Taught by Andrew Goldstone, Department of English, Rutgers University–New Brunswick Wednesday, April 30, 20144:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.Alexander Library, Room 413169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ With the increasing prominence of the digital humanities, humanists are once again asking themselves whether they can make use of the computer’s most fundamental capacity: its ability to count. This workshop introduces some of the methodological choices required for computational counting: what representations of data are suitable for machine processing? Once you have such a representation, how can you begin to analyze it? We will make these questions concrete through an introduction to R, which is both a programming language andRead More →

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 →