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Spring 2019 DH Courses

Methods In Digital Humanities: Data, Ethics, and Social Justice
Spring 2019 | HUM 545 | ENG 590
Dr. Dhanashree Thorat
Watson 410 A | MW 12:30pm – 1:45pm

In this age of big data and datafication, we are not only witnessing vast amounts of data being produced every day but also the quantification of all facets of human life. What are the ethical implications of datafication? How do we draw on data science to do social justice work? This course pursues these questions by taking up black, postcolonial, and feminist approaches to studying datafied societies, and in working with data. We will balance practicums on data analysis (with a focus on geospatial data, social media data, and archival data) with theoretical and interdisciplinary readings on data science and data ethics. The practical aspects of the course will introduce students to processes involved in data collection, analysis, and visualization. Our readings may cover algorithmic bias, decolonial computing, black data & geographies, and feminist visualization.

Prior technical skills are not expected, and students from all disciplines are welcomed. Graduate students may register with a different course number.

Past DH Courses

FALL 2018

  • Feminist Digital Archives (ENG 590/790) This course will work at the intersection between archival research and feminist digital methods and critique. We will take as our focus just one item from the Spencer Research Library archive, a seventeenth-century manuscript recipe and herbal book written by a woman named Elizabeth Dyke. Over the course of the semester we will digitize and mount a digital exhibit of the book, with additional context from our readings and our work in the Spencer archives. Our work with Dyke’s recipe book will be scaffolded by substantive readings in feminist digital practices and critique, speculative archival methods, manuscript studies, and seventeenth-century theories of reading and commonplacing.This course is taught on MW from 11am - 12:15pm by Dr. Whitney Sperrazza. The class will be held in the Spencer Research Library.
  • Digital Literary Studies (HUM 300/ENGL 342) This course traces the shifting landscape of literary studies in a digital age. In investigating this “encounter” between the digital and the literary (as Alan Liu puts it), we consider the changing nature of the literary ‘text,’ and digital methods for studying traditional and new media texts. Students will focus on two major digital methods (GIS mapping and computational analysis), and three emergent forms and genres (hypertext, archive, and e-literature). Our corpus constitutes of a set of texts drawn from multi-ethnic U.S. literature and world literature, and we will examine how digital approaches to these texts can animate studies on race, gender, diaspora, migration, and globalization. This course is taught on MW from 12:30pm - 1:45pm by Dr. Dhanashree Thorat and it will be held in the DH Studio in Watson Library.



This is a list of Digital Humanities classes, or classes related to DH that will be taught at KU in Spring 2018.


  • Digital Approaches to Early Women Writers taught by Whitney Sperrazza. The class focuses on women writers in England between 1550 and 1700, and how these writers engaged with topics like gender, class, race, and power. Students will adopt emerging digital humanities practices for reading and analyzing texts. The class meets Tuesday/Thursday from 2:30pm - 3:45pm in Watson Library. Contact for more information. Crosslisted as ENGL 301 and HUM 300.
  • Methods in Digital Humanities taught by Dhanashree Thorat.  The course introduces advanced undergraduate and graduate students to interdisciplinary methods and practices in DH, and explores topics such as data mining, digital mapping, data visualization, and digital cultural studies. The class meets on Mondays/Wednesdays from 3:00pm – 4:15pm in Watson Library, and is open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students. Please send queries to​ Crosslisted as HUM 500, ENGL 590, and HON 492​. Independent study possible.
  • Ecocritical Digital Humanities taught by Stephanie Fitzgerald. The class meets on Mondays/Wednesdays from 12:30pm - 1:45pm in Wescoe 4021. Please contact for more questions. Listed as ENGL 690.
  • Storytelling with Digital Media taught by Germaine Halegoua. In this course, students will utilize digital tools and platforms to create online and mobile stories based on the theories and histories of interactive storytelling discussed in class. Through a survey of digital storytelling examples and concepts, students will create interactive projects to add to their portfolio and learn how to think critically and write analytically about digital media. The class meets online from January 16 to March 9. For more information, contact grhalegoua@ku.eduListed as FMS 355.


Other courses of potential interest

  • Geography - Mapping Our Changing World (GEOG 111). This course is an introduction to geospatial technologies. It focuses on the conceptual and technical aspects of mapping technologies that transform information about locations, people, objects, environments, events, and phenomena to digital representations of the world and as end-products of geospatial analysis. Topics covered include surveying, aerial photography and photogrammetry, satellite remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), and thematic mapping. Students will learn how to acquire and develop geospatial data as the sources for mapping, the skills of analyzing and interpreting spatial information, and how geovisualization can be used in addressing real-world problems. Three sections offered.
  • Journalism - Digital Media (JOUR 550). This course will allow students to go deeper into one area of news, build their portfolios and prepare for internships. Each section has a separate emphasis: multimedia broadcast, multimedia reporting, or editing/production. The course gives students hands-on experience with editing on deadline for digital and print, as well as a deeper understanding of news and current production processes. Requirement: Must obtain a grade of C (2.0) or higher to advance in the curriculum. Prerequisite: JOUR 415, and JOUR 419. Three sections offered.
  • Visual Communication - Book Arts (VISC 435). Producing books in editions is a complex undertaking. Students work in teams to create or compile content of their choosing, then edit, design, and bind their own books in a small edition. The class combines both traditional letterpress technology and digital interface for the creation of text and image. Taught by Linda Talleur on M/W from 8:30am - 11:20am.

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