New Grad Course in Digital Humanities at McGill

September 8, 2011
New Grad Course in Digital Humanities at McGill

As much as I love the calmer pace and greater flexibility of summer, I was very happy to be back in the classroom today. My days are typically spent staring at the computer screen a lot and though I do interact with colleagues in person and through various media, there’s something very stimulating and...

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DH: Getting it in Writing

July 26, 2011
DH: Getting it in Writing

Mid summer isn’t the most useful time to post advice about negotiating academic job contracts, but I’ve promised several people I’d write something about the language that I requested to have added to the relatively standard appointment contract at McGill. After moving to McMaster in 2004 I regretted not insisting on having something about...

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Moulting, Or, It Was Time to Change My CMS

July 20, 2011
Moulting, Or, It Was Time to Change My CMS

My move this summer from McMaster to McGill is requiring me to confront a lot of changes, not least in transferring my hefty digital footprint between institutions. Much like moving house, a digital move is an opportunity to purge a lot of unused and neglected stuff – but still, it’s time-consuming and not much...

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Ditching the Essay

April 19, 2011
Ditching the Essay

This past term I gave a graduate course, in collaboration with Jeff Trzeciak, on “Technologies of Communication” and tried something that feels a bit subversive: I didn’t assign any essays. Of course, I’m almost certainly not the first humanities professor to not assign essays in a graduate course (I haven’t bothered looking for other...

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Rapid Analysis of Three Years of DayOfDH

April 5, 2011
Rapid Analysis of Three Years of DayOfDH

(This is a lightly edited version of a post from my DayOfDH (next year there are rumblings that we may be able to aggregate content from our existing blogs instead of self-plagiarizing.) We now have three years of DayOfDH blogging archives – that’s a pretty rich record of how digital humanists describe their activities...

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A Couple of SSHRC Grants

April 4, 2011
A Couple of SSHRC Grants

There are the four seasons – Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall – but there are also other annual phases that my academic physiology anticipates and experiences. I’m not talking about Oobleck, but rather things like the planning of the intense conference season in digital humanities (May-June), start of the academic year (September), preparation of my annual report...

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