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March 29 meeting

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

Would you like to learn more about the field of digital humanities? Today is a good day to start!

The Digital Humanities Working Group will be meeting March 29 at 4 pm in room 208 at the Whitney Humanities Center. All are welcome. We will discuss the type of training required for the creation, dissemination and assessment of digital scholarly projects  Where can scholars interested in the field turn to get started? We will have a look at the available resources and opportunities at Yale, and beyond, for training in the technologies and skills necessary for the digital humanities.

Deena Engel Visit

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

The Library’s Standing Committee on Professional Awareness and the Digital Humanities Working Group invite you to join us as Professor Deena Engel and students from NYU discuss the work they did as part of a course entitled Literary Archives and Web Development.

Date: Friday, February 10, 2012
Time: 2:00pm
Location: Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

In the Fall of 2011 Professor Deena Engel, from the Department of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of New York University, led a class on web development for students of literary studies.  In this course students explored literary archives in the context of the digital humanities, learning how to scan, transcribe, and encode texts to build an on-line digital literary archive.  In this forum Professor Engel and her students will provide an overview of the course, their experience of situating archives within humanities computing, and the implications of publishing archival materials in a web-based environment.  Professor Engel’s students will also share their projects, providing us with an opportunity to see new experiments in the digital humanities.

Deena Engel is a Clinical Associate Professor as well as the Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Computer Science Minors programs in the department of Computer Science of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. Professor Engel teaches undergraduate computer science courses in web programming, database technologies, and related areas. She created an undergraduate semester-long course in Computing in the Humanities and the Arts as an elective within the Computer Science Department’s Web Programming Minor in order to better serve students in the Humanities and the Arts fields and she taught a graduate seminar on Digital Literary Archives for NYU’s English department in the fall, 2011.

February 08, 2011

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Caren Kaplan

Chair of the Cultural Studies Graduate Group and Professor in Women and Gender Studies at UC Davis

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Whitney Humanities Center, room 208

December 02, 2010

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Patrik Svensson

Director of HUMlab at Umeå University, Sweden

12:00 – 1:30 pm

Sterling Memorial Library Lecture Hall

For information about Patrik and his work, please visit his personal website:

You can also find the first two of what will be a series of four articles on digital humanities authored by Patrik in the online journal Digital Humanities Quarterly:

October 21, 2010

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The meeting originally scheduled  for October 14 has been rescheduled to October 21, 2010 at 4pm.

Since there are many new members, we thought we could read two different pieces discussing definitions and the state of the digital humanities. One is an oft-cited piece from John Unsworth that shows up in various forms on the web as an article or conference paper dating from 2000-2002. The other is a piece by Patrick Svensson from the Summer 2010 edition of the Digital Humanities Quarterly.

What is Humanities Computing and What is Not? by John Unsworth

The Landscape of Digital Humanities by Patrick Svensson

February 15, 2010

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The focus of our discussion Monday will be the intersection of the library and the Digital Humanities. Pericles Lewis, the Chair of the Search Committee for the new University Librarian, will be joining us to learn more about our thoughts on the future of libraries and digital projects and initiatives.

We have chosen three articles for Monday. The first by David Lewis is a forward-thinking piece on where libraries are headed in the 21st Century. The second article is a good overview of the evolution of digital libraries. The final article is a discussion of the materiality of digital collections as relates to the future of libraries.

David W. Lewis. A Strategy for Academic Libraries in the First Quarter of the 21st Century

Lorcan Dempsey. The (Digital) Library Environment: Ten Years After

Marlene Manoff. The Materiality of Digital Collections: Theoretical and Historical Perspectives

January 28, 2010

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

For this meeting let’s consider a topic relevant to the upcoming conference here at Yale, The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities, One of keynotes will be given by Peter Stallybrass. We were reminded of this exchange between several digital humanists in 2007:

Ed Folsom. “Database as Genre: The Epic Transformation of Archives”

Peter Stallybrass. “Against Thinking.” Responses to Ed Folsom’s “Database as Genre: The Epic Transformation of Archives”

Let’s read both and compare.

December 10, 2009

Monday, December 7th, 2009

For this month’s reading, we’ll look at an essay published on the web site of the Council on Library and Information Resources: Information Visualization: Challenge for the Humanities by Maureen Stone.

Additionally, you will recall that a message from John Vincler regarding Books as Artefacts originally posted to the ExLibris Listserv was forward to members of the working group. Although the two pieces address different topics entirely, let’s read both beforehand and see where our discussion takes us.

November 19, 2009

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

This meeting will continue the round robin we began at our last meeting with brief presentations on the following digital humanities projects and initiatives:

A fast-growing digital repository that has an exclusive partnership with the National Archives. Features interactive tagging and collaborative research opportunities.

NEH Office of Digital Humanities:
An important source of news and information, and perhaps more importantly, project funding.

Vectors Journal:

The Past’s Digital Presence: Database, Archive, and Knowledge Work in the Humanities:

October 29, 2009

Monday, October 19th, 2009

During this meeting attendees will share examples of interesting digital humanities projects happening here at Yale and elsewhere. The links to these projects will be archived in the Project Links portion of this site.

However, for those interested in doing a bit of reading before the next meeting, the journal Daedalus published an issue this past winter called “Reflecting on the Humanities,” This issue contains several interesting pieces, but in particular James O’Donnell’s piece “Engaging the Humanities: the Digital Humanities” is interesting in light of the conversation at the meeting in September.