I am teaching a partial credit course for the Languages and Cultures and Humanities Residential Colleges this year, called Humanities … Continue reading Tools for DH–Humanities in Action
Diane Jakacki and I gave the following presentation yesterday at DH2015 in Sydney, Australia. We include the slides and the … Continue reading Pedagogical Hermeneutics and Teaching DH in a Liberal Arts Context
I delivered this seminar paper via Skype to a group of European scholars interested in ways of reading and analyzing Moravian memoirs. The two day seminar was entitled “Life-writing and Lebenslauf: Pillars of an invisible church” and was organized by Dr. Christer Ahlberger, in the faculty of History. In this paper I discuss ways of thinking about autobiography and the Moravian memoir, both as a radical act within the history of the genre and also, when analyzing the memoirs with the methods of DH, as a radical hermeneutic to reveal new voices in the historical record.
The genre of autobiography is a tricky one. Although only recently even acknowledged within the scholarly community as an object worthy of critical scrunity, autobiography has for millenia served the purpose of providing a model of the exemplary life. Whether in the form of saints’ lives, the chronicles of kings and queens, the political autobiography, or Johannes Arndt’s “best seller” the Historie der Wiedergeborenen, all have served the purpose of shaping others’ lives. Through autobiography the author is able to examine memory, shape experience, interrogate the reasons for action and examine conscience. For the reader, the genre provides an opportunity to view this process within another human subject, to witness the relation of authentic (or inauthentic) experience and emotion. Continue reading ““Writing a Moravian Memoir: the Intersection of History and Autobiography””
Over the last 6 months I have been working with the latest instructional technologies and digital tools in my class, Humanities 100. This course, brand new for the 2014-15 academic year is designed to teach students how to create a digital project with archival materials. The goal of the course is to teach students the importance of the creation of a digital text; to think about the design of data that stems from that digital text; to make intelligent decisions about the presentation of that digital text on the web; to teach students how to mark up a text in TEI lite and beyond; to begin to think about how to add geo-spatial elements to the analysis; and also how that text can be mined to build up a database of people and places (at the least) that can then be used to create a network analysis of the text. That is a lot to learn; and from my experience last semester I can say that some students wanted to stop at, say, transcription of the text, or mark-up. Continue reading “Teaching with Emerging Technology: the Centrality of the Collaborative Mode”
I am re-posting on my personal site my blog entry for my class site for The Humanities Now! These are … Continue reading The Importance of Understanding Visual Rhetoric: thoughts on Johanna Drucker’s Graphesis
The Principal Investigators of the Stories of the Susquehanna initiative are pleased to announce the launch of the “crowd sourcing” platform … Continue reading What’s Your Susquehanna Story?
In case anyone wonders what academics do during the summer, read on! This week, the Program in Comparative Humanities is … Continue reading Discussing the Untranslatable and World Literature