Week Two Summary of discussions and readings.

Jeanette Dillon and Dhiman Chattopadhyay

ACS 6820 – Digital Humanities

May 29, 2015


Our digital humanities class consists of students who connect with each other via our digital classroom on Canvas and through other digital platforms such as Facebook and DHCrit.org. Just over a dozen of us actually access the Canvas classroom and those are students who summarized various chapters and articles discussing myriad aspects of digital humanities. Most of us read articles from Gold’s (2012) book – in print and online – Debates in the digital humanities, then posted our summaries both in the Canvas classroom discussion page and in a sharing site such as Google docs.

Upon review, many of us focused on trying to define how to both describe and do digital humanities. We sought to understand the evolving nature of and the debates about the field. What follows is the list of students and articles summarized, as well as links to each summary. The link to this overview can be found at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1uc4R0y07cTP4ehVW178CzAbonQdHQUK8w5BcF-ceiA0/edit?usp=sharing

CP – “Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon” by Amy E. Earhart. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GGAmEkxUP5MNULMFweYtkt4Z0HDLUUyP25tGxp8T72s/edit?usp=sharing

BB – “Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University” by Elizabeth Losh. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p4_EXWSbd7vDvpzNHMxrr-fcVUqHDJE9zzQwG9ALaI0/edit?usp=sharing

LC – “What is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?” by M. Kirschenbaum. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bFfce91bv4L6wzVAOQj0tO0ppCqYzP2Fv6_T3G7XePw/edit?usp=sharing

VC– “Developing Things: Notes toward an Epistemology of Building in the Digital Humanities” by Stephen Ramsay and Geoffrey Rockwell. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1mDhP09QWdtqJeeh6g3WLAi47oZf0B6qBLCngwbjGRXY/edit?usp=sharing

DC – “Introducing Digital Humanities Now” by Daniel J Cohen. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TI0-Zfg7cSGOU8nZm2qLxe7ZMzLSmcz6LyOFpk1gZm4/edit?usp=sharing

SC – “The Humanities, Done Digitally” by Kathleen Fitzpatrick. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1giXCit97d9ZXQ0FFLNh2SZLme5xmNri6lilKNwVYvVs/edit?usp=sharing

KM – “Beyond the Big Tent” by Patrick Svensson. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1AR3ZgtjSkPAQFbOuhr9IhYwlRvmX7agmdOg_IndbscI/edit?usp=sharing

FZ – “Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?” by Tom Scheinfeldt. – : https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_jXJA5bzTSpDI6qTVslcLtN1swXGEfQKH_QBm5o0ORw/edit?usp=sharing

BS – “Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”” by Tom Scheinfeldt.- https://docs.google.com/document/d/14uc2c6392JtgWrjt75Md6p7TAZW3h9B5-83FHKYNxDc/edit

EB – “Why do Girls Dig?” by BETHANY NOWVISKIE (Part III). – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KzxrKokZlPFDByms_iglQ-7qMePWIPFtHORB3l_DZSs/edit?usp=sharing

JD – “The digital humanities moment” by M. Gold. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EiYa6GYfG7IUG3AjTgxaNvwe9XcWoc28n314B_UbVVc/edit?usp=sharing

SL – “The Digital Humanities Situation” by Rafael C. Alvarado. – https://docs.google.com/document/d/1eKvGSQ9E4kAo6R5hZ9DR1Li0L3Ce2540JeRGk8QJ5QE/edit?usp=sharing



Gold, M. K., & Ebrary Education Subscription Collection. (2012). Debates in the digital humanities. Minneapolis: Univ Of Minnesota Press. doi:10.5749/j.ctttv8hq

Week One summary

Hello from Bowling Green State University! For week one, Dr. Gajjala asked us to introduce ourselves in addition describing the term “humanities.” Below you will find a brief list of everyone’s experiences as a collective.


  • We have 10 doctoral students who are either in Media and Communications or American Culture Studies and 2 masters students in American Culture Studies


  • Most of us are working from areas in the Midwest


  • Our technological experience ranges from everyday tech usage to knowing a bit of C++, programing, and audio recording equipment.



In addition to our introductions, the term humanities was examined by members of this class. This acted as a benchmark to see how this course will change our opinions of the term at its relationship to the digital.

One central theme that came from our discussion was that humanities is the study of the human culture and human interaction. The site of study includes thought, meaning, and emotion. Research in the humanities often differs from that in the social sciences because it centers the human experience. As a method, humanities is a broad canvas but often uses humanistic and interpretive lenses rather than a positive approach. Due to this, it often allows unique examinations of power differentials and a deeper understanding of the subject.

Although, many of the individuals do not come from a humanities-based background, collectively we see value in examining the human individual as it relates to communication and culture.




Week One (of the Six week course) #dhcrit15 #dhcrit

Hi all,

For week 1:

1] Readings – do the reading summaries and discussions questions in a google doc and share the link here in the comments section and/or on Facebook.

Choose a reading for this week from http://dhdebates.gc.cuny.edu/debates

2] Each of you must get a wikipedia account and email me your wikipedia account info or post to the Facebook group.

3] EB from BGSU  has offered to summarize this week’s discussions for the dhcrit.org blog from the discussions on our Canvas. This week we are only doing intros.

If you are doing intros – I suggest you email me your intros or post to Facebook group. There is no need to have intros on this public blog.


The course begins on Monday

Hi all –

Thankyou for your interest in my summer Digital Humanities Graduate Seminar at Bowling Green State University, Ohio (not Kentucky).

We start class officially on Monday on campus here at BGSU. Ours is a 6 week class and I have to grade the participants registered on campus – but for those of you who want to participate online actively – it can go on for longer and you can participate as much or as little or just lurk. While Q and A for those enrolled for credit and any internal discussions will happen via BGSU Canvas. A chunk of our interaction can happen via other open modes and on facebook, via the use of twitter hashtag ‪#‎dhcrit‬ and via the blog from dhcrit.org (apologies to those who are interested but not on facebook – I will ask them to participate via the blog and via twitter hashtag and shared googledoc links). Remember that anything shared is public even if it seems like you are sharing on a closed group. I am the point of contact for all – so email me your links at gRadhika2012@gmail.com if you feel uncomfortable sharing here or elsewhere.

Although – digital humanities is about building publics… knowing to navigate publics – you may get nothing out of the course if you just send stuff directly to me. In fact the graded group from BGSU is required to do these exercises publicly even though we will discuss some things on our protected university space (and who says that’s protected anyway – system admins can see that space too – ‪#‎surveillance‬ ).

A few things for you to do if you are planning on any level of activity with us:

1] Become familiar with google docs – so that you can share your google doc based assignment links with us here or message the link to me. As a first exercise, start a google doc with your name, your main exploration for this class, your wikipedia editor id for this class (it doesn’t have to be one you’ve used before) and anything else you want us to know after reading the rest of this list here.

2] Potter around with Scalar so you can explore that as a space to build a project (those of you enrolled for credit add a link to your scalar pottering around space to the googledoc link – even if you did not attend the workshop – this is needed)- but you can pretty much choose any platform or mode.

3] For those who want to join any form of synchronicity in virtual worlds – I plan on ocassionally dropping in on secondlife and World of Warcraft (yes for those of you who consider yourselves “hardcore” gamers these are fairly low end virtual spaces and graphics may not be wonderful – but they are comparatively more easy access from both Mac and PC platforms and require less literacy and navigation knowledge – on WoW, we are not comparing levels at which your character resides – we just need a “body” – so start a new character at level one so we are all on the same level playing field for this class). These two also allow for text chat channels/groups – so on secondlife I will start a group DHCRIT and on WoW I’ll start a channel DHCRIT. Will alert you when I have this set up.

BGSU on-campus people – I’d like you to do at least one of these – Secondlife is free – WoW may not be. Remember to screen cap and/or cut paste chat discussions periodically so we can bring them to text only world later.

4] Get a wikipedia account and potter around – you will journal about your pottering around on the google doc at least once a week.

5] Twitter annotations of readings (see syllabus) – one a week per person enrolled in class – others are free to join in the fun – just hashtag it #dhcrit and enter it in the googledoc.

6] Reading discussion/summaries – we steal the format from Adeline and Roopika (2013) – dhpoco – summary and discussion questions in a separate google doc for readings – that you can periodically tweet #dhcrit (for BGSU peeps – its required:)). Here’s an example: http://dhpoco.org/…/dhpocoss-week-4-summary-of-martha-nell…/