Course Syllabus

Week 1 - Introduction

Introduction:

  • Roundtable on research interests and potential projects
  • Review syllabus

Assignment:

  • Course Site registration
  • Setup your VPN

Week 2 - Backgrounds & Definitions

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Framing Questions:

  • What is Digital History?
  • What are archives?

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Framing Question:

  • Where and how does (digital) history fall into the (digital) humanities' big tent? What is the “digital turn” and does or should digital history exist as a historical subfield?
  • What does a new ‘subfield’ or method of historical argumentation mean for the historian’s practice?

Week 3 - Research and the Digital Historian

Consultation Week:
Schedule meeting with instructors to plan your digital history projects. Come ready to discuss research interests and idea for your project. Ideally, graduate students should come with ideas for researching, datasets, visualizations, or analytics projects related to their graduate research.

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Framing Questions:

  • How does digital access to a document change our practices?
  • “When we're assembling an archive (or dataset), how do we decide what to include? Can an archivist or researcher be neutral? Should she be?” Compare this process to researching and preparing a historical narrative.

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Framing Question:

  • How can we imagine research organization practices have change in the past 5, 10, 50 years? What others tools have you used or have heard of for organizing research data like citations, note taking, digital file management, writing assistance?

Week 4 - Digital Archives & Description

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Framing Questions:

  • How is the creation of an archive and methods to access its content a form of scholarly endeavor or intervention?
  • How do digital archives differ from traditional archives? How can digital improve access to sources?

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Assignment:

  • Practicum canceled: Deep thoughts about data description and structure for project consultation next week.

Framing Questions:

  • What is metadata? What role does metadata play in your research? What role does metadata play in the creation and functionality of digital history projects? What is included or excluded during the creation of metadata? What do we mean by “metadata is never neutral”?

Week 5 - Digital Texts

Consultation Week:
Come prepared to report on your project progress.

Reading:

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Framing Question:

  • What is a scholarly edition and where does it fit into the ecosystem of digital history?

Week 6 - Temporal & Spatial Argumentation

Week 7 - Recovery, Discovery & Interpretation

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Week 8 - Spring Break

Week 9 - Text Analysis and Stuff

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Framing Question:

    • How does digital (computational?) history treat, contextualize, present, and understand sources? How can we compare ‘analog’ historical work with digital representations or modeling?
    • Does digital history (computational research) stand apart from ‘traditional’ historical research?

 

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Lab:

  • In-class practicum: WPA Slave Narratives

Week 10 - Choose Your Own Adventure

Week 11 - Choose Your Own Adventure Part 2

Readings:

Assignment:

  • In preparation for our guest Brandon Butler, our libraries' Director of Information Policy, please prepare deep-thoughts and questions regarding copyright, intellectual property, and access--particularly related to digital scholarship--for discussion. 

Week 12 - Project Development

Week 13 - Project Development

Week 14 - Project Development

Week 16 - Project Presentations

Week 17 - Project Presentations