D-Ped 12/5: Trends in Digital Humanities

In this seminar session devoted to trends in the digital humanities, we (Jason W. Ellis, Margaret Konkol, Patrick McHenry, and Olga Menagarishvili) will discuss ways to enrich our teaching and research with DH approaches and techniques. We will demonstrate how to use widely-used programs, open source tools, and easy techniques for DH scholarship. We will also explore the tone or tension between DH and traditional (i.e., non-digital, analog) humanities. Exploring potential anxieties surrounding DH will facilitate our working through the following questions: What is DH? Is DH fundamentally different than traditional humanities, or does DH enable us to do more with traditional humanities? How can we use DH in our research? How can we use DH in our teaching?

To prepare for the seminar, we ask everyone to read the required articles and browse the resources linked below. Please bring your laptop or tablet. Let’s share our DH experiences and respond to one another’s questions about DH.

Required Readings

Dalbello, Marija. “A Genealogy of Digital Humanities.” Journal of Documentation 67.3 (2011): 480-506. Emerald Management Xtra 175. Web. 26 Nov. 2012.

Hall, Gary. “The Digital Humanities Beyond Computing: A Postscript.” Culture Machine 12 (2011): 1-11. Web. 26 Nov. 2012.

Martin, Regina. “Unease in the Digital Humanities.” TechStyle. 28 Feb. 2011. Web. 26 Nov. 2012.

Demonstration Notes

Jason W. Ellis’ “Down and Dirty Guide to Literary Research with Digital Humanities Tools: Text Mining Basics”

General Resources

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
Digital humanities – Wikipedia
The Digital Humanities Initiative
Digital Humanities Now
New York Times Humanities 2.0 Series


ALLC – The European Association for Digital Humanities Publications Archive
Culture Machine
DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly: 2012
Digital Medievalist
Digital Creativity
Digital Humanities / Journals and series
Journal of the Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science
Journal of Digital Humanities
Literary and Linguistic Computing
Literature+ | Currents in Electronic Literacy


digitalresearchtools / FrontPage
Tooling Up for Digital Humanities

Sampling of Readings on History and Future Trends

Getting Started in Digital Humanities by Lisa Spiro (JDH)
Theory and the Virtues of the Digital Humanities by Natalia Cecire (JDH)
When Digital Humanities Was in Vogue by Natalia Cecire (JDH)
An Electric Current of the Imagination by Andrew Prescott
Essay on opportunities for humanities programs in digital era | Inside Higher Ed
Digital practitioner interview: Julie Thompson Klein, editor of the Digital Humanities Series @ digitalculturebooks
Digital Humanities: First, Second and Third Wave | stunlaw
Future U: Rise of the digital humanities | Ars Technica
Humanities Scholars Embrace Digital Technology – NYTimes.com

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Jason W. Ellis

About Jason W. Ellis

As an undergraduate at Georgia Tech, Jason W. Ellis realized that he was better at writing about science than doing science. This led to his research focus on science fiction and the intersection of science, technology, and culture. After earning an M.A. in Science Fiction Studies at the University of Liverpool and a Ph.D. in English at Kent State University, Jason returned to Tech where he now teaches ENGL1101 with the theme, "Writing the Brain: Composition and Neuroscience." He emphasizes interdisciplinarity and collaborative projects in his classes, and his pedagogical interests include digital literacy, multimodal communication, and portfolio-focused student work. His research interests include 20th-century American literature, science fiction, the neuronovel, neuroscientific topics, the digital archive, video games, and eBooks. His current project investigates the gap between the Internet's "long memory" and digital ephemerality through William Gibson's cyberpunk fiction and experimental eBook projects in the 1990s.
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