Schedule

If anything changes below (readings, deadlines), I’ll let you know in class and via email. Full-text versions of readings not directly linked to below will be provided to you via email or Slack.

Distortion

TH 1/26 Introductions

T 1/31 Distortion: Texts and Contexts

READINGS FOR TODAY: “Network Theory, Plot Analysis” (Moretti; Stanford Literary Lab); “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings” (Klein); “The Blackness of Meme Movement” (Jackson)

TH 2/2 Distortion in The Humanities 

READINGS FOR TODAY: “What’s Next? The Radical, Unrealized Potential of Digital Humanities” (Posner); “Notes Toward A Deformed Humanities” (Sample); “TXTual Practice” (Raley; Comparative Textual Media; available via ebrary)

T 2/7 Social Distortion

READINGS FOR TODAY: “The Googlization of Literature” from Reading Writing Interfaces (Emerson; available via ebrary); “# Logic” from Digital Shift (Scheible; available via ebrary); “The Leakiness of Friends, or Think Different Like Me” from Updating to Remain The Same (Chun)

TH 2/9 Fake News (CLASS WILL MEET AT THE JNBC TODAY) 

T 2/14 Fake News

READINGS FOR TODAY: “How Not To Be A Slave: On The Black Art of Escape” from The Grey Album (Young); “The Public is Irrelevant” from The Filter Bubble (Pariser); “Here Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook From 2016” (Silverman); “The Agency” (Chen)

TH 2/16 Alternative Facts (Wikipedia Workshop)

READINGS FOR TODAY: “Top 25 Wikipedia Articles” (Wikipedia); “The News on Wikipedia in 2014” (Keegan); “Gender Bias on Wikipedia” (Wikipedia); “Who Writes Wikipedia?” and “When is Transparency Useful?” (Swartz)

T 2/21 LONG WEEKEND (NO CLASS)

TH 2/23 Distorted Archives (Metadata Workshop); DISTORTION PROJECT IDEAS DUE (via Slack)

READINGS FOR TODAY: “RadTech meets RadArch: Towards a New Principle for Archives and Archival Description” (Drake); “Library of Congress to Cancel the Subject Heading ‘Illegal Alien’” (Library of Congress); “Going Meta on Metadata” (Kramer); Documenting The Now (Various)

 

Curation

T 2/28 Curation and Interfaces; Intro to “Curation” Assignment

READING FOR TODAY: “Generous Interfaces for Digital Cultural Collections” (Whitelaw); “Edition, Project, Database, Archive, Thematic Research Collection: What’s In A Name?” (Price)

TH 3/2 Thinglink Workshop See Assignment Posted to Slack!

T 3/7 Curation and Data (OpenRefine Workshop)

READINGS FOR TODAY: “The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing” (Gibbs and Owens); “Against Cleaning” (Rawson and Muñoz)

TH 3/9 Curation, Data, and Visualization (Patrick Rashleigh)

READINGS FOR TODAY: TBD

T 3/14 Visualization Workshop Session

READINGS FOR TODAY: Excerpts from Design for Information (Mereilles); Excerpts from The Best American Infographics 2015 (Various)

TH 3/16 Visualization Workshop Session

T 3/21 Visualization Workshop Session

TH 3/23 Visualization Workshop Session

T 3/28 SPRING BREAK; NO CLASS

TH 3/30 SPRING BREAK; NO CLASS

Transformation

T 4/4 Digital Storytelling Proposal Brainstorming

TH 4/6 Reinventing Digital Storytelling

T 4/11 Transforming Texts and Contexts (Twitter Bot Workshop)

READINGS FOR TODAY: “How To Make A Twitter Bot in 1 Hour or Less” (Ortega); “Bots: A Definition and Some Historical Threads” (Parrish); “A Call For Bots of Conviction” (Sample); various bots (links in #bots Slack channel)

TH 4/13 Transforming Place (Augmented Reality Workshop); FIRST DRAFTS of Project Proposals due (ideally before class via Slack upload or email)

READINGS FOR TODAY: “Using Virtual Reality for Storytelling” (Migieliicz and Zacharia); “The IRL Fetish” (Jurgenson); “What are the differences among virtual, augmented, and mixed reality?” (Johnson)

T 4/18 Transforming Museums

READINGS FOR TODAY: “Applying Digital Humanities Approaches to Museum Collection Data” (Gonzalez); “How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Open Data” (Burgin and Ledesma); “Designing The Pen” (Cooper Hewitt)

TH 4/20 NO IRL Class (Jim in NCPH); Online work TBD (Continuation of Transforming Museums)

T 4/25 Managing Your Online Professional Identity (with Brian Croxall)

TH 4/27Transforming Engagement / Crowdsourcing (with Alicia Peaker)

READINGS FOR TODAY: “Crowdsourcing and Community Engagement” (Peaker), “Introduction” to Crowdsourcing Our Cultural Heritage (Ridge); “Crowdsourcing Digital Public History” (Heppler / Wolfenstein)

T 5/2 Transforming The City

READINGS FOR TODAY: “A City Is Not A Computer” (Mattern); Bostonography (Various); The Roaring Twenties (VariousOpen Data, City of Providence (Various); (Various); Data USA (Various)

TH 5/4 Transforming Institutional Spaces

READINGS FOR TODAY: “Can Digital Humanities Mean Transformative Critique?” (Lothian and Phillips); more TBA

T 5/9 Final Presentations / Last Day of Classes

Final Work (Project Deliverable, Final Draft of Proposal, Project Statement for Course Site, Curation / Distortion Blog Posts) due during Finals Week