Courses

Note to faculty: if you know of courses relevant to the digital humanities slated to be offered at Rutgers, please write the initiative director, Paul Israel.

Spring 2017

Byrne Seminar 01:090:101 28 15148. Data Mining in the Humanities. Undergraduate. Francesca Giannetti.

Fall 2016

American Studies 050:333:01 Cultures of Consumption. Undergraduate. Andrew Urban.

This course surveys the cultural and social impact of markets, and changes to how we consume goods and services, from 1492 to the present. We’ll examine, among other topics, the historic tensions and conflicts between societies defined by the production of goods and services  and those organized around consumption; the relationship between consumer practices and the condition of laborers; the impact that consumption has on the environment and different ecologies; how consumerism has empowered, exploited, and governed ideas about race, gender, and sexuality; how consumption has changed with the development of the advertising industry; and, the politics and economics of debt. This class will combine serious analysis with more “playful” fieldwork and artistic interpretation. Activities will include a trip to NYC to examine various stores as living habitats for consumerism, and the maintenance of a class website where we will deconstruct the different logics of marketing. Cross-listed with History 512:333:01.

Spring 2016

American Studies (RU-N) 26:050:522 Introduction to Digital Public Humanities. Graduate. Mary Rizzo.

Mondays, 5:30-8:10pm. What happens when we make digital humanities public? What about when we take the public humanities and make them digital? This in-person graduate seminar will explore the history, theory and methods of the digital humanities and the public humanities and, especially, their intersection. We will use and critically examine digital tools like Omeka, mapping software, content management systems, and social media to put theory into practice. By the end of the semester, students will have conceptualized a digital public humanities project, written a grant application for potential funding, and built a prototype.

English 358:215 Introduction to 21st Century Literature. Undergraduate. Richard Miller.

What will emerge as the dominant literary form of the 21st century? Will it be the graphic novel? Or the serialized drama (i.e. Breaking Bad,Orange is the New Black, etc.)? Or the ephemera of the web (i.e., blog posts, fan fiction, youtube videos)? Or video games (i.e., Fallout, Assassins Creed, etc.) Or creative nonfiction? Or will it remain the novel?

Humans are hard-wired to be storytellers, but storytelling itself has been transformed by the shift from paper to the screen as the assumed final destination for human expression. This shift in the default technology for human expression has occurred around the stunning act of violence that inaugurated the beginning of the 21st century: the attacks on September 11th, 2001. Accordingly, we will consider how the technological change and the launch of The War on Terror together have altered both the how and the what of literary expression. Our ultimate goal is to consider what forms literacy, “the literary,” and aesthetics take in post-9/11 literature.

History 506:303 Mapping the Past: A Spatial History of the United States. Undergraduate. Cameron Blevins.

Fall 2015

American Studies 01:050:400 Advanced Topics in American Studies: Public Histories of Detention and Mass Incarceration. Undergraduate. Andrew Urban.

This course gives students the opportunity to work on a public history exhibition and series of digital projects, in collaboration with the Humanities Action Lab, New Jersey Digital Highway, Newest Americans Project, and Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center, on the history of detention and mass incarceration in the United States. The resulting projects will be exhibited online and in museums and galleries across country – from New York City to Riverside, California to Nashville, Tennessee. This course’s contribution to the project will focus on the history of Seabrook Farms, a frozen foods’ processing facility and company town in southern New Jersey that housed and employed Japanese American and Japanese Peruvian detainees, migrant agricultural laborers contracted from the Caribbean and U.S. South, German POWS, and Estonian and other Eastern European refugees displaced by World War II.

Byrne Seminar 01:090:101 Section 42 Index 11453 Data Mining in the Humanities. Undergraduate. Francesca Giannetti.

Spring 2015

English 350:509 Literary Data: Some Approaches. Graduate. Andrew Goldstone.