All times in Central US Time Zone (UTC-5)
Information for Digitorium 2021 attendance can be found in the Digitorium information packet.
Digitorium 2021 – Program of Events
Day 1 – Thu Oct. 7
8:30am – 5:00pm Registration
8:40am – 9:50am
How Can Digital Humanities Enhance the Practice of Borderless Education?; Catherine Chang
How can we meet students, many being first-generation college students but wishing to stop the cycle of intergenerational poverty, where they are and give them a vision to explore their potential to enter the area of digital humanities? How can we face the challenges faced by a public/teaching university with limited budget to sponsor faculty’s professional development and with many students who plan to be K-12 teachers and shoulder the mission to nurture the next generation of students in a post-pandemic world?
Like many other historians, I witness a nation-wide trend of the decreasing enrollment in this discipline on the one hand and note the requests from many first-generation college students about their need of practical skills. As a new learner in digital humanities, I encounter the challenges of limited resources (equipment, time) when learning it on the one hand and applying it in teaching on the other. If learning GIS is a steep learning curve, for example, envisioning the use of GIS in history and confronting the need of learning statistics and data management ironically constitute another tougher challenge to both faculty and students. Are they the best or the only way to apply digital humanities in history? How can we and our students envision a new wK-12 education with increasing use of digital humanities to strengthen their critical reading, thinking, and writing skills, i.e., the real educational infrastructure? Furthermore, how can historians engage the publics in this effort to regenerate the publics’ interest in real history?
Digital Humanities, Digital Pedagogy, and Virtual Art Education; Borim Song, Maria Lim, and Kyungeun Lim,
Inspired by Rolling (2010), who stressed sharing personal narratives of art educators in a research context, this presentation recounts a personal and scholarly journey by three art educators, particularly highlighting their transition to online education due to the pandemic. The three art educators teach in the same state university system, sharing certain expectations and structure for course development suggested by the state. Focusing on the intersection between digital humanities and the visual arts, in this presentation we examine strategies for digital pedagogy for teaching studio art projects online.
Experiences from the First Spanish Feminist Linguistics Edith-a-thon; Ernesto Cuba, Mariana Favila-Alcalá, and Silvia Rivera Alfaro
Feminist Linguistics has had little recognition in the Spanish-speaking scholastic world. In response to this gap, Indisciplinadxs (www.linguisticafeminista.com) was created as an interdisciplinary Spanish-speaking cyberfeminist community where participants e-meet to discuss research in the field of Feminist Linguistics from a Latin American perspective. Similarly, given the gender gap in the Wikipedia realm, Indisciplinadxs will hold its first Wikipedia Spanish feminist linguistics edit-a-thon to propel the involvement and representation of women and non-binary people in the digital editorial work. In this presentation, we systematize the findings, experience, and learning process of that event.
Can Social Media Really be Used for Social Justice?; Hannah Steinhauer
This talk examines multiple issues that are embedded in discourse surrounding social media as a space of political activism in our current moment, specifically in the age of Black Lives Matter. The interlocking issues of surveillance practices, free speech, algorithmic bias against people of color, and the rapidly growing power of tech companies such as Facebook and Twitter must all contribute to how we think about social media activism. This presentation will begin to answer some of these questions, as well as present what a transnational feminist approach to online activism could look like for the future.
The Digital Journal: Tracking Relaxation Techniques Through Multimodal Composition; Tasha Coryell
This paper will discuss the Digital Journal assignment, which was designed to be used within the First-Year Writing classroom to help students explore their individual stressors and learn skills to cope with the particular demands that they face through the use of multimodal composition. The assignment includes selecting a specific relaxation technique such as meditation, time management, self-compassion, or assertiveness and documenting the attempts to utilize the technique through a short video or curated Instagram page. Through these means, students are equipped with skills to better deal with stress and compose multimodally for a wide audience.
10:00am – 11:10am H-Net Session 1
Teaching History with the Technology of the Future: Scholars discuss Teaching History online in Higher Education
Chair: Steve Stein, University of Memphis, Assoc Prof of History,
Anthony Acevedo, Asst. Prof of History/Program Coordinator, Hudson County (NY) Comm. College.
Beverly Joyce, Professor, Art History, Mississippi University for Women
Richard E. Sobelewski, Web Communications Director, Mississippi University for Women
Leigh Ann Wilson, Vice President for Teaching and Learning H-Net, Brandman University
11:20am – 12:30pm Panel Session
Practical Applications of DH and PH Skills in a Year of Remote Instruction; Nathan Loewen, Lauren Horn Griffin, Michael J. Altman, Jeri Wieringa, and Jack Bernardi
Five snapshots of faculty and student activity from UA’s Department of Religious Studies form a panel discussion on practical applications of digital humanities and public humanities skills in a year of remote instruction. The presentations give a comprehensive sense of the Department’s overall response to “2020,” since they range from introductory teaching of basic programming using CoCalc’s Jupyter Hub and Twine games, graduate teaching of digital project management, to shifting a grant-funded public humanities workshop online. The panel thereby provides examples of how teaching in distributed environments supported various objectives for teaching digital skills.
12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch (on your own)
2:00pm – 3:10pm
Indian Community Cookbooks: Archiving Food Histories; Ananya Pujary, Khushi Gupta, and Muskaan Pal
In India currently, there is no single repository that captures community culinary history in an accessible domain. Necessarily, the Indian Community Cookbook Project developed as a digital archive featuring digitised multilingual, regionally-specific community cookbooks and oral food traditions. It makes use of Knight Lab’s Timeline to chronologically present community cookbooks, tracing their evolution as a whole. ArcGIS’s spatial mapping tool is used to effectively detail the region/community-wise distribution of cookbook publication post-1990s industrialization. Ultimately, this online, open-access archive aims to be inclusive of diverse Indian food traditions, and to facilitate research by food historians, nutritionists, etc. on the same.
Strings and Yarns: Needleworkers Forming Community through Creativity, Connections, and Stories; Laura M. Carpenter and Cynthia Gadsden
This digital exhibit explores the social threads that connect people who knit and crochet. Project participants will respond to an online survey concerning how and from whom they acquired needlework skills; what the skills mean to them; and how they have shared the skills with others. Knitting and crocheting are layered with meanings, memories, creativity, and stories, and needleworkers often form relationships and community regardless of culture, locale, ethnicity, or age. Strings and Yarns will record, explore, and celebrate these relationships, skills, knowledge, and stories (yarns), using the Omeka platform and Graph Commons network maps.
Establishing Library and Vendor Partnerships to Publish Digital Humanities Projects; Jessica Kowalski
In 2021, Adam Matthew Digital and Quartex partners published a variety of digital humanities projects. To increase its ability to assist in such projects, Adam Matthew surveyed its global audience to understand how to serve digital humanities research as a vendor and a partner. Learn about 3 projects published by Adam Matthew and its partners who used Quartex to independently publish projects based on their own content. Attendees will leave the session with ideas for digital humanities projects, global perspectives from the survey, as well as ideas on how to leverage vendors as partners to establish digital humanities projects.
Preservation, Access, Interstices: The Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education (COVE) and the Translation of the Digital Text; Kenneth Crowell
As we necessarily transition into a fully digital pedagogical medium with new digital tools at our disposals, not only will our pedagogies radically change but our access to data will also radically change at the same time it radically alters this very data. As DH educators we are now new nodes in the network between the contents of our archives and our students who access these contents in novel ways.
Design-Based Research Case Study of Lucie Aubrac and the French Resistance: Multimedia Flipped Learning Approach for Difficult History Learning and Historical Empathy; Sahar Eissa
The TELE is designed to engage students with thematic learning through the usage of Natural Language Processing chatbot and Augmented Reality. The chatbot elicits students’ previous knowledge about the topics discussed for future comparison with what they learned. It then assists the students in choosing their preferred theme. The program enables educators to choose from multiple projects. For example, the chatbot guides the students to add information to an AR statue for Lucie Aubrac. The TELE utilizes web augmented reality and enables students to interact with their final product through scanning a QR code. The program allows group and classroom discussion across different themes.
Kintsugi: Co-Creating Curriculum to Repair the Absence of Asian-American History; Kelly Hammond
Diversity, by definition, cannot be achieved by a single person. And yet, teachers often author units and courses in isolation, trusting best-faith efforts or academic credentials to build curricula in which all students can feel valued and can grow in their valuation of others. The collaborative and interdisciplinary nature of DH pedagogy and its hierarchically neutral tools provide an opportunity often unseized: co-creating annotated, Open Educational Resources with students and colleagues. Based on postcolonial and open DH pedagogies, this presentation shares the motivation and implementation of a unit co-created with 7th-grade girls in New York City gripped by fear and outrage in the rise of anti-Asian incidents following the COVID-19 outbreak and the murders in Atlanta of six Asian-American women. The unit required scaffolding, an introduction to global open educational resources (OER), and a debunking of colonial epistemology as the sole criteria of authoritative information. The unit also asked students to consider how, as authors of OER, they can invite remixing that both celebrates local Asian-American cultures and language and can expand to accommodate events in the future. Adaptable for undergraduate and graduate classrooms, the approach values student and collegial voices and experience in addition to critical analysis of media. Student evaluations will highlight the success and limitations of the technique, from philosophy to technological platforms and execution.
3:20pm – 4:50pm Workshop
Reading at Scale: Hands on with the Distant Reader; Eric Lease Morgan
This hands-on workshop facilitates activities to read large amounts of text using a tool called the Distant Reader. Used in conjunction with either desktop and command-line tools, the results of the Distant Reade process enable you to quickly and easily answer questions about your corpus. Participants will be asked to assemble a small collection of PDF files. Partipants will compress the files into a single zip file, and submit the zip file to the Reader. Partipants will then download the results of the Reader process and use its contents to “read” their collection in new and interesting ways.
Day 2 – Fri Oct. 8
8:00am – 4:00pm Registration
8:00am – 9:00 am
Disability Justice Design; Nicholas Helms
I am proposing a project walkthrough of Rethinking British Literature (http://www.brit.lit.nrhelms.plymouthcreate.net/), my open course website for Plymouth State University’s Rethinking Medieval and Renaissance Literature and Rethinking Modern British Literature courses. These are deconstructed survey courses with an anti-ableist and anti-racist framework. Disability Justice is the foundation of my course design and my ongoing revisions, grounding and guiding my choices of open educational resources engaged with contemporary social justice, crip-time inflected practices of ungrading, public-facing unessay assignments, and a course community built upon care.
Cemetery Redlining: Investigating Discriminatory Practices in an Historic Cemetery; Brian Kokensparger
Redlining is a practice of denying loans in inner-city neighborhoods. Do these discriminatory practices extend to cemeteries too? This study examines burial permits produced by an Omaha historic cemetery to discover if discriminatory burial location practices were used. A visualization tool identified a “fringe area” of concentrated black burials, whereas white persons of equal means were buried throughout the remainder of the cemetery. The years of these discriminatory burial practices align closely with redlining years in Omaha. A diverse project team was assembled to help interpret the results, and do the hard work of bringing discriminatory practices to public view.
The Art of Augmented Memory: Mnemotechnics in AR Applications in the Case of the Temple of Artemis; Ahenk Yilmaz and Oğuz Bodur
With the convergence of physically visible features and digitally created appearances of the unseen, augmented reality applications turn the cultural heritage sites into augmented environments. What one remembers and forgets in these converged environments depend immensely on the modes of digital representation of the vanished architectural heritage, varying from highly realistic to abstract representations. This paper focuses on these different modes in augmented reality applications created to reveal the unseen cultural heritage in the case of the Temple of Artemis AR application by means of a method derived from classical memorizing technique of the art of memory.
2002 Winter Olympics: Digital Rhetoric, Sports, and Public Memory; Edwin S. Lee
For about two weeks in February 2002, Salt Lake City, Utah was turned into a wonderland as the city hosted the Winter Olympics. This event was instrumental because it allowed Salt Lake City to be turned into a region that provided hope in the aftermath of 9/11. Therefore, digital materials of the 2002 Winter Olympics on Olympics.com shows how sports bring people together, and how that shapes what is happening in the contemporary era. This paper will be used to explain how digital humanities a potential for growth as the scholarship may assist rhetoric, public memory, and sports communication scholarships.
9:10am – 10:20am H-Net Presentation 2
“H-Net and Scholarly Communication in the Age of the Troll”
Chair, Robert Cassanello, President H-Net (University of Central Florida)
David Prior, Vice President of Networks H-Net, (University of New Mexico)
Yelena Kalinsky, Associate Director for Research & Publications; Managing Editor, H-Net, (Michigan State University)
10:30am – 11:40am Panel
Ethical Algorithms: Teaching Social Media Platform Analysis through a Rhetorical Lens; Marcy L. Galbreath, PhD, Amy L. Giroux, PhD, and Mike Shier, PhD
Writing in Digital Environments is an upper-division undergraduate course that attracts a diversity of students in race, gender, culture, nationality, and disciplinary interests. Students are challenged with finding a viral piece of misinformation and tracing it through the multiple paths it follows online, identifying data points through data scrapers and analyzing these findings, representing their research through an argumentative essay and infographic, then using software and web platforms to synthesize their data/argument into a website or blog. The panelists will discuss the affordances, limitations, and learning outcomes of exposing students to multimodal research tools in an online environment.
12:00pm – 1:10pm Plenary
Jasmine Clark-“Accessibility in Digital Scholarship”
Jasmine Clark is the Digital Scholarship Librarian at Temple University. Her primary areas of research are accessibility and metadata in emerging technology and emerging technology centers. Currently, she is leading The Virtual Blockson, a project to recreate and gamify the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection in virtual reality to teach high school students primary literacy skills. She is also doing research in 3D metadata and the development of Section 508 compliant guidelines for virtual reality experiences. She is also the chair of the DLF Digital Accessibility Working Group, as well as a Co-Chair of the DLF Committee for Equity and Inclusion.
Jasmine has experience in a variety of functional areas and departments, including metadata, archives, digital scholarship, and communications and development. She is interested in the ways information organizations can integrate accessible, inclusive practices into their services, hiring, and management practices.
1:20pm – 2:30pm Lunch (Provided)
2:40pm – 3:50pm
Digital Humanities and the Audiovisual Archive: Alabama HBCUs and the EBSCO Scholars Program; Dimitrios Latsis
This talk will stress the intersection of pedagogy and community involvement using a media digitization partnership between Tuskegee University Archives and the University of Alabama School of Library and Information Science’s ESBCO Scholars Program as a case study. The specific needs of historical BIPOC-related media, in terms of description discoverability and sustainability will be explored using best practices and future planning for this project.
Bringing History to Life: Recreating the Site of Selma’s Bloody Sunday Using Digital Photogrammetry; Richard Burt
The conflict that occurred in Selma, Alabama on March 7th, 1965 triggered a significant turning point in the American Civil Rights Movement. Digital Photogrammetry was used to obtain coordinate data of missing buildings, structures, utilities, street signage and advertisement boards. Analysis has identified specific phases of the conflict such as the assembly and dispersion of both sides of the conflict as well as the media that recorded the events. Future research will focus on analysis of additional photographic images and moving images to accurately represent the movement of individuals during the conflict.
Past Faith: Archiving the Religious Traditions of Alabama and the Southeast; Daniel J. Levine
This paper/presentation discusses a new effort to acquire and preserve documentary materials from defunct religious congregations in Alabama and the surrounding states, with an initial focus on rural Jewish synagogues and community organizations. The project aims to create new community engagements between UA’s SLIS and the communities surrounding it; to create new archival resources for future scholarship in the humanities and social sciences; to develop new lines of public and private funding in support of these efforts; and to create projects for graduate students and faculty mentors in library/information sciences and digital curation.
The Ideological Square through Social Media: A Study of Kayode Fayemi’s YouTube Campaign Songs During the 2018 Election in Ekiti State Nigeria; Joshua Adebogun
This work generally attempts to answer the following research questions:
• Do songs play any role in political campaign?
• Do political parties and candidates in Ekiti recognise and make use of ideological square in their online political campaign songs?
• What is the language choice to aid ideological square in online political campaign songs?
• How has political campaign songs functioned in relation to social media or digital humanities?
4:00pm – 5:00pm
The Rise of GIFS: A Unique Participatory Culture Embodied in the Visual Digital Dynamics of Human Expressions on Social Media; Orchida Fayez Ismail
GIFs offer levels of textual and contextual meaning that other visual expressions like Emojis does not provide. It is more complex in depicting reactions during online discussions or as a response. GIFs derive from pop culture (mainly cinematic or art forms) that spread mainly due to its humor and non-linguistic universality. It is more famous for conveying gestures repetitively but offers more choice options releasing mental lexicons. Kelli Marshall (2015) identifies the various layers involved in choosing certain GIFs to be “nostalgia” scenes combined with the rise of a culture promoting concise expression unique to internet discourse. The affinity to social media participatory culture arises from the domains of marketing, branding, gaming, social and political posts. The research question becomes whether GIFs have kept their place as standardized responses, or did they evolve to reflect the very core of a participatory culture.
Animation as a Public Scholarship Tool for Digital Humanities: A Case Study; Lena Bohman, MSLIS, and Clara Arnold
How can we effectively employ animation as a digital humanities tool? The underutilization of animation in Digital Humanities is a notable omission in a creative and ever-updating academic field. Related disciplines like science communication have long recognized the power of animation to communicate with mass audiences. In this paper, we will discuss a digital humanities project on the history of immigration in the united states where the centerpiece was an animated video and the process from conceptualization to creation of the piece. We will address design problems we encountered and our solutions, and provide some suggestions about how to create an animation project.
Repatriating Knowledge through Digital Technologies: Kimberly Dyrvik and Tiaye Wooten
The repatriation of knowledge to countries where research is conducted is recounted as a demonstration of this public scholarship based project. This team conducted a systematic review of fisheries- and marine-related publications relating to environmental resources in a multi-island Caribbean country. The goal of this project was to create and deliver a Zotero library to government agencies that includes attachments of open access articles and other articles that are not behind paywalls. This repatriation effort hopes to ensure that island nations have all the resources available to fight deleterious effects of climate change as well as sustain its rich cultural heritage.
Journal of a Pandemic Year Online; Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson
Drs. Margaret Peacock and Erik Peterson will present their new Digital Humanities site, The Journal of a Pandemic Year – Online. Designed by Dr. Chris Crawford’s senior capstone Computer Science class, the site serves as a companion to Drs. Peacock and Peterson’s upcoming book, The Journal of a Pandemic Year, which will be published by Beacon Press in 2021. We will discuss the purpose of the project, how it was built, and our plans for its unveiling.
Day 3 – Sat Oct. 9
8:00am – 8:55am Posters and Lightning Talks
Resourcing Morrison’s Beloved: Academic Library Involvement in Digital Humanities; Sarah Grace Glover and Teresa Nesbitt
The closing of the University of North Georgia (UNG) due to the spread Covid-19 caused the UNG Libraries to recast its role in a university-wide grant, “Project Beloved: The Past that Haunts Us” and shift our focus to virtual engagement through our Institutional Repository, NOIR. The UNG Libraries used Digital Humanities to support “Project Beloved” and engage students in the novel. The Libraries’ five campuses created digital exhibits and held virtual book readings. These exhibits covered a range of topics to help students contextualize the novel and its lasting impact on literature and our understanding of America’s past.
Data Science for Humanities A Collaborative Approach to Creating an Open-Access Workshop ; Clare Michaud, Karl Holten, Ann Hanlon, Maxwell Gray, and Sarah Stevens
As a group of research services staff at two University of Wisconsin campuses, we are collaborating to create an open-access workshop to introduce humanities students and faculty to text analysis using Python and the Natural Language Toolkit. This curriculum builds on and diversifies the foundational computational workshop curricula that the Carpentries offers, which has historically primarily served scientific researchers. Developing the workshop as open-access curriculum will allow the Carpentries community of volunteer instructors and lesson developers to teach and edit it across the country and internationally in the future.
Seeing Wilde Songs: Charles T. Griffes’s Synaesthesiaic Musical Settings of Oscar Wilde’s Poetry; Zan Cammack
This lightning talk examines a project that expands our knowledge of American Impressionistic composer, Charles T. Griffes’s compositional process, synaesthesia, and thematic engagement with the poetry of Oscar Wilde through musical motives. Using musical notation software Finale, in conjunction with other cross-referencing platforms, this project allows a synaesthesiaic experience of Griffes’s and Wilde’s art. The platform is a website that invites both scholars and laypeople to interact with Griffes’s songs through detailed annotated scores, embedded notations of the works’ intertextualities, and synaesthetic elements to help users get a small experiential sense of what it would have been for Griffes to simultaneously hear and see Wilde songs.
Updating Classic Literature for a Digital Audience; Drs. Jerrica Jordan, Justin Brumit, Jim Schrantz, and Johansen Quijano
To increase accessibility and learning, Tarrant County College faculty members will showcase their efforts to digitize and annotate literary texts for the student body. This department-wide effort requires faculty to use free annotation software—Diigo—to insert visual, oral, and textual annotations to stories, poems, and dramatic texts that are free from copyright. To increase visibility, works are hosted on a centralized site. Faculty hope to increase the pedagogical aspect by assigning other stories as annotation options for students. Therefore, this panel will seek to teach and demonstrate the efficiency of online annotation for instructors and students.
9:00am – 10:15am Plenary
Eric Gonzaba, PhD
Eric Gonzaba is an Assistant Professor of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton where he teaches courses on the history of race and sexuality in America. He received his PhD in American history at George Mason University in 2019. His work has previously been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Point Foundation, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Gonzaba currently serves as co-chair of the Committee on LGBT History.
10:15am – 11:30am Brunch (provided)
11:30am – 12:40pm Panel
From Academic Conference to Public Digital Humanities: A Synergistic Model for Scholarship, Pedagogy, and Curation; Dr. Julian Chambliss, Dr. Scot French, and Anna Kephart
The presenters will discuss their multi-institutional, synergistic, generative public humanities partnership with the non-profit Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts & Humanities and their efforts to transform the Festival’s annual, two-day conference into a year-round hub for teaching and research on the theme of Afrofuturism. To build interest in the 2021 Festival and bring participants up to speed on the Afrofuturism theme, the the presenters — Digital Humanities scholars affiliated with the Festival and its academic partner institutions — collaborated on a three-pronged strategy of Public Scholarship, Digital Pedagogy, and Open Educational Resource Curation.
12:50pm – 2:00pm
Methods and Findings for the DH Project “Global Makers: Women Artists in the Early Modern Courts”; Tanja Jones, Doris Sung, and Becky Teague
This digital humanities project is an online resource that aims to encourage and support sustained, interdisciplinary consideration of the role Early Modern women played in the production of visual and material culture in the courts of Europe and Asia (c. 1400-1750). Phase I of the project is an open-access, crowd-sourced database using metadata element sets such as FOAF and Dublin Core on the Omeka-S platform. Phase II is the creation of a network visualization tool to illuminate relations between the metadata items. This presentation will outline the conceptual framework, digital infrastructure, challenges of this cross-cultural, collaborative project.
Unfix’d Stars: Mapping Extinction in the Early Modern Skies; M.K. Foster
Taking cues from the field of archaeoastronomy and the approaches of forensic astronomy, this presentation aims to illuminate updated applications of astronomy software in restaging the skies over early modern Europe, generating models based on celestial weather theories and observations from 17th-century natural history treatises, and reconstructing the visions of heaven and earth that influenced the conceptualization of mass extinction events. Through this digital modeling, this presentation hopes to render visual focal points for the early origins and long-term impact of apocalyptic thinking on ecological attitudes and western engagement with the natural world.
Speaking for Others: Computational Stylistic Analysis of Narrative Polyvocality in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange; Seth McKelvey
Noting the proliferation of narrative voices in Karen Tei Yamahita’s important magical realist novel Tropic of Orange (1997), literary scholars attribute political significance to the novel’s polyvocality, suggesting that it formally enacts egalitarianism: no one has the authority to speak for anyone else, and voices from the margins get the chance to speak for themselves.
This paper revises such standard readings, using computer-aided stylometrics to show how Yamashita’s formal attempt to replace narrative authority with egalitarian polyvocality self-consciously fails. Digital methods reveal how Tropic of Orange defers its political hopes as a single narrative voice becomes the novel’s stylistic authority.