Introduction to Digital Humanities


Course Readings

Burdick, Anne, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. "A Short Guide To The Digital_Humanities" in Digital_Humanities. Open Access. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2012. 

Butler, Judith. "Performative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory." Theatre Journal 40, no. 4 (1988): 519-31. 

Drucker, Johanna. “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 5, no. 1 (2011).

Engel, Maureen. “Deep Mapping: Space, Place, and Narrative as Urban Interface.” In The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, edited by Jentry Sayers. New York: Routledge, 2018.

Gilliland, Anne J. “Setting the Stage.” In Introduction to Metadata, edited by Murtha Baca. The Getty, 2016.

Guldi, Jo, and David Armitage. “Big Questions, Big Data.” In The History Manifesto, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014. 

Herder, Janosik. “The Power of Platforms.” Public Seminar. (January 25, 2019).

Lister, Martin, Jon Dovey, Seth Giddings, Iain Grant, and Kelly. New Media: A Critical Introduction. Second. London: Routledge, 2009.

McLuhan, Marshall.  "The Medium is the Message" in Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1964. 

Moretti, Franco. "Patterns and Interpretation." Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab, 2017.

Risam, Roopika. New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2018).

Schöch, Christof. “Big? Smart? Clean? Messy? Data in the Humanities.” Journal of Digital Humanities, November 22, 2013. 

Schwartz, Michelle and Constance Crompton, “Remaking History: Lesbian Feminist Historical Methods in the Digital Humanities” In Losh, Elizabeth, and Jacqueline Wernimont, eds. Bodies of Information Intersectional Feminism and the Digital Humanities. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019.

Tiffert, Glenn D. “Peering down the Memory Hole: Censorship, Digitization, and the Fragility of Our Knowledge Base.” The American Historical Review 124, no. 2 (April 1, 2019): 550–68.

Umoja Noble, Safiya. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism. (New York: New York University Press, 2018).  Introduction and Chapter 1. 

Underwood, Ted. "Distant Reading and Recent Intellectual History,"in Mathew Gold and Lauren Klein eds., Debates in Digital Humanities 2016. Open access edition, 

Weingart, Scott B. “Demystifying Networks, Parts I & II.” Journal of Digital Humanities 1, no. 1 (2012).

Wueste, Elizabeth. “Big Data, Big Problems.” Eidolon, December 18, 2017. 

Yau, Nathan. Data Points: Visualization That Means Something. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley and Sons, 2013. Chapters 3 and 4. 

Course Tools

Cytoscape- network analysis tool

- web annotation app

Morph- visualization tool

OpenRefine- data cleaning tool

Raw Graphs- visualization tool

- digital publishing platform

Tableau- visualization tool

​Voyant- text analysis tool

Course Websites

Alan Liu's Data Collections and Datasets

Alan Liu's DH Toychest

Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations 

DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly 

John Rasp's Data Sets for Classroom Use

Kindred Britain

Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America

Mapping the Republic of Letters

ORBIS: The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media

Scalar 2 User's Guide

The Public Historian

Torn Apart/ Separados

UCLA Center for Digital Humanities

Using Dublin Core – The Elements

What is Digital Humanities?

Additional Resources

Data is Plural- Structured archive curated by Jeremy Singer-Vine of public datasets created between 2015 and 2020.

- Disinformation, misinformation, and “fake news” are longstanding phenomena that, in the wake of the digital revolution, have become newly politicized and consequential. Citizens around the world have instant access to a vast variety of information – some of which is purposely misleading or manufactured for political ends. The known uses of disinformation include coordinated campaigns aimed at influencing elections and undermining democratic processes. In response to these developments, new research on mis- and disinformation is rapidly emerging from a range of academic disciplines.MediaWell is an initiative of the Social Science Research Council that seeks to track and curate that research. 

The Digital Humanities Literacy Guidebook
- The DHLG introduces digital humanities (DH) to the interested newcomer, featuring introductory project videos; lists of educational resources; and materials on how to engage in the DH community. Visitors will learn about DH, whether it’s a route they want to pursue, and if so, how to take the first steps. 

SSRC Doing Digital Scholarship
- Doing Digital Scholarship offers a self-guided introduction to digital scholarship, designed for digital novices. It allows you to dip a toe into a very large field of practice.

Storybench Tutorials - Storybench takes an “under the hood” look at the latest in digital storytelling, from data visualization and investigative journalism to virtual reality and the digital humanities. In addition to in-depth interviews with industry practitioners, we offer hands-on tutorials that can be “downloaded” right into the classroom or newsroom. 

The Programming Historian- The Programming Historian publishes novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate research and teaching. 

University of Pittsburgh Finding Data Library Guide- This guide points to resources that can be used to search for and identify potentially relevant and useful sources of data across a variety of disciplines.It also lists, briefly describes, and links to sources and repositories containing data, with a focus on open access sources and those available to University of Pittsburgh researcher.

Reviews in DH- Reviews in Digital Humanities is a pilot of a peer-reviewed journal that facilitates scholarly evaluation of digital humanities work and its outputs. This may include, but is not limited to: digital archives, multimedia or multimodal scholarship, digital exhibits, visualizations, digital games, digital tools, and digital projects. Importantly, it is expected that the outputs selected for review in this journal will blend humanistic and technological inquiry. The goal of Reviews in Digital Humanities is to foster critical discourse about digital scholarship in a format useful to other scholars.  

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