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Class 2 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business



1. Doing DH in This Course: Practical First Steps


  • Introduction to working on the Student Work site for this course

    • Wiki membership (example of invitation to join "workspace")

    • The nature of a wiki and "Editor" level user permissions (PBWorks permission levels)
    • Basic editing, linking, and uploading procedures:

      • Go to the Student Work branch of the course site.
      • Log in

      • Edit an existing page
        • GUI vs. source-code view
        • adding a link
        • adding an image
        • uploading content (images, docs, pdfs, etc.)
      • Create a new page
        • Through the Pages & Files menu
        • By creating a link to still to be created page
        • Putting a page in a folder
      • Wiki editing help available in sidebar of site
    • "Page history" (versioning) feature



  • Basic Twitter
    • List of class members on Twitter: https://twitter.com/alanyliu/lists/english-236-ucsb-f2014
    • Twitter clients -- e.g.,
    • Twitter tools & search -- e.g.,
    • Twitter Best Practices & Protocol:
      • Following
      • Subscribing to lists
      • Retweeting
      • Retweeting with comment or modification: "Comment: RT..."or "Comment: MT..."
      • Replying
        • the "[dot]@username" convention
        • Threading posts (reply to yourself)
      • Mentioning (vs. "subtweeting")
      • Crediting "via @username" or "H/T @username")
      • Favoriting
      • Common abbreviations: +1, <3, ICYMI, #FF


  • Blog / Content Management System Platforms (e.g., WordPress.com, WordPress.org)
    • Some sites that suggest or compare blogging platforms: 1 | 2 | 3 




2. Digital Humanities and the Humanities (continued)


  • Focal Question What kind of "human" subject do the digital humanities speak from, to, for?
Tweet from Digital Humanities Venice Fall School:




    • What is the relation of "media technology" to the "human"?  
      • (What difference would it make to substitute for "media" in the phrase "media technology" any of the following: "information," "communication," "computational"?)
    • Is media technology necessary for being human?
      • Can animals have media?
    • What kind of human is the digital humanities for?
      • James R. Beniger, The Control Revolution: Technological and Economic Origins of the Information Society (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1986)
      • Hayles
      • Deligny


  3. State of the Digital Humanities Field

  • Focal Question Where is digital humanities? (methodologically, institutionally, socially, geopolitically)


  • Focal Readings
[Some of the focal readings from class 1 will be reprised to complement the more professionally-oriented readings of class 2 about the "field."]


(3a) DH as Professional Field

  • DH is currently defining itself, and being defined, as a professional field:

               Higher Education (plus Cultural Institutions) > Humanities > Digital Humanities

    Should it be a field?
  • What is the relation between DH and the "new media studies" field? (cf. U. Minnesota Press "Electronic Mediations" and MIT Press New Media book series)



(3b) The "Building" Controversy


          Who's right about the role of building in DH?  What's the relation of the humanities to building?


(3c) Social and Geo-Politics of DH



          "Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?" > How can digital humanities be cultural-critical?


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