Digital Futures of History

Fall 2017 • HIST 300-018
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This syllabus is a living document and changes frequently, depending on what’s going on in the course. If you print it out, you’ll need to keep your paper version up to date with the online version. I will always announce important changes in class.

1: Course and Digital History Introduction

Tuesday (Aug 22)

Today we’ll review the syllabus, course aims, assignments, and general plan for the semester. We’ll also figure out how to customize the course to best suit participants’ interests.

Thursday (Aug 24)

2: Archival Power

Tuesday (Aug 29)

  • Joan M. Schwartz and Terry Cook, “Archives, Records and Power: The Making of Modern Memory,” 1–19.
  • Margaret Hedstrom, “Archives, Memory, and Interfaces with the Past,” 21–43.

Thursday (Aug 31)

3: The Necessity of Critique

Tuesday (Sep 5)

Thursday (Sep 7)

  • Fred Gibbs, “The Poetics of Digital Scholarship,” 101-122.

4: Historical Data and Algorithms

Tuesday (Sep 12)

  • Andrew Goldstone and Ted Underwood, “The Quiet Transformations of Literary Studies: What Thirteen Thousand Scholars Could Tell Us.”

Thursday (Sep 14)

5: What is History For?

Tuesday (Sep 19)

  • Keith Jenkins, Rethinking History.

Thursday (Sep 21)

6: Text Analysis and Visualization

Tuesday (Sep 26)

Thursday (Sep 28)

7: Visual and Spatial History

Tues (Oct 3)

  • Richard White, What is spatial history?
  • Dolores Hayden, “Place, Memory, and Urban Preservation,” in The Power of Place, 44-78.
  • Start finding a project to critique from Humanities GIS Projects.
  • Visual Review Essay Expectations and Instructions

Thurs (Oct 5)

  • Chris Wilson, “Ethnic/Sexual Personas in Tricultural New Mexico,” 12-34.

8: Critiquing Spatial History

Tuesday (Oct 10)

  • Instructions for our spatial history project

Thursday (Oct 12)

9: Spatial History Work Time

(Oct 17 and 19): NO CLASS READ: Ellen Lupton, Thinking with Type (2nd edition).

10: Public Art / Spatial History Project

Tuesday (Oct 24)

  • Ellen Lupton, Thinking with Type.
  • Discussion of Research Projects (esp Markdown essays at GitHub)

Thursday (Oct 26)

11: Essays and Video Critiques

Tuesday (Oct 31)

Thursday (Nov 2)

12: Historical and Authorities of Knowledge

Tuesday (Nov 7)

  • Sheila A. Brennan, Public, First.
  • Andrew Hurley, “Chasing the Frontiers of Digital Technology: Public History Meets the Digital Divide,” 69–88.

Thursday (Nov 9)

13: Wikipedia Reviews

Tuesday (Nov 14)

  • Questions about Wikipedia review assignment

Thursday (Nov 16)

14: Clean up and Eating

Tuesday (Nov 21)

  • Digital Review Journal Assembly and Review

Thursday (Nov 23)

15: OPEN (Nov 28 and 30)

16: Loose ends (Dec 5 and 7)

  • DUE: Second video critique (any digital history project)