Digital in the Humanities Presentation (9/17)

(9% of overall grade)

Introduction and Goals

Digital Humanities work is done in a variety of fields, each of which favor different approaches and methodologies. In preparing for this presentation, students will become familiar with concrete examples of DH work and a range of approaches to DH in an area of the humanities. By sharing their newly gained experience with the class, students will develop comfort in discussing DH trends and learn from each other. 


Each student will present on digital humanities approaches within a particular field. While more than one student may end up covering a humanities field, each presentation will be given individually. The presentation should reference at least one scholarly source (for example, an article in academic journals, materials on Humanities Commons, or an academic book. Scholarly sources do not include things such as the History Channel website, news articles, Wikipedia, etc) and include an example of a DH project. Students may use the Research Supplement document as a guide for research and may showcase a project example from the guide, but any sources or projects used from that document do not count towards this requirement.

In a 6 minute presentation, address the following questions:

  • What methods of DH are used in this area of study? (for example: mapping, text analysis, digital editions, network analysis, digital archiving, etc)
  • What are some of the well known DH projects in the discipline? (feel free to mention as many as you like, but spend time discussing one project)
    • Use the Project Evaluation Template to share information about the project you are highlighting. Be sure to cover the “Project Background and Goals” section of the Template in the presentation.

Students should use slides for their presentation. Slides are not graded on their own, but they are a key component to a successful presentation because they help keep presentations to time and provide structure. Students are strongly encouraged to include slides with screenshots of projects instead of clicking out to live project websites. This encouragement is for two reasons: 1) in case the live site crashes or connectivity goes down, the project can still be shown; and, 2) to help keep the presentation to time. For more tips on creating effective slides, see the Suggestions for Successful Slides document

Field options:

  • Art History
  • English
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Archaeology
  • Anthropology
  • Theater
  • Classics


  • Research (70%)
    • Presentation reflects research using at least one scholarly source, which is cited during the presentation.
    • Provides examples of DH methods commonly employed in the field
    • Discussed at least one DH project, providing background and project goals information, as prompted by the Project Evaluation Template
    • Provides a narrative of the discipline’s relationship to DH
  • Presentation Skills (30%)
    • Appropriate use of time (did not finish too early or over time)
    • Presentation is organized and flows naturally
    • Communication is clear, engaging, and polished (including, eye contact with audience members, did not speak too fast or too slow)
    • Used slides that enhanced the presentation