1/11 -- Week 1: What is (and isn't) Digital Humanities?
Introduction to the field of Digital Humanities, from its beginnings in Humanities Computing to the current state of the field; how is DH different from (and how does it overlap with) New Media Studies? What is a DH research question?
- Patrik Svensson, “The Landscape of Digital Humanities,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 4, no. 1 (Summer 2010).
Introduction to selected UCLA projects that exemplify certain fields of DH:
- UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology: http://uee.ucla.edu
- Digital Roman Forum: http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Forum
- HyperCities: http://hypercities.com
- Danish Folklore: http://dev.cdh.ucla.edu/~newmedia/DFL/index.html
- Cuneiform Digital Library: http://cdli.ucla.edu/
In-class Problem Set #1: Divided into groups of five, each team will analyze the basic functionalities and technologies of one of these sites. Pay attention to the following: What technologies does the project use to engage with a humanistic problem? What is the humanistic problem that these technologies address? How is the project structured in terms of interface, interactivity, and, to the extent that you can tell, the back-end (ie, data structures and database)? How is the project supported and what stage is it in?
1/12 (2 PM) – EndNote workshop at YRL RC, room 11630F
1/18 -- Week 2: A Very Brief History of Digital Humanities (With Reference to Some Key Thinkers in New Media Studies)
- A Companion to Digital Humanities, eds. Susan Schreibman, John Unsworth, Ray Siemens. Read: "The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction"; Susan Hockey, "A History of Humanities Computing"; Andrea Laue, "How the Computer Works"; and Willard McCarty, "Modeling: A Study of Words and Meanings"
- Vannevar Bush, "As We May Think" (1945).
- Theodor Nelson, "A File Structure for the Complex, the Changing, and the Indeterminate" (1965), from: The New Media Reader, eds. Noah-Wardrip Fruin and Nick Monfort
- Suggested reading: Peter Lunenfeld, "Generations" (from: The Secret War Between Downloading and Uploading): Available as free IPad/IPhone application.
Problem Set #2: Building on the work that your team did in week 1, come prepared to class to discuss the interrelation between the "humanities problem" exemplified by the digital project and the technologies/tools/methods that the project employs. You may need to contact the director of the project if you have questions about the technical documentation or project specifications.
1/24 (1PM), EndNote Workshop (second offering) in YRL RC, Room 11630F
1/25 -- Week 3: The Transformation of the Human Sciences and the Humanities
- Michel Foucault, "The Discourse on Language" (1971), inaugural address to the College de France in: The Archaeology of Knowledge
- Jean-Francois Lyotard, Postmodernism: A Report on Knowledge
- Ramesh Srinivasan, Katherine M. Becvar, Robin Boast, and Jim Enote, "Diverse Knowledges and Contact Zones within the Digital Museum"
- Stephen Ramsay, "Databases," in: A Companion to Digital Humanities
- Lawrence Page and Sergey Brin, "The PageRank Citation Ranking: Bringing Order to the Web." Available here: http://ilpubs.stanford.edu:8090/422/
- Secondary reading: Todd Presner, "Digital Humanities 2.0: A Report on Knowledge" (available here: http://cnx.org/content/m34246/latest/)
Problem Set #3: How can we connect the practices of DH to the traditions of critical theory (ie, questions of authority and authorship, knowledge legitimation, expertise and credentialing, institutional histories, the nexus of knowledge and power, among other things)? Pick a mature DH project and discuss how it exemplifies (or fails to exemplify) the connection to critical theory.
1/27: YRL Research Commons Open House (11-1) + Grad Student Mixer with DH Faculty (1-2 PM)
2/1 -- Week 4: Radiant Textuality: Transformations of Text and Critical Edition
2/1 (11 AM) – YRL RC Workshop on XML (strongly recommended), room 11630F
- Jerome McGann, Radiant Textuality (selections: pp. 1-28, 53-74, 137-186)
- Willard McCarty: "Finding Implicit Patterns in Ovid's Metamorphosis with TACT"
- Case Studies: The Rossetti Archive (http://www.rossettiarchive.org/); NINES (Nineteenth Century Scholarship Online): http://www.nines.org/; Women Writers Project: http://www.wwp.brown.edu/; Walt Whitman Archive: http://www.whitmanarchive.org/
- Kenneth Price, "Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What's in a Name?"
- Learn about the Text-Encoding-Initiative (TEI): http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml
- Allen H. Renear. “Text Encoding," in: A Companion to Digital Humanities. http://www.digitalhumanities.org/companion/
ASSIGMENT #1 DUE by Friday, Feb. 3: Evaluating a mature DH project. Posted to class blog by the end of the week.
2/8 -- Week 5: The Historical Sciences: Medium and Practice
- Georg G. Iggers, "Historicism: The History and Meaning of the Term," in: Journal of the History of Ideas 56.1 (January 1995): 129-52
- Walter Benjamin, "Convolute N: On the Theory of Knowledge, Theory of Progress," from: Arcades Project (1928-40).
- Alun Munslow, "Deconstructing History"
- Edward Ayers, "The Valley of Shadow" project: http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/
- Digital Harlem: http://www.acl.arts.usyd.edu.au/harlem/
- Suggested additional essays on history and new media available here:
Problem Set #4: Describe the methods specific to investigating historical questions. How would you characterize the changing relationship between narrative and medium? What methods and tools (if any) are not specific or relevant to investigating historical questions?
2/10 (2 PM) – TEI Workshop – YRL RC, room 11630F
2/13 -- 1:30 PM in YRL -"Visualization" workshop with Fredrik Palm of Umea HumLab (and Johanna Drucker)
2/14 -- 1:30 Geo-tools with Yoh Kawano: Google Fusion Tables, Geo-data, and GIS. YRL RC.
2/15 -- Week 6: Distant Readings, Network Analyses, and Data Deluge
- Introductory articles on "culturomics" from Science, "Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books" (2010). Available here: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/early/2010/12/15/science.1199644
- Franco Moretti, "Conjectures on World Literature," New Left Review (Jan.-Feb. 2000). Available here: http://www.newleftreview.org/A2094
- N. Katherine Hayles, "How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine" (video)
- Lev Manovich on Cultural Analytics: http://lab.softwarestudies.com/2008/09/cultural-analytics.html
- Lev Manovich, "Trending: The Promises and Challenges of Big Social Data," available here: http://www.manovich.net/DOCS/Manovich_trending_paper.pdf
- Johanna Drucker, Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display, Digital Humanities Quarterly, Winter 2011: v5 n1
- Visualization Tools, such as: Many Eyes: http://www-958.ibm.com/software/data/cognos/manyeyes/ and Protovis: http://mbostock.github.com/protovis/
ASSIGMENT #2 DUE: Mapping the Digital in your discipline (in teams, assigned in class)
Assignment of Final Project Teams (in-class) and first meetings
2/16 (2 PM) – Copyright Workshop, YRL RC, Room 11630F
2/22 -- Week 7: Thick Mappings and the "Spatial Humanities"
- Selected essays from: David J. Bodenhamer, John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris, eds., The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship
- JB Harley, "Deconstructing the Map"
- Gregor Kalas, Diane Favro, and Chris Johanson, "Visualizing Statues in the Late Antique Forum": http://inscriptions.etc.ucla.edu
- Digital Roman Forum: http://dlib.etc.ucla.edu/projects/Forum/
- HyperCities (http://www.hypercities.com) and, specifically, the LA Research Collections: http://www.hypercities.com/LA
- Secondary Reading: Todd Presner, "Remapping German/Jewish Studies: Benjamin, Cartography, Modernity"
Problem Set #5: Has there been a "spatial turn" in your discipline and, if so, how would you characterize it? What's the significance (or insignificance) of spatial analysis (and how is it undertaken) for advancing knowledge in your field? Can you imagine a set of research questions in your discipline that demand spatial analysis? What kinds of tools and technologies would be necessary for pursuing these questions?
2/29 -- Week 8: New Models for Scholarly Publishing, Authorship, and Sharing
- Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence (read, at least, the chapters on "peer review," "authorship," and "the university"): http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence/
- Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular: http://www.vectorsjournal.org/ Please read the introductory editorial statements from several issues and familiarize yourself with a number of projects in your discipline.
- Chris Johanson and Diane Favro, "Death in Motion: Funeral Processions in the Roman Forum," available as multimedia article, with Google Earth models: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1525/jsah.2010.69.1.12
- Roy Rosenzweig, "Can History be Open Source? Wikipedia and the Future of the Past": http://chnm.gmu.edu/essays-on-history-new-media/essays/?essayid=42
- Julia Flanders, "The Productive Unease of 21st Century Digital Scholarship," in: Digital Humanities Quarterly 3.3. (Summer 2009). Available: http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/3/3/000055/000055.html
- Suggested reading: Christine Borgman, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and Christine Borgman, "The Digital Future is Now: A Call to Action for the Humanities" (2009)
In-class team meetings and final preparations for NEH start-up grant projects
3/7 -- Week 9: Intellectual Horizons and Institutional Challenges for 2012 and Beyond
- Johanna Drucker, SpecLab: Digital Aesthetics and Projects in Speculative Computing [selections: Chapters 1.1, 1.2, 2.1, 2.2, and 3.1]
- Bernie Frischer, “The Ultimate Internet Café: Reflections of a Practicing Digital Humanist about Designing a Future for the Research Library in the Digital Age,” Council on Library and Information Resources, publication nr. 129: 41-55. Available online at: http://www.clir.org/pubs/reports/pub129/frischer.html.
- Digital Humanities Manifesto: http://www.humanitiesblast.com/manifesto/Manifesto_V2.pdf
Please familiarize yourself with these resources:
- HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Sciences, Technologies Advanced Collaboratory)
- NY Times Series on Humanities 2.0
- MLA Profession: Evaluating Digital Scholarship (2011)
- UCLA Faculty Statement: How to Evaluate Digital Scholarship (2011)
à ASSIGNMENT #3 DUE BY 3/9: A draft grant proposal for a NEH "Digital Humanities Start-up" grant. Your proposal should follow the guidelines set by the NEH and situate your project within the state of your field/discipline.
3/14 -- Week 10: In-class Evaluation and Discussion of "DH Grant Proposals"
We will be joined by members of the DH faculty who will discuss and evaluate the merits of each proposal in dialogue with each group. Each group will be asked to present their proposal for 10 minutes, followed by discussion with the DH faculty and students.