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Digital Humanities

Innovations in Digital Humanities (Apply for Funding)

The Humanities Institute supports faculty who are: (1) working on digital humanities projects that are independent of other institute programming; or (2) seeking support for training in the digital humanities. The Institute can cover a range of expenses including, in full or in part, software (not hardware), attendance at Digital Humanities workshops and other training opportunities, and consultation with other scholars working in related areas in the digital humanities. Support provided on a rolling basis as funds allow; priority deadline in May for projects during the following academic year.

Upcoming DH Programs and Events

DH Kitchen

DH Kitchen is a series of informal meetings that brings faculty and students together to workshop specific DH projects-in-progress (Hands on Kitchens) or to engage in discussion about open topics and questions pertaining to the digital humanities (Open Kitchens). The meetings are intended for DH novices as well as more experienced practitioners in the digital humanities. So, if you are interested in all things, some things or anything DH, grab your laptop and join us in the kitchen! If you can’t stay for the entire meeting, drop in when you can!

2016-2017 DH Kitchen Meetings

Friday, March 24, 2017
DH Kitchen: “One Map, Four Ways”
Carrie Johnston, Digital Humanities Research Designer
2:00-3:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall

Friday, April 21, 2017
DH Kitchen: “Visualizing Venice in the FYS: Reflections on an Experiment”
Monique O’Connell, Associate Professor of History
2:00-3:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall

Past Fall 2016 DH Kitchen Meetings

Friday, September 16, 2016
DH Kitchen: Reception for New ZSR Colleagues
3:00-4:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall

Tuesday, October 18
A Special DH Kitchen and Humanities Conversations for Faculty Event with Todd Presner, “Assessing Digital Humanities Scholarship: Challenges, Opportunities, and Perspectives”
5:15pm-6:15pm
Z. Smith Reynolds Library Auditorium (Room 404)

Friday, November 4
DH Kitchen: “Assessing Digital Scholarship: Continuing the Conversation”
3:00pm-4:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall
This follow-up to Todd Presner’s October 18th guest lecture was open to all faculty.

Past Spring 2016 DH Kitchen Meetings

Friday, February 5
Chelcie Rowell: “Digital Maps & Timelines for Teaching & Learning”
3:00-4:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall

Maps and timelines are forms of knowledge representation that draw upon spatial and temporal dimensions of our knowledge. At this month’s DH Kitchen with Chelcie Rowell, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Z. Smith Reynolds Library, we’ll learn about two specific tools — Knight Lab’s StoryMap JS and Timeline JS — for creating beautiful maps and timelines that articulate scholarly arguments in a digital medium.

After creating a simple map or timeline, we’ll brainstorm ideas for incorporating mapping and timeline projects into courses in a broad range of disciplines, including history, literature, and foreign languages.

Thursday, March 3
Phoebe Zerwick and Student Guests: “Making Student Works Accessible to a Public Audience”
3:00-4:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall

This month’s DH Kitchen features Phoebe Zerwick, Associate Professor of the Practice (Writing Program, Journalism), and students who helped to produce Heard It Here, a regular news report about the downtown community in Winston-Salem, to discuss how they used a digital platform to reach a public audience.

Friday, April 8
Kristin Lanzoni: “Wired! and Visualizing Venice: Digital Art History”
3:00-4:00pm
301 Reynolda Hall

The Wired! Initiative at Duke University engages digital technologies in the study of art, architectural, and urban history. While digital approaches have many capabilities, our emphasis is exploring the built environment over time – both particular structures and the urban fabric in which they were constructed. The use of digital tools and especially visualizations, prompt new questions and understandings about architectural monuments, their relation to the larger urban setting, and the role of sculptural and painted decoration, such as altarpieces, in spaces. This talk will focus on one of our collaborative research enterprises: Visualizing Venice, an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural collaboration that supports mapping, 3-D modeling, and representations of change in Venice. Research projects have public facing and pedagogical outcomes that bring the city to life for varied audiences.

Kristin Huffman Lanzoni is an Instructor in the Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies at Duke University. Her current research focuses on the uses and configurations of space for the visual arts, in particular the spatial relationships formed in early modern Venice. Her interest in reconstructing altered or demolished structures led her to work with the Wired! Group at Duke as well as Visualizing Venice. She is currently directing several digital projects including Venice Virtual World and the Venice Interactive Virtual Atlas (VIVA), which will result in an exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke in Fall 2017. She has most recently worked with Duke graduate and undergraduate students to reconstruct a demolished palace on the Giudecca in conjunction with her curatorial work for the exhibition Water and Food in the Venetian Lagoon held in the Ducal Palace, Venice (September 2015-February 2016).

DH Talk
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DH talk is a blog-based Word Press site that allows the campus DH Community, a multidisciplinary network of interested faculty and students, to participate in online and up-to-date discussion about the digital humanities, including burning questions and comments about where DH may be headed and comments and announcements about workshops and interesting projects on campus and around the country. We also share handy tips regarding new and older digital tools, and more. Check out the site and join the conversation!