23 January 2014

Doing DH (spring 2014)

Doing DH is a monthly series of presentations and workshops focusing on skills needed for working in the digital humanities. Lightning-talk presentations, followed by audience and panel discussion, showcase people, projects, and expertise in the Research Triangle and offer insights into the practical side of being a digital humanist. Workshops provide hands-on introduction to tools used by digital humanists.

All Doing DH events are held on the campus of Duke University (Durham, NC) and open to faculty, staff, and students at all Research Triangle institutions. Workshops are co-sponsored by the Wired! Group. Spring 2014 Doing DH events explore the following topics:

Digital Humanities Pedagogy (FLYER)

feb 10
1:30 workshop (Wired! Lab, Room A233 Bay 11, Smith Warehouse)
3:30 panel (FHI Garage, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)

feb 19
1:30 workshop (023 Bostock Library, West Campus, Duke University)

Assessing Digital Scholarship (FLYER)

mar 17
2:00 workshop (Ph.D. Lab, bay 4, Smith Warehouse)
3:30 panel (FHI Garage, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)

Building Support

apr 14
1:30 workshop (FHI Garage, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)
3:30 panel (FHI Garage, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)

Digital Humanities Pedagogy


Monday, February 10, 1:30-3:00 PM
Wired! Lab (Room A233, Bay 11, Smith Warehouse) map

Wednesday, February 19, 1:30-3:00 PM
023 Bostock Library, West Campus, Duke University

Register: http://tinyurl.com/omeka-workshop (limited space – registration required)

Workshop Leader: Daniel Griffin (Duke University Department of Classical Studies doctoral student and research assistant with the Humanities Writ Large grant project)
Introduction to Omeka, an open-source digital exhibition platform with broad applications in digital humanities scholarship and pedagogy, that has been used at Duke for historical mapping projects, Library exhibits, sound collections, digital atlases, and more.  Participants will learn how to work with resources in Omeka, build exhibits, and work with maps in the Neatline plugin.


Monday, February 10, 3:30-5:00 PM
FHI Garage (Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)
Register: http://tinyurl.com/dh-pedagogy

In this panel discussion, experts from Triangle universities discuss the intersection of the digital humanities and pedagogy, sharing insights on student-led collaborative digital work, the use of DH tools and resources in teaching, and the challenges of integrating digital scholarship into the classroom.  Light refreshments will be served.

Assessing Digital Scholarship


March 17, 2:00-3:15 PM
PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge (Bay 4, Smith Warehouse) map
Register: http://tinyurl.com/dh-scholarship-workshop (limited space – registration required)

Workshop Leader: Amanda Starling Gould (doctoral student, Program in Literature, Duke University).  As our humanities scholarship goes digital, the question of how we assess digital scholarship and multimodal work is becoming increasingly critical. How do we evaluate (or grade) the digital humanities projects we plan to create, critique, teach and/or assign to our students?  In this workshop, we will take a hands-on approach: we will look at several recent professional and student-made digital humanities projects from various disciplines and will collaboratively apply a proposed set of assessment criteria in order to evaluate these projects. As we do this, we will assess these proposed assessment criteria and will discuss how each of us might adapt these criteria to suit our own projects, courses, and disciplinary standards. Throughout the workshop, we will discuss best practices for creating sustainable and credible digital scholarship and will explore methods for integrating digital humanities projects into our research and teaching.

Instructions for workshop participants: Please bring your laptops as we’ll be doing hands-on assessment of existing digital humanities projects. Please also skim Shannon Mattern’s article, “Evaluating Multimodal Work, Revisited” published in the Journal of Digital Humanities Vol. 1, No. 4 Fall 2012. We will be using Mattern’s criteria to evaluate projects and to co-create our own criteria. Mattern has given us the enthusiastic go-ahead to use and remix her work as desired. If you are completely new to the digital humanities, I recommend you read “How a Prototype Argues”, by Galey & Ruecker, 2010 and watch What we learned from 5 million books (A TED video).


March 17, 3:30-5:00 PM
FHI Garage (Bay 4, Smith Warehouse)
Register: http://tinyurl.com/dh-scholarship-panel

The lack of established channels for publishing (and thus validating) digital scholarship puts humanists at a particular disadvantage. How can contributions to digital humanities projects count towards tenure and promotion?  What factors can be used to determine a digital work’s value to the field, and the extent of an individual’s contribution to that work? Panelists offer perspectives and advice on assessing the value of digital scholarship.

  • Daniel Anderson (Professor and Associate Chair, Department of English, UNC-Chapel Hill);
  • David Rieder (Associate Professor, Department of English, North Carolina State University);
  • Annabel Wharton (William B. Hamilton Professor of Art History, Duke)

Building Support


April 14, 1:30-3:00 PM
FHI Garage (Bay 4, Smith Warehouse) map
Register: http://tinyurl.com/DoingDH-BuildSupport-workshop

Workshop Leader: Timothy Stinson (Assistant Professor of English, North Carolina State University)
Writing effective grant proposals for digital humanities projects.


April 14, 3:30-5:00 PM
FHI Garage (Bay 4, Smith Warehouse) map
Register: http://tinyurl.com/DoingDH-BuildSupport-panel 

Pursuing and sustaining digital projects can be costly.  How can scholars make the case for funding an innovative digital project?  Perhaps more challenging, how can they maintain the level of support necessary for long-term project success? This panel offers perspectives and advice on how to articulate the value of digital humanities work to a variety of audiences, from granting agencies to administrators, as well as to colleagues and other institutions. Light refreshments will be served.

  • David Bell (Professor of French and Co-Director of the Ph.D. Lab in Digital Knowledge, Duke)
  • Renee Alexander Craft (Assistant Professor of Communications, UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Timothy Stinson (Assistant Professor of English, NCSU)

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