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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.

Digital Jumpstart Workshops - March 3 & 4

IDRH will host our annual Digital Jumpstart Workshops this year on Thursday and Friday, March 3rd-4th. 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. For full workshop descriptions and to register, visit our workshops page.

IDRH Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

IDRH supports the efforts of groups like Rock Chalk Invisible Hawk to improve the quality of life for marginalized students at the University of Kansas.

IDRH considers issues of diversity and inclusion fundamental to its core mission to expand scholarly forms and practices. We are dedicated to inclusion and diversity in our programming, and we recognize that a truly accessible digital humanities extends far beyond digital tools and standards, and provides people and communities of different abilities, ethnicities, races, genders, sexual orientations, languages and cultures--and of varying levels of access to technology and infrastructure--the capacity to shape and pursue scholarship that addresses their own interests and needs. To that end, our 2015 Digital Humanities Forum, "peripheries, barriers, hierarchies: rethinking access, inclusivity, and infrastructure in global DH practice," focused specifically on issues of inclusion and diversity within digital humanities and within the technological infrastructure that supports our teaching, research and publishing activities.

We strive to foster dialogue about these issues, and we welcome participation, engagement and input from all members of the KU community.

November 2015

Digital Humanities: A Status Report with Questions - Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker   
Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies 
University of California Los Angeles

Thursday, October 29, 2015 
7:30 p.m., Hall Center Conference Hall
Digital humanities activities have matured in the last decades, and in many ways, we simply do our business digitally, working in networked environments with all of their affordances and conveniences as part of our daily research habits. Digitization processes and presentation tools, on and offline, have created new norms and conventions for publishing while analytic methods in data mining, visualization, network analysis, topic modeling and so on have become standard (if less common) research methods. All of this suggests that the digital humanities have been extremely successful and are integrated into scholarship across disciplines. But what are the intellectual impacts of these methods? What critical issues do they raise in terms of knowledge production and conception and how do these answer or meet the challenges of resource allocation and equities of practice within the academic environment? Will digital humanities disappear as a field, its boundaries dissolved by familiarity, or will breakthrough projects shift the critical frameworks on which we constitute the humanities? 

Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies at UCLA where she teaches Information Studies, Digital Humanities, and History of the Book. With Anne Burdick, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp she co-authored the MIT Press book, Digital_Humanities, and her DH 101 Coursebook is available free online. Two other books, Graphesis  (Harvard University Press, 2014) and SpecLab (University of Chicago Press, 2009) are also concerned with digital projects and knowledge production. 

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities, EGARC,
the Department of English, and the Hall Center for the Humanities


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