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 dhrx@pitt.edu.

Upcoming PGH|DH (Pittsburgh Digital Humanities) Events (Click here for full calendar)

DH at Duquesne Panel
Starts: March 27, 2017, 4:30 pm
Ends: March 27, 2017, 6:00 pm
Description: 4:30-6:00, Africa Room, DU Union
· 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
Starts: March 28, 2017, 10:00 am
Ends: March 28, 2017, 11:00 am
Description: 10:00-11:00, Berger Gallery, CH 207
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 Talk: "Distant Reading and Modern Japanese Literature"
Starts: March 30, 2017, 3:00 pm
Ends: March 30, 2017, 4:30 pm
Location: 4130 Posvar Hall, University of Pittsburgh
Description: This talk provides a brief history of quantitative and computational approaches to reading modern Japanese literature. Despite the newness of digital humanities to the field of Japanese studies, the impulse to reason about literary phenomena by way of quantification goes back at least to Natsume Soseki’s Theory of Literature (1907). The rise of new techniques of distant reading, many of which are adapted from computer science and computational linguistics, promises to take this impulse further, transforming our understanding of Japanese literary history. Yet before we dive headlong into this possible future of reading, it is essential that we situate it in relation to the past and ask about prior successes (and failures) in distant reading. To this end, I trace a genealogy of quantitative imagining starting from Soseki’s well know formula for capturing the experience of reading, through the psycholinguistic and early stylometric analyses of mid-century Japanese critics, and up to the most recent work applying natural language processing and machine learning to the study of literary style and diffusion. This genealogy will help us to think about what it means to distant read Japanese literature in this day and age; about how these new models for reading connect to previous critical paths not taken; and about the extent to which they represent something truly new and transformative.

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.