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Course Summary:

Digital tools have completely transformed the questions humanists ask, how they view the world and how they disseminate their scholarship. These new possibilities both open and close possible avenues of investigation. This course will introduce students to tools relevant to the analysis of visual culture and architecture as well as the process of how to learn to use digital tools – critical given the constantly changing array of options-  as well as how to develop a digital project. Together with experts from UVA’s Scholar’s Lab we will critically assess the role of digital humanities in art and architectural history through an analysis of selected digital projects as well as specific tools.  We will consider questions such as: What are the tools that have made this work possible? How have these same tools imposed limits on the project under examination? How can these tools advance on our own work and the dissemination of our scholarship? We will analyze what  these tools make possible in terms of our own research and learn how to apply them. We will work through the process of digital project development using Design Thinking Methods from selecting objects of study, to recording those objects, constructing a database to visualizing the data and finally representing it through a digital project using Storymap. This course has been developed in part in response to a Virginia Center for the Humanities panel of June 2021 which pointed out that fewer than 1% of historical markers in Virginia are for sites associated with people of color and women.  We will work with Albemarle County’s Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to develop  Storymap projects focused on untold narratives related to women and people of color in the county. This course is open to undergraduate and  graduate students from any discipline. No previous experience or familiarity with digital humanities work is required or assumed.

Learning Objectives

This course will introduce students to 

·         tools relevant to the analysis of visual culture and architecture 

·         the process of how to learn to use digital tools – critical given the constantly changing array of options-  

·         how to develop a digital project. 

·         critically assess the role of digital humanities in art and architectural history through an analysis of selected digital projects as well as specific tools. 

Tuesdays 1:00-3:30 p.m.

Original Instructor: Lisa Reilly
Taught at in Spring 2021
Course Summary:

Natural Language Processing (NLP) is a rapidly developing field with broad applicability throughout the hard sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The ability to harness, employ and analyze linguistic and textual data effectively is a highly desirable skill for academic work, in government, and throughout the private sector. This course is intended as a theoretical and methodological introduction to a the most widely used and effective current techniques, strategies and toolkits for natural language processing, with a primary focus on those available in the Python programming language. We will also consider how harnessing large digital corpora and large-scale textual data sources has changed how scholars engage with and evaluate digital archives and textual sources, and what opportunities textual repositories offer for computational approaches to the study of literature, history and a variety of other fields, including law, medicine, business and the social sciences. In addition to evaluating new digital methodologies in the light of traditional approaches to philological analysis, students will gain extensive experience in using Python to conduct textual and linguistic analyses, and by the end of the course, will have developed their own individual projects, thereby gaining a practical understanding of natural language processing workflows along with specific tools and methods for evaluating the results achieved through NLP-based exploratory and analytical strategies.

Original Instructor: Jeffery Tharsen
Taught at University of Chicago in Fall 2020
Course Summary:

This is an undergraduate course for English majors (and other students) that introduces the basics of computer programming, text analysis, text encoding, and statistics as experimental methodologies that promote new kinds of reading and interpretation. The aim is to move from “computation into criticism.” We’ll work, primarily, with a Shakespeare play, poetry by William Blake, and a Jane Austen novel. Students will find these works at the bookstore alongside manuals on Learning Unix and Text Analysis with R. No prior familiarity with coding or the language R required: we’ll be moving slowly, covering the basics. Advanced Computer Science majors will not be turned away, but they will be required to recite poetry aloud in front of their peers and show an interest in Emma Woodhouse’s misprisions.

MW 2:00-3:15 pm

Original Instructor: Brad Pasanek
Taught at University of Virginia in Spring 2021
Course Summary:

Working with materials, tools, and data from Collective Biographies of Women (CBW), a Scholars’ Lab and IATH database project, we will branch out from the Jubilee volume of 1897: Women Novelists of Queen Victoria’s Reign, in which living women novelists write chapter-length biographical-critical notices of deceased novelists, excluding the Regency and earlier figures. A prevailing question in the course will be the force of identity- and periodization-politics, so to speak: the metadata categories that classify women writers of fiction (and their literary settings) who hale from various regions or nationalities (Irish, Scottish, etc.) as Victorian British. Students will be encouraged to design research projects on biographies of women of color, other genres of literature, other occupations than writers, and many variations on the career and gender narratives as indicated in CBW. Readings will include novels and other writings by some in the 1897 list (Brontes, Eliot, Gaskell, and lesser-known), some essays on literary periodization, cultural geographies, space, life writing, and digital humanities. No prior familiarity with digital methods is expected; we will learn some aspects of XML editing and working with data. This course can serve as an elective in the Graduate DH Certificate.

Tues/Thurs. 9:30-10:45 am

Original Instructor: Prof. Alison Booth
Taught at University of Virginia in Spring 2021
Course Summary:

This is the required course for the graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. It entails participation in colloquia, sixty hours of experience participating in a research project uniting computation and humanities, and a portfolio.

Original Instructor: Professor Alison Booth
Taught at University of Virginia in Fall 2020
Course Summary:

MW 2-3:15

African saints. Trans saints. Saints’ Lives as media. Saints in material culture and literature and history. Recent academic enthusiasm for medieval saints’ Lives has begun to uncover the usefulness of this genre for gaining deeper understanding of both medieval and modern attitudes toward a variety of topics, from sexuality and sentiments to materiality and foreign cultures. Reading Lives written between 880 and the late thirteenth century, together with the work of some of the most engaging scholars in the field of hagiography studies, we will investigate a variety of issues that resonate with current interests in the broader fields of medieval and French studies. Readings include the Lives of St. Mary the Egyptian (a courtesan turned hermit), St. Catherine of Alexandria (known for her wisdom), St. Alexis (who abandoned his family), St. Louis IX (king of France), St. Euphrosyne (a woman who became a male monk), and St. Moses the Ethiopian (a brigand turned abbot). Note: there are significant DH projects relating to hagiography in various fields (see, for example, http://www.tasc.mpg.de/iceland/), and I would be more than happy to discuss course project options for studying these efforts and designing projects relating to French saints' Lives, etc.

Original Instructor: A.V. Ogden
Taught at in Fall 2020
Course Summary:

This course counts toward DH Certificate Practicum credit.

The University of Virginia Library has the unique opportunity and expertise to acquire data of sites and objects in and around the Academical Village. Opportunities afforded to the Library include collaborative projects to scan and 3D print artifacts with the Fralin Museum and University Library Special Collections and to 3D scan historic sites such as Montpelier, Monticello and the Academical Village. Each semester students are invited to train with Library experts on advanced documentation technologies that will quite likely to enable them to transform their professional field. The following are some of the skills that will be taught: · terrestrial laser scanning of buildings, monuments and environments · high resolution laser scanning of artifacts and cultural objects · photogrammetric techniques using ground based cameras or aerial drones · understanding the principles of 3D data collected from 3D scanning · processing software for making 3D data functional and relevant for scholarly use · incorporating 3D data into architectural software and workflows · incorporating architectural assets with the latest VR and AR technologies · refining 3D data for 3D printing · motion capture of culturally or ritually significant movement · connections to professionals on and off Grounds, locally and regionally Prospective students will work directly with Will Rourk (ARCH and ARH) and Arin Bennett at the University Library and receive 3 credits for a completed semester. Will and Arin have years of experience in cultural heritage documentation and have worked extensively with University faculty, students and staff toward the scholarly use of cultural heritage data. Interns will gain professional grade knowledge while receiving credit towards their degree including credit for the Certificate in Historic Preservation. An example of cultural heritage informatics at the Library can be found at http://bit.ly/UVA3D.

Original Instructor: Andy Johnston, Original Instructor: Will Rourk
Taught at in Fall 2020
Course Summary:
Taught at in Fall 2020
Course Summary:

This is the required course for the graduate Certificate in Digital Humanities. It entails participation in colloquia, sixty hours of experience participating in a research project uniting computation and humanities, and a portfolio.

Original Instructor: Alison Booth
Taught at in Spring 2020
Course Summary:

The antique past is a familiar point of reference for many artists and architects across time and place. Throughout western Europe and around the Mediterranean, the Roman past has been visible through archaeological remains, drawings, prints and texts although the use of the antique past in later art and architecture is often discussed exclusively with regard to what remains in Rome itself. Some, such as Hadrian’s Wall, has remained visible throughout time, while others such as Vindolanda have only been uncovered in the past century while still others, such as the Temple of Claudius provde the foundations for Colchester Castle. Stonework from over 20 individual monuments was embedded in Hexham Abbey and the Venerable Bede provides accounts of Roman remains in his 8th century History of the English People. This course will explore what was visible when throughout the region through a study of textual and visual evidence from the past with the aim of considering how more localized antique remains and their presentation may have influenced art and architectural production. Assigned readings will focus on the antique in England, with a particular interest in the medieval period but students will be free to develop research projects on any time period or place in relation to the classical past. This seminar is being offered in conjunction with a new digital humanities project which seeks to map information concerning the evidence for the antique past across time and place in Great Britain. The seminar will feature discussion of how to develop a digital humanities project using Design Thinking methodologies.

Requirements:

Class meetings will center on the discussion of related texts, websites, digital projects, short lectures and student presentations. Each student will be asked to give one major presentation (30 minutes) on a topic developed in conjunction with the instructor and develpp a digital project on the same topic using arcgis and Storymap. Several short assignments will also be given throughout the semester. .

Original Instructor: Lisa Reilly
Taught at University of Virginia in Fall 2020
discipline: Architectural History

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