Spring 2015 courses and workshops

ENGL 620: Modeling Literary History: The Enlightenment

Instructor: Michael Gavin

Where did our concepts of human rights, property, and consent come from? This course will teach quantitative methods of literary history, using texts from the British Enlightenment as its primary case study. Beginning with Locke’s Second Treatise of Government, each student will choose a pair of related keywords (e.g. property/possession, consent/submission, power/force, society/mankind, right/good) and study how those words were used by eighteenth-century writers, how their meaning changed over time, and how they moved through the Enlightenment’s communication networks.

Working through these examples, students will receive a comprehensive introduction to humanities computing using R, with an emphasis on lexical mapping and social network analysis. They will complete a final research paper that incorporates close readings of philosophical texts with statistical analyses of eighteenth-century discourse and print culture. Our readings will include some polemic and scholarship involving “digital humanities,” but the emphasis of the course will be on developing research and writing skills applicable across many fields, as well as the programming experience needed for employment on grant-funded digital projects and centers.

No technical experience is required or expected: all necessary computer skills will be taught.

Fall 2014 courses and workshops

Digital Humanities Grant Development Workshop

Instructors: Stanley Dubinsky (USC), William D. Davies (U of Iowa)
Date: Saturday, November 8

A follow-up to the Digital Humanities Research Methods course taught this past summer (see below), this workshop is intended for students who are developing humanities/social science research proposals that have a digital component to them, and who would like to have feedback before submitting applications for funding.

Students contemplating the development of proposals of this nature, who would like to further their understanding of what such research proposals involve, are also welcome to apply and will be invited to participate as space permits. There is no charge for the workshop, but space is limited and participation will be determined through application. Places will be offered based on the following priorities: (1) students who were enrolled in the Summer 2014 Digital Humanities Research Methods course, (2) other students planning on submitting research or dissertation proposals for funding, and (3) students contemplating the development of such proposals

Interested students should respond directly to Stanley Dubinsky (dubinsky@sc.edu). Please provide your name, degree program, and email address, along with a short (100-200 word) description of your proposal. If you do not yet have a proposal and wish to attend as an observer, please indicate that as well. Priority will be given to applications received by Friday, October 24, 2014.

Summer 2014 courses and workshops

Research Methods in Digital Humanities

Instructors: Stanley Dubinsky, William D. Davies, CDH staff, guest lecturers
Summer II (Session H) 2014

This research methods course for graduate students and faculty is built around the contributions of visiting scholar, William D. Davies (University of Iowa). Based on his experience with the Madurese Digital Folk Tale Archive, Professor Davies will conduct several workshop-like sessions in which he will share with interested faculty and graduate students the process of documenting, preserving and providing access to culturally significant knowledge—from securing funding through implementation of the project. Davies’s and Dubinsky’s instruction time will also be significantly augmented by guest lectures from 11 other faculty members and advanced graduate students pursuing DH projects from a diverse array of humanities and social science disciplines, in addition to programmers and specialists from the Center for Digital Humanities staff. This course has been approved for graduate credit in ENGL and LING. We are seeking approval for course credit in ANTH, ARTH, GEOG, and HIST.

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USC SNA Institute 2014

Instructor:David Melamed
Time & Place: Monday 7/28, Wednesday 7/30, Friday 8/1

“The institute will introduce the main concepts of SNA, for instance social capital, homophily, structural equivalence, and methods used in the social sciences. The methods topics include data collection, issues in study design, measures on nodes (centrality), measures on networks (density, reachability), positional analysis (cliques, blockmodels), duality and affiliation networks (ties between two or more levels of analysis), and statistical models for networks. This workshop is at the introductory level and will provide an overview of important aspects of SNA.

May 2014

USC GIS Institute 2014

Instructors: Lynn Shirley, Kevin Remington
Time & Place: Monday 5/19, Wednesday 5/21, Friday 5/23

Participants will learn about GIS broadly and also receive in-depth training in ArcGIS, the industry standard software for custom-making maps and performing spatial statistics. Many members of the academic community find GIS useful for creating maps easily and for performing their research – in the Social Sciences, Public Health, Social Work, Humanities and other domains. This year’s format will consist of three classroom days spaced with two open days to allow for a self-paced review and application of concepts based on applicable data.

Spring 2014 courses and workshops

Digitizing Madness

ARTH 590-E01 / HIST 700-003
Instructor: Lydia Brandt

This course will focus on writing in digital environments, exploring critically and creatively what it means to compose in emerging genres and modes of communication. Building off of fundamental concepts of rhetorical invention applied to networks and interactivity, students will explore the principles of web production in order to create multimedia writing both individually and collaboratively in small-scale texts and a larger semester-long project.

Ghosts of the Horseshoe

CSCE 590 / CSCE 790
Instructors: Heidi Rae Cooley, Duncan Buell

The goal of this combined, team-taught course is to flesh out that part of the Ghosts of the Horseshoe critical interactive that relates to the historic wall that encloses the site of the original South Carolina College. Students will learn about 3D modeling, animation and computer simulation, citizen archeology, brick making and construction, augmented reality and superimposition of images in order to show changes to the wall since its initial construction. This course will meet with (same time, same place, same projects) students in MART 595A and MART 795A. Students will be broken into project teams each of which will include students from all four official courses. Permission of instructors is required to enroll.

Advanced Writing

ENGL 460-002
Instructor: Kevin Brock

This course will focus on writing in digital environments, exploring critically and creatively what it means to compose in emerging genres and modes of communication. Building off of fundamental concepts of rhetorical invention applied to networks and interactivity, students will explore the principles of web production in order to create multimedia writing both individually and collaboratively in small-scale texts and a larger semester-long project.

The Trial of Othello, the Moor of Venice, for the Murder of the Beauteous Desdemona

SCHC 381-001
Instructor: David Miller

This course will begin by exploring representations of race and gender in Early Modern Europe. This exploration will prepare us for extended work on two of Shakespeare’s plays: Titus Andronicus and Othello. The course will culminate in a full-dress mock trial of Othello for the murder of Desdemona. We will collaborate with an advanced acting class in the Theater department, which will supply student actors to give depositions and testify in character. Students from our class will form legal teams for the prosecution and defense. They may also elect to participate as “media hounds,” whose role will be to generate fictitious news coverage of the trial (interviews, mock newscasts) and to publicize the trial through social media, posters, and coverage by local news outlets.

At the request of last year’s students, the course this time includes a one-hour lab that will focus specifically on preparations for the mock trial. Legal teams planning their strategies will meet with trial lawyers, legal consultants, advisors to the university Moot Court trial team, and actors scheduled to testify as characters. Media hounds will brainstorm ideas and develop plans for trial coverage. Jurors will research and deliver presentations on topics related to the question of Othello’s guilt: jealousy, assimilation to a dominant culture, masculine and feminine roles in early modern Europe.

The Digital Archive and the Literary Annual

SCHC 452-H01
Instructor: Paula Feldman

Literary annuals played a significant but still largely undocumented role in the popular culture of early and mid-nineteenth century Britain and America. Annuals circulated literature to a largely middle class reading audience, and allowed ordinary people to own reproductions of major works of art. Within the pages of literary annuals, the short story blossomed as a genre. Many of these books were best sellers. They typically contain poetry, short fiction and non-fiction prose by important literary figures. By modern standards, these books were extraordinarily expensive and, thus, were generally given only on special occasions. They are a remarkable index to the popular literary and artistic taste of their time and document the increasing economic importance of the female reader and the influence she came to exert on the subject matter and style of literature.

In this course, we will read and discuss a selection of these literary annuals. Students will play an important part in choosing literary annuals for digitizing and writing introductions to some of these literary annuals for researchers throughout the world. Using the unusually large and diverse collection in the Thomas Cooper Library as our chief resource, students will conduct original research and will publish their work in a digital archive, which they help to design, sponsored by USC Digital Collections.

Digital Literary Studies

SCHC 452-H02
Instructor: Michael A. Gavin

This course will offer an introduction to digital literature and computational criticism. Students will read "born digital" literary works like flash poetry, interactive fiction, and video games, while also learning computational methods of literary curation and analysis. Students will learn to edit literature for the web in text-based and multimodal forms. Most importantly, they will be asked to test the limits of their own thinking about the nature of beauty, the value of books, and the politics of our increasingly digitized world.

April 2014

Digital Technology in the Humanities Classroom

Instructors: Gerald Jackson, John Knox, Rachel Mann, and Anthony Stagliano
Time & Place: April 8, 2014 at 1:15 p.m.
Location: Center for Teaching Excellence, TCL 511

The seminar Digital Technology in the Humanities Classroom will address how classroom practices for humanities teaching are being transformed by digital technology. How might the latest tools of computational text analysis, such as text-modeling, mapping, and social network analysis, be incorporated within traditional forms of reading and writing? How should multimodal production and editing be taught in the writing program? What new forms scholarly and pedagogical expertise will these new practices require? Speakers will include four doctoral candidates in the English program, Gerald Jackson, John Knox, Rachel Mann, and Anthony Stagliano.

February 2014

TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) Workshop

Instructors: Michael A. Gavin, Rachel Mann
Dates: February 11, 13, 18, 20
Location: TBA

TEI-XML is the standard markup language for digital scholarly editing. Transformation of text encoded in TEI can be done with the transformation language XSLT. This workshop will cover the basics of TEI-XML and XSLT and will be useful for newbies and veterans alike. The workshop will consist of four one-hour sessions during the month of February 2014. Contact Michael Gavin (mgavin@mailbox.sc.edu) or Rachel Mann (mannrj@email.sc.edu) if you are interested in participating. No prior experience is necessary.