This week saw the publication of Doing Public Humanities, a new collection of essays edited by Susan Smulyan and published by Routledge. Here’s the official book description from the publisher’s website:
Doing Public Humanities explores the cultural landscape from disruptive events to websites, from tours to exhibits, from after school arts programs to archives, giving readers a wide-ranging look at the interdisciplinary practice of public humanities.
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Now that I have a VR headset at home I’m both enjoying VR experiences and I’m exploring social interaction in VR spaces. I’ll write more about the pros and cons of VR meetings vs Zoom later, but right now I want to share this recording of a conference panel we organised in VR about VR narratives, for ELO2020 last week.
The brutal killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis this summer marked a key event in the history of violence against Black Americans. But it was just one of many acts of violence that have been committed in American history. In order to put Floyd’s killing into a larger historical context, our Digital History intern, Haley Price, created four ClioVis timelines to help herself and others learn more about such violence. Alina Scott, a graduate student in the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin and Dr. William Jones, a recent Ph.D. from Rice University, also worked on the timelines, adding relevant scholarship to many of the events to assist readers who want to learn more. Below, Haley, Alina, and Will introduce the timeline by telling us how the timelines were compiled, what they learned in making them, and how they think the timelines can serve as a resource for others. While the timelines are not comprehensive, they provide viewers with a sense of the historical forces at play across time and illustrate how the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020 fits into a larger pattern of historical violence.
In June we added to British History Online records of 22,500 History PhDs awarded in UK and Irish universities between 1970 and 2014. This set of 22,000 theses was added to BHO’s existing series of 7500 records of research degrees awarded between 1901 and 1970.As we explained in an accompanying blog post in June, this selection isn’t every History PhD but it is the fullest record we have of research activity in UK universities in the 20th and early 21st century. With these records we can start to map new connections in terms of research topics and people active in the PhD process – as students, supervisors and examiners.
In the course of researching ‘slave codes’ in the British empire, I came across mention of a five volume set named ‘Parliamentary Documents on Slavery and the Slave Trade.’ It was digitized by the University of Georgia, U.S.A., sometime around 2007, and is a collection of reports printed by the Parliament of Great Britain between 1788 and 1793.
Unfortunately, all links to it were dead, and Google only returned secondary references, not the books themselves. However, the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine had mirrored the site, and a bit of digging led me to the complete series.
The book presents a history of mapping as a means of representing the world, ranging from the work of medieval mapmakers to the 21st century. Concept and mind mapping are explored, as well as the notion of discursive mapping: the dialogic process, regardless of whether a graphical map is an outcome.
My book club was reading The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss. In the middle of an otherwise unremarkable plot, we found a 35-page interlude about a highly attractive fairy, describing her body in minute, eye-rolling detail.
After slogging through that book, I began paying attention to similarly stereotyped descriptions of bodies in other books. Women are all soft thighs and red lips. Men, strong muscles and rough hands.I was frustrated by this lazy writing. I want to read books that explore the full humanity of their characters, not stories that reduce both men and women to weak stereotypes of their gender.
How can we search through modern and historical images at the same time?
In her project “DepTH: Deep Training on History” Seyran will work on the development of a computer vision algorithm that can work with historical and modern images simultaneously. Computer vision applications normally group images based on visual characteristics such as black/white or many pixels (photo) versus few pixels (illustrations). This means that older images are separated from modern ones while this is not what we would like. Together with research software engineer Sara Veldhoen, Seyran will work on images extracted from Delpher’s books to develop a new algorithm.
As we prepare to launch this year’s online conference, we would like to invite our community to support the ELO with their 2020 membership dues ($50 regular membership, $25 for unaffiliated scholars, independent artists, and students).
We live in communities that are increasingly becoming intersected and globalized. There is a lot of mixing in terms of race, religion, ideologies, languages, ethnicity, and many other aspects. The development of such an intersection has historically been traced from systems of migration and capitalist expansion (1). In many discussions of world development, Africa is excluded yet major forms of migration and population mixing were also happening in Africa. Many scholars discuss the forms of migration in Africa as forced and coerced migrations which remove the agency in Africans have the ripple effect of making migrations occurring in Africa incomparable to migrations occurring elsewhere in the world. In my project, I map the labor migration patterns for southern Africa between 1905-1980. Labor migration in Africa during the colonial period (colonial period refers to the time when the African continent was under the domination of European empires roughly between 1900-1965) that drew hundreds of thousands of people from one part of Africa to another.
Sometimes I need a list of titles or labels for a project on which I am working. E.g., I am working with a toy dataset and I’ve created a 10 x 10 array and I want to give the rows and columns headers so I can try slicing and dicing. I prefer human-readable/thinkable names for headers, loc over iloc in pandas-speak.
The Not Even Past Conversations Series was born out of the extraordinary circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. It takes the form of a long interview held informally (usually at home) over Zoom with leading scholars and teachers at the University of Texas at Austin and beyond. The first in the series is a conversation with Dr Peniel Joseph. Dr Joseph holds a joint professorship appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the History Department in the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. He is also the founding director of the LBJ School’s Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. Dr Joseph’s career focus has been on “Black Power Studies,” which encompasses interdisciplinary fields such as Africana studies, law and society, women’s and ethnic studies, and political science. In this conversation, he discusses his new book, The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. This dual biography of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King upends longstanding preconceptions to transform our understanding of the twentieth century’s most iconic African American leaders.
The Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO) seeks nominations for committed individuals who would like to actively help further DH in all its breadth and diversity on a global scale for the following positions:
ADHO Executive Board Secretary
ADHO Admissions Committee Chair
ADHO Multilingualism/Multiculturalism Committee (MLMC) Chair
We’re hiring! The AAI/Open Context invites applications for two Postdoctoral Researcher positions in our new Data Literacy Program: Position 1: Postdoctoral Researcher (Data Interpretation and Public Engagement)This is a remote position. Full time (40 hours/week). Application review will begin July 15, 2020 and will continue until filled. The Alexandria Archive Institute (AAI/Open Context) is a non-profit technology company working to improve research and teaching through innovative uses of the Web. Our work promotes greater transparency in the research process and broader collaboration through the curation and reuse of research data. The primary focus of our work is Open Context, an open access Web-based publication system for archaeology and other field sciences.
Registration for the virtual DH2020 conference is now open! Presenters and participants can register via the DH2020 ConfTool. Once registered, you will need to sign up for a Humanities Commons account and request access to the DH2020 Humanities Commons group. Group access will be granted beginning on 10 July. More information about how to register can be found on the DH2020 Humanities Commons site.
This blog post is loosely connected to a talk I’m giving (virtually) at the Workshop on Narrative Understanding, Storylines, and Events at the ACL. It’s an informal talk, exploring some of the challenges and opportunities we encounter when we take the impressive sentence-level tools of contemporary NLP and try to use them to produce insights about book-length documents.
This workshop is the third in a series where the main objective is to get a better understanding of the dynamics on the Digital Humanities work floor where humanities scholars and digital experts meet and work in tandem to solve humanities research questions. The best way to do this seems to be to give both parties the opportunity to present their achievements and to share their collaboration experiences with the audience. The insights gained should help those involved in the education of humanities scholars, professionals and technical experts alike to develop better training programmes.
As a member of the Library Technology Services Department, Digital Development Unit, the Digital Library Application Programmer performs duties related to the creation and support of software applications for the Libraries’ Digital Support Services Department and develops applications and services with an emphasis on the digital library system.