New to the Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities Initiative

New to the Digital Humanities?

Digital Humanities is a field ever defining and re-defining its parameters as it continues to develop. This is exciting and invigorating, but it can also make the Digital Humanities daunting to newcomers. We’ve assembled a brief catalogue of resources and exempla to help ease your way into this dynamic field.

Where to start

Peruse a couple of publications, such as the Digital Humanities Quarterly, Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, or Digital Humanities Now.  

Does starting with blogs sound a little easier? Check out the blog of Miriam Posner, Coordinator of the Digital Humanities Program at UCLA or Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America. 

Check out some Digital Humanities sample projects. First peruse our Projects Page. Then, click around the Digital Public Library of America, the Seattle Civil Rights & Labor History Project, or the showcase of sites using Omeka, a free content management system for digital collections. 

Digital Humanities is a fairly new initiative here at Gonzaga, so consider clicking around the pages for some established Digital Humanities Centers around the country, like Princeton University, the Five Colleges in Massachusetts, Hamilton College, the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Digital Humanities section of the Walter Chapin Simpson Center for Humanities at the University of Washington, or the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at University of Victoria.

Contact the faculty affiliated with DH here at Gonzaga by scrolling through our People Page.

Next steps

Here are two open access books on DH: Digital_Humanities, published by MIT Press, and Dan Cohen and Roy Rosenzweig's Digital History, a book on the web!

Spend more time thinking about how to teach with DH by reading friend-of-GUDH Ryan Cordell's "How Not to Teach Digital Humanities," an excellent primer in both how to teach DH and possible pitfalls

Consider playing with a few tools of the DH trade. Check out the now classic blog post by Miriam Posner, "How did they make that?" where she explores a few DH projects and how they were created. Or click around a collection of stories, how-tos, and tutorials on DH tools amassed by Medium

Want more?

Look through some sample syllabi on the web that either teach DH or use DH to invigorate their teaching.

Digging Into the Digital, Bucknell University, Dr. Diane Jakacki

The Humanities Now!, Bucknell University, Dr. Katie Faull

Texts, Maps, Networks: Digital Literary Studies, Northeastern University, Dr. Ryan Cordell

Introduction to Text Analysis, Bucknell University, Dr. Katie Faull

Virtually London: Literature and Laptops, State University of New York, New Paltz, Dr. Annie Swafford

Selfies, Snapchat, & Cyberbullies: Coming of Age Online, University of California, Los Angeles, Dr. Miriam Posner

Religion and Capitalism in the United States, George Mason University, Dr. Lincoln Mullen

Consider attending a course at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria