primary objectives of this seminar are: 

  • To encourage and support digital humanities and digital scholarship skill sets among faculty, librarians, and graduate students.
  • To inspire interdisciplinary collaboration, spark cross-campus creativity, build a community of practice, and raise the profile of digital scholarship support services on campus.
  • To offer faculty, librarians, and graduate students an opportunity to explore successful digital humanities collaborations and network with leaders in the field, including #alt-academic leaders.

Fall 2015 Meetings

  • September 25 - Getting Started in the Digital Humanities - Common Approaches & Tools
    Melrose Hall E 102
  • October 16 - Skills Workshop - Using Omeka for Digital Scholarship Projects
    Hodges Library 128
  • October 23 - Skills Workshop - Using Timeline.js & StoryMap.js 
    Hodges Library 128
  • November 20 - Coffee & Conversation with Guest: Wayne Graham, head of the Scholars' Lab Research and Development team, University of Virginia 
    Melrose Hall E 102
  • December 4 - Skills Workshop - Using Scalar for Digital Projects & Pedagogy
    Hodges Library 128

Spring 2016 Meetings 

  • February 5 - Skills Workshop - Digital Tools for Organizing Research
    Hodges Library 128
  • March 24 - Elaine Sheldon, Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center
    at the University of Connecticut
    Coffee & Conversation @ 1pm-2:30pm
    Hodges Library 128
    Doing Digital Humanities
    *Plus public presentation in Hodges Library Auditorium 6:00pm.
    More information and speaker biographies can be found on the Libraries webpage
  • April 8 - Maria Popova, founder and editor of Brain Pickings
    Coffee & Conversation @ 1pm-2:30pm
    Melrose Hall E 102
    Doing Digital Humanities
    *Plus public presentation in Hodges Library Auditorium 6:00pm (tentative)
    More information and speaker biographies can be found on the Libraries webpage
  • April 22 - Tom Scheinfeldt, Director of Digital Humanities in the Digital Media Center at the University of Connecticut
    Coffee & Conversation @ 1pm-2:30pm
    Melrose Hall E 102
    Doing Digital Humanities
    *Plus public presentation in Hodges Library Auditorium 3:00pm.
    More information and speaker biographies can be found on the Libraries webpage

Additional support for this seminar comes from UT Libraries and the Office of Research & Engagement's Scholarly Projects Fund

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