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Image Credit: Luke Addison, "Sand Castle," on Flickr. I am aware of two major shifts that occurred in my thinking this semester. The first pertains to what I thought was the most pressing issue, and the second pertains to the longevity of the discipline. In what follows I would like... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at digital humanities
Many of the readings this week about citizen science, crowdsourcing, and big data reminded me of a book I read a few years ago in my first semester of grad school - Telling the Truth About History. Overall the book addresses the nature of historical truth and the role of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2016 at digital humanities
[Updated: April 19, 2016] Currently I am writing about the publication and reception of a book on optics printed in 1613 in Antwerp. This book, Opticorum Libri Sex: Philosophis iuxta ac Mathematics utiles (Six Book of Optics: Useful for Philosophers and Mathematicians alike) by François de Aguilón, has become well-known... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2016 at digital humanities
Image Credit: By Hannes Grobe, AWI (curator of archive) - Own work, CC BY-SA 2.5, As a PhD student studying the Renaissance and Early Modern period I have frequent opportunity to pause and consider the archive. Which materials are located where? Who organized the materials? How was the archive... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2016 at digital humanities
Image Credit: Hand Cupped Generosity by John Hain on Pixaby. I enjoy a lot of aspects about the Digital Humanities. I like the conversations about the need for open publishing. I like studying the way in which academics make use of various technologies, such as Twitter and Blogs and data... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2016 at digital humanities
Image Credit: "Kool-Aid Man," by Traci Lawson. Available at It was only about two years ago that I learned about the concept of a “MOOC” - a Massive Open Online Course. In fact I was a teaching assistant for something that was sort of like a MOOC. It was... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2016 at digital humanities
Image Credit: "Democracy" created by "NY -" Accessible at How does the digital humanities relate to the practice of democracy? This is a question that has frequented my mind for the past few weeks. It’s something that I think has been tangentially related to some of our class... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2016 at digital humanities
Image Credit: "Library Books," by timetrax 23 on Flickr, The language of “orthodoxy,” and its variations continue to creep up in our readings and conversations about the Digital Humanities. Now that the people formerly known as the audience have control of the publication process, the powers that are in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2016 at digital humanities
What can the Digital Humanities learn from the Museums? So far this semester, we have learned the answer is “a lot!” For instance, we were introduced to the Rijk Museum a few weeks ago, and I’ve already lost myself on several occasions in their vast online collection. The images are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2016 at digital humanities
Image Credit: "Confusion" from Pixaby. I am a bit confused. It is difficult for me to understand what the big deal is about the ‘Digital Humanities.’ Now, in order to avoid being misunderstood, let me be clear… I think the Digital Humanities make sense. The possibilities of knowledge exchange and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2016 at digital humanities
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