Providing resources and trai­ning in the practices and tools of the digital humanities

Facilitating an exchange of ideas on digital scholarship: A conversation with Elspeth Healey

Elspeth Healey, Special Collections Librarian at the Spencer Research Library at the University of Kansas, explains how the Digital Humanities Seminar (co-sponsored by the Hall Center for the Humanities) provides a forum for conversation and exchange of ideas on digital humanities. She also adds that faculty and staff at the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities (IDRH) will challenge you with new ideas for research and projects in an inclusive and welcoming setting.

In the next few weeks, IDRH will be releasing short videos about digital humanities activities at the University of Kansas. This is the fourth video in the series.

Engaging students through digital pedagogy: A conversation with Whitney Sperrazza

Whitney Sperrazza, Postdoctoral Researcher in Digital Humanities at the Hall Center for the Humanities, shares how her class on Digital Feminist Archives incorporated digital pedagogy. Students studied, transcribed, and developed digital projects around an early modern text. Learn more about this assignment here. The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities can provide support for digital pedagogy, including consultations, course development grants, student showcases, and forums for sharing innovative assignments.

In the next few weeks, IDRH will be releasing short videos about digital humanities activities at the University of Kansas. This is the third video in the series.


Dr. Paloma Vargas Montes, visiting scholar in residence, at KU from April 1-14

The University of Kansas Libraries, along with support from the Institute of Digital Research in the Humanities and other campus sponsors, will host visiting scholar Dr. Paloma Vargas Montes from Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico from April 1-14. Dr. Vargas Montes holds a PhD in History (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris) and in Hispanic Literature (University of Navarra). Her research focuses on the ethno-history of the Mexican indigenous people by using textual criticism and book materiality methods in the study of primary sources.

During her stay she will give three public talks (details below), will work on two digital research projects, and participate in several classroom visits and other events. Please see below for the schedule of public events:


Monday, April 1, 1pm – 2pm in Watson 455. Meet and Greet

Join us on Dr. Vargas’s first day on campus for an informal meet and greet in Watson 455. Light refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, April 2, 3pm – 4:30pm in the Hall Center. Digital Humanities Seminar

“Building DH Scholars in northern Mexico: the case of the Tecnológico de Monterrey’s Master in Digital Humanities”

Description: For a year and a half, a group of 15 scholars affiliated to the Tecnológico de Monterrey have been working on the curriculum for an online Master on digital humanities which will be available on September 2019. The MHD will offer two lines of work and research:  Cultural heritage and Digital Culture. The university has a long tradition in online education and a solid presence in South America. It is expected that the MHD will impact strongly in other countries, besides Mexico, like Peru, Colombia and Ecuador. This talk will present the process of creation of this program as a case study which exemplifies the challenges and opportunity areas of building DH scholarship in Latin America.

Wednesday, April 3, 3pm – 4:30pm in the Hall Center. Colonialism Seminar

“Cosmogony and culture of the Aztecs of XVI century Mexico: the accounts of Sahagún and Durán”

Description: The primary sources for the study of Prehispanic cosmogony of the Nahua people, the Aztecs, are contained on the chronicles of the friars, who recover the past of the indigenous people as a result of their evangelization efforts. This talk will present the works of Bernardino de Sahagún and Diego Durán, two authors who inherited us with the great accounts of mythology, rites and beliefs of the Aztecs.

Monday, April 8, 3pm – 4:30pm in Tommaney Hall, Haskell Indian Nations University

Indigeneity and the Digital: A Panel with Tiffany Midge and Paloma Vargas

Description: How are digital technologies changing the ways in which Indigenous communities represent themselves? How are these same technologies transforming the general public’s understanding of Indigenous history, culture, and social justice issues? Join us for this important conversation as these two internationally-renowned scholars share their perspectives.


Dr. Vargas will have a cubicle on the fourth floor of Watson Library, and will also be available to meet with faculty, staff and students during her stay. Please let Brian Rosenblum ( know if you would like to schedule a time to meet with her.

This visit is made by possible by the following generous sponsors: School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies | Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese Indigenous Studies Program | Center for Global and International Studies | Dept. of English | Dept. of History | Hall Center for the Humanities | Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion | Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities | Dept. of Anthropology | Office of International Programs | Dept. of American Studies

Creating scholarly networks through the digital humanities: A conversation with Mariah Crystal

Mariah Crystal, PhD candidate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Kansas, on how digital humanities has opened up opportunities for engaging students through digital pedagogy and creating scholarly networks. Mariah is a HASTAC Scholar (2017-2019) at KU. Her research focuses on women in the Namibian independence movement.

In the next few weeks, IDRH will be releasing short videos about digital humanities activities at the University of Kansas. This is the second video in the series.




Supporting a campus culture of digital scholarship - A conversation with Brian Rosenblum

In the next few weeks, IDRH will be releasing short videos about our digital humanities initiatives for the KU community. In this first video, Brian Rosenblum, Co-Director of IDRH,speaks about how IDRH supports the KU community in pursuing digital scholarship and digital pedagogy. Watch this short video to learn more about how we can get you started on digital humanities research.


Play and Build Workshop: 2D Character Design

"Play and Build: 2D Character Design"
Thursday, March 7th 2019, 3-5pm

FMS Digital Media Lab, Summerfield 418

Join PhD student in French and HASTAC Scholar Clarisse Barbier and FMS professor/Indigenous media theorist Joshua Miner for this introductory Play-and-Build workshop on video game design.

During this play-and-build workshop, participants will play 2D video games and discuss their evolution, notably how character design and sprite animation work in concert with game mechanics to generate games' embedded  and emergent narrative elements.  Participants will be instructed on basic game design tools and work in development teams on a character design project. At the end of the session, participants will showcase the work produced with their team.

While participants will have access to computers in the media lab, participants are also welcome to bring their own laptop with a photo editing software installed (preferably Adobe Creative Suite).

Seats are limited so please send an email to RSVP to Clarisse Barbier- - by Wednesday 6th, 2pm.

Critical Digital Scholarship on Haitian Studies

Dr. Crystal Felima (CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida) will deliver a special lecture on "Pedagogical Reflections: Critical Digital Scholarship in Haitian Studies" on Saturday, Oct 20th, at 11:30am in the Malott Room, Kansas Memorial Union.

This lecture is co-hosted by the The Unexpected Caribbean Symposium and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. The lecture, and the symposium, are open and accessible to the public, free of charge.

Crystal A. Felima, PhD is the 2017-2019 CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Caribbean Studies Data Curation for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida.. Her work explores the emerging trends and best practices in digital humanities and critical pedagogies in Caribbean Studies. Dr. Felima’s interdisciplinary background draws from Africana studies and cultural anthropology. Her primary research areas of interest include environmental hazards, development, and governance in Haiti. For more information about her work, visit her website and follow her on twitter: @phelima

IDRH to showcase a digital exhibit on Frankenstein at Haunting Humanities

“It’s (still) alive!”: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at 200


In 1818, the first edition of the novel Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus was published anonymously. Written by Mary Shelley, the novel has become a “modern myth” and “two centuries later continues to shape the way people imagine science, technology, and their moral onsequences.” [1]


The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities will showcase an interactive exhibition highlighting some of the many digital approaches to reading and interpreting Frankenstein (including maps, literary text analysis, games, archival collections and editions). This exhibition will be held as part of the Haunting Humanities event organized by the Hall Center for the Humanities on October 24, 2018 from 5pm to 9pm at Abe and Jake's Landing in Lawrence, KS. Free and open to the public, this is an all-ages event that will feature work from a wide range of KU scholars and independent scholars from all over Kansas.


Visit our booth to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein, and learn how the text and its legacy is living on in the digital age and continues to have relevance to our contemporary world.


Frankenstein-related competition and prizes will be provided.

Our digital exhibition is also part of the international Frankenreads program organized by the Keats-Shelley Association of America to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein.





[1] Frankenbook: A collaborative reading experiment with Mary Shelley’s classic novel.


From Oral to Digital: A Workshop on Storytelling

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities
the Hall Center for the Humanities



Thursday, November 1
1pm - 3pm
Watson Libr
ary 455

In this hands-on workshop participants will learn to use oral tradition storytelling techniques to create digital video of their own work.

The workshop is free and open to the KU community, but space is limited to 20 participants.

Participants should come prepared with a short paragraph or CV about themselves, a summary of their research, or a story they want to explore and share. The paragraph should be no more than 250 words.

Mamadou Dia is the first Visiting Interdisciplinary Scholar at the University of Kansas’ Hall Center for the Humanities.

Mamadou Dia is a Senegalese filmmaker and director of photography based in New York where he completed his MFA at Tisch School of the Arts, (NYU) in 2017. His stories are rooted in daily intimate realities inspired from his life growing up in Senegal and travelling across the African continent as a video-journalist for over eight years.  His short films explore the fine balance between fiction and fact, narrative and documentary, and have been selected to international festivals such as the African Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival and Venice Film Festival inter alia. His latest short Samedi Cinema (2016) was premiered at the Venice International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.


Apply now for the HASTAC Scholars Program

IDRH is pleased to announce that we will support student applications for the HASTAC Scholars Program for their 2018-2020 class.

The HASTAC Scholars Program gives undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to develop their Digital Humanities interests and showcase their DH research and projects to a broader audience. Students can use the two year period to learn more about DH, develop a specific digital project, hone their technical skills, or pursue a project that intersects with their area of research and Digital Humanities. 

IDRH welcomes applications from students who want to develop their own DH research, take up a project suggested on the HASTAC Scholars page, or work on an IDRH related project at KU. Selected Scholars will be expected to meet milestones/criteria suggested by HASTAC, and offer a presentation or workshop on campus about their digital research. IDRH will offer selected Scholars a research fellowship of $300 and mentorship support. KU currently has four HASTAC Scholars, and we hope to build this community of students interested in digital scholarship.

There is a two-stage application process: First, apply for IDRH sponsorship by emailing the information required by the HASTAC Scholars application to by October 1, 2018. We use the same application required by HASTAC. Selected candidates must then submit their application to HASTAC by October 15, 2018.

If you have any questions about the program, or the project you want to propose, please contact Dhanashree Thorat at


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