This interdisciplinary course explores the effects of the digital age on producing and consuming history. Some guiding questions:
In addressing these questions, we’ll draw from contemporary readings in history, public history, historiography, digital humanities, literary studies, media studies, and library and museum studies. Along with our readings, we will investigate a variety of digital history, archival, and journalistic projects that feature various digital methods (such as text analysis, mapping, data visualization, and so on). We’ll critique the various facets of these projects (data, design, interface, utility, etc.) to understand the technologies and data involved. Based on this work, we’ll collaboratively design and publish a website that showcases our rigorous reviews of these digital projects.
While I try to provide feedback throughout the semester, particularly on the various assignments, I heartily encourage you to speak with me at any time to learn what I think of your performance in the class and how it can be improved (if at all).
The following books are required for the course, but they are not available at UNM bookstore. They are widely available online in whatever condition you desire.
Note that there is a Thinking with Type website, but it DOES NOT substitute for the book itself, which has a tremendous amount of essential content that the website does not (not surprisingly). Browse the website if you’d like (it’s nicely done), but READ THE BOOK.
You will also need to subscribe to the course Zotero library to access assigned articles. This will be discussed in class, but for reference, please see the instructions for connecting. The URL for the group library is https://www.zotero.org/groups/1647219/digital-futures-unm/items.