Ted Underwood Two Ways to Use Numbers in the Humanities An Argument with Thomas Piketty September 18, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. Murray Hall, Room 302 510 George St. New Brunswick, NJ Quantitative methods are still unusual enough in the humanities that all projects of this kind tend to be lumped together as a single odd phenomenon. But one can also see humanists’ recent experiments with numbers as expressions of two distinct impulses. On the one hand, there’s an emphasis on the value of scale as such, which could be traced back to the Annales school, or associated with Moretti’s “distant reading.” On the other hand,Read More →

Friday, March 7, 1:00–3:00 p.m. Location: Alexander Library, Room 406 (SCC Seminar Room) 169 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJ (map) Coffee, Tea, and Snacks Call for Proposals The Rutgers Digital Humanities Initiative invites graduate students currently engaged in digital humanities work, or who are interested in entering this field, to participate in a hands-on workshop on how DH skills might be acquired, further honed, and deployed. Building on the DH Showcase that took place in January, this workshop is open to all students involved in graduate work, and will aim to promote DH skills that have specific application to MA and PhD students preparing toRead More →

Friday, February 21, 2014 Work-in-progress discussion, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm Murray Hall, Room 107 510 George St., New Brunswick Network analysis workshop, 4:30 pm–6:30 pm Alexander Library, Room 413 169 College Ave., New Brunswick Taught by Hoyt Long and Richard So (University of Chicago). Hoyt Long and Richard So join us to discuss their work in progress in their project Literary Networks: New Computational Methods in the Sociology of Culture and to introduce one of their key analytical techniques. They will discuss a precirculated paper (see below) and then lead a workshop introducing the network visualization and analysis tool Gephi and its application to literary-historical data.Read More →

Digital Humanities Showcase: Call for Proposals Submit by December 6, 2013Showcase on January 29, 2014 In recent years, the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities (DH) has emerged as one of the most exciting new approaches to research, teaching, and public outreach in the humanities. The digital humanities aim to bring humanistic inquiry and digital technologies together, organizing new modes of archival research, developing computer-aided methodologies for answering humanistic questions, curating digitized archives of all kinds, bringing digital platforms into the classroom in creative ways, and engaging critically with the culture of new media. In order to celebrate the range of DH scholarship already underway atRead More →

Wednesday, November 20, 20131:10 pm–3:10 pmAlexander Library 413 169 College Ave., New Brunswick, NJTaught by Andrew Goldstone, English Department. This workshop aims to expand our horizons for thinking about how we handle text on our computers. In order to attain liberation from Word, we will explore the difference between text editors and word processors, discuss the ways computers represent text as content or form, and experiment with some key technologies for digital document preparation. We will dally with three related computer languages in rapid succession. We will begin with markdown, a minimal but versatile set of plain-text conventions. Then we will learn to convert markdownRead More →