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Theorizing the Digital Humanities

All over campus exciting digital work is popping in The University of Iowa’s Digital Scholarship & Publishing Studio, in departments where faculty in the Public Humanities in a Digital World cluster are working away, in Public Digital Humanities Certificate courses, and in collaborations initiated by the Mellon-funded Digital Bridges for Humanistic Inquiry: A Grinnell College/University of Iowa Partnership.

In collaboration with Digital Bridges, the Obermann Center will host an Interest Group that slows us down, even as DH speeds us up, long enough to explore thoughtfully how the digital turn is affecting knowledge, information, social relations, intellectual community, and what it means to practice “the humanities.” We welcome members of The University of Iowa, Grinnell College, and local colleges to join us for monthly meetings during the 2016 fall semester. The group will be directed by UI Digital Bridges Postdoctoral Fellow, Christina Boyles.

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January (Intro to DH)

Reading: Jason Heppler, “What is Digital Humanities?

Reading: Adam Kirsch, “Technology is Taking Over English Departments

February (Close Reading vs. Distant Reading)

Reading: Kate Singer, “Digital Close Reading: TEI for Teaching Poetic Vocabularies” 2013.

Reading: Ted Underwood, “We Don’t Already Know the Broad Outlines of Literary History” 2012.

March (Critical DH)

Reading: Alan Liu, “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?”   2012.

Reading: Michael Christie, “Computer Databases and Aboriginal Knowledge.”

April (Beginning and Ending Projects)

Reading: Adeline Koh, Introducing Digital Humanities Projects to Undergraduates: An Overview, 2014.

Reading: Miriam Posner, What’s Next: The Radical, Unrealized Potential of DH