Digital Humanities

Digital Humanities + Pedagogy Workshop - April 9

Will Fenton, Louie Dean Valencia-García, Christy Pottroff, and Christopher Rose will lead a special DH + pedagogy working group from 2-4pm on Wednesday, April 9 in Walsh Family Library Room 047 on Fordham University's Rose Hill campus. During this afternoon session, our interdisciplinary panel will introduce graduate students and faculty to the latest DH-infused pedagogy practices, tools, and questions. Beyond theorization, this working group aims to introduce participants to tools and methods they can immediately integrate into their classrooms and personal research. Within these intimate working groups, participants will have an opportunity to test, build, and perhaps fail to apply DH to pedagogy.

The session will begin with a brief introduction from each panelist on a particular DH project. Will Fenton will present on gamifying the Comp/Rhet syllabus, Christy Pottroff will discuss Omeka and text-to-map web publishing, Louie Dean Valencia-García will introduce participants to augmented reality-infused pedagogy, and Chris Rose will preview historiography and the online archive. Workshop participants will then join smaller working groups to pursue the topics that interest them. Together they will collaboratively build a relevant project. Finally, the entire group will reconvene to discuss their experiences, discoveries, questions, and concerns.  

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Will Fenton is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate who specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and the Digital Humanities. As a HASTAC scholar and recipient of a Fordham Innovative Pedagogy Initiative Grant, Will regularly writes about technology.

Louie Dean Valencia-García is a teaching fellow and doctoral candidate studying Early Modern and Modern European History. Valencia-García studies cultural history, contemporary European history, the production of space, social network theory, and everyday dissent in youth and subaltern cultures in contemporary history. His dissertation is on Spanish youth culture and everyday dissent in the later half of the twentieth century. He is a United States Library of Congress Swann Fellow. 

Christy Pottroff is earning her PhD in nineteenth-century American Literature at Fordham University. Her dissertation, "The Mail Gaze: Early Women's Literature, Letters, and the Post Office, 1790-1865," investigates the influence of the United States Postal Service on women's participation in early national literature and politics.

Christopher Rose studies Medieval History at Fordham University, where he teaches Medieval & Early Modern History. His dissertation explores identity and lordship among a community of crusader colonial elites in the Eastern Mediterranean during the thirteenth century.

Omeka for Teaching and Research

April 3, 11:00-12:30, Keating 318
Sign up for the workshop will begin on 
March 1, at the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities website
The number of participants is limited to 15. 

Part 1 of the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities group's Teaching and Research with Technology Series will be a workshop on Omeka, led by Alex Gil, the Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Columbia University. In this workshop you will learn how create and organize a digital archive using Omeka, an open-source tool designed to manage and display collections of cultural objects in digital formats (images, video, documents, sound, etc.).  As you explore this user-friendly but powerful tool, you will learn about its functions and its design. We will use the version of the software provided on omeka.net.  For examples of humanities research projects that use Omeka, look at the Showcase.  The workshop does not require you to be a digital expert. Simple familiarity with common tools like Microsoft Word, Google or WordPress should suffice. Fordham University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and the Fordham University Graduate Student Association have provided funds to make this workshop possible.

English grad student organizes digital “unconference” at Fordham

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From digital pedagogy to text mining to library support for digital scholarship, THATCampNY 2012, which took place at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus on October 5-6, included almost thirty sessions related to the digital humanities. At least 95 students, faculty, librarians, and staff came from CUNY, Columbia University, the New York Public Library, Rutgers University, Cornell University, as well as from Michigan and beyond. THATCampNY 2012 was organized by Elizabeth Cornell, Pre-doctoral Fellow in Fordham’s English Department, along with Jonathan Cain, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Hunter College, and Tatiana Bryant, Reference Associate, NYU Libraries.

Several workshops were offered. Kristen Garlock, Associate Director of Education and Outreach at JSTOR, the online library database, introduced participants to a set of web-based tools for selecting and interacting with content using JSTOR’s “Data for Research” tool. Alex Gil, Digital Scholarship Coordinator at Columbia University, led a workshop on Omeka, a tool for the management of collections of digital assets. Chris Sula Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science from the Pratt Institute, led a workshop on Gephi, an open source program for network visualization and analysis.

Discussion sessions had a more informal structure than workshops, but were no less dynamic. Roger Panetta, Visiting Professor of History at Fordham, directed an information-gathering session on ways to take online student work beyond sophisticated blog posts. Kimon Kermidas, from the Bard Graduate Center, led a discussion on platforms and best practices for online scholarly publishing. Lucy Bruell, who oversees NYU’s Literature, Arts, and Medicine database, had a working session on how to overhaul this vast resource. Jared Simard offered an introduction on platforms available for mapping and timelines, and he explored questions of how the DH community can facilitate acquisition of programming tools.

THATCamp is a series of free "unconferences" devoted to hands-on work and discussion of the intersection of technology and the humanities. It is hosted by research and cultural institutions multiple times a year. THATCamp participants include researchers, students, librarians, archivists, curators, educators, technologists, and others interested in using technology to produce humanities scholarship. Popular with both scholars and practitioners, there were over forty-five THATCamps worldwide between 2008 and 2011, and over twenty are planned for 2012.