The Digital Humanities Initiative Presents:
In Defense of Speed: A Non-Hermeneutical Approach to Fast Forward Media Techniques
Tuesday, April 23 — 4:30pm, McCormick 106
Reception to Follow in McCormick Lobby
Harun Maye, Researcher and Lecturer in the Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie (IKKM) at the Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, has joined the Department of German as a Visiting Associate Professional Specialist for the spring of 2013. After graduating in German Philology, Philosophy and Political Science, he received his intellectual training in the DFG-Graduate School on Codification of Violence in Medial Transformations at the Berlin Humboldt-University. Focusing on the intersection of media and cultural communication, he was Researcher at the DFG-Collaborative Research Centre Media and Cultural Communication, jointly organized by the Universities of Cologne, Bonn and Aachen. His research and teaching focuses on german literary history, the history of terms and metaphors, cultural technologies and the history of reading. He is currently completing a book on the history of “skipping” and “zapping” as modes of reading. Recent publications are: “Einführung in die Kulturwissenschaft” (München 2011, Coeditor: Leander Scholz); “Die Hyäne. Lesarten eines politischen Tiers” (Zürich/Berlin 2010, Coeditor: Markus Krajewski); “Metapher Internet. Literarische Bildung und Surfen” (Berlin 2009, Coauthor: Matthias Bickenbach).
Dan Edelstein, Associate Professor in the department of French and Italian at Stanford University, gave a talk on April 2nd at noon in Dickinson 210. Professor Edelstein is a principal investigator for a project called “Mapping the Republic of Letters,” which received a three-year Presidential Fund for Innovation in the Humanities grant, and a “Digging into Data” grant from the NEH (read more about the project).
The Princeton Digital Humanities Initiative presents:
The Spring 2013 Graduate Student DH Outreach
Tuesday March 26th, 4.30–6.00 pm
Frist Multipurpose Room C (level below the eatery)
Free beer and pizza
- Learn about the digital humanities, and what the DHI is doing in Princeton.
- Find out why so many universities are hiring people with experience in digital humanities.
- Tell the DHI what you are doing and how it can help improve your research.
- Meet scholars doing exciting work with digital technologies and humanities research.
Meredith Martin (English), Rebecca Fiebrink (Computer Science), Henry Cowles (History), Grant Wythoff (Princeton, Media and Modernity), and Ben Schmidt (Princeton, HIstory; Visiting Fellow at the Harvard Cultural Observatory).
Digital Humanities At Large
Digital Humanities at Princeton
Panels: DH in Practice
Rebecca Fiebrink (CS, Multimedia Medieval Manuscript)
Allison Chaney (CS, Topic Models of Wikipedia)
Grant Wythoff and Meredith Martin (English, Prosody Archive)
Ben Schmidt (History, Culturomics)
Henry Cowles (History, Versioning and William James)
Open Q and A
Grad Student DH needs on campus
What workshops would you like to see?
Beer and Pizza!
A reminder that the deadline to apply for the Digital Humanities Course Development Summer Stipend is fast approaching. Proposals due March 15, 2013.
Digital Humanities Course Development Summer Stipend
The Digital Humanities Initiative at Princeton University invites applications for a summer stipend in the amount of $4500.00 dedicated to course development with a clearly defined Digital Humanities component for the 2013–2014 academic year, subject to the approval of the department and the Dean of the College. Proposals may be submitted by individual faculty members, by program directors, or by department chairs, but all proposals should come forward with the imprimatur and support of the department or program.
This initiative seeks to open new avenues for engagement with technology for teaching in Humanities disciplines. Proposals should reflect a critical engagement with the emerging concepts and technologies inherent in the digital humanities. Some of these include the following:
Manuscript transcription and analysis
Knowledge modeling and data visualization
Spatial analysis / GIS
Visualization of text analysis
Working with corpora and cultural data sets
Stylistic and authorship analysis
Computers and Writing
Critical code studies
Computers and the Arts
Analysis of audio or visual arts
We encourage active collaboration with OIT and/or the Library during the summer in the development of the course. Preference will be given to courses that are co-taught, collaborative, and interdisciplinary.
These funds will be made available to the successful applicant at the start of the summer and may not be used for hardware/equipment or for travel.
A one-page proposal outlining the anticipated goals of the course should be submitted via e-mail to the Digital Humanities Advisory Committee at email@example.com by March 15th, 2013. Proposals should specify the faculty members who will be teaching the course developed during the stipend period.
Questions regarding the suitability of a particular proposal should be directed to Meredith Martin, firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about existing IT support and facilities in support of teaching can be directed to Ben Johnston of the Educational Technologies Center at email@example.com.
Tuesday, February 26 4:30pm in Frist Multipurpose Room A (one floor below the eatery)
Join us for the first of the monthly Digital Humanities Mixers! Similar to the Meet & Greet we held in October, the Mixers will be an informal opportunity to chat and get acquainted with your colleagues interested in the Digital Humanities. All are welcome, and wine and cheese will be served.
Registration is not needed, but filling out the form below helps us approximate the number of attendees. Future dates will be announced shortly.
“In a new initiative, University faculty and staff are working together to encourage the development of digital tools in the study of the humanities. The Digital Humanities Initiative at Princeton is a project to bring together members of the University community who are working to explore how digital tools may be used to aid humanistic scholars.
The initiative was created to address an organizational obstacle that English professor Meredith Martin encountered while working on a personal project — the Princeton Prosody Archive, a database of digitized records of poetry that preserves various unique typographies and characters…”
Reception to Follow
Anne Balsamo, Dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School, is a groundbreaking national leader in media studies, a scholar and media-maker whose work links cultural studies, digital humanities, and interactive media.
Dr. Balsamo received her PhD in Communications Research from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and began her faculty career in the School of Literature, Culture, and Communications at Georgia Tech, where she published a distinguished book about the cultural implications of emergent biotechnologies, Technologies of the Gendered Body: Reading Cyborg Women.
In 1999, having grown interested in the practical linkages between technology and culture, she accepted an offer to join the celebrated Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), collaborating in the design of media for reading, exhibition, public art, and cultural projects.
In 2003, Dr. Balsamo moved from Silicon Valley to USC, where she had been jointly appointed in the Annenberg School of Communications and the School of Cinematic Arts. She directed the Collaborative Design Lab within the Interactive Design Division of the School of Cinematic Arts. She has been a leader in the growth of digital humanities nationally, serving on the Advisory Board of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Co-laboratory) since its founding in 2003.
In 2011, she published Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work, a transmedia book (with accompanying DVD and web linkages to interactive media projects) that synthesizes and theorizes the links between her cultural studies scholarship and digital media projects.
In response to a “Session on the Profession” we held in the Department of English earlier this month, I’ve received a few requests to circulate the resources presented. The following journals, tools, and communities provide some good starting points for anyone looking to experiment with their research or just learn a little bit more about current debates in the field. While many of these links are geared toward literary studies, I’d love to hear from others about the fundamentals of digital research in history, musicology, sociology, etc. This list is in no way meant to be exhaustive — just to provide some points of entry for those looking to get started.
For a more thorough introduction to digital humanities, check out Todd Presner’s fantastic graduate syllabus at UCLA.
- Digital Humanities Quarterly
- Journal of Digital Humanities
- Literary and Linguistic Computing
- Digital Humanities Now
- HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory)
- Digital Humanities Questions and Answers from Association for Computers and the Humanities (ACM)
Database Management and Web Publishing
- Omeka – Fast, open source web-publishing platform for the display of “library, museum, archives, and scholarly collections and exhibitions.”
- Drupal – Highly extensible, useful for a variety of purposes. Not quite as user friendly as Omeka.
- WordPress – Useful for course blogs and personal sites.
- Scalar — The “free, open source authoring and publishing platform that’s designed to make it easy for authors to write long-form, born-digital scholarship online. Scalar enables users to assemble media from multiple sources and juxtapose them with their own writing in a variety of ways, with minimal technical expertise required.”
- Voyant — word frequencies and distributions.
- Corpus of Historical / Contemporary American English
- The Open Library — “One web page for every book ever published. It’s a lofty but achievable goal.”
- Tapor (text analysis portal) — clearinghouse for a large variety of text analysis tools
- Juxta — track shifts between multiple editions of a text or document
- Google Ngram Viewer — graph the frequency of words or phrases across all of Google’s books data
The Digital Humanities Winter Institute at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) is an extension of the highly-successful Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) at the University of Victoria. DHWI provides an opportunity for scholars to learn new skills relevant to digital scholarship and mingle with like-minded colleagues through coursework, social events, and lectures during an intensive, week-long event. Monday January 7, 2013– Friday, January 11, 2013