DH100: Introduction to Digital Humanities
Tuesday/Thursday 9:25am – 10:40am
Brian S. Matzke
To meet with me, please schedule an appointment here
This schedule provides links to the video lectures, readings, and assignments for each day of the course. Lectures and readings should be completed before that day’s class. Assignments should be completed by midnight that class day, and will be graded the day after class.
1/19 – 2/16
Lecture: Example video
Lecture: What does a digital humanities research project look like?
Reading: Amanda Shendruk, “Analyzing the Gender Representation of 34,476 Comic Book Characters”
Lecture: Part 1: Purchasing your website; Part 2: Setting up your website
Reading: How to customize your WordPress theme
Assignment: Set up your website
Lecture: Visual Rhetoric and Website Design
Reading: Anne Francis Wysocki, “The Multiple Media of Texts” (reading available on Blackboard)
Assignment: Blog post 1: Profile of a DH project
Lecture: Part 1: What are primary and secondary sources? Part 2: How to find scholarly sources
Reading: Tara Menon, “Keeping Count: Direct Speech in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel” (access the article through the library)
Assignment: Blog post 2: Three possible research questions
Lecture: How to read an academic paper (If you attended class on 2/9 and feel that you understood the Tara Menon article, this lecture is optional)
Reading: One of the two articles listed in your assignment
Assignment: Blog post 3: Analysis of an academic paper
Reading: A scholarly article on your research topic (see assignment); CCSU Library’s LibGuide on Zotero (optional)
Assignment: Blog post 4: Summary of a scholarly source
2/21 – 3/30
Lecture: Why metadata matters
Reading: Elon Musk’s unsolicited idea for Taiwan; New species of coconut headed sloth; Amazon suicide kits have led to teen deaths
Assignment: Gallery entry 3: Third artifact
Lecture: Working with metadata spreadsheets and controlled vocabularies
Assignment: Blog post 5: Metadata spreadsheet
Assignment: Add Creative Commons statement to your website’s homepage and rights statements to your artifacts’ metadata
Lecture: Ruja Benjamin, “A New Jim Code”
Readings: Sarah Brayne, “Relying on algorithms can further bias and inequality — but it doesn’t have to be that way” and Daniel Politi, “Facebook Apologizes After its AI Mislabels Video of Black Men as ‘Primates’”
Assignment: Blog post 6: Reflection on technology and inequality
Lecture: A gentle introduction to XML and TEI and Working with the TEI Boilerplate
Readings: Read w3schools, “Introduction to XML” and Johanna Drucker, Introduction to Digital Humanities 6A “Text Encoding”, p 46-48.
Take a look at (but you do not need to read thoroughly) the Women Writers Project and the website for the TEI Boilerplate
Assignment: Gallery entry 4: TEI markup
Assignment: Blog post 7: Reflection on your TEI markup
Lecture: Indexing audiovisual materials
Readings: Check out the resources on the website for The Oral History Metadata Synchronizer. For additional information on how to complete your markup, consult the video tutorials on this page.
Assignment: Gallery entry 5: OHMS index
Assignment: Blog post 8: Reflection on your OHMS index
4/4 – 5/11
Lecture: Analyzing data visualizations and where to find data
Reading: “Three questions to ask yourself next time you see a graph, chart, or map” by Carson MacPherson-Krutsky. Also, we’ll be checking out Kaggle.com and Data.gov.
Assignment: Blog post 9: Analysis of a data visualization
Lecture: Creating bar graphs, histograms, or scatterplots in Excel
Assignment: Gallery entry 6: Histogram or scatterplot
Lecture: Sankeys, trees, and flowcharts
Reading: None, but we will be working with SankeyMATIC, Lucidchart, and RelationshipTree
Assignment: Gallery entry 9: Fourth data visualization
Assignment : Blog post 12: Complete rough draft. NOTE: YOUR ROUGH DRAFT MUST BE POSTED BY THE END OF THE DAY ON 4/27. OTHERWISE YOU WILL NOT BE ASSIGNED WORKSHOP PARTNERS AND YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO COMPLETE THE PEER CRITIQUE ASSIGNMENT NEXT WEEK.
Lecture: Final thoughts
Reading: “Workshop is not for you” by Jeremiah Chamberlin
Assignment: Two peer critiques. NOTE: YOU ARE REQUIRED TO WRITE TWO PEER CRITIQUES AND EMAIL THEM BEFORE CLASS, NOT BY THIS EVENING. YOU WILL BE DISCUSSING YOUR CRITIQUES IN CLASS.
Tuesday, 5/9 is the last day assignments will be accepted for credit. All assignments must be visible on your site by noon on Tuesday 5/9
The final paper is due by noon on Thursday, 5/11