Digital Humanities Literacy Workshop

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

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The Digital Humanities Literacy Workshop at Carnegie Mellon University is a 3-day course focused on providing humanities scholars with a broad overview of Digital Humanities (DH) research, introducing participants to a wide range of computational techniques and critical approaches for the humanities. After a combination of conceptual overviews and hands-on workshops, participants should have a good sense of whether digital humanities is an area they intend to pursue more thoroughly. Participants include students, faculty, and staff from around Pittsburgh, but the primary audience is CMU humanities graduate students finishing their first year.

Scott B. Weingart, Program Director of Digital Humanities at Carnegie Mellon University, will teach the course alongside guest speakers from CMU and elsewhere.

Participants Will:

  • Learn about and receive practical experience with a wide array of DH areas.
  • Develop an awareness of the technical and critical steps required to perform digital research.
  • Know where to go locally, globally, and on the web for further resources.
  • Meet like-minded individuals in the Pittsburgh region.

Topics:

  • 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.

Evaluation:

Participants taking the workshop for a graduate stipend must turn in a 3-page critical report describing a tool, technique, or project pertaining to the digital humanities, which will be evaluated as part of the course requirements.


Schedule

May 30th - June 1st, 2018, 9am-3pm, Steinberg Auditorium & Breakout Rooms, TBA

The below details are not final and are subject to change.

Wednesday May 30

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 8:30 Coffee & Bagels
    • 9:00 Welcome & what is DH? (Scott B. Weingart)
    • 9:45 Compuational Philosophy (Kevin Zollman)
    • 10:30 Data Journalism (AmyJo Brown)
    • 11:15 Digital Art History (Alison Langmead)
  • 12:00 Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Breakout Workshops, Must Pre-Register (Rooms TBA)
    • Designing Experiments in Digital Literary Studies (Matthew Lavin)
    • Agent-Based Modeling and Philosophy (Kevin Zollman)
    • Data Visualization (Emma Slayton)

Thursday May 31

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 8:30 Coffee & Bagels
    • 9:00 DH in Literary Studies (Christopher Warren)
  • 10:00 Morning - Breakout Workshops, Must Pre-Register (Rooms TBA)
    • Networks & History (Zoe LeBlanc)
    • Designing Experiments in Digital Literary Studies (Matthew Lavin)
    • Creative Writing with Natural Language Processing (Allison Parrish)
  • 12:00 Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Breakout Workshops, Must Pre-Register (Rooms TBA)
    • Networks & History (Zoe LeBlanc)
    • GIS and Mapping (Jessica Benner)
    • Creative Writing with Natural Language Processing (Allison Parrish)

Friday June 1

  • 9:00 Morning - Steinberg Auditorium (Baker A53)
    • 8:30 Coffee & Bagels
    • 9:00 DH & Data (Jessica Otis)
  • 10:00 Morning - Breakout Workshops, Must Pre-Register (Rooms TBA)
    • GIS and Mapping (Jessica Benner)
    • Text Analysis (Ben Schmidt)
    • Programming for DH (Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold)
  • 12:00 Lunch (provided)
  • 1:00 Afternoon - Breakout Workshops, Must Pre-Register (Rooms TBA)
    • Data Visualization (Emma Slayton)
    • Text Analysis (Ben Schmidt)
    • Programming for DH (Lauren Tilton and Taylor Arnold)

Stipend Requirements

Participants taking the course for a stipend must attend the entire workshop. Participants will also be required to successfully complete an assignment covering topics from the workshop.

Course Assignments

Participants receiving a stipend (CMU graduate students) will be required to turn in their assignments a week after the course's completion (June 9th):

  • A 1500-word (3 page) description and critique of a tool, technique, or project pertaining to the digital humanities. Assignments will be assessed on their understanding of the theoretical and technical underpinnings of the object of study, their evaluation of its overall goals and how it succeeds or fails in them, and their ability to suggest improvements.