Spring 2014 Courses

Digital Humanities courses at Triangle-area institutions for Spring 2014 are listed below. We will continue to update this list as we learn of new courses, so please continue to check back. If you have questions, or if you are offering a course that you believe should be included on this list, please contact Dan Anderson, Faculty Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Humanities and Curriculum Coordinator for the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative.

Duke University

VMS 590S/ECE 590: Topics in Visual Studies: 3D Design and Programming for Art & Medicine

Wed. 1:25-3:55 PM, Mark Olson and Mariano Tepper

In this course, multidisciplinary teams of students will design proof-of-concept gesture-based interfaces for interacting with 3d digital representations. There will be a special focus on creating working prototypes for the augmented reality display of art & sculpture and for home diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. Ideal project teams will be composed of students from art history, computer science, electrical & computer engineering, medicine / pre-med, visual arts, visual & media studies, and other humanities disciplines. Technologies include: Kinect/PrimeSense and Leap Motion SDKs, webcam-based motion tracking, openCV, and Processing.

ARTHIST 551LS-01: Wired! New Representational Technologies: Chateaux of the Loire Valley: Architecture, Court Life, and Warfare in Renaissance France
TH 11:45 – 1:00, and Lab 1:25 – 3:55, Sara Galletti
Duke University, Smith Warehouse, Bay 10, Room A226

The course explores the architecture of the French chateau from the time of Charles VIII (1483-98) and to the time of Henri III (1574-89). The architecture of chateaux such as Fontainebleau, Chambord, Blois, etc. will be considered in its relationship to the social structure of the court, to the political and economic environments of late fifteenth- and sixteenth-century France, as well as in the context of warfare and territorial conquest at both the regional and national level. Based on the course exploration of both visual and textual primary and secondary sources, students (alone or in groups) will develop a multimedia project of their choice on the theme of the French Renaissance chateau. Each project will include a research component (summarized in a paper) and a visualization component. The latter might take many forms, including (but not limited to) 3D models reconstructions of non-extant buildings, digital maps, databases, interactive timelines, etc.

North Carolina State University


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

AMST 850: Digital Humanities Practicum

Thursday 3:30-6:30 pm, Robert Allen

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 real-life projects that emphasize trans-domain, collaborative work. DIL projects share a commitment to engaged scholarship, representing partnerships with local communities. The practicum gives students the opportunity to pursue a set of professional development goals for themselves. Students will emerge from this practicum with a deeper understanding of digital humanities approaches, practices and issues, all of which will have be applied to their own project-based work and training.

Enrollment for this course is limited and is by permission of instructor. Please email Professor Allen with a statement of interest. 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.

Structure: The DIL Graduate DH Practicum combines hands-on training in a real-world DH laboratory setting with regular seminar-styled meetings and engagement with a broader Carolina DH community.

1. Lab Work
Students will contribute 8 hours/week to ongoing project work in the DIL, as assigned and monitored by the instructor in consultation with the DIL Manager. The particular role each student will play within the project team will depend upon his/her skills, background, professional goals, and experience in relation to the needs of the project. The DIL is committed to maintaining an ambitious and diverse project agenda focused on 1) the development of digital humanities tools, platforms, and work processes, 2) the testing of these tools in practical application through collaborative projects with faculty, other university units, cultural heritage organizations, and other universities, 3) project-based work developed through the programmatic expression of the Carolina Digital Humanities Initiative , including the DIL/IAH Faculty Fellowship Program, Postdoctoral Fellows Program, and CDHI-supported faculty. Students may also propose new interdisciplinary, collaborative projects. Approval of these new projects by the instructor is contingent upon their fit with the mission and priorities of the DIL, the capability of the student to undertake the project proposed, technical requirements, and the capacity of the DIL to support them.
Students will work closely with the DIL Manager to develop a set of professional development goals at the beginning of the semester (for instance, learning XML, or gaining experience in project management).

2. Weekly Seminars
In addition to working in the Lab, the Practicum will provide a regular opportunity for engaged conversations about the theoretical and conceptual issues and challenges raised by the project upon which they are working. The purpose of these seminars (Thursdays, 3:30-6:30, 431 Greenlaw) is to offer a theoretical underpinning for the students’ work in the Lab, while exposing students to a broad range of DH practices and issues. A portion of the seminar may be devoted to discussing Lab work.

JOMC 795: eHealth

Friday, 12:30-3:15 PM, Seth Noar

The purpose of the current seminar is to provide an opportunity for in-depth study of the eHealth field. We will examine the context of the digital age and what consumers are engaged in online with regard to health; the history of eHealth and its “roots”; interactivity and its relationship to eHealth; the variety of eHealth applications that exist, including Internet websites, computer-tailored interventions, health video games, avatars, interactive voice response technology, text-messaging interventions, mobile “apps,” social media, and others; eHealth design and evaluation strategies; implementation and dissemination research and its application to eHealth; policy issues that influence the eHealth field; issues related to adapting to a rapidly changing eHealth field; and future directions for eHealth practice and research.

ENGL 496: Digital Editing and Curation

Tuesday 6:00-8:30 PM, Dan Anderson and Joe Viscomi

Participants will investigate theories and practices of editing in digital environments. We will explore histories of textual editing, research major humanities projects, examine trends and toolsets related to developing scholarly digital materials, and collaborate with one another and with campus entities to develop an online digital humanities project.

HIST 890.05: Digital History: Trends, Challenges and the Future of the Historical Method

Wednesdays, 4-6:50 PM, Marten Düring

A graduate-level survey of digital approaches, methods, tools, and materials.  The course will draw examples and illustrations from across historical fields and periods and provide students an opportunity to explore issues of particular relevance to their own subject interests.  The course also will use materials relating to World War II as a test bed for highlighting the basic theory and methods of social network analysis (SNA).  No prior technical experience or knowledge is required.

INLS 523: Database Systems I: Introduction to Databases 

MW 9:30-10:45 AM, Cliff Missen

Tuesday 2:00-4:45 PM, Joan Boone

Thursday 6-8:45 PM, Meyer (Note: This section will have a particular emphasis on health-related databases, and therefore may not be ideal for Digital Humanities students)

Design and implementation of database systems. Semantic modeling, relational database theory, including normalization, query construction, and SQL.

INLS 756: Data Curation and Management 

Online, Helen Tibbo

Explores data curation lifecycle activities from design of good data, through content creator management, metadata creation, ingest into a repository, repository management, access policies, and implementation, and data reuse.

INLS 740: Digital Libraries: Principles and Applications

Online, Jeffery Pomerantz

Research and development issues in digital libraries, including collection development and digitization; mixed mode holdings; access strategies and interfaces; metadata and interoperability; economic and social policies; and management and evaluation.