Digital Humanities Literacy Workshop

Sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at Carnegie Mellon University.

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The Digital Humanities Summer School at Carnegie Mellon is an intensive 1-week course focused on providing humanities scholars with a broad overview of Digital Humanities (DH) research, as well as a conceptual background for designing, setting up, and doing a DH research project. The goal of the summer school is to create new understandings of how humanities scholars can computationally augment their research, allowing them to explore fundamentally different kinds of questions and equipping them to do so in ways that are relevant to the participants' own scholarship. Participants will come away with an awareness of resources for implementing ideas and furthering their education.

Scott B. Weingart (, CMU's Digital Humanities Specialist, will teach the course alongside relevant guest speakers from CMU and other local universities.

Participants Will:

  • Understand the theory and practice of DH, including its history, the opportunities it presents, and critical issues in incorporating DH into humanities scholarship.
  • Develop competencies for creating a sound and significant research project that benefits from the techniques of DH.
  • Develop the ability to evaluate collections and to use the most popular standards, applications, and analysis tools as well as critically evaluate them.
  • Know where to go locally, globally, and on the web for further resources.


  • Culture. DH research takes place in a different cultural world than much humanities research, which can be disorienting for newcomers. Topics such as DH history, ethos, and publication environment are included to introduce participants to DH culture.
  • World. Members of the DH community often describe it as a "big tent", encompassing many subjects. This summer school covers many such subjects, including digital history, digital literary studies, new media & cultural criticism, computational philosophy, digital arts & art history, public humanities, digital editions, and feminist digital humanities.
  • Methods. DH researchers are aligned in their interest in approaching humanities questions from many methodological angles. Methods covered here include visualization, statistics, text encoding, and network, geographic, & text analysis.
  • Research Development & Evaluation. Most DH research is project-based. This summer school will help participants plan, develop, and evaluate project-based research.


Participants taking the workshop as part of their graduate training will collaborate in small groups to produce a DH project proposal, which will be evaluated as part of the course requirements.


May 18-22nd, 9am-3pm, Steinberg Auditorium & Hunt Library Studio A

Monday May 18

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 9:00 Introduction (Weingart & Burton)
    • 9:30 Successful Projects: An Overview (Dr. Christopher Warren)
    • 10:00 Building as a Way of Knowing
    • 10:30 Break
    • 10:45 New Media & Digital Criticism
    • 11:15 DH Feminism, DHPoCo
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Studio A (Hunt Library)
    • 1:00 Digital Literary Studies (Dr. Christopher Warren)
    • 2:00 Break
    • 2:15 Group/guided work, project introduction

Tuesday May 19

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 9:00 Doing DH: OA Ethos, Publication, Backchannel, Teams
    • 9:30 Digital History (Dr. Elaine Parsons, Duquesne)
    • 10:30 Break
    • 10:45 Digital Art History & Aesthetics (Dr. Alison Langmead, Pitt)
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Studio A (Hunt Library)
    • 1:00 Computational Philosophy (Dr. David Danks)
    • 2:00 Break
    • 2:15 Group/guided work

Wednesday May 20

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 9:00 Computational Thinking
    • 9:30 Distant & Close Reading
    • 10:00 Break
    • 10:15 DH Design & Visualization; Representation & Rhetoric
    • 10:45 Digital Publishing, Process vs. Product. (Dr. Matthew Burton, Pitt)
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Studio A (Hunt Library)
    • 1:00 Project Management (Dr. Matthew Burton, Pitt)
    • 2:00 Break
    • 2:15 Group/guided work

Thursday May 21

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 9:00 Multilingual & Global DH
    • 9:30 Text mining
    • 10:15 Break
    • 10:30 Data Science for Humanists (Dr. Matthew Burton, Pitt)
    • 11:00 Network Analysis
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Studio A (Hunt Library)
    • 1:00 Maps, Demography, & Prosopography
    • 1:30 Corpora, Corpus Linguistics, & Authorship
    • 2:00 Break
    • 2:15 Group/guided work (DH Project assessment)

Friday May 22

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 9:00 Data in DH (Dr. Jessica Otis)
    • 10:00 Break
    • 10:15 Digital Libraries (Dr. Keith Webster)
    • 11:15 Conducting research & funding opportunities (Leslie Levine)
  • 11:45 Lunch
  • 12:45 Afternoon - Studio A (Hunt Library)
    • 12:45 Computational Social Science (Dr. Cosma Shalizi)
    • 1:45 Wrap-up DH
    • 1:55 Closing remarks from Dean Scheines & fellowship discussion
    • 2:05 Discussion & Q&A
    • Assignment/group work discussion

Stipend Requirements

Students applying to take the course for a stipend must either attend the entire workshop, or must have a pre-arranged plan, approved by the instructor, for sharing detailed notes with someone will be attending during anticipated time missed. This system is in place for students who have teaching duties during the week of the workshop, and must be approved before taking the course.

Students will also be required to successfully and competently complete a set of assignments covering topics from the workshop.

Course Assignments

Students will be required to turn in two assignments a week after the course's completion (4/31):

  • 3 separate 250-word critiques of digital humanities projects. Critiques will be assessed on the student's understanding of the project, their evaluation of its overall goals and how it fits in with a humanities research agenda, and their ability to suggest improvements.
  • 3 page double-spaced grant/project proposal for an achievable digital humanities project, to be worked on in groups of around 6. Modeled off of Office of Digital Humanities Startup Grants. (NOTE: An additional session with Leslie Levine will be held the following week, for those looking for further help with this task)