Spenserworlds & Great Lakes Native Writing

Spenserworlds & Great Lakes Native Writing:

Literary Studies Meet Digital Humanities

Reflections on Two Digitally Enhanced English Courses


Dr. Kasey Evans & Dr. Kelly Wisecup

Department of English, Northwestern University

Friday, 17 March 2017, noon-2pm

Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Seminar Room

Kresge 2-350

Two faculty members who participated in Northwestern’s Digital Humanities Summer Faculty Workshop offer an update on their digital pedagogy.

Focusing on the radicalism of Spenser’s gender politics, the experimentality of his literary form, and the subversiveness of (some of!) his political agenda, Kasey Evans and her students explore Spenser’s supposed traditionalism through the potential transformations of a multimedia, interactive approach to his work. Can the “sage and serious Spenser,” as John Milton called him, be re-enlivened through the creation and curation of an online archive of texts, commentary, explication, illustrations, in short a digital “Spenserworlds”?

Working on Native American literary studies, Kelly Wisecup discusses the use of digital mapping and archiving platforms in the classroom and how they might be used to engage with literary studies and museum studies. How might digital resources be incorporated into place-based teaching?

The meeting will feature short presentations followed by a discussion.

All welcome regardless of digital humanities experience. Refreshments provided. Questions? Contact NUDHL co-convener Jillana Enteen, [email protected], or visit nudhl.net.

Working on ENIAC: Memory, Labor and Gender in the Early Digital @ DePaul

Studio CHI will be hosting a talk later this month featuring Thomas Haigh. Please consider checking us out and posting the attached flyer to spread the word!

Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin/Madison):

“Working on ENIAC: Memory, Labor and Gender in the Early Digital”
February 23, 20176:00 PM
Location: Loop Campus, 14 E. Jackson, CDM Theatre, Daley Building, Room LL105Books and shows about the history of information technology have usually focused on great inventors and technical breakthroughs, while others like operations workers have been written out of the popular history of innovation. In this talk, Thomas Haigh explains that the six women now celebrated as the “first computer programmers” were actually hired as computer operators and worked hands-on with the machine around the clock. Other women, who actually built ENIAC, have been forgotten entirely. His concluding comments relate this historical material to the human labor and physical infrastructure today vanishing from public view into the “cloud.”

DePaul DH

Some great talks coming up from our friends at DePaul’s new Studio χ

“Foundations of the Digital, Foundations in the Humanities: Race, Gender, Class”
(Updated information at: http://las.depaul.edu/centers-and-institutes/studio-chi/Pages/default.aspx studiochi-flyer-2016)

Tara McPherson and Philip Ethington (University of Southern California):
“The Digital, the Humanities, and Difference”
Thursday, January 19, 2017; 4:30PM
Location: Lincoln Park Campus, 1110 W. Belden Ave., McGowan South 108

Thomas Haigh (University of Wisconsin/Madison):
“Working on ENIAC: Memory, Labor and Gender in the Early Digital”
February 23, 2017; 6:00 PM
Location Loop Campus TBA

Kim Gallon (Purdue University):
“Technologies of Recovery: A Critical Examination of a Black DH Genealogy”
Thursday, March 30, 2017; 5:00 PM
Location Lincoln Park TBA

Dianne Harris (University of Utah):
“Large Data: Shaping an Architectural History of Race and the Suburbs from 70,000 Pieces of Evidence”
Thursday, May 18, 2017; 5:00 PM
Location Lincoln Park TBA

Juan Saldariagga, Center for Spatial Research (Columbia University):
“Conflict Urbanism”
Friday, June 2, 2017; 12:00 PM
Location Lincoln Park TBA


Two Nick Montfort @ Northwestern Events

  1. CS Colloquium Speaker: Prof. Nick Montfort, Professor of Digital Media, MIT


    The EECS Department welcomes Prof. Nick Montfort, Professor of Digital Media, MIT.

    Montfort will present a talk entitled “TBA”, on Monday, December 5 at 10:00 AM in Tech Room L440.

    Abstract: TBA.

    Bio: Prof. Nick Montfort develops computational art and poetry, often collaboratively. He is a professor at MIT and is the principal of the naming firm Nomnym. He lives in New York and Boston.

    Montfort earned a Ph.D. in computer and information science from the University of Pennsylvania, a Masters in creative writing (poetry) from Boston University, a Masters in media arts and sciences from MIT, and undergraduate degrees in liberal arts and computer science from the University of Texas.

    Projects of Montfort’s include several very small-scale poetry generators such as the ones in the ppg256 series and Concrete Perl; the group blog Grand Text Auto; Ream, a 500-page poem written in one day; Mystery House Taken Over, a collaborative “occupation” of a classic game; Implementation, a co-written novel on stickers documented in a book; the interactive fictions Winchester’s Nightmare, Ad Verbum, and Book and Volume; and several other work of digital poetry and art, including the collaborations Sea and Spar Between (with Stephanie Strickland) and The Deletionist (with Amaranth Borsuk and Jesper Juul).

    Montfort works in several different contexts, which include the Web, book publication, and the literary reading but also the demoscene (e.g., the collaboration Nanowatt, shown at Récursion in Montréal) and gallery exhibition (e.g, From the Tables of My Memorie, exhibited in Boston and Singapore and the collaborative Boston exhibit Programs at an Exhibition). He translates computational art and writing and organizing the translation project Renderings; his own work has been translated into half a dozen languages. For instance, his free-software computer-generated novel World Clock was translated to Polish and published in ha!art’s Liberatura series, which also includes Finnegans Wake. Many of Montfort’s works have also been modified and transformed by others to become the basis for new work; his short generator Taroko Gorge has been the basis for more than two dozen published remixes.

    Hosted by: Prof. Ian Horswill

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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: bit.ly/apply-to-hastac-scholars.

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 www.smiljana.org.

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

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

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