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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Building Data

March 18, 2011
Building Data

There are few instances when the data you have are exactly what you need, particularly for feeding into analytic tools of various kinds. This is one of the reasons I think it’s so important for a significant subset of digital humanists to have...

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A Gentle Introduction to Correspondence Analysis

February 18, 2011
A Gentle Introduction to Correspondence Analysis

There are some digital humanists who are competent mathematicians, but most of us experience some anxiety about the more advanced mathematics involved in the text analysis methodologies that we use. Dammit Jim, I’m a humanist, not a mathematician! The problem of course is that there are clearly some statistical and graphical techniques that can...

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Building a Timeline Collaboratively with Students

January 14, 2011
Building a Timeline Collaboratively with Students

This term I’m teaching a grad course called “Technologies of Communication”: This course will provide students with an opportunity to identify, understand, study and use a variety of technologies of communication that are relevant for contemporary digital society. We will take as a starting point a current event in digital culture, namely Wikileaks. This...

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