Professionalizing via Digital Humanities - Roopika Risam

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Slides for a talk at the New England American Studies Association Spring Colloquium - "Professional Realities Inside and Outside the Academy" (May 3, 2014)

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Professionalizing via Digital Humanities - Roopika Risam

  1. 1. Professionalizing via Digital Humanities Roopika Risam Salem State University @roopikarisam
  2. 2. Defining Digital Humanities • My definition:At the intersection of the humanities and computing, digital humanities combines the analytical work of the humanities with digital technologies, tools, and methodologies.
  3. 3. Snapshots of Digital Humanities • Using computational technology to analyze texts • Engaging visualization tools in research • Using mapping software or GIS to understand literature or history
  4. 4. Snapshots of Digital Humanities • Digitizing texts to create new archives and theorize digital archival practices • Using knowledge of culture and history to understand digital objects and cultures • Creating scholarship that pushes the boundaries of print form
  5. 5. Will digital humanities save me?
  6. 6. No.
  7. 7. Will digital humanities kill the humanities?
  8. 8. Seriously?
  9. 9. Digital Humanities and theTT
  10. 10. Digital Humanities and the JIL
  11. 11. DH Beyond theTT RobertVega, “Graduate Student Alt-ac and Digital Humanities Jobs” http://www.utexas.edu/cola/orgs/lacs/Students/Graduate-Students/ Career-Guides/Alt-ac.php
  12. 12. What can digital humanities do for me?
  13. 13. Professionalization - Research • The affordances of digital humanities methods add dimensions to research that are inaccessible without digital or computational technology.
  14. 14. Professionalization -Teaching • Digital humanities foregrounds multimodality, an essential form of literacy for our students. • Bonus: Fun things.
  15. 15. Professionalization – Job Seeking • Digital humanities enables us to envision broad horizons for what we can “do” with doctoral degrees.
  16. 16. Selected Resources • Anne Burdick, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, Jeffrey Schnapp - Digital_Humanities (MIT Press) • Matthew K. Gold, ed. - Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press) • MelissaTerras, Julianne Nyhan, and Edward Vanhoutte, eds. - Defining Digital Humanities (Ashgate) • #alt-academy: Alternative Academic Careers (mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/)
  17. 17. Selected Resources • DHCommons (dhcommons.org) • Digital Humanities Now (digitalhumanitiesnow.org) • Digital Humanities Quarterly (digitalhumanities.org/dhq) • Hybrid Pedagogy (hybridpedagogy.com) • Journal of Digital Humanities (journalofdigitalhumanities.org)
  18. 18. Selected Resources • Praxis Network (praxis-network.org) • DH Answers (digitalhumanities.org/answers) • Bamboo DIRT (dirt.projectbamboo.org) • Centernet (digitalhumanities.org/centernet) • THATCamp (thatcamp.org)

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