The DHRX is a cross-campus faculty research network designed to highlight innovative, digitally-focused academic work at the University of Pittsburgh. Bringing together researchers from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds, the network is dedicated to exploring the creative use of digital technologies in humanities and social science research.
Currently, a major goal of the DHRX is to help build community. The members of the network are frequently in contact with one another and the group meets as a whole once per semester to discuss issues and challenges specific to digital making.
We are enthusiastic about the ways that digital technology can expand, reconfigure, and enrich our understanding of the relationship between academic inquiry and the social world.
For further information or to find out more about joining the network, please feel free to contact Alison Langmead, Principal Contact for the DHRX at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upcoming PGH|DH (Pittsburgh Digital Humanities) Events (Click here for full calendar)
· Anna Gibson (DU), Digital Dickens Notes: Form and Formation
Anna Gibson will describe how the Digital Dickens Notes Project (DDNP) aims to create an interactive and fluid edition of the working notes Charles Dickens’s kept for his novels as he wrote them in serial installments. The DDNP hopes to demonstrate and facilitate a mode of reading serial novel form with attention to process—to formation. The project is in its early stages of prototype development, beginning with the working notes to Our Mutual Friend. This talk will focus on the methodological rationale for this digital edition as a way of exploring novel form-in-process rather than form-as-structure.
· Christopher Warren (CMU), Distant Reading the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography On its release in 2004, the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography was called “the greatest book ever,” “a more enthralling read than all the novels ever entered for the Booker Prize put together.” In this talk, I argue, first, that the ODNB offers unparalleled perspective on the broadest currents of British history, class, ideology, and empire, and second, that such perspective is uniquely—perhaps even exclusively—available by way of computational methods. At the heart of talk is the question, “What can 62 million words of historical writing tell us about a people?”
· Suzanne Churchill (Davidson), Susan Rosenbaum (UGA), Linda Kinnahan (DU), DH and Visual Culture: ‘Mina Loy, Navigating the Avant-Garde’Inspired by Loy’s innovative uses of verbal and visual design, Mina Loy: Navigating the AvantGarde (minaloy.com) is a scholarly website that documents Loy’savantgarde affiliations and pursues new modes of textual and visual expression to invite a closer, more informed engagement with her work. Using Loy as a case study, our project aims to broaden understanding of the diversity avantgarde production in the early twentieth century.
DH Scholarship & Pedagogy: Designing Sustainable Projects for You & Your Students
This workshop will explore collaborative models for involving students in digital humanities research. Presenters will discuss the design and applications of a successful, sustainable digital project from their own classrooms, and will involve participants in “gamestorming" activities to generate designs for your own digital projects.
Hoyt Long is associate professor of Japanese Literature at the University of Chicago. He is the author of On Uneven Ground: Miyazawa Kenji and the Making of Place in Modern Japan (2012), and has published extensively in the field of media history and digital humanities. Most recently, he has co-authored “Literary Pattern Recognition: Modernism Between Close Reading and Machine Learning” (Critical Inquiry, Winter 2016) and “Turbulent Flow: A Computational Model of World Literature” (Modern Language Quarterly, Fall 2016). He co-directs the Chicago Text Lab with Richard Jean So.