This week’s guest blogger Courtney Floyd is a doctoral student and Graduate Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Oregon. Her current research involves Victorian print and media culture, archives and archiving tendencies, and their intersections with gender and disability in late-century novels. She blogs about her research at www.angelinthearchive.wordpress.com.
I’ve been using digital technology to communicate my thoughts with the world since I created a GeoCities webpage in elementary school, way back when “advanced technology” and graphic design involving basic geometrical shapes seemed to be synonymous. Read MoreBlogging Academia
For this week’s DH Monday Edition, we introduce a new feature: our first guest blogger! We plan to continue periodically inviting submissions from members of the UO community for posts regarding DH. If you would like to submit a post, contact Matthew Hannah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our first guest blogger is Molly Hover. She is an undergraduate in the School of Journalism and Communication, focusing on advertising. She is currently taking Dr. Helen Southworth’s “Introduction to Digital Humanities” class in the Robert D. Clark Honors College, so we’ve invited her to post about her thoughts on DH at UO.
By Molly Hover
I told myself I knew digital tools via the technology I used, and I understood the humanities so Digital Humanities (DH) would be fairly straightforward. I was right and wrong. When I started my DH class, HC 434: Introduction to Digital Humanities, through the Clark Honors College this fall, I didn’t fully understand how complicated and rewarding the study of this field would be. It is, like I thought, straightforward in the sense that the humanities are housed on digital platforms. I got that part. What I didn’t think about was how technology could expand the varying concentrations in the humanities exponentially by using the web—and all the knowledge and tools available with it—to aid scholars and researchers on their quest to find, visualize, and/or publish new knowledge.
Some of these concentrations include literary analysis, interactions with data (such as the Twitter usage of a favorite celebrity or author) graphing and mapping historically or socially relevant information (Digital Harlem), or a new way to conceptualize schoolwork (Lacuna Stories). What these sites have in common is that they are, as Professor Helen Southworth describes, “scholarly productions.”
As a journalism student with a concentration in advertising, I’m fairly comfortable interacting with digital platforms, but, before my DH class this term, I had not considered the possibilities of working with data—even historical data—to make new connections. As a student, DH is a valuable resource, and, as a future curator of media, it’s an asset and a connection to culture and history. In fact, this DH blog is about curation in much the same way many DH sites are. Common features of DH sites are embedded blogs and comment boxes which enable users to interact with others at the same time they are interacting with and analyzing data. Read MoreThe DH Monday Edition
For today’s review, I wanted to direct your attention to an amazingly useful resource for keeping up with recent developments in the DH field. Miriam Posner’s blog explores various DH topics relevant to classroom assignments and research projects. Posner coordinates UCLA’s Digital Humanities Program.
Posner’s blog delves into DH with aplomb, exciting interest in the field with a fun lighthearted tone. For example, Posner writes about the essential items she includes in her conference travel bag. Other posts are more academic. She describes some of her unique DH classes, suggesting possibilities for innovative course topics in digital humanities and media studies.