Week 4: Theories of Text (and txt?); Project Analysis Presentations

Now that you’ve experimented with various systems for following digital humanities conversations and managing your research assets, I hope you’ll settle on a few tools and stick with them throughout this semester (and, hopefully, long after the semester ends). I’ll check in with you in a few weeks to see how your systems are working and what they’ve taught you about your digital research practices.

I misspoke at the end of class today — we will not have a dedicated peer-critique day for this first assignment, since I’d like to move on to our other projects as quickly as possible. That said, we’ll try to dedicate some time to a brief peer review session at the end of class on Tuesday. Here’s the rundown for Week 4:

  • On Tuesday, we’ll discuss the first half of Comparative Textual Media (Introduction, plus pp. 1–154), with James and Peter leading the way. We’ll also review our plans for Thursday’s presentations, and you’ll have a chance to get some feedback from a classmate on a draft your essay. Please be ready to share what you’ve written.
  • On Thursday, your analysis of a digital humanities project is due. Make sure your essay is uploaded to your shared Google Drive folder and converted to Google Docs format before you come to class. During class, each of you will have 3–5 minutes to tell us about the project you analyzed and help us understand why we might (or might not) be interested in learning more. The format for your presentation is up to you, but if you plan to use a PowerPoint file, please upload it to your Google Drive folder, too.

I can’t wait to read your essays and see your presentations next week! If there’s anything I can do to help you finish up, don’t hesitate to ask.