I got word this weekend that my full panel on feminism and Digital Humanities with Dene Grigar, Kathi Inman Berens, and Jacque Wernimont is accepted for the 2013 Digital Humanities Conference. Acceptance to this conference is based on 6 readers’ reports and has only a 47% chance of acceptance. University of Nebraska-Lincoln will host us this July where we’ll get to gather with the likes of Steve Ramsay, Kay Walter, Brian Croxall, Ted Underwood, Matt Gold, Amanda Gailey, Melissa Terras, Tanya Clement, and more. This is a conference that isn’t bound by disciplines and ranges from topics on pedagogy to programming and data mining. Being able to have these conversations in the same room is integral to growing digital humanities, IMHO. I see work being done that I wish I had the time to do — all that data mining by Underwood is really exciting for the field! And what Jockers has been able to achieve is super cool. (If you haven’t already read their blogs, you might carve out some time for that.)
And, you might take a look at how the participants in the field define themselves and dh: from the Day of Digital Humanities 2009-2012
Last Thursday, we discussed the definition of Digital Humanities late into the night after reading and watching some foundational “texts.” The sentiment at our conclusion was “Yes, please, may we have some more?” I tweeted this out in regards to Matt Kirschenbaum’s article, which Kirschenbaum re-tweeted to his class. One of our own asked if we could meet virtually with @engl668K since we’re living in a completely Skype/GoogleHangout room capable of bringing in visitors whenever we want. Because we meet at such a late hour, and Kirschenbaum’s class meets 6:30-9pm on Wednesdays, we will leave it up to the two groups to make contact, meet, and chat about all things DH. Perhaps you could discuss a reading or two?
Kirschenbaum’s class also has a fieldwork requirement — to attend a local lecture in Digital Humanities. Since they’re in Maryland, this proposition is quite feasible, especially since the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities is right on their campus. But, we have a rich cadre of events here in the San Francisco Bay Area, the most exciting of which is probably the LitLab over at Stanford. There are also quite a few online events. In fact, postings about events that are not broadcast online are intriguing just to see what’s happening out in the DH world. For those interested, watch for events in the U.S. by MITH, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, Stanford LitLab, NITLE (usually about DH pedagogy), CUNY Digital Humanities Initiative, and more.
Reading Group on Debates in the Digital Humanities, University of San Francisco
- Hosting Matt Gold, editor of Debates in DH, this week (Thursday, 2/7–talk at 11:40, reception at 12:40). The organizer, Dr. Michael Rozendal, has invited us to attend. See details here (pdf): MattGoldLecture
- Thursday, February 28th at 10am — “So what?” Seminar I: Ted Underwood, Assoc. Prof of English at Illinois and a leader in the DH community <www.tedunderwood.com>, will present the first seminar in a new series — crankily called the “So what?” series, at which we ask speakers to present some empirical DH work, and devote the last 10-15 minutes of the talk to an explicit reflection on how the research they have just illustrated changes the categories and/or knowledge of literary history. As we all know, this is one of the great challenges that our work encounters; and, though the challenge is often ungenerous [asking for too much much too early, for instance], the question itself is not only perfectly legitimate – it is THE question that we should always ask ourselves at the end of our work.
- Monday, March 11th at 10am — 18C Project Report II: Mark Algee-Hewitt, Anita Law, Tanya Lewellyn, and Laura Eidem will present further progress in their analysis of the role fictional titles played in positioning texts within the 18C literary marketplace.
Reading Twitter is like drinking from a fire hose. Well, DH is just like that too. But there are now some clearing houses for keeping up-to-date with the field:
- Journal of Digital Humanities (open access, peer review journal)
- DH Now (showcases the scholarship and news of interest to the digital humanities community)
- Digital Humanities Quarterly (our august peer-review, open access journal)
- Literary and Linguistic Computing (the only for-profit journal in DH and is tied to the primary DH organizations)
For those tough questions, the DH community created a FAQ area where you can ask questions of the community. You may find that it’s necessary when we get into the building of our project: Digital Humanities Questions & Answers