Blog, DH Fellowship

Spring 2018 in the Research Division

My second semester in the Research Division—the final semester of my fellowship—has come to a close. Most of my time was spent working on Digital Humanities Now and PressForward. Both have seen a few changes this spring, but the most exciting news is that we launched the redesign for the PressForward website! The new website had been in the works…

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DH Reads

DH Read: “Is technology bringing history to life or distorting it?”

It’s always interesting to see what DH work finds its way into mainstream media and how it’s portrayed. This article by Steve Hendrix in the Washington Post highlights various forms of digital historical re-creation, from colorized photos and virtual reality to “voice cloning” JFK. For now at least, projects like these aren’t very representative of most of the digital history and…

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DH Read: “Archives in the Anthropocene”

This talk by Purdom Lindblad is a great entry point for understanding how the concept of the Anthropocene relates to digital humanities. The “Anthropocene” is a term that refers to our current geological time period, in which human activity has been the main influence on the environment—a time defined by mass extinctions and climate change brought about through our own…

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DH Read: “Weaving, Coding & Storytelling”

In this interview of Francesca Rodriguez Sawaya by Jon Heggestad, Rodriguez Sawaya describes her work in coding and weaving and the relationships she sees between the two, specifically “how these technologies incorporate unique modes of storytelling, and the opportunities for empowerment that they might offer women.” As Rodriguez Sawaya explains, weaving is a physical representation of data; traditional handcrafting is a…

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