Transcultur@ — Transatlantic Cultural History, 1700-Present: A Digital Investigation


Transatlantic Cultural History, 1700-Present: A Digital Investigation

Monday, 24 October 2016, 6 pm

Harris Hall L40


Please join Project Directors Anaïs Fléchet (Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, France) and Gabriela Pellegrino Soares (University of São Paulo, Brazil) as well as US Group Leaders Michael J. Kramer (Northwestern University) and Richard Candida Smith (University of California, Berkeley) for a brief introduction to this new digital history/humanities project followed by an opportunity to discuss the project. Faculty and students in all fields welcome. Food and drink provided.

What is Transcultur@? An international collaborative research project led by a Franco-Brazilian team of scholars in the humanities, social sciences, arts, and literature. Its purpose is to produce a “Dictionary” of Transatlantic Cultural History: an online exploration, edited in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese), whose aim is to analyze the cultural dynamics of the Atlantic Area and its central role in the modern processes of globalization. Questions? Please contact Michael J. Kramer, History/American Studies/Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory, [email protected].

Funding provided by Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory; Chabraja Center for Historical Studies; Buffet Institute for Global Studies; Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities; France Berkeley Fund; The Institut des Amériques, the Institut Universitaire de France, the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique, the European Research Council, and the Fundação de Amparo ao Pesquisador do Estado de São Paulo.

transcultur-meeting-monday-10-24-16 (Flier PDF)

MMLC Open House

Open House Friday October 14, 3-5pm & Fall Data Workshops
MMLC Open House
Be sure to join us this Friday as we inaugurate the brand new home of the Multimedia Learning Center in Kresge Hall. We’ve reimagined what an interdisciplinary facility for student learning, scholarship and collaboration can be—and we can’t wait to show it you. Northwestern faculty, staff, and affiliates are all welcome.

Main Event: October 14, 2016 3-5pm

Eventbrite - Launch Party and Open House for the New Multimedia Learning Center

Can’t make it to our main event? Drop by for a special tour the day before, Thursday, October 13, 2016 2-5pm.

Fall Data Workshops

With a nod to both this year’s One Book, One Northwestern selection, “The Signal and The Noise” by Nate Silver, and Weinberg’s recently announced interdisciplinary strategy of “Data, Culture, and Nature”, the MMLC is offering a series of workshops to look at topics of data organization, visualization, and analysis. All faculty, graduate students, and staff are welcome.

“The Story of Data”— Why do we always use tables to organize information? What’s lost? What’s gained?

Wed. Oct. 19, 12-1
Thu. Oct. 20, 11-12
Tue. Nov. 29, 12-1

Eventbrite - Fall Workshop: The Story of Data
“Seeing Data” — We can make charts, graphs and maps to “see” data. But is seeing believing?

Tue. Oct. 25, 4-5
Wed. Oct 26, 12-1
Thu. Nov. 30, 12-1

Eventbrite - Fall Workshop: Data Visualization Basics
“Correlation vs. Causality” — We know they’re not the always the same, but when are they equal?

Wed. Nov. 16, 12-1
Thu. Nov. 17, 11-12
Thu. Dec. 1, 12-1

Eventbrite - Fall Workshop: Correlation vs. Causation

HASTAC Scholars Call: Due 10/15

LAST CHANCE to apply for HASTAC Scholars! Deadline October 15

Dear HASTAC Members,

Now is the time to apply for HASTAC Scholars, or encourage your students to apply! The application period closes on October 15. Please apply here or share this link with interested colleagues and students:

All graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply. Scholars who identify as members of historically underrepresented or marginalized groups are especially encouraged to apply, as are groups of students who are part of the same program. The application is not lengthy, and the program connects students with a valuable network of peers across the country.

Beginning this year, Scholars will be admitted for a two-year cycle. During their second year, Scholars will be encouraged to take on greater leadership and peer mentoring roles. We think that this extended timeline will go a long way toward building peer mentorship structures and keeping consistent activity and energy on the site year-round.

Please don’t hesitate to email us with any questions at [email protected].

Our very best,
Allison Guess and Kalle Westerling
HASTAC Scholars Co-Directors

Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago), “Gamification, Public Humanities, and Ordinary Media Interventions”

Please join the Ordinary Media Workshop this Wednesday 10/12 at 4pm in the seminar room of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities in Kresge Hall.

Patrick Jagoda (University of Chicago), “Gamification, Public Humanities, and Ordinary Media Interventions”

Patrick Jagoda is Associate Professor of English and Cinema & Media Studies at the University of Chicago. He specializes in media studies, 20th and 21st-century American literature, and digital game theory and design. He is the author of Network Aesthetics (U Chicago Press, 2016) and co-author of The Game Worlds of Jason Rohrer (MIT, 2016). He is co-founder of the Game Changer Chicago Design Lab and serves as co-editor of Critical Inquiry.

Fr 10/07/16 10am: Smiljana Antonijević Ubois, Amongst Digital Humanists

Amongst Digital Humanists: Developing Research Capacities in Digital Scholarship

Smiljana Antonijević Ubois

Penn State University/Royal Netherlands Academy


Friday, 07 October 2016, 10:00—11:45 am

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, Kresge Hall

Smiljana Antonijević Ubois, PhD, explores the intersection of communication, culture, and technology through research and teaching in the U.S. and Europe. Smiljana’s most recent publications include “Developing Research Tools via Voices from the Field” (ACRL, 2016), Amongst Digital Humanists: An Ethnographic Study of Digital Knowledge Production (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), “Personal Library Curation” (The John Hopkins University Press, 2014), and “Working in Virtual Knowledge” (MIT Press, 2013). Her latest research projects are Digital Scholarly Workflow, the Pennsylvania State University; Alfalab: eHumanities Tools and Resources, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW); Digitizing Words of Power, University of Amsterdam; and Humanities Information Practices, a collaboration of the KNAW, Oxford Internet Institute, and University College London. For more information see

All welcome regardless of digital humanities experience. Coffee and snacks provided.

Questions? Contact NUDHL co-convener Michael Kramer, [email protected] or visit

Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop Public Events

Each year the workshop includes several public events which are open to the public. All events are hosted by the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, located in Kresge Hall on the Evanston campus. [map]


Title TBD
Miriam Posner, Digital Humanities Program Coordinator, UCLA
Tuesday, August 30
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Title TBD
Steve McLaughlin, PhD Candidate, School of Information, UT-Austin
Wednesday, September 7
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities

Teaching tools, or: how I learned to stop worrying and love wikistorming (almost)
Marie Hicks, Assistant Professor of History, IIT
Thursday, September 8
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities


5/27: NUDHL Reading Group – Between Humanities and the Digital, Part III


Svennson Goldberg BT Digital Humanities

eds. Patrik Svensson and David Theo Goldberg (MIT Press, 2015)

Friday, 5/27, 10am-noon (Rescheduled from 5/20)

PART III – (pp. 329-506)

*held in Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Conference Room, 1800 Sherman Avenue, 4th floor*

The Northwestern University Digital Humanities Laboratory invites those interested in this emerging field of interdisciplinary scholarship to join us for a three-part reading group.

No previous digital humanities experience required.

Books are available for free at the AKIH to interested faculty, students, and staff. 

Attend one or all discussions as your schedule and interests permit.

Please email NUDHL co-convener Michael Kramer, [email protected], with any questions.

Using Maps to Tell Stories


Using Maps to Tell Stories:
Ancient Rome in Chicago
Shakespeare’s Circuits

The emergence of new digital tools has enabled students to extend their capabilities beyond the page — into realms of interactive mapping, data visualization, and digital storytelling. But what are these tools, exactly? How and why might we integrate them in our courses? What do students stand to gain?

Next week the MMLC invites faculty members who have recently used web-based mapping tools in the classroom to share their experiences. We’ll hear from Francesca Tataranni (Classics) on how students used Storymap JS to create a virtual walking tour of Ancient Rome in Chicago and Will West (English, Classics) on how how students used the CartoDB platform to map Shakespeare’s Circuits around the globe.

Join us as we continue this conversation, all while enjoying outstanding food and drink.

Friday, May 13, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

Ver Steeg Faculty Lounge, Main Library


DHChicago: New Archival Knowledges

We would be thrilled if you’d circulate this CFP to your department and to any graduate students interested in the digital humanities.
All best,
Sarah Kunjummen

PhD Student, Department of English, University of Chicago

*** Attention: please circulate ***



DHChicago: New Archival Knowledges
University of Chicago, May 19-20, 2016
Organized by the Macroanalysis & the Humanities Working Group

DHChicago seeks to bring together scholars from across the Chicagoland area and across the disciplines to present work on one of the most promising areas of the digital humanities: macroanalysis, or the computational analysis of textual data and metadata. We are specifically looking for presenters whose work engages with questions, some of which may include:

  • What new knowledges can computational approaches produce about large cultural archives?
  • How can we fold these knowledges back into existing debates within the humanities?
  • How compatible are humanistic questions and computational methods?

The broader goal of DHChicago, building on the work done by organizations such as the Chicago DHCS Colloquium, is to lay groundwork for longer-term intellectual support by fostering inter-institutional and inter-departmental ties, connecting scholars to new resources, and creating new networks of potential interlocutors and collaborators for future endeavors. To this end, the conference seeks presentations that favor a practical, “under the hood” approach. We welcome presentations on ongoing as well as finished projects, and we encourage presenters to talk about the process of building their projects from the bottom up. What problem does the project address? Why did you choose a certain method to engage this problem? How did you arrive at a particular visual representation of your research?

Daniel Shore will deliver a keynote address on Thursday afternoon, entitled “In Defense of Search,” from his forthcoming monograph, Cyberformalism (Johns Hopkins UP, 2017). The conference will take place on Friday. Shore will also be leading a workshop that day on the syntactical analysis of regular expressions. Please email us to sign up to attend the workshop.

Proposals are due by Friday, May 6, 2016 and should include: a title, abstract of up to 250 words, and, in the email, the author’s name, a C.V., institutional affiliation, and email address. For more information, please contact Sarah Kunjummen and Jonathan Schroeder at [email protected] or visit our website.

Digital History Opportunity: Evanston Historical Society

Northwestern University
 Nicholas D. Chabraja Center for Historical Studies
invites you to apply for a summer fellowship! 

The CCHS is co-sponsoring a summer 2016 fellowship at the Evanston History Center (previously the Evanston Historical Society) for 4-7 weeks in the summer (June/July/August all possible).

Sam Kling started on this project last summer and can tell you more about it. Here’s his description:

This job entails processing and cataloging digital files of Evanston newspapers, then uploading them to database software to make them accessible to the public online. It will be a self-directed project, so an ability to work independently is essential. It will require use of database software such as Omeka. If you have experience with Omeka or similar software, great. If not, this will be your self-directed opportunity to learn. You’ll need to take advantage of digital humanities resources at Northwestern, build relationships with library staff, and coordinate with the Evanston History Center. At the end of this process, you will have managed and carried out an important public history/digital humanities project–an impressive accomplishment and an attractive item on a CV!

The Center will pay a stipend of up to $3,000, either as a summer fellowship ($1000 per month for June-August) or as taxable Special Pay ($30 per hour). Please send your application to Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch at[email protected] by Monday, MAY 9.

Application materials should include the ff.:

  1. Current CV with contact information
  2. One-page explanation why you are the right historian for this project.
  3. A one-sentence e-mail approval from your dissertation advisor.

Researcher’s Toolkit – Visualization and GIS

Remember to register! As always, pizza will be provided.

Interactive Visualization on the Web with D3.js – May 3

Instructor: Alessandro Febretti, Sr. Interactive Visualization Specialist, Research Computing Services, Northwestern Information Technology

Web-based visualization is gaining popularity thanks to its wide availability and ease of use. In this toolkit you will discover the basics of D3.js, a Javascript library that helps create powerful visualizations on the web. D3 lets you combine data from multiple sources and gives you full control on the final look of your data. We will go through the steps needed to set up a basic development environment, create a simple visualization and make it accessible to other people online. All you need to follow along are your laptop with your favorite browser and text editor installed.

When: Tuesday, May 3
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Garage – Workspace See map.

Register to attend.

Advanced Interactive Visualization on the Web with D3.js – May 17

Instructor: Alessandro Febretti, Sr. Interactive Visualization Specialist, Research Computing Services, Northwestern Information Technology

In this toolkit we will use D3.js to create complex web-based visualizations such as force-directed graphs and heat maps. You will learn how to aggregate and sort data in the browser, how to filter data in real-time, and how to create web pages with multiple coordinated views of your data.

Prerequisite: This toolkit assumes you attended or are already familiar with the topics presented in the May 3 toolkit: Interactive Visualization on the Web with D3.js

When: Tuesday, May 17
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Garage – Workspace See map.

Register to attend.

Network Analysis Using ArcGIS Desktop – May 31

Instructor: Kelsey Rydland, GIS and Data Analyst, Northwestern University Libraries

Interested in doing spatial analysis without having the burden of learning a new software package? Want some simple ways of answering common spatial problems? ArcGIS Online is an application that runs on both Windows and MacOS and can be used to quickly and easily help you do things like find locations, create hot spots, drive-time areas or other types network analysis. This presentation provides an overview of the spatial analysis capabilities within ArcGIS Online. No previous experience necessary.

Requirement: Please bring your laptop.

When: Tuesday, May 31
Time: Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Location: The Garage – Workspace See map.

Register to attend.