Fall 2014 Courses

Duke University

VMS 550S: Intro to Digital Humanities
Victoria Szabo, Th 1:35 PM – 3:55 PM

Digital humanities theory and criticism. New modes of knowledge production in the digital era for humanists. Authoring and critiquing born digital projects as part of a theoretical, critical, and historical understanding of a special topic or theme in the humanities. Hands-on use of digital media hardware and software in combination with theoretical and critical readings for content analysis of text, images, audio, video and to create digital archives, databases, websites, environments, maps, and simulations. Independent digital projects + critical papers as final deliverables.

VMS 565S: New Media, Memory, and Archive
Mark Olson, W 10:05 AM – 12:35 PM

Explores impact of new media on the nature of archives as technologies of cultural memory and knowledge production. Sustained engagement with major theorists of the archive through the optics of “media specificity” and the analytical resources of visual studies. Themes include: storage capacity of media; database as cultural form; body as archive; new media and the documentation of “everyday life;” memory, counter-memory, and the politics of the archive; archival materiality and digital ephemerality. Primary focus on visual artifacts (image, moving image) with consideration of the role of other sensory modalities in the construction of individual, institutional and collective memory.

VMS 580S: History and Cultural Visual Proseminar 1
Mark Olson, F 10:05-12:35 PM

VMS 615S: The #selfie
Negar Mottahedeh, M 6:15PM – 8:45 PM

Focusing on digital self portraits that social media denizens have hashtagged “the selfie”, the course will trace two different histories 1) the global history of portraiture in the arts and photography from the 19th C to the present 2) the emergence of the modern idea of “everyday life” (i.e. the routine, the trivial, the unconscious, the unremarkable) as the exact antithesis of what has routinely been called “history”, all strongly associated with women and private life. These unpresentable phenomenon have challenged notions of the state, Capital, urban design, and copyright, indeed the body and the Beautiful. Student driven case studies highlight everyday engagements with social media.

North Carolina State University

HI 534: History and Digital Media

Introduces students to the theory and practice of digital history. Students will examine theoretical scholarship on digital practices in history, exploring issues of capacity, accessibility, interactivity, and hypertextuality. Students will critique examples of digital history including digital archives, exhibits, scholarships, and teaching resources, and then apply conceptual knowledge in the creation of their own digital history projects. Graduate standing or PBS status.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AMST 850: Graduate Practicum in Digital Humanities
Seth Kotch, Monday, 2-4:50

This practicum blends traditional graduate seminar discussions with hands-on training and experience in the digital humanities. Students will work alongside DH practitioners in the Digital Innovation Lab, contributing to an ongoing digital humanities project or projects that emphasize interdisciplinary, trans-domain, collaborative practice. Students will emerge from this practicum with a deeper understanding of digital humanities approaches, practices, and issues, all of which will have been applied to their own project-based work and training.

Lab Work: Students will contribute eight hours per week to ongoing project work in the Digital Innovation Lab. The particular role each student will play on the project team will depend on their skills, background, professional goals, and experience in relation to the needs of the project.

Enrollment for this course is limited and is by permission of instructor. Please email Professor Kotch with a statement of interest to request permission to enroll. Enrollment is open to MA and PhD students at UNC and (via interinstitutional registration) to graduate students at Duke and NCSU. Disciplinary diversity is valued.

INLS 613: Text Mining
Arguello, MW 2-3:15

INLS 690-224: Visual Analytics
Gotz, 3 credits, T/Th 12:30-1:45

This course will provide an overview of Visual Analytics, a topic that combines information visualization and data analysis to support analytical reasoning via highly interactive visual interfaces. The course will review foundational concepts, recent results, and commonly used technologies. The course is project-oriented and will require that students program their own web-based visualization systems using HTML and JavaScript. While no specific courses are considered pre-requisistes, students should be competent programmers. Prior experience with web programming (e.g., HTML and JavaScript) is strongly recommended.

INLS 690-226: Digital Humanities
Poole 3 credits, Tuesday 2-4:45

The digital humanities represent a “global, trans-historical, and transmedia approach to knowledge and meaning-making” (Burdick, et al. 2012, vii). They require an investment in interdisciplinarity and collaboration. Through discussion, hands-on activities, and work in small groups, students will learn about key concepts and tools in the digital humanities. Topics may include the definition and histories of DH; archival theory and practice; textuality and electronic scholarly editing; scholarly communication; text mining, analysis, and visualization; encoding, hypertext, and markup; modeling and knowledge representation; the spatial and temporal “turns”; game studies; and new media, mechanisms, and materiality. Overarching themes include social, legal, ethical questions (e.g. privacy, intellectual property, and open access) as well as project planning, management, and sustainability.

INLS 690-165: Web Development
Boone, 1.5 credits, meets August 20-October 8, MW 3:30-4:45

An introduction to front-end web development using the latest standards, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript. Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS is recommended.

INLS 690-227: Mobile Web Development
Boone, 1.5 credits, meets October 13-December 3, MW 3:30-4:45

An introduction to techniques and technologies for the development of mobile websites. Topics include responsive web design, content strategy, performance, and use of mobile frameworks. Basic knowledge of HTML is required, and familiarity with CSS and JavaScript is recommended.

INLS 523: Database systems
Mostafa, Tuesday/Thursday 11:00-12:15

Also available as an online course. Note: the section of INLS 523 that meets on Wednesday is not recommended because it focuses on health related databases.

Prerequisite: INLS 261 for undergraduates. Design and implementation of database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, query construction, and SQL. Offered fall and spring.

HIST 671-001: Introduction to Public History
Anne Whisnant, W 5-7:50 PM

For more information see: http://publichistory.web.unc.edu/

COMM 856: Seminar in Communication Technology: Computation and Culture
Neal Thomas, Mondays 6-8:50 PM

Digital technologies are insinuating themselves further into everyday life, establishing novel relations between individuals, machines and world. Mobile apps drive college-dating culture via complex statistical techniques, while security experts fret over kitchen stoves being hacked. Big data systems like IBM’s Watson reign as Jeopardy champ, but can also analyze whole months of a country’s telephone calls.

COMM 856 offers students the opportunity to investigate these collisions between computer technology and society, by focusing on contemporary algorithmic and software practices and the cultural forms they give rise to. Attending to computers at the level of their technics can bring useful insights from information systems design into the ongoing concerns of media and communication studies.

The seminar will be structured around readings in social and media theory, information and software studies, as well as the philosophy and sociology of technology.