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The Spirit of Collaboration

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By Matthew Hannah and Heidi Kaufman


Don’t forget about our roundtable *this* Friday, 2-4 p.m., in McKenzie 375, where we’ll hear presentations about effective uses of digital pedagogy in our UO classes. Spring term is dedicated to embracing the digital turn in the humanities not just by learning more digital tools, but by thinking about the stakes of digital pedagogy in the university classroom. In Friday’s working group members of TEP will help us to consider new questions about to integrate technology into the humanities classroom effectively.

Looking forward, we’re offering a new hands-on workshop on social network analysis using Palladio. This new workshop will be held on May 10 at 3:00 in McKenzie 375.  Palladio is an easy-to-use digital tool that features social network and geographic network visualizations. We’ll begin by showing you how to generate data for Palladio. Next, we’ll have a discussion focused on using Palladio in research and in classroom assignments. How can Palladio help us to study characters in films or a Faulkner novel? How can Palladio show transatlantic networks in the American Revolution or help us to see otherwise invisible social networks? What can we see from a Palladio visualization about environmental abuses by corporations? Come to the workshop to find out more!


Our workshop and working group planning has us thinking quite a bit about collaboration. Traditionally, humanities scholars have three parts to their jobs. We develop and teach courses; we write books and essays; and we engage in service activities in our departments, around campus, in our scholarly circles, and in the places where we live. Sometimes these categories overlap or intersect, but not always. Digital humanities, however, creates new ways of thinking about this kind of blending of tasks.  In fact, one of the most exciting and terrifying things about digital humanities is that it blurs the boundaries between the separate-spheres structure that typically organizes our lives. We may wonder, do I really want my students working on my research project? Am I just using their time for personal gain? And will teaching them a digital tool or two make a difference in their knowledge of research, literature, or the relationship between forms of cultural expression and technology? What if a single person completes the assignment and the rest of the group just coasts? Read MoreThe Spirit of Collaboration