Welcome back! This schedule introduces our almost “normal” digital humanities programming for Fall 2022. We include several new workshops as well as a mix of online and hybrid options; pay close attention to the registration form for details about attendance modalities. As before, we use the LibCal reservation system together with the rest of the New Brunswick Libraries Graduate Specialist Program. Please go to dh.rutgers.edu/calendar or to libcal.rutgers.edu/calendar/nblworkshops to reserve your spot (the information is the same in both places).

The workshops will be taught by Suny Cardenas-Gomez, Digital Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Specialist, and Francesca Giannetti, Digital Humanities Librarian.

Introduction to Zotero

  • Monday, September 12, 11:00-12:00, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Tuesday, September 20, 2:00-3:00, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

Zotero is a free application that collects, manages, and formats citations and bibliographies. In this introductory, hands-on workshop, we’ll learn how to create collections for different projects, attach PDFs and notes to references, tag references for easy searching, and generate citations and bibliographies in Word. Please download Zotero 6 for your OS and the connector for your favorite browser.

DH Mixer

  • Monday, September 26, 3:00-5:00, HYBRID, in-person at the DH Lab (Alexander Library, Room 406-407)

Back by popular acclaim, the Digital Humanities Mixer allows us all to get to know each other, no matter our departmental affiliation or favored research “hammer.” If you are interested in digital research methods, if you study digital culture, or if you are just curious about DH and interested in meeting like-minded people, this one is for you.

We especially encourage graduate students and faculty to attend and give a two minute lightning talk about their research interests—-whether you’ve just begun thinking about some topic, or are further along on a project. These talks can be brief and informal, but you are welcome to share graphics or a presentation if you wish. We’ll follow up with everyone who expresses an interest.

Register and specify whether you plan to attend in person or remotely via Zoom (registration link).

Digital Humanities and Narrative

  • Wednesday, October 5, 10:00-11:30 (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, October 6, 2:00-3:30 (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

The collection and presentation of evidence in the humanities advances new perspectives more so than proof of a given argument. This workshop explores how humanities scholars use digital tools in the service of narrative. A hands-on portion will focus on one such approach: the narrative map.

Build Digital Exhibitions and Collections with Omeka

  • Monday, October 17, 1:00-2:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Suny Cardenas-Gomez)
  • Tuesday, October 18, 5:00-6:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Suny Cardenas-Gomez)

Omeka is a practical tool for describing and curating primary sources in support of research and teaching in the humanities. This workshop will be an introduction to the basics of creating collections and exhibits with the Omeka web publishing platform.

Digital Humanities and Data

  • Wednesday, October 19, 10:00-11:30 am, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, October 20, 2:00-3:30, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

Is there a humanist way of working with data (cf. Posner, “Data Trouble”)? This workshop prods at that question, examining tensions with quantification and categorization, and moving towards (we hope) repair and remediation. A hands-on portion will look at concrete ways to represent research topics as tabular data (aka a spreadsheet), one of the handiest and most portable of data formats.

Digital Diss Roundtable

While the digital dissertation is not new, the cultural and technical conditions shaping its creation, evaluation, and preservation are almost certainly obscure. The digital diss includes such wide-ranging cases as companion websites, interactive PDFs, databases, digital collections, and the use of digital tools to create analyses and visualizations—a.k.a “those that are not just traditional, word-based texts that are archived digitally.”1 This roundtable assembles a group of early career scholars, many of whom have Rutgers ties, to discuss the hows and whys as well as provisos associated with this natively digital format.

Digital Humanities Pedagogy

  • Wednesday, November 2, 10:00-11:30 am, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, November 3, 2:00-3:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

In this collaborative workshop, we will explore ideas for using digital sources and methods in the classroom. Anyone with an interest in using DH in their courses is welcome to attend.

Interactive Storytelling with Esri ArcGIS StoryMaps

  • Monday, November 7, 1:00-2:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Suny Cardenas-Gomez)
  • Tuesday, November 8, 5:00-6:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Suny Cardenas-Gomez)

Esri ArcGIS StoryMaps is a powerful digital tool that makes it simple to illustrate research with custom maps. This workshop for beginners will walk through how to design an interactive map with location pinpoints, arrows, and pop-ups.

Digital Humanities Project Development

  • Wednesday, November 16, 10:00-11:30 am, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)
  • Thursday, November 17, 2:00-3:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Francesca Giannetti)

How does one conceptualize and develop a digital humanities project? How to chart a path through ideation, prototyping, learning new skills, fine-tuning one’s research question, and maybe finding collaborators and funding? This is a collaborative workshop in which anyone with an interest in starting their own DH project is encouraged to attend.

Organize your Digital Life, Fast!

  • Tuesday, November 29, 5:00-6:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Suny Cardenas-Gomez)
  • Thursday, December 1, 6:00-7:30 pm, online (registration link | instructor: Suny Cardenas-Gomez)

Make technology work for you with easy-to-use digital tools. Learn to use basic automation tools for sorting, organizing, and renaming files to reduce duplication, free up storage space, and save time spent searching for files.

  1. Virginia Kuhn and Anke Finger, eds., Shaping the Digital Dissertation: Knowledge Production in the Arts and Humanities (Open Book Publishers, 2021), https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0239, p. 2.