Identifying as a /*Digital*/ Humanist

So I’ve been thinking …
In the past few weeks I’ve found myself thinking about how I identify with the Digital Humanities and as a Digital Humanist. It’s possible that I’m hyperaware of issues relating to DH right now as I apply for jobs that are specifically or tangentially associated with Digital Studies, but I’ve been a Digital Humanist since long before I ever heard the term. Somewhere on Dropbox is my 2003 application to the UToronto MA program in which I waxed poetic about a digital scriptorium. In the years since I’ve got used to explaining and defending methodologies and perspectives, but recently I’ve been surprised by how many people still find us alien and a little bit threatening. In fact, it really hadn’t occurred to me that there is an “us.”


Toward a better research project

The Armada Portrait, Wikimedia Commons

This week my ENGL 1102 students will begin presenting their short research projects. I’ve used this assignment twice before, but this time there are a few new twists. The project still involves the development of a class-wide knowledge base designed to help students better grasp the context of medieval and early modern culture and society, and is designed to reinforce best credible research practices. But whereas the past two iterations involved a complex of technological platforms and communication modes (oral presentation w/ PowerPoint or Prezi-based visual aids, complementary wiki entries, visceral Twitter feedback) this time I’m trying to streamline the process and experience. Students choose from this list of topics that relate to either Elizabethan or medieval England (as identified in the second tetralogy.)


Checking back in

Have been flying below the radar lately. Have drafted several posts but life kept getting in the way of properly editing them. I have spent some time tweaking the site’s theme (still not happy with it, but I’ve become quite the theme hoarder).


Off to ROMARD we go

Just clicked ‘send’ on an article entitled “Title Page Engravings and Re-Ordering the Quartos of A Game at Chess“. It is scheduled to be published in the XLX 2011 issue of Research on Medieval and Renaissance Drama. Quite the little monster – 9600 words plus endnotes, and features eight full page 17th century engravings. I expect there will be some more pre-press adjustments to be made, but I’m excited. Now on to the Henry VIII edition proposal, and the essay for Envisioning REED.
But first a bit of dinner, then back to reading Knight of the Burning Pestle for tomorrow’s class.