The Crisis: Images (10/1)

This class day will be devoted to our second in-class project. We will return to The Crisis, but experiment with image. We will demonstrate Imageplot as a tool using the Crisis dataset as a whole, and then split into groups to analyze different subsets of the dataset. 

At the end of class, we will imagine different research questions we could explore using this method.

Aims of The Crisis Image Project:

  • Structured data
  • Image analysis as a method
  • Imageplot as tool

Before class

Readings due

Project to explore

The Crisis: Text (9/24)

This class day will be devoted to our first in-class DH experience. We will use Voyant Tools to analyze text from the early years of The Crisis. Founded by in 1910, The Crisis is the official magazine of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). W.E.B DuBois was the founding editor, serving from 1910 to 1934, and used the magazine to advocate for social justice and promote Black literature, poetry, and art.

Zip folder of issues from The Crisis

Aims of The Crisis project

 Through The Crisis: Analyzing Text at Scale, students will gain: 

  1. Experience with text analysis as method
  2. Exposure to Voyant as a tool and to experimentation with a tool and critique of a tool
  3. Practice thinking through the research process and developing a research question
  4. Experience working with unstructured data

To do before class

  • Explore The Crisis through the Modernist Journals Project
    • Try out the different viewing options
    • Choose one or two issues and read a bit
  • Consider these discussion questions:
    • What types of writing/materials are in the issues?
      Editorial, poetry, ads, etc?
    • How are the issues structured? 
      Lots of text? Lots of images? Like a magazine? Like a newspaper?
    • What does it remind you of? Anything you know of or read that’s similar in terms of content/structure?
  • Paste a screenshot of your favorite find in the Modernist Journals Project in #class-discussion and explain what interests you about it and why you wanted to share it.

Readings due

Issues in Digital Humanities (9/10)

We will begin class with a discussion about the Digital in the Humanities Presentation for next week.

In the first half of class, we will discuss what Digital Humanities is and where it came from; in the second half of class, we will discuss the NEH lightning talks and the role of granting bodies in DH.

Readings due (everyone reads):

Readings due (each student only reads one):

Activity to do in advance of class:

Chose one lightning round video from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Office of Digital Humanities to watch, and post a comment about it in the #class-discussion Slack channel before class. What is the project and what is it trying to accomplish?

National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities Lighting Round Videos

Introduction to Digital Humanities (9/3)

We will begin our first class with introductions, an overview of the syllabus, and tutorials of the technologies you will need for this course.

As a class, we will create a set of community agreements and norms for operating throughout the semester.

Finally, we will look ahead to the rest of September and briefly discuss the Digital in the Humanities presentation.