Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities

Upcoming Talk (September 18) on HathiTrust Research Center: Strategic approaches to opening research opportunities on closed data

HathiTrust Research Center: Strategic approaches to opening research opportunities on closed data

Hall Center Seminar Room

Monday, September 18, 3:30pm 

Abstract: The HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL) contains some 15.8 million volumes (over 5.5 billion pages). Unfortunately, roughly 10 million HTDL volumes are under copyright restrictions and cannot be shared with users. To overcome this problem, the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC) is creating a set of "non-consumptive research" services to make these closed materials more open and thus more useful to scholars.  This talk introduces such non-consumptives services as "Data Capsules," "Extracted Features" and the "Bookworm + HathiTrust" tool. Each HTRC service is designed to open new points of access to otherwise closed data while still respecting all copyright limitations. Examples of real-world Digital Humanities research projects and services that have been using the HTRC data and resources will be highlighted. Future research ideas, building on recent grant-funded projects, will also be discussed.
Speaker Bio: J. Stephen Downie is the Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Downie is the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). Downie is the leader of the Hathitrust + Bookworm (HT+BW) text analysis project that is creating tools to visualize the evolution of term usage over time. Professor Downie represents the HTRC on the NOVEL(TM) text mining project and the Single Interface for Music Score Searching and Analysis (SIMSSA) project, both funded by the SSHRC Partnership Grant programme. Professor Downie is also the Principal Investigator on the Workset Creation for Scholarly Analysis + Data Capsules (WCSA+DC) project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. All of these aforementioned projects share a common thread of striving to provide large-scale analytic access to copyright-restricted cultural data. Downie has been very active in the establishment of the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community through his ongoing work with the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conferences. He was ISMIR's founding President and now serves on the ISMIR board. Over the past year, Professor Downie has been working with Dunhuang Academy on the "Digital Dunhuang" project to help connect Digital Humanities scholars with the high-resolution digital materials capturing the Mogao Caves. Professor Downie holds a BA (Music Theory and Composition) along with a Master's and a PhD in Library and Information Science, all earned at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Python Text Analysis Workgroup

Download flyer as PDF.

Do you want to learn digital text analysis? Are you puzzled by terms like digital humanities and text mining? Then join the 2017-18 PYTHON TEXT ANALYSIS WORKGROUP! This workgroup is designed for anyone who wants to learn digital text analysis and integrate it into their research. In the Fall semester, we will work through a series of tutorials in the Python programming language to teach everyone the basics of digital text analysis. In the Spring semester, we will work together to develop more advanced projects. Participants may use their own computers, or they may use loaner Macbooks made available by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH). Everyone is welcome in this group; no prior programming experience is required. When: Every other Friday at 12pm. (8/25, 9/8, 9/22, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17, and 12/1) Where: Watson 410A, the Digital Humanities Instruction Lab Who: the workgroup is coordinated by Jonathan P. Lamb, Assistant Professor of English and CRMDA Faculty Fellow

Studies in Digital Humanities: Enroll now for Fall 2017

Dhanashree Thorat, postdoctoral research in digital humanities, will teach an introductory course in digital humanities for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Fall 2017. The course is cross-listed in Humanities, English, and Honors, and will meet Mon and Wed, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM, in the Digital Humanities Lab, Watson 410A. See below for description and more details. Students may enroll now!

HUM 500 / ENG 590 / HNRS 492


Fall 2017
M/W 3:00—4:15 PM
Digital Humanities Lab, Watson Library 410A
Instructor: Dhanashree Thorat

This course introduces students to research possibilities and ongoing debates in the field of Digital Humanities. Students will examine how digital technologies and methodologies can enhance or suggest new modes of Humanities research. Course assignments will comprise of blog posts and mini projects conducted throughout the term. Required texts for the class will be from open-access DH texts available online.

No prior technical skills are expected. Students are only expected to bring a willingness to experiment and engage with digital tools. The course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students from all disciplines.

Dhanashree Thorat to join IDRH as postdoctoral researcher

We are thrilled to announce that Dhanashree Thorat will be joining IDRH as a digital humanities postdoctoral researcher beginning in August 2017. Dhanashree comes to KU from the University of Florida, where she recently completed her PhD in English on "Melancholic Citizenship: Inter-Ethnic Alliances in Post-9/11 America." In her role at KU, Dhanashree will teach an introductory digital humanities course, conduct original digital humanities research, consult on digital research projects, and help manage IDRH's continuing activities. Welcome, Dhanashree!

Dhanashree Thorat (Ph.D. in English, University of Florida, 2017) situates her research at the intersection of Digital Humanities, Postcolonial Studies, and Asian American Studies. Her work investigates the manner in which digital spaces, specifically digital archives and social media, codify hegemonic narratives of Muslims in the post-9/11 moment, and how Muslims use these same spaces to articulate political agency and intervene in mainstream conversations about their racialized bodies.

Dhanashree is a founding Executive Council member of the Center for Digital Humanities, Pune in India. She serves as the lead organizer for a biennial winter school on Digital Humanities, and advises the center on digital archival projects and DH curriculum development. She has written about her experiences with building DH networks in the Global South as a HASTAC Scholar (2015-2016), and is currently working as the issue editor for Asian Quarterly, a peer reviewed scholarly journal, for a special issue on ‘Digital Humanities in India’ to be published in 2017. At the University of Florida, she has served as co-convenor of the Digital Humanities Working Group, and was the lead co-ordinator for the first THATCamp Gainesville. She was also part of the committee that developed the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate at UF. She has organized and led DH workshops on various topics including digital archiving, feminist digital humanities, and digital pedagogies.



Digital Jumpstart Workshops, March 2-3, 2017 - Registration now open

IDRH will host our annual Digital Jumpstart Workshops this year on Thursday and Friday, March 2nd-3rd. These free workshops are intended to provide faculty, staff, and graduate students with hands-on introductions to digital tools and practices in order to help you better manage your data, analyze text, work collaborative over long term projects, create digital editions, fund projects, and publish and disseminate your results. All skill levels, from beginner to seasoned digital humanist, are welcome.

More details....

Digital Humanities Forum 2016 - Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Fall 2016 Digital Humanities Forum, September 29-October 1, 2016 at Watson Library and the Commons, Spooner Hall. This year's Forum includes three keynote talks, several hands-on workshops, and a day of presentations and poster sessions on the theme of "Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities."

Please see for more details, including the full schedule and the registration form.

Questions may be directed  to the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities,


DH Seminar - Kathryn Rhine "Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation"

Digital Humanities Seminar Fall 2016

Hall Center Digital Humanities Seminar

Aug. 29

Kathryn A. Rhine
Associate Professor, Anthropology
University of Kansas

“Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation”
Hall Center Seminar Room 1, 3:30-5:00

There is no paper for this seminar.


In this seminar, I describe a new curriculum initiative I am proposing in collaboration with the SLLC and over 30 faculty members across KU. This project will provide undergraduates an interdisciplinary perspective onto novel developments in global health and medicine, particularly as these initiatives unfold in virtual spaces. Students will consider questions such as: (1) In what ways are these new assemblages of knowledge embedded in local and global contexts? (2) How is the language used to describe health and development enmeshed in particular cultural values and structures of power? (3) How might these digital innovations reveal particular ways of knowing, seeing, and experiencing disease, community, and social change? (4) And, how are social inequalities being reproduced in and through these domains? We intend to analyze these concerns through an array of methodologies, with an emphasis on the interdependent relationships between theory, method, critical practice, and social justice. The centerpiece of this initiative will be an experiential learning course that uses the Work Group for Community Health and Development's Community Tool Box [] as a virtual laboratory for students to address linguistic, cultural, and structural barriers to health promotion and social change.

If you would like more information about this or other Digital Humanities Seminar sessions, contact Philip Stinson (Classics, 864-3065,

Andrew Hodgson
Scholarly Program Administrator
Hall Center for the Humanities
(785) 864-4798



Subscribe to blog

IDRH on Twitter
RT @TheCommonsKU : Friendly reminder to faculty, research staff, graduate students! If you're attending a virtual conference this summer tha…

Directory of DH Scholars

Looking for collaborators, expertise, or other scholars with related interests?

Please see our list of affiliated scholars at KU.

If you would like to be included in this list please complete our affiliated scholars form.

Subscribe to our mailing list
Email Address *
First Name
Last Name

KU Faculty/Staff
KU Student

KU Today
Home to 50+ departments, centers, and programs, the School of the Arts, and the School of Public Affairs and Administration
KU offers courses in 40 languages
No. 1 ranking in city management and urban policy —U.S. News and World Report
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times