DIG 6178 (SPRING 2019)

DIG 6178: INTRODUCTION TO DIGITAL HUMANITIES
SPRING 2019
TUES. 6:30-9:15pm
CPR 257
Professor Steven Jones
stevenjones@usf.edu
https://stevenejones.org
Office hours: T, 3:00-5:00pm; TH, 12:30-2:30pm (and other times by appointment)
CPR 303

COURSE DESCRIPTION
Digital Humanities (DH) is an interdisciplinary field at the intersection of digital technologies and humanities research and learning. It rose to prominence in the past decade or so, partly in response to widespread changes in technology and culture, including the advent of mobile platforms, the geospatial turn, the mass digitization of books and other objects, casual and mobile gaming, augmented reality applications, and large-scale data analysis—all of which have serious implications for society and for the humanities. There are now dedicated research centers, grants, journals, conferences, degree and certificate programs in the field and this seminar is an introduction to DH. We’ll explore contemporary issues and debates, including questions about technology and culture, race and gender, access and preservation, privacy and security. Readings will consider theories as well as specific DH tools, projects, and methods. In addition to readings and presentations, students will use digital platforms and tools to create and present a prototype of a DH project. Like all seminars, this class will be based on open discussion, but class periods will also involve student presentations, as well as some tinkering and experimentation.

COURSE OBJECTIVES
This seminar serves as a contextually-framed introduction to Digital Humanities. The course will provide a practical, hands-on introduction to a range of specific DH tools and methods, for example:

  • digitization and the curation of archives
  • text markup and electronic editing
  • text mining, data analysis, and data visualization
  • maps and humanities-oriented geospatial techniques
  • game studies and multimodal new media from a DH perspective
  • the use of digital platforms for creative work, scholarly publication, and pedagogy

LEARNING OUTCOMES
As a result of this course, students will be able to:

  • understand and engage with key debates, issues, and definitions of DH
  • formulate a DH research question
  • mark up sample text using simple Markdown, HTML and some TEI-XML encoding
  • gain a basic understanding of digitization and the uses of metadata
  • identify a basic textual corpus and use available tools to analyze it
  • use digital platforms to produce and study creative work
  • apply critical analysis to digital media and platforms, and to digital technology in historical and cultural contexts
  • organize and execute a prototype collaborative research project on a digital platform

ACADEMIC HONESTY
Please adhere to the USF Graduate Student Policy, found here: http://www.grad.usf.edu/plagiarism.php.

RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE
USF Policy is that students are expected to notify their instructors at the beginning of each academic term if they intend to be absent for a class or announced examination, in accordance with this Policy. Students absent for religious reasons, as noticed to the instructor at the beginning of each academic term, will be given reasonable opportunities to make up any work missed.

DISABILITY ACCESS
Students with disabilities are responsible for registering with Students with Disabilities Services (SDS) in order to receive academic accommodations. SDS encourages students to notify instructors of accommodation needs at least 5 business days prior to needing the accommodation. A letter from SDS must accompany this request.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT/SEXUAL HARRASSMENT REPORTING
USF is committed to providing an environment free from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence (USF System Policy 0-004). The USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention is a confidential resource where you can talk about incidents of sexual harassment and gender-based crimes including sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence. This confidential resource can help you without having to report your situation to either the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSSR) or the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (DIEO), unless you request that they make a report. Please be aware that in compliance with Title IX and under the USF System Policy, educators must report incidents of sexual harassment and gender-based crimes including sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence. If you disclose any of these situations in class, in papers, or to me personally, I am required to report it to OSSR or DIEO for investigation. The USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention can be reached at (813) 974-5757.

REQUIRED TEXTS
Open-access:
An Aura of Familiarity, Institute for the Future, 2013: http://www.iftf.org/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/th/IFTF_SR-1590C__AnAuraOfFamiliarity.pdf
Electronic Literature Organization ELC3: http://eliterature.org
Gold, Matthew and Lauren Klein, eds., Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016:
http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu
Schreibman, Susan, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth, eds., A New Companion to Digital Humanities (2016): https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605

To purchase:
Greenfield, Adam. Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life (Verso, 2018)

SELECTED TOOLS AND PLATFORMS
Voyant: https://voyant-tools.org
Juxta Commons: http://juxtacommons.org
Markdown: https://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/syntax
Mozilla Introduction to HTML: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/HTML/Introduction
Omeka: https://omeka.org
Processing: https://processing.org
The Programming Historian lessons: https://programminghistorian.org/en/lessons/
TEI: http://www.tei-c.org/index.xml
Scalar: https://scalar.me/anvc/scalar/
StoryMapJS: https://storymap.knightlab.com
TimelineJS: https://timeline.knightlab.com
Twine: http://twinery.org

REQUIREMENTS AND GRADES
In addition to the readings and discussion, requirements will include regular writing on a digital publishing platform; in-class presentations; and a final collaborative project on a digital platform addressing a DH question using appropriate tools. (Note: No knowledge of programming or other technological skills is prerequisite for the course. During the semester students will learn some basics of markup languages and become familiar—at the introductory level—with the basics of programming.) Grades will be distributed approximately as follows:

  • class participation ………………………………………………….……………10%
  • regular online writing ………………………………………………………..……15%
  • PechaKucha presentations with discussion………………………….………25%
  • Presentation/demo of collaborative digital project (in progress)……20%
  • Final digital project, including documentation………………………………30%

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS FULFILLED

Core requirement for the new Graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities
MA Lit cultural-critical studies
MA Lit elective
MA R/C 1-2 other electives
MFA elective (5 courses)
PhD Lit theory-rich course

SCHEDULE
[subject to changes before January 7, 2019]

JANUARY
8
Introductions

15
Greenfield, Introduction: “Paris year zero;” chapter 1: “Smartphone: The networking of the self”
Jones, “Turning Practice Inside Out: Digital Humanities and the Eversion,” in Routledge Companion to Digital Studies and Digital Humanities, ed. Sayers, 2018: https://works.bepress.com/steven-jones/58/
Presner and Shepard, “Mapping the Geospatial Turn,” in Schreibman et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
StoryMap JS, Neatline

22
Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace: https://www.eff.org/cyberspace-independence
Wikipedia, “Digital humanities,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_humanities
DH Manifesto 2.0: http://www.humanitiesblast.com/manifesto/Manifesto_V2.pdf
Kirschenbaum, “What is the Digital Humanities?,” in Gold, Debates 2012:http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/38
Chun, et al., “The Dark Side of the Digital Humanities,” in Gold and Klein, eds., Debates 2016: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/89
Losh, et al., “Putting the Human back into the Digital Humanities,” in Gold and Klein, eds., Debates 2016: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/61
Parham interview, LARB: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/digital-humanities-interview-marisa-parham/

29
Greenfield, chapter 2: “The internet of things: A planetary mesh of perception and response”
Sayers, et al., “Between Bits and Atoms,” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Jorgenson, “The Internet of Things” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Sterling, Shaping Things, chapters 1, 2: http://wtf.tw/ref/sterling_shaping_things.pdf

FEBRUARY
5
Greenfield, chapter 3: “Augmented reality: An interactive overlay on the world”
An Aura of Familiarity: http://www.iftf.org/fileadmin/user_upload/downloads/th/IFTF_SR-1590C__AnAuraOfFamiliarity.pdf

12
Greenfield, chapter 4: “Digital Fabrication: Towards a political economy of matter”
Sayers, “Before You Make a Thing” (Guide for Technology and Society course, fall 2018): https://jentery.github.io/ts200v2/notes.html?fbclid=IwAR2i-Q6CqgcPptgqiej7tOXa2l-c2x9JwpHnm3iFRhynK7s5zttnAJmESbc
Sayers, “Kits for Cultural History,” Hyperrhiz 13: http://hyperrhiz.io/hyperrhiz13/workshops-kits/early-wearables-essay.html
Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com
[visit to USF AVC]

19
Greenfield, chapter 5: “Cryptocurrency: The computational guarantee of value;” chapter 6: “Blockchain beyond Bitcoin: a trellis for postman institutions”
Sterling, “Stop Saying Smart Cities”: https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/02/stupid-cities/553052/

26
Greenfield, chapter 7: “Automation: The annihilation of work;” chapter 8: “Machine learning: The algorithmic production of knowledge”
Greenspan, “Are Digital Humanities Utopian?” in Gold and Klein, eds., Debates 2016: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/84

MARCH
5
Greenfield, chapter 9: “Artificial intelligence: The eclipse of human discretion;” chapter 10: “Radical technologies: The design of everyday life;” Conclusion: “Of tetrapods and tactics”
Tufekci, “We’re Building A Dystopia” (TED talk): https://www.ted.com/talks/zeynep_tufekci_we_re_building_a_dystopia_just_to_make_people_click_on_ads?language=en

12
SPRING BREAK

19
RECAAL project panel: Julianne Nyhan, Geoffrey Rockwell, Marco Passarotti, Steven Jones
Jones, “Reverse Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center,” DHQ 12.2 (2018): http://www.digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/12/2/000380/000380.html

26
Jockers and Underwood, “Text Mining the Humanities,” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Rockwell and Sinclair, “Text Analysis and Visualization,” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Nowviskie, “What Do Girls Dig?”: https://storify.com/nowviskie/what-do-girls-dig
Rhody, “Why I Dig,” in Gold and Klein, eds., Debates 2016: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/97
Drucker, “Graphical Approaches to the Digital Humanities,” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Voyant

APRIL
2
Jones and Fraistat, “Electronic Textual Editing: The Poem and The Network”: https://ecommons.luc.edu/english_facpubs/20/
Price, “Social Scholarly Editing,” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Markdown editor: http://www.ctrlshift.net/project/markdowneditor/
Minimal Computing (GO::DH): http://go-dh.github.io/mincomp/resources/; Ed.: http://elotroalex.github.io/ed/
Mozilla Introduction to HTML: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Guide/HTML/Introduction
Juxta Commons

9
Borsuk, “The Book as Recombinant Structure,” http://thewritingplatform.com/2018/10/book-recombinant-structure-century-art-experimental-books/
Stauffer, “My Old Sweethearts: On Digitization and the Future of the Print Record,” in Gold and Klein, eds., Debates 2016: http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates/text/70
Borsuk and Bouse, Between Page and Screen: https://www.betweenpageandscreen.com
The Agrippa Files: http://agrippa.english.ucsb.edu

16
Rettberg, “Electronic Literature as Digital Humanities,” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Electronic Literature Organization, ELC3: http://eliterature.org
Jones, “New Media and Modeling” in Schreibman, et al., A New Companion to Digital Humanities: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/book/10.1002/9781118680605
Twine, Processing

23
Final project demos