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Digital Humanities Workshop: What is DH and How Do You Start?

A Practical DH Workshop
Digital Humanities:
What It Is and How to Get Started

Thursday, 22 Sept. 2016, 1-2 p.m.
Walsh Library 047

Led by
Kristen Mapes
Digital Humanities Specialist
Michigan State University
(and Fordham GSAS alum)

Practical DH is a series of short, one-hour workshops meant to offer concrete, specific information and hands-on introductions to a variety of digital tools and approaches for research and pedagogy.

The next workshop will be given by Shawn Hill in October on DH Annotation Tools: Out of the Margins.

For more information, contact
Sponsored by Fordham’s Digital Humanities Working Group
and Graduate Student Digital Humanities

Fordham Announces 2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars and Campus DH Scholars

The Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group and the Graduate School of Arts and Science are pleased to announce the 2015-2016 HASTAC Scholars:  Christy Pottroff (PhD candidate, English) and Tobias Hrynick (PhD candidate, History). Our HASTAC Scholars represent Fordham’s lively digital humanities community in HASTAC’s distinguished, international online forum. In their roles as HASTAC Scholars at Fordham, they will contribute to the campus digital humanities dialogue by organizing workshops, reading groups, writing blog posts about their work, and other activities. HASTAC Scholars are generously funded by the GSAS.

Christy L. Pottroff is a Ph.D. candidate in English where she specializes in nineteenth-century American literature, queer and feminist theory, and digital humanities. Her dissertation, “The Mail Gaze: Early American Women’s Literature, Letters, and the Post Office, 1790-1865,” examines the fascinating and understudied influence of the United States Postal Service on women’s participation in early national literature and politics.  Christy has received fellowships from the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Santander Universities International, and Fordham University. Recently, she was awarded first-place in the NYC Digital Humanities Graduate Student Digital Project Award. Pottroff is a teaching fellow, co-editor of Rhetorikos: Excellence in Student Writing, and is a co-coordinator of the Fordham Digital Humanities Graduate Student Group Last year, she the 2014-15 Digital Humanities Campus Scholar. Christy is also a member of Fordham’s LGBT and Ally Network of Support. She has an MA in cultural studies and a graduate certificate in women’s studies from Kansas State University.

Tobias Hrynick is a PhD student in the History Department. He has an MA in Medieval Atudies from Fordham, and a BA in English and History from the University of Maine. His chief area of study is high and late medieval environmental history, particularly of wetlands. He is also interested in medieval mapping and digital mapping as a tool of modern historians. Recenly Toby has collaborate with two digital mapping projects of Fordham’s Center for Medieval Studies: “Exploring Place in the French of Italy,” and “The Oxford Outremer Map.”

This year’s 2015-16 Campus Digital Scholars are Boyda Johnstone and Alex Profaci. The Campus Digital Humanities Scholars program fosters digital scholarship among the graduate student body by providing mentoring and support to new members of the community. The Campus DH Scholars are generously funded by the GSAS.

Boyda Johnstone is a PhD Candidate in the Department of English and current co-organizer of the Fordham Graduate Digital Humanities Group. Her dissertation examines dream culture and interpretation in the late Middle Ages. This interdisciplinary dissertation examines the groundswell of interest in dreams and visions between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries in England. Boyda’s publishing credits include reviews and articles for Medieval & Renaissance Drama in England, Early Theatre, and Editing, Performance, and Texts. She is an active blogger for the collaborative feminist academic Hook & Eye, a popular Canadian feminist academic blog, which was recently cited in the SSHRC/McGill “White Paper on the Future of the PhD in the Humanities” as a useful professionalization resource for PhDs.

Alexander Profaci is in his second year of the MA program in Medieval Studies, where he studies the historiographic culture of England, France and Spain. He is interested in how digital visualizations can help scholars to reassess the production of historical texts in medieval Europe. Beyond this, he is also interested in the theoretical implications of digitizing texts and manuscripts. At the Center for Medieval Studies, Alexander is currently doing digital maintenance work and research for the “Oxford Map Project,” affiliated with the Center’s “French of Outremer” digital humanities project.

This year’s jurors for the HASTAC and Campus Digital Scholar awards were members of the Steering Committee of Fordham’s Digital Humanities Working Group.

Steven E. Jones on Father Roberto Busa, SJ, and the Emergence of Humanities Computing

Fordham’s Digital Humanities Group, along with the American Studies Program and the Department of Theology, are delighted to welcome Professor Steven E. Jones to discuss his fascinating new research on the legacy of Italian Jesuit and linguist Roberto Busa, SJ, who has come to be known as a founding father of digital humanities.

Busa’s pathbreaking work on a digital concordance of the works of Thomas Aquinas was made possible by support he secured from IBM Founder Thomas Watson in the late 1940s. The Index Thomisticus is actively used by scholars today, and demonstrated the value of using new technologies in developing humanities scholarship and resources.

Steven E. Jones is Professor of English and Co-Director of the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities at Loyola University Chicago. His research interests include romantic-period literature, textual studies, and the digital humanities. He is author, most recently, of The Emergence of the Digital Humanities (2013) and  Codename Revolution: The Nintendo Wii Platform (2012).

Join us for this lecture, which promises to explore the links between digital scholarship and the traditions of Jesuit inquiry!

2014-2015 Fordham HASTAC Scholars and Campus Digital Scholar Announced

The Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group and the Graduate School of Arts and Science are pleased to announce the 2014-2015 HASTAC Scholars:  Louie Dean Valencia García (History) and David Levine (Medieval Studies). The HASTAC Scholars represent Fordham’s lively digital humanities community in HASTAC’s distinguished online forum and contribute to campus digital humanities dialogue by organizing workshops, reading groups, and other activities.

Louie Dean Valencia García 

Louie Dean Valencia García is a senior teaching fellow and Ph.D. candidate studying Early Modern and Modern European History at Fordham University in New York City. He has been a Santander Summer Scholar, and received prestigious fellowships from Fordham’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Spanish Ministry of Education, Sports, and Culture, and the Swann Foundation at the United States Library of Congress.

Louie studies cultural history, the production of space, and everyday dissent in youth and subaltern cultures in contemporary history. He has researched, presented, and written internationally on questions related to the creation of democratic and pluralistic spaces. He is especially interested in youth culture in the 1960s and 80s, and the Spanish counter-cultural movement, the “Movida Madrileña”. His research relies on GIS and Social Network Analysis.

He has been featured in MSNBC, Al-Jazeera’s The Stream, The New York Times, EstoÉ, amongst other international news organizations. He has been published in anthologies such as The Ages of Superman (McFarland Press, 2012) and The Gallows are Busy (Cicada Press, 2013). He will also be included in the anthology “The Punk Aesthetic in Comics,” forthcoming from McFarland in 2015.

David Levine

David Levine is a second-year MA student in Medieval Studies at Fordham University. His primary interest is resource management and exploitation – especially pertaining to woodland – in Medieval England. His work uses multiple database programs and GIS to collect woodland locations in East Anglia and display these locations in possible configurations according to size and time period. David has attended the University of Lancaster’s Summer School program, led by Ian Gregory and titled “GIS and the Humanities,” and will be attending the DHSI in Victoria next June to work on TEI, building DH programs, and OCR. David completed my BA from SUNY-Binghamton in May of 2013 with a double major in History and Medieval Studies and currently serves as the Graduate Student Association Representative for Medieval Studies.

Christy Pottroff

The 2014-2015 Campus Digital Humanities Scholar is Christy Pottroff. Christy is earning her PhD in 19th Century American Literature at Fordham University. Her dissertation, “The Mail Gaze: Early Women’s Literature, Letters, and the Post Office, 1790-1865,” investigates the influence of the United States Postal Service on women’s participation in early national literature and politics. She is working on a digital mapping project that traces the growth of the postal service in its first decades. Christy teaches composition and is a co-editor of Rhetorikos, Fordham’s online journal for exceptional first-year writing.

This year’s HASTAC and Campus Digital Humanities Scholars Committee included Dr. Elizabeth Cornell (Information Technology Communications Specialist), Professor Mary Anne Kowaleski (Distinguished Professor, History/Medieval Studies), Professor Micki McGee (Director, American Studies), and Dr. Laura Morreale (Associate Director, Medieval Studies).

The 2014-2015 HASTAC Scholars Program at Fordham has been made possible through the generous support of the the Graduate School of Arts and Science. The 2014-2015 Campus Digital Humanities Scholars program is possible thanks to the support of the Department of English.

Please join us in congratulating this year’s HASTAC and Campus Digital Humanities Scholars!

Fordham Announces 2013-14 HASTAC Scholars and New Campus DH Scholars Program

The Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group and the Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group are pleased to announce the 2013-2014 HASTAC Scholars who will be representing Fordham’s lively digital humanities community in HASTAC’s distinguished online forum. The 2013-2014 HASTAC Scholars Program at Fordham has been made possible through the generous support of the Dean of Fordham College at Rose Hill. In addition to the HASTAC Scholar’s program, this year the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group has launched a new initiative: the Campus Digital Humanities Scholars program, which will foster digital scholarship among the graduate student body by providing mentoring and support to new members of the community.

Alisa Beer
HASTAC Scholar
Will Fenton
HASTAC Scholar

The 2013-2014 HASTAC Scholars are Alisa Beer and Will Fention.  Alisa is a second year Ph.D. student in the History department at Fordham University, where she studies medieval manuscript culture and medieval pilgrimage. She holds an Masters of Library Science from the School of Library and Information Science of Indiana University at Bloomington, and is particularly interested in information visualization, pedagogy, and the use of social media for scholarship. She is also concerned about the long-term survival of digital humanities projects and the condition of their metadata. Will Fenton is a Ph.D. Candidate in English at Fordham University, where he specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and the digital humanities. In addition to writing and blogging about technology, Will is the recipient of a Fordham Innovative Pedagogy Initiative Travel Award.

The HASTAC Scholars will contribute to the dialog on the HASTAC online collaboratory, offer campus workshops on digital pedagogy and work closely with their respective faculty mentors, Maryanne Kowaleski (History/Medieval Studies) and Micki McGee (Sociology/American Studies).

Jacquelyne T. Howard
Campus DH Scholar
Christopher Rose
Campus DH Scholar

The inaugural Campus Digital Humanities Scholars for 2013-2014 are Jacquelyne Thoni Howard and Christopher Rose.  Jacquelyne is currently studying for a Ph.D. in modern history. Her research interests includes social and gender aspects of the North American Frontier, specifically pertaining to the Colonial Gulf South. She also works as an instructional technologist in higher education, administrating the development and implementation of online and hybrid courses in a learning management system. Jacquelyne holds a Masters of Arts in History from University of San Diego and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Loyola University New Orleans.

Christopher Rose is a Ph.D. student in the History Department at Fordham, where he studies the aristocracy of the Latin East in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. He is interested in the potential of digital media to foster interdisciplinary scholarship and digital tools to organize historical data in previously unconsidered ways. He is closely involved in the development of the French of Outremer site, hosted by Fordham’s Medieval Studies Program. Campus Digital Humanities Scholars will participate actively in the Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group and work closely with mentors Roger Panetta (History) and Laura Morreale (Medieval Studies).

Please join us in congratulating this year’s HASTAC and Campus Digital Scholars, and in thanking Dean Latham for his support and Elizabeth Cornell for her leadership on these programs!

Information Visualization Leader Katy Börner to Keynote Fordham Compatible Data Meeting

Dr. Katy Börner will keynote the Compatible Data Meeting
at Fordham University.

Katy Börner, an international leader in information visualization, will present the keynote lecture on “Envisioning Scholarly Data” at the Compatible Data Initiative meetings at Fordham University, September 23-25th.  Börner’s keynote will focus on developing visual representations of intellectual and creative communities.

Dr. Börner is the Victor H. Yngve Professor of Information Science at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University. She also serves as Adjunct Professor at the School of Informatics and Computing, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Statistics in the College of Arts and Sciences, Core Faculty of Cognitive Science, Research Affiliate of the Biocomplexity Institute, Fellow of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology, Member of the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, and Founding Director of the Cyberinfrastructure for Network Science Center at Indiana University.

Dr. Börner is also the curator of the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science exhibit. Her research focuses on the development of data analysis and visualization techniques for information access, understanding, and management. She is particularly interested in the study of the structure and evolution of scientific disciplines; the analysis and visualization of online activity; and the development of cyberinfrastructures for large scale scientific collaboration and computation. Börner is the co-editor of the Springer book on “Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries” and of a special issue of PNAS on “Mapping Knowledge Domains” (2004). Her book “Atlas of Science: Guiding the Navigation and Management of Scholarly Knowledge” was published by MIT Press in 2010. She holds a MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology in Leipzig, 1991 and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Kaiserslautern, 1997.

Dr. Börner’s lecture will take place at Fordham’s Lincoln Center Campus, Lowenstein Building, 12th floor on Friday evening, September 23rd at 6:30pm. The Lowenstein Building is on the northwest corner of 60th Street and 9th Avenue. ID is required for entry. This event is free, but registration is recommended. Map: Fordham University–Lincoln Center.

This event is made possible by the support of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal agency, through a grant to the Compatible Databases Initiative, and by the Office of the Dean of Faculty, Fordham University.

TravelBlog: My Month of DH

Landed at SFO for Linked Open Data Summit

June has turned out to be My Month of DH.  I’ll be traveling more than half the month, finding out as much as I can about digital humanities with the pragmatic goal of working with colleagues to assess how we can best foster DH scholarship at a Fordham and the theoretical goal of deepening my understanding of what Pierre Bourdieu calls the formation of cultural fields.

As part of this research I’ll visit some digital humanities centers, spend a week at DH-2011, sit-in on the Digging into Data Conference at the NEH next week, interview some DH folks, and head out to San Francisco just now to attend the (LOD-LAM) Summit. LOD-LAM = Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and has has a close connection to the Compatible Databases Initiative that I’m working on with colleagues across the country.

Somewhere in the weeks leading up to this month of travel, Jason Rhody at the NEH suggested that I blog my DH travels as an open access means of sharing what I learn about digital humanities and the places that digital humanities scholarship thrives.  Hence a new tab on this website: the Research Travel Blog.  Watch for new posts there.  Please note that the opinions expressed in the travel blog do not necessarily reflect the views of my home institution.

News: FCLC Senior Working on DH Project Wins Prestigious Beinecke Scholarship

Cristina Vignone, a senior at Fordham College at Lincoln Center, recently won Fordham’s first Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences, a $34,000 award she will use after she graduates in 2012 with a double major in History and Anthropology. In her junior year Vignone undertook a digital humanities project that reexamined the Salem Witch Trials through visual representations of the relationships shared by various trial participants. Vignone developed the project under the guidance of Fordham Digital Humanities Working Group member and history professor Roger Panetta. The project was presented at the Fordham University Research Fair in Spring 2011 and at the 2011 Lower New York Regional Conference for the National History Honor Society, Phi Alpha Theta, at Marist College. It was also selected for further digitization by graduate students of the Information Visualization course at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University. Congratulations to Cristina!

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