May 28, 2013 Filed in: Assignments
by Jesse Stommel
I've uploaded details to the schedule
for our last several weeks together in #DH306.
The description of the final project for the class is pointedly vague: "a collaborative digital project that engages overarching questions raised by our discussions. Let your imagination run wild about what you might like to write, build, code, hack, etc." The main assignment for this week will be to write the assignment description for your final project. Rather than meticulously designing a prompt for your work, I've decided to step back and ask you to craft your own assignment to conclude this course. Because you will each be approaching this in different ways, I've also had to be somewhat vague with my description of what you'll be doing leading up to the publishing of your final project.
Design the Assignment
Document Your Process
Share the Result
And, most importantly, interpret any instructions that I've given you (implicit or explicit) as loosely as possible. The goal is for you to do work that helps you make connections -- that helps you draw together the thinking you've done over the last 10 (perhaps 20) weeks. Feel free to use anything you've produced as raw material, expanding on any work you've done in this class (or any of your other classes, for that matter). We will be working collaboratively, by offering feedback to each other through the various stages of this work; however, I also encourage you to collaborate more fully with each other on your work.
As I said at the outset of the course, Digital Humanities is (at least in part) about breaking stuff, so feel free to dramatically reinvent the expectations usually reserved for final projects in college classes. Make this assignment your own. But feel free to call on me for help.
See the schedule
for more info.
March 29, 2013 Filed in: Assignments
by Jesse Stommel
Folks have argued that the Digital Humanities is about building stuff
and sharing stuff
-- that the digital humanities reframes the work we do in the humanities as less consumptive and more curatorial, less solitary and more interactive. I would argue, though, that literary studies has always been intensely active, an engaged dance between the text on a page and the ideas in our brains. And literary studies has always been intensely social, a vibrant ecosystem of shared, reworked, and retold stories. The margins of books as a vast network of playgrounds. The digital brings different playgrounds and new kinds of interaction, and we must incessantly ask questions of it, disturbing the edge upon which we find ourselves so precariously perched. And what the digital asks of us
is that every assumption we have be turned on its head. Read More...