Andrew Lison, Postdoctoral Research at the Hall Center for the Humanities, will be teaching a practical and theoretical introduction to programming in the humanities in Fall 2016. See full description below. Students can register now!
With the advent of the digital humanities, aptitude with computers has never been more closely associated with—or highly sought after in— humanistic inquiry. Even amongst digital humanists, however, awareness of how computers themselves operate often takes a backseat to specific projects, if not the use of tools and frameworks where programming itself is relegated “behind the scenes.” Programming && the Humanities proceeds from the premise that the articulation of the digital and the humanities together will only have meaning if each of these concepts is explored equally. Its title represents a Boolean expression, that is, an expression, often found in programming, that can only be evaluated as either true or false. The double ampersand signifies that the expression as a whole will be evaluated as true if and only if each of its values is also true (i.e., a logical AND); if either one is false, then the expression as a whole will also be false. Thus, we will combine an introductory approach to programming geared towards humanists and artists with a range of scholarship considering computers, computation, and digital media from a humanistic perspective. Alongside readings by Alt, Kittler, Keeling, Stephenson, Mackenzie, Galloway, McPherson, and Chun we will be using a brand new book by Nick Montfort, Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, which approaches these concepts through the open-source programming languages Python and Processing, as our main programming text.
IDRH will host our annual Digital Jumpstart Workshops this year on Thursday and Friday, March 3rd-4th. 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. For full workshop descriptions and to register, visit our workshops page.
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IDRH considers issues of diversity and inclusion fundamental to its core mission to expand scholarly forms and practices. We are dedicated to inclusion and diversity in our programming, and we recognize that a truly accessible digital humanities extends far beyond digital tools and standards, and provides people and communities of different abilities, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, languages and cultures--and of varying levels of access to technology and infrastructure--the capacity to shape and pursue scholarship that addresses their own interests and needs. To that end, our 2015 Digital Humanities Forum, "peripheries, barriers, hierarchies: rethinking access, inclusivity, and infrastructure in global DH practice," focused specifically on issues of inclusion and diversity within digital humanities and within the technological infrastructure that supports our teaching, research and publishing activities.
We strive to foster dialogue about these issues, and we welcome participation, engagement and input from all members of the KU community.
Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies
University of California Los Angeles
Thursday, October 29, 2015
7:30 p.m., Hall Center Conference Hall
Digital humanities activities have matured in the last decades, and in many ways, we simply do our business digitally, working in networked environments with all of their affordances and conveniences as part of our daily research habits. Digitization processes and presentation tools, on and offline, have created new norms and conventions for publishing while analytic methods in data mining, visualization, network analysis, topic modeling and so on have become standard (if less common) research methods. All of this suggests that the digital humanities have been extremely successful and are integrated into scholarship across disciplines. But what are the intellectual impacts of these methods? What critical issues do they raise in terms of knowledge production and conception and how do these answer or meet the challenges of resource allocation and equities of practice within the academic environment? Will digital humanities disappear as a field, its boundaries dissolved by familiarity, or will breakthrough projects shift the critical frameworks on which we constitute the humanities?
Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA where she teaches Information Studies, Digital Humanities, and History of the Book. With Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp she co-authored the MIT Press book, Digital_Humanities, and her DH 101 Coursebook is available free online. Two other books, Graphesis (Harvard University Press, 2014) and SpecLab (University of Chicago Press, 2009) are also concerned with digital projects and knowledge production.
Co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, EGARC,
the Department of English, and the Hall Center for the Humanities
Digital Humanities engages in many alternative scholarly forms and practices, and thus positions itself as a channel for exploring and challenging how social and institutional constructs shape traditional and digital academic discourses. Yet DH itself contains many non-neutral practices and is far from barrier-free. Digital Humanities practices, tools, infrastructures, and methodologies often embed a variety of assumptions that shape what kind of scholarship gets made, studied, and communicated; how it is represented to the world; and who can participate in that making and communication. A truly accessible DH goes beyond technical standards and provides people and communities of different abilities, genders, sexual orientations, languages and cultures--and of varying levels of access to technology and infrastructure--the capacity to shape and pursue scholarship that addresses their own interests and needs.
In a global context, the expansion of DH practices around the world and beyond the academy can reveal the ways in which dominant, hegemonic practices within the field tend to reinforce the very inequalities DH attempts to correct through its embrace of accessibility and knowledge production. Thus, specific practices in Global DH can call attention to the explicit and implicit contradictions in broader DH practices.
Our 2015 Digital Humanities Forum will take a critical approach to exploring peripheries, barriers and hierarchies of digital humanities practice in a global context, identifying those assumptions, and advocating and showcasing alternative practices to advance the field. We will critically engage these issues by exploring themes such as inclusivity, accessibility, global perspectives, decolonization, and democratization as they relate to digital humanities practice and infrastructure.
The Forum will take place on Saturday, September 26, following a full day of (gratis) Digital Humanities workshops on Friday, September 25.
We seek projects, research results, or critical/theoretical approaches to topics such as (but not limited to) the following:
How do embedded assumptions of DH practice shape what gets made, studied, and communicated;
The limitations of digital structures and infrastructures such as code/databases/ operating systems/interfaces/standards to represent or highlight cultural/gender/linguistic specificities, and efforts to get past these limitations;
Inclusion and exclusion in digital collections: archival silences, massive digital libraries, digital recovery projects;
"Accessible DH" that includes different abilities, languages, genders and sexual orientations, socio-economic conditions, and access to technical knowledge and infrastructure;
Case studies of projects focusing on accessibility and actively focusing on openness;
Case studies of indigenous, gendered, transnational, or “Global South” DH;
The concept and practice of minimal computing (sustainable computing done under some set of significant constraints of hardware, software, education, network capacity, power, or other factors);
Projects exploring data in languages other than English or working towards multilingual presentation;
Critical making, hacking, tinkering, and non-textual modes of knowledge production;
"Soft infrastructures" such as ideas of ownership, copyright, and intellectual property and their impact on global DH practice.
DH Forum best student paper award: Graduate students are encouraged to submit abstracts of papers or poster presentations. One student presentation will be selected for an award based on the quality, originality, clarity of the written abstract, along with its alignment with the DH Forum theme and expected future impact. The awardee will be presented with a check for $400 and award certificate at the conference. Students should identify themselves as such at the time of abstract submission to be considered for the award. For a paper to be eligible, at least fifty percent of the research reported in the paper must be performed by one or more student authors, and the student must be the primary presenter of the paper at the conference.
Please submit abstracts of 500 words maximum in PDF format to email@example.com by June 1
As part of an effort to develop an interdisciplinary palette of courses in digital humanities at KU, the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities is offering a $1000 stipend to tenured and tenure-track faculty who develop a new course in the digital humanities.