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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

The Uncanny Valley and the Ghost in the Machine: a discussion of analogies for thinking about digitized medieval manuscripts

Digital Humanities Seminar
Co-Sponsored with the Hall Center for the Humanities

Monday, September 17, 2018
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Hall Center for the Humanities

The Uncanny Valley and the Ghost in the Machine: a discussion of analogies for thinking about digitized medieval manuscripts
Dot Porter, Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Kislak Center for Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania

As the digitization of manuscripts becomes more and more widespread, and as we develop new methods for digitizing manuscripts in compelling ways and making use of these digital objects, we as a scholarly community have had to come up with various methods for communicating about these objects. We use relatively straightforward terms, such as surrogate, facsimile, and avatar, as well as more complex analogies. In the last chapter of 2008’s Printing the Middle Ages, “Coda; The Ghost in the Machine; Digital Avatars of Medieval Manuscripts,” Sian Echard talks of “the ominous implications of the phrase ‘the ghost in the machine’” in the consideration of modern reception, particularly digital reception, of medieval manuscripts. Beginning with the concept of mind-body dualism, described as “the ghost in the machine” by 20th century philosopher Gilbert Ryle, my talk will consider the appropriation of a variety of terms and analogies from philosophy, literature, and popular culture, and how we might use them to help us think about digitized medieval manuscripts and their uses.

Bio: As Curator of Digital Research Services in the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, Dot Porter participates in a wide-ranging digital humanities research and development team within the context of a special collections department. Dot holds Master's degrees in Medieval Studies and Library Science and started her career working on image-based digital editions of medieval manuscripts. Her current projects focus on the digitization and visualization of medieval manuscripts.

Digital Donuts! - Fall 2018 Kick-off

Digital Donuts
Thursday, September 6 from 10-11AM
@ the DH Studio, Watson 410A

Kick off the school year with some tasty bytes of digital humanities knowledge! We’ve got updates on recent DH travel and projects, demos of a few digital humanities tools, and a great lineup of fall 2018 events to share. Plus, free donuts! (And who doesn’t like that?)

Open to all KU faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Please share!

RSVP to Pam LeRow at by 09/01/2018.

Drop-ins welcome, but donuts may not be available to those who do not RSVP.

KU Teaching Summit: Critical Engagement through Digital Pedagogy

The KU Teaching Summit will have the following session on digital pedagogy:

Critical Engagement through Digital Pedagogy (Equity) Wescoe 4040

10:55 – 11:35 Breakout Sessions II

An Sasala, Film & Media Studies; Brian Rosenblum & Dhanashree Thorat, Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities

This session outlines two case studies for implementing a critical digital pedagogy in the humanities and social sciences classroom. Session facilitators will discuss how digital tools and platforms were used to further their course objectives and to encourage students to think critically about course content as well as digital technologies. This session will be useful for faculty who are interested in creating digital assignments: we will discuss how to write and scaffold digital assignments, share rubrics for evaluating student work created using digital tools, and identify resources for faculty interested in digital pedagogy.

The powerpoint for this session can be accessed here and the handout for this session, on creating your own digital assignment, can be downloaded here.

Data Violence: Dignity and Vulnerability Beyond Algorithmic Discrimination - March 15

KU Libraries will host a presentation by Anna Lauren Hoffmann, assistant professor with the Information School at the University of Washington, titled “Data Violence: Dignity and Vulnerability Beyond Algorithmic Discrimination.” The event, co-sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Office of Diversity and Equity, will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, at Watson Library, third floor West.

In the presentation, Hoffmann will look at the connections between big data, algorithms and automation, and the unjust distributions of rights, opportunities and material wealth. Hoffmann will explore the need to reckon with the symbolic and cultural violences extended and amplified by data-intensive technologies.

“We are excited to host Anna Lauren Hoffmann, as she is a pioneer in the area of data violence,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries. “This presentation will highlight the issues of fairness and bias in algorithmic systems, an important and ever-present subject for all students, researchers and scholars.”

Hoffmann’s research is situated at the intersections of data, technology, culture and ethics, and in particular, the ways in which the design and use of information technology can promote or hinder the pursuit of important human values like respect and justice. Her work has appeared in various scholarly journals like New Media & Society, The Library Quarterly, First Monday and JASIST, as well as popular outlets including The Guardian, Slate, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.

The event will begin with a cocktail reception at 4:30 p.m., followed by the presentation beginning at 5 p.m. This event is free and open to the public; those who plan to attend should RSVP to Leah Hallstrom by March 12 at

Digital Storytelling Showcase – March 12

Undergraduate students enrolled in Germaine Halegoua's online class, FMS355: Storytelling With Digital Media, will display their final projects on March 12 from 12-2pm in the DH Studio. Students created digital, interactive projects based on the affordances of digital media and concepts of place and placemaking encountered over the 8 week course. Students used a variety of platforms including Twine, Google Maps, Ren'py, Omeka, Unity, Instagram, websites and interactive video to create short games, interactive fiction, map-based narratives, and other interactive experiences.


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