Programming

Spring 2021 for DH@SDSU is about caring through sharing. 2020 took a toll, so we offer a Spring 2021 calendar dedicated to showcasing recent books in digital+humanities scholarship published by friends of DH@SDSU, friends through personal connections and through shared intellectual and ethical DH pursuits.

We offer 4 book talks this Spring– opportunities to hear scholars speak about their ideas and their experiences putting these ideas into published form, opportunities to ask questions and bond as a community around the sharing of new research. And we’re launching two new workshop mini-series: one on critical data and the other on digital pedagogy.

We hope you will join us!

If you have a workshop that you would like included in your class, please let us know by emailing Pam Lach plach@sdsu.edu.

Spring 2021 Virtual Programs

February 2021

  • Friday, 2/19: 1pm-2pm. DH Workshop: Ethical Data Science: Getting Data. In the first part of this two-part workshop, we’ll cover popular data repositories, how to scrape data from websites like Twitter, and critical issues around data acquisition like representation, quality, and transparency. Instructor: Brienne Hayes. Watch the workshop recording. Get the workshop slides.
  • Friday, 2/26: 12pm-1pm. Roundtable conversation on scholarly writing groups. Join DH@SDSU Co-Director Jessica Pressman (Associate Professor, English & Comparative Literature) for a conversation with her former dissertation writing group members– Noah Wardrip-Fruin (UCSC), Mark Marino (USC), and Jeremy Douglass (UCSB)– to reflect on the importance of a writing group and the development of the academic field of new media studies. SDSU MA student Bree Hawkins will be one of the selected student moderators. No recording available.
  • Friday, 2/26: 1pm-2pm. DH Workshop: Ethical Data Science: Using Data. In the second part of this two-part workshop, we’ll discuss what to do with data, including low-to-no code machine learning tools, data visualization, and how to use these tools in a way that represents data in a critical context. Instructor: Brienne Hayes. Watch the workshop recording. Get the workshop slides.

March 2021

  • Friday, 3/19: 12pm-1pm. LatinNow DH Project Talk. LatinNow is a European Research Council-funded interdisciplinary project combining sociolinguistics, epigraphy and archaeology to write social history (2017–2023). Between the Iron Age and the end of the Roman period the linguistic landscapes of the north-western Roman provinces were dramatically reconfigured. LatinNow explores the nature of the spread of Latin, varieties of Latin, the uptake of literacy, bi- and multilingualism and the fates of local languages. We relate the linguistic patterning to other social practices to try to understand lived experience in the Roman west. Alex Mullen and Pieter Houten (University of Nottingham) will introduce the project and some of the highlights of our work made possible through DH, from reading 2000-year-old texts with Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI) to mapping patterns of Latinization across our provinces using Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Hosted by David Wallace-Hare, Friends of Classics & Schuch Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics and Digital Humanities. Watch the recording.

April 2021

  • Friday, 4/9: 1pm-2pm. DH Workshop: Introduction to Digital Pedagogy. Learn about different approaches to incorporating a digital tool or assignment into your classes. The workshop will cover aligning digital assignments with learning outcomes, scaffolding and scaling assignments, and assessing student work. Whether you’re new to DH instruction or a pro, this workshop can help you prepare for digitally-inflected pedagogy in the coming semesters. Instructor: Dr. Pam Lach. Slides and worksheet available. Watch the workshop recording.
  • Thursday, 4/22: 10:30am-12:00pm. Digital Shakespeares Series: “Digital Theater: Decolonizing Shakespeare in South African Schools,” a talk by Gina Bloom (UC Davis) with Lauren Bates (Vista Nova High School and Educasions, Cape Town). Co-sponsored by the SDSU Center for the Study of Media and Performance. This talk explores how the mixed reality game Play the Knave (which was developed at UC Davis) is being used to decolonize Shakespeare in South African high schools. South Africa has been called the “most unequal country on the planet” and these inequalities are strikingly evident in the secondary school system. Bloom and Bates’s project engages South African high school students in digitally-mediated Shakespeare performance to tackle one of the major symptoms of inequality in South Africa: violence. This paper discusses a curriculum the authors developed for using Play the Knave’s gaming technology to teach the Shakespeare plays most often assigned in high schools—the violent tragedies Othello, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, andMacbeth—connecting these to South African experiences and history. The curriculum aims to address the psychological and emotional impact of violence on the country’s youth, contributing to sustained peace. Watch the recording.
  • Friday, 4/23: 1pm-2pm. DH Workshop: Digital Pedagogy Assignment Design. In this hands-on workshop, participants will work to develop a digital assignment, whether converting an existing assignment or designing a new one. Whether you’re new to DH instruction or a pro, this workshop can help you prepare for digitally-inflected pedagogy in the coming semesters. Instructor: Dr. Pam Lach. Explore the workshop materials from this two-part series. Watch the workshop recording.
  • Monday, 4/26: 12pm-1pm. DH Virtual Book Talk: Roopika Risam (Salem State University), New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern University Press, 2019). UPDATE: The end of this semester has become incredibly busy and stressful. In staying true to our pandemic motto, work less, care more, we are rescheduling this talk for early Fall 2021. We look forward to hosting Dr. Risam in September, 2021… when we all have a little more time and energy. Read our similar rationale for postponing our annual DH showcase.

May 2021

The annual DH Showcase and Electronic Literature Showcase will not be held this year. Read why DH@SDSU made this decision.

Fall 2020 Virtual Programs

Missed our Fall 2020 virtual programs? Check out our event recordings below:

September 2020

October 2020

  • Monday 10/19: 12pm-1:30pm Talking #BrownTV: a book talk & conversation with the authors– Frederick Luis Aldama (Ohio State) and Bill Nericcio (English and Comparative Literature & MALAS) about race and media. Watch the recording.

November 2020

  • Tuesday 11/17: 1pm-2pm  Thinking Critically with ClioVis. ClioVis: Interactive Digital Timeline Software combines the best features of digital timeline, mind-mapping, and presentation software to help your students make analytical connections. Designed by UT-Austin history professor Dr. Erika Bsumek, ClioVis enables students to synthesize information into interconnected timelines (or, for science classes, pathways). This tutorial will go over how ClioVis works and how you can use it in your classes. Hosted by David Wallace-Hare, Friends of Classics & Schuch Endowed Postdoctoral Fellow in Classics and Digital Humanities. No recording available.