Digital Futures of History
Fall 2017 • HIST 300-018
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)
DUE: First DH Project Critique
Bring to class a ~750-word critique for a site listed here, or any of the past projects (links near the top), or here.
- Fred Gibbs, “The Poetics of Digital Scholarship,” 101-122.
4: Historical Data and Algorithms
Tuesday (Sep 12)
DUE (for real): First Critiques
Critiques due (extended deadline from last time).
- 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)
DUE: GitHub Test
- Create an account at Github, and email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) your username
- Add a markdown file you create in Dillinger to our repository. Be sure you are logged into GitHub when you do this: Click on the ‘docs’ folder, then drag and drop your file onto your browser window. The content of your markdown file is irrelevant, but be sure your filename has no spaces and ends with .md
- If you are confused about Markdown, try this Markdown tutorial; if you need syntax help, see the cheat sheet
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)
DUE: Mapping Project Critique
~750-word critique (a visual essay in Markdown and posted on GitHub) of a GIS / map project
- Instructions for our spatial history project
Thursday (Oct 12)
Relax, but not for too long (see below).
9: Spatial History Work Time
(Oct 17 and 19): NO CLASS
READ: Ellen Lupton, Thinking with Type (2nd edition).
No class: Research Break
During this week, you’ll work on a local spatial history research project. The idea (which we’ll refine together as the date gets closer) is that everyone will pick a particular piece of public art in ABQ or on campus that holds some interest for them (I’ll supply a list of options, so you don’t have to find one yourself, but you can do something you already know about as well). Using local archives, especially the Center for Southwest Research in Zimmerman Library, we’ll create small multi-media essays about art, the circumstances of its creation, public discussion—and, of course, critique. We’ll discuss all the processes and requirements before fall break so you’ll know exactly what to do. But it does take time, which is why you get a week to work on it. This project will demonstrate what digital history can and should be, as well as critically reflect on the challenges in moving from analog archives to digital presentations.
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)
DUE: Public Art Essays
- All essays (written in Markdown) must be fully visible and functional on GitHub
- All spatial data should be uploaded to the Google Spreadsheet
11: Essays and Video Critiques
Tuesday (Oct 31)
Art Critiques Due
- Put your ~400-word critique on GitHub.
- Be prepared to present your critique and highlight specific examples of what worked well or did not.
Thursday (Nov 2)
DUE: First video critique
- As noted on Oct 3: review a project from this list of Humanities GIS Projects.
- Follow the video critique guide
- We’ll be watching and critiquing these in class
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)
DUE: Wikipedia critiques
Wikipedia review assignments
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)