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Studies in Digital Humanities: Enroll now for Fall 2017

Dhanashree Thorat, postdoctoral research in digital humanities, will teach an introductory course in digital humanities for graduate students and advanced undergraduates in Fall 2017. The course is cross-listed in Humanities, English, and Honors, and will meet Mon and Wed, 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM, in the Digital Humanities Lab, Watson 410A. See below for description and more details. Students may enroll now!

HUM 500 / ENG 590 / HNRS 492


Fall 2017
M/W 3:00—4:15 PM
Digital Humanities Lab, Watson Library 410A
Instructor: Dhanashree Thorat

This course introduces students to research possibilities and ongoing debates in the field of Digital Humanities. Students will examine how digital technologies and methodologies can enhance or suggest new modes of Humanities research. Course assignments will comprise of blog posts and mini projects conducted throughout the term. Required texts for the class will be from open-access DH texts available online.

No prior technical skills are expected. Students are only expected to bring a willingness to experiment and engage with digital tools. The course is open to advanced undergraduates and graduate students from all disciplines.

Dhanashree Thorat to join IDRH as postdoctoral researcher

We are thrilled to announce that Dhanashree Thorat will be joining IDRH as a digital humanities postdoctoral researcher beginning in August 2017. Dhanashree comes to KU from the University of Florida, where she recently completed her PhD in English on "Melancholic Citizenship: Inter-Ethnic Alliances in Post-9/11 America." In her role at KU, Dhanashree will teach an introductory digital humanities course, conduct original digital humanities research, consult on digital research projects, and help manage IDRH's continuing activities. Welcome, Dhanashree!

Dhanashree Thorat (Ph.D. in English, University of Florida, 2017) situates her research at the intersection of Digital Humanities, Postcolonial Studies, and Asian American Studies. Her work investigates the manner in which digital spaces, specifically digital archives and social media, codify hegemonic narratives of Muslims in the post-9/11 moment, and how Muslims use these same spaces to articulate political agency and intervene in mainstream conversations about their racialized bodies.

Dhanashree is a founding Executive Council member of the Center for Digital Humanities, Pune in India. She serves as the lead organizer for a biennial winter school on Digital Humanities, and advises the center on digital archival projects and DH curriculum development. She has written about her experiences with building DH networks in the Global South as a HASTAC Scholar (2015-2016), and is currently working as the issue editor for Asian Quarterly, a peer reviewed scholarly journal, for a special issue on ‘Digital Humanities in India’ to be published in 2017. At the University of Florida, she has served as co-convenor of the Digital Humanities Working Group, and was the lead co-ordinator for the first THATCamp Gainesville. She was also part of the committee that developed the Digital Humanities Graduate Certificate at UF. She has organized and led DH workshops on various topics including digital archiving, feminist digital humanities, and digital pedagogies.



Digital Jumpstart Workshops, March 2-3, 2017 - Registration now open

IDRH will host our annual Digital Jumpstart Workshops this year on Thursday and Friday, March 2nd-3rd. These free workshops are intended to provide faculty, staff, and graduate students with hands-on introductions to digital tools and practices in order to help you better manage your data, analyze text, work collaborative over long term projects, create digital editions, fund projects, and publish and disseminate your results. All skill levels, from beginner to seasoned digital humanist, are welcome.

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Digital Humanities Forum 2016 - Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities

The Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas is pleased to announce that registration is now open for our Fall 2016 Digital Humanities Forum, September 29-October 1, 2016 at Watson Library and the Commons, Spooner Hall. This year's Forum includes three keynote talks, several hands-on workshops, and a day of presentations and poster sessions on the theme of "Places, Spaces, Sites: Mapping Critical Intersections in Digital Humanities."

Please see for more details, including the full schedule and the registration form.

Questions may be directed  to the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities,


DH Seminar - Kathryn Rhine "Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation"

Digital Humanities Seminar Fall 2016

Hall Center Digital Humanities Seminar

Aug. 29

Kathryn A. Rhine
Associate Professor, Anthropology
University of Kansas

“Global Medical Humanities and the Horizons of Digital Health Innovation”
Hall Center Seminar Room 1, 3:30-5:00

There is no paper for this seminar.


In this seminar, I describe a new curriculum initiative I am proposing in collaboration with the SLLC and over 30 faculty members across KU. This project will provide undergraduates an interdisciplinary perspective onto novel developments in global health and medicine, particularly as these initiatives unfold in virtual spaces. Students will consider questions such as: (1) In what ways are these new assemblages of knowledge embedded in local and global contexts? (2) How is the language used to describe health and development enmeshed in particular cultural values and structures of power? (3) How might these digital innovations reveal particular ways of knowing, seeing, and experiencing disease, community, and social change? (4) And, how are social inequalities being reproduced in and through these domains? We intend to analyze these concerns through an array of methodologies, with an emphasis on the interdependent relationships between theory, method, critical practice, and social justice. The centerpiece of this initiative will be an experiential learning course that uses the Work Group for Community Health and Development's Community Tool Box [] as a virtual laboratory for students to address linguistic, cultural, and structural barriers to health promotion and social change.

If you would like more information about this or other Digital Humanities Seminar sessions, contact Philip Stinson (Classics, 864-3065,

Andrew Hodgson
Scholarly Program Administrator
Hall Center for the Humanities
(785) 864-4798


DH Seminar: Jennifer Guiliano - Recovering the Past through Digital History

Recovering the Past through Digital History

Jennifer Guiliano
Assistant Professor
Department of History
Indiana-Purdue University Indianapolis

Monday, April 18
Hall Center Seminar Room 1
3:30pm - 5:00pm

"Recovering the Past through Digital History" explores the ways in which historians have been exploring digital tools for both research and teaching. Seeking to define how the definition of what constitutes "digital history" might challenge historical methodology and how we might begin constructing a future of scholarship built upon values of collaboration and open source, public scholarship, this presentation will explore two current projects, “O Say Can You See”: the Early Washington, D.C. Law and Family ProjectOSCYS) and Transforming the Afro-Caribbean World. OSCYS explores multi-generational black and white family networks in early Washington, D.C., by collecting, digitizing, making accessible, and analyzing over 4,000 case files from the D.C. court from 1808 to 1815, records of Md. courts, and related documents about these families. Uncovering the web of litigants, jurists, legal actors, and participants in this community, and by placing these family networks in the foreground of our interpretive framework of slavery and national formation, OSCYS offers new methods for historians to uncover fragmentary histories of oppressed peoples. The Transforming the Afro-Caribbean World (TAW) project brings together scholars of the Panama Canal, Afro-Caribbean history, and experts in the digital humanities, data modeling, and visualization to facilitate a large-scale effort to explore Afro-Caribbean labor, migration, and the Panama Canal.

Programming && The Humanities - Register now for Fall 2016

Andrew Lison, Postdoctoral Research at the Hall Center for the Humanities, will be teaching a practical and theoretical introduction to programming in the humanities in Fall 2016. See full description below. Students can register now!

With the advent of the digital humanities, aptitude with computers has never been more closely associated with—or highly sought after in— humanistic inquiry. Even amongst digital humanists, however, awareness of how computers themselves operate often takes a backseat to specific projects, if not the use of tools and frameworks where programming itself is relegated “behind the scenes.” Programming && the Humanities proceeds from the premise that the articulation of the digital and the humanities together will only have meaning if each of these concepts is explored equally. Its title represents a Boolean expression, that is, an expression, often found in programming, that can only be evaluated as either true or false. The double ampersand signifies that the expression as a whole will be evaluated as true if and only if each of its values is also true (i.e., a logical AND); if either one is false, then the expression as a whole will also be false. Thus, we will combine an introductory approach to programming geared towards humanists and artists with a range of scholarship considering computers, computation, and digital media from a humanistic perspective. Alongside readings by Alt, Kittler, Keeling, Stephenson, Mackenzie, Galloway, McPherson, and Chun we will be using a brand new book by Nick Montfort, Exploratory Programming for the Arts and Humanities, which approaches these concepts through the open-source programming languages Python and Processing, as our main programming text.


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