Programming

We are back in person…sort of. The Fall 2021 semester finds SDSU offering mostly in-person classes but also mostly virtual events. For the safety and well-being of our community, DH@SDSU programming will remain online.

Our Fall 2021 calendar is intended to support and enhance teaching and learning with events geared towards intellectual recovery and the refreshing of our sense of community. Towards that end, we offer book talks by authors of recent, cutting-edge digital+humanities scholarship, tools refresher workshops, and collaborative brainstorming sessions about what DH– and especially DH@SDSU– means after a year+ of learning online.

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.

Fall 2021 Virtual Programs

September 2021

Fri 9/17    Tool Refresher: TimelineJS (1-2pm)
Brush up on your digital humanities tool skills with our DH Tool Refresher Series. These sessions will provide an informal overview of popular DH tools, led by DH Librarian, Dr. Pam Lach. In this session, we’ll review TimelineJS, a browser-based timeline builder that runs off of Google Spreadsheets. Watch the recording and explore our resources.

October 2021

M 10/4 DH book talk, 12-1 pm
Roopika Risam (Salem State University).
Professor Risam’s work pushes DH to address the politics of race, colonialism, globalism, and ethics. She will share ideas and research from her work across recent publications: New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy (Northwestern University Press, 2018), co-editor of Intersectionality in Digital Humanities (Arc Humanities/Amsterdam University Press, 2019), South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations Across Technology’s Cultural Canon (Routledge, 2020), and The Digital Black Atlantic (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Register for Zoom link.

Fri 10/8    Tool Refresher: StoryMapJS (1-2pm)
Brush up on your digital humanities tool skills with our DH Tool Refresher Series. These sessions will provide an informal overview of popular DH tools, led by DH Librarian, Dr. Pam Lach. In this session, we’ll review StoryMapJS, a browser-based tool for creating maps. Register for Zoom link.

Fri 10/22    Tool Refresher: Onodo (1-2pm)
Brush up on your digital humanities tool skills with our DH Tool Refresher Series. These sessions will provide an informal overview of popular DH tools, led by DH Librarian, Dr. Pam Lach. In this session, we’ll review Onodo, a browser-based tool for creating network graphs. Register for Zoom link.

NOVEMBER 2021

M 11/1       DH book talk, 12-1 pm
Melody Jue (UCSB): Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through Sea Water (Duke University Press, 2020). 12-1 pm.
Jue’s research is at the cutting edge of eco-criticism and “blue humanities.” Come hear her talk about her new book, which (from the publisher): “destabilizes terrestrial-based ways of knowing and reorients our perception of the world by considering the ocean itself as a media environment—a place where the weight and opacity of seawater transforms how information is created, stored, transmitted, and perceived. By recentering media theory on and under the sea, Jue calls attention to the differences between perceptual environments and how we think within and through them as embodied observers. In doing so, she provides media studies with alternatives to familiar theoretical frameworks.” Register for Zoom link.

Fri 11/12    Tool Refresher: Voyant (1-2pm)
Brush up on your digital humanities tool skills with our DH Tool Refresher Series. These sessions will provide an informal overview of popular DH tools, led by DH Librarian, Dr. Pam Lach. In this session we’ll review Voyant Tools, a browser-based tool for text analysis. Register for Zoom link.

Th 11/18    Digital Shakespeares Lecture #3:
D.J. Hopkins (Professor, School of Theatre, Television, and Film at SDSU) co-sponsored with the Center for the Study of Media and Performance (12:30-1:45pm). Zoom registration link coming soon

Mon 11/29    Re-imagining DH@SDSU: A Conversation about Radical Design Workshop for the DH Initiative & DH Center (12-1pm). DH Librarian and DH Center Director, Dr. Pam Lach, will facilitate a conversation that helps us imagine future possibilities for our community. Register for Zoom link.


December 2021

Mon 12/6 DH Book talk, 12-1 pm
Andrea Righi (Miami University of Ohio)
Professor Righi will present his book The Other Side of the Digital: The Sacrificial Economy of New Media (University of Minnesota, 2021) exploring the contradictions of the digital world under neoliberalism. This event is co-sponsored with the Italian Program and the Department of European Studies. Register for Zoom link.

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.