What is DH and the CCDH


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A short 10,000 foot view of Digital Humanities and an introduction to the ongoing planning project to start the Claremont Center for Digital Humanities

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What is DH and the CCDH

  1. 1. Digital HumanitiesAnd how we’re building a center for them….
  2. 2. A not-so-new “community of practice”Sixty years ago, the field called “humanities computing”made its debut with the appearance of Father RobertoBusa’s Index Thomisticus, a computer-compiledconcordance to the works of Thomas Aquinas (Adamsand Gunn). All the ways that the humanities and digital technologies intersect. —Rebecca Davis Digital Humanities is the critical study of how the technologies and techniques associated with the digital medium intersect with and alter humanities scholarship and scholarly communication. —Julia Flanders
  3. 3. DH vs. DPDigital Pedagogy • Deals with• Can apply across Humanities, except… divisions • Doesn’t have to deal• Focus on a reflective with teaching, per se teaching practice • Asks students to think• MOOCs/DOCCs about how the tools change the questions they’re askingDigital Humanities
  4. 4. A new/old practiceSTC and Wing Catalogues  Early English Books Online (EEBO)Begins in 1998TCP Partnership 1999
  5. 5. Thematic archives: Valley of the Shadows (Ed Ayers, Uva)
  6. 6. Thematic archives: WWO
  7. 7. Critical Manuscript Editions
  8. 8. A different kind of recovery
  9. 9. Electronic Literature and Digital PoeticsOulipo “potential literature”On the fly Video/GPS/Lyric: The Wilderness DowntownProduced multimedia poetry: Tao
  10. 10. Scholarly communication
  11. 11. “Big Data” and Visualizations
  12. 12. DH in the Undergrad ClassroomCollaborative/Student Authored WorkUniversity of Richmond History EngineSoweto Project (Angel Nieves, Hamilton College)Archive3D Environment
  13. 13. Virtual Reconstructions: Arne Flaten’sAshes 2 Art Project (Coastal Carolina)
  14. 14. The “we” in Claremont But also the Working Group: Alex Juhasz, Pitzer Rachel Mayeri, HMC Richard McKirahan, Pomona Steven Casper, KGI Lori Ann Ferrel, CGU Audrey Bilger, CMC
  15. 15. Defining “DH Center”“A digital humanities center is an entity where new media and technologies are used for humanities-based research, teaching, and intellectual engagement and experimentation. The goals of the center are to further humanities scholarship, create new forms of knowledge, and explore technologys impact on humanities-based disciplines” http://www.clir.org/pubs/abstract/pub143abst.html
  16. 16. 31 Flavors: Large centers, boutique projects, and more
  17. 17. Another kind: the regional center• NY6: Hamilton, St. Lawrence, Colgate, Hobart and William Smith, Skidmore, and Union colleges• “The 5 Colleges:” Hampshire, Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  18. 18. CCDH – what kind?A regional, thematic center with(proposed) areas of strategic focusRelationships between “the digital” and “the material” Material and digital culture are often held in opposition despite the materialities of digital technologies and the strong influence that local cultures have on the use of all technologies. We want to encourage projects that play with, break, and denaturalize the digital/material dichotomy, as well as those that focus critical attention on movements between digital and analog.Vibrant or ethical data We want to encourage projects that think about the ethics of data andinformation management, particularly the interfaces between “the human”and “data” and those that enact a particular vision of ethical data.
  19. 19. Proposed Research ClustersAdvanced• Competitively funded projects of 1-4 semesters• Southland faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students• Faculty from USC and the Claremont Colleges will be eligible for one semester of course release• Must include at least two faculty members and two undergraduate research associates• At least two campuses must be represented in the cluster
  20. 20. Proposed Research ClustersUndergraduate• Competitively funded projects of no more than one semester• undergraduates from across the 5C campuses in order to work on a digital humanities project, seminar, or tools workshop.• Projects must include students from at least two Claremont campuses and have the support of a faculty project lead.• The team is expected to find a venue in which to present their work, either locally or at a national conference.
  21. 21. Other ideas• Postbac opportunities at USC/IML for students• USC postdoc replacements for faculty leaves• A CCDH Humanities Clinic, which would support projects• Yours??
  22. 22. Timeline and Process Fall Spring• 7C conversations • refine scope• finish infrastructure • write grant to fund surveys center• site visits • establish firm• identify a design team collaborative• scope the center and infrastructure collaborations • work with design team
  23. 23. Timeline and Process Summer Dialogue with Mellon September 2013Grant request goes before the Mellon Board 2014 Grant is funded, CCDH work begins!
  24. 24. Keep in touch, share your ideasClaremontdh.wordpress.comJacque Wernimont: Jwernimo@scrippscollege.eduPresentation: http://bit.ly/S9ksIZ
  25. 25. CitationsCohen, Patrician. “Digital Keys for Unlocking Humanities’ Riches” http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/17/arts/17digital.htmlAdams, Jennifer and Kevin B. Gunn. “Digital Humanities: Where to Starthttp://crln.acrl.org/content/73/9/536.full2012 Day of Digital Humanities Bloghttp://dayofdh2012.artsrn.ualberta.ca/dh/Projects:http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence/http://oralhistorias.wordpress.com/http://wwp.brown.eduhttp://eebo.chadwyck.com/homehttp://scriptorium.english.cam.ac.uk/http://www.archimedespalimpsest.org/http://www.nous.org.uk/oulipo.htmlhttp://www.thewildernessdowntown.com/http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/strasser_sondheim__tao/tao.htmlhttps://republicofletters.stanford.edu/http://datavisualization.ch/tools/selected-tools/http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/VoS/choosepart.htmlhttp://www.coastal.edu/ashes2art/http://historyengine.richmond.edu/http://www.soweto76archive.org/http://prezi.com/hjkj8ztj-clv/map-of-digital-humanities/http://mith.umd.edu/http://chnm.gmu.edu/http://www2.lib.virginia.edu/scholarslab/about/projects.htmlhttp://invisibleaustralians.org/faces/http://wheatoncollege.edu/technology/academic/projects/anderson-diderot/
  26. 26. Alan Liu’s Map of DH and Media Studies